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The Pettiness of the Angry White Male — Medium

The Pettiness of the Angry White Male — Medium | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
That insecurity — invariably referred to as masculine fragility or white fragility — has been on ugly display since Bernie Sanders announced his presidential campaign last year. What was meant to be a challenge to the status quo has long devolved into harassing behavior by white male progressives (called “Bernie Bros”) that is sexist, racist, and disgusting.
The candidate himself, once a voice of reason and much-needed passion (if, perhaps, unrealistic), has become a parody of the supporters his campaign has struggled to keep in line throughout the primary season. The finger-wagging, the speaking over women, the assertion that Hillary Clinton isn’t qualified, the bizarre declaration that struggling pro-choice groups are part of “The Establishment”, all of it is symptomatic of a man who clearly respects women less than their male counterparts.
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92 children poisoned by weed-killer in Peru: reports

92 children poisoned by weed-killer in Peru: reports | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
LIMA: Ninety-two children and three teachers were poisoned in northern Peru when a plane fumigating nearby fields sprayed a weed-killer too close to their school, local media said Wednesday.
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Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows
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“This is art about genocide” Native community pushes back against Scott Seekins

“This is art about genocide” Native community pushes back against Scott Seekins | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“If Scott Seekins had taken photos of Auschwitz and inserted himself into those photos, I can’t even imagine the moral outrage,” said artist and activist Ashley Fairbanks. “This is art about genocide.” Inside the crowded Douglas Flanders & Associates gallery on May 14, one of Minneapolis’ most recognizable artists, Scott Seekins, opened his exhibit “The New […]
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White Niceness as the Enemy of Black Liberation

White Niceness as the Enemy of Black Liberation | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
We say we value niceness, but we look away when the state, with our tax dollars and on our behalf, is slaughtering our siblings. We value “security.”

We say we value niceness, but we silence anyone who dissents to this genocide. We value “peace.”

We say we value niceness, but this kind of niceness isn’t kindness or compassion or accompaniment or self-sacrifice. It’s not Christ’s example of emptying ourselves for the sake of the other.  It’s the opposite – silencing and oppressing the other for the sake of ourselves.
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Maduro Warns of New US-Backed 'Plan Condor' Against Left Gov'ts

Maduro Warns of New US-Backed 'Plan Condor' Against Left Gov'ts | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“The campaign against Venezuela is generating violence and chaos that is allowing an intervention by (the) United States government,” Maduro said during a meeting with international media outlets in Caracas.
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New Brazil Health Minister Wants to Destroy Public Health Care

New Brazil Health Minister Wants to Destroy Public Health Care | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Coup-imposed Health Minister Ricardo Barros, a member of Temer’s entirely white male cabinet, said that the size of Brazil’s highly popular public health program, known as SUS, must be reviewed, despite the ongoing public health challenges posed by the Zika outbreak.

Barros claimed that the government may not be able to continue to live up to constitutionally-guaranteed rights like universal access to health care and suggested that the program may go on the chopping block in the name of austerity, the Brazilian daily Folha de Sao Paulo reported.
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Landmark Judgment Returns Bones to Tribe

Landmark Judgment Returns Bones to Tribe | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The US Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a lower court ruling that will, in effect, allow ancient bones to be returned to American Indians in California.
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Fort McMurray wildfire: Mandatory evacuation issued for camps north of city

Fort McMurray wildfire: Mandatory evacuation issued for camps north of city | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The mandatory evacuation for Fort McMurray was expanded Monday afternoon to include lodging camps north of the city.
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Mastodon bones offer clues of early humans

Mastodon bones offer clues of early humans | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
It's a discovery that could rewrite the story of southeastern United States.
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As our origin stories tell us, we were always here, and as Vine Deloria once pointed out - they should look for footprints going to other way. 
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Anti-mining group voices concerns - EH Extra

Anti-mining group voices concerns - EH Extra | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
MARINETTE — Several speakers addressed a crowd of more than 50 people on Monday night during a grassroots opposition forum to Aquila Resources’ Back
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With offer to uphold treaties, Sanders finds support on reservation

In hour-long conversation in Pine Ridge, Bernie Sanders affirmed federal failures to fulfill treaty promises.
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Brutal end in the tragic life of a man who called the Toronto streets home: DiManno | Toronto Star

Brutal end in the tragic life of a man who called the Toronto streets home: DiManno | Toronto Star | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Toronto’s 30th homicide of 2016 was chronically homeless aboriginal man whose life was wracked by violence.
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When White Activists Attack

When White Activists Attack | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Today, I witnessed the direct implications of allowing egocentric, white “activists” a place in our communities.  I couldn’t believe that I was seeing a a white “activist” attacking members of the Six Nations community through a media outlet, ironically called, Real People’s Media.

Anishnaabe and Onkwehonwe are words that identify our nationhoods as “the real people” or “the original people”.  It is insulting to see a white man assume the authority to write about clans, who belongs to them and then attach a moral compass to the analysis, all under the title of “Real People’s Media”.

Excuse me, Mr. White Activist Man, but your invader is showing.

Perhaps what is more problematic is the amount of Indigenous peoples that support this “activist” and his behaviour.   Why is this white “activist” who exemplifies colonial behaviour, who is attempting to further divide our communities, being given space to recklessly offer his unwarranted opinion.  Why do Indigenous people listen to him? And why the hell is he writing for a “media source” called Real People’s Media?
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"Your invader is showing." Whites allies can be helpful. But sometimes their settler's mindset impedes rather than helps. In that case, STFU - WE talk, YOU listen.
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Will Canada Recognise Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Developing Countries Too? | Inter Press Service

Will Canada Recognise Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Developing Countries Too? | Inter Press Service | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
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Grandmothers fill void left by violence, drugs on Native American reservations

Grandmothers fill void left by violence, drugs on Native American reservations | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Native Americans today have a higher rate of grandparent caregiving than any other group in the nation
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Can There Be Too Many Eagles?

Can There Be Too Many Eagles? | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
A conservation icon in Europe, the white-tailed eagle has made an astounding comeback—and that’s not entirely good news.
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Operation Condor: Cross-Border Disappearance and Death

Operation Condor: Cross-Border Disappearance and Death | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Operation Condor’s targets were activists, organizers, and opponents of the dictatorships.
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Texas School Board Proposes Racist Mexican-American Textbook

Texas School Board Proposes Racist Mexican-American Textbook | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“It’s a racist textbook,” said Tony Diaz, who is one of the educators who pressed the state board to create a Mexican-American studies course last year, to the Huffington Post. “I’m not sure what’s more insulting — the way they talk about Mexican-Americans, the history they omit, or the way they talk about Chicanos.”

The textbook downplays the brutality of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, describes the Chicano movement — a civil rights-era Mexican-American social movement — as one based on "destroying Western civilization," and contains many anti-immigrant sentiments.
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Fueled by drugs, sex trafficking reaches 'crisis' on Native American reservation

Fueled by drugs, sex trafficking reaches 'crisis' on Native American reservation | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
No numbers record specific rates of local sex trafficking, which can often be buried in crimes of sexual assault, abuse, prostitution, abandonment or kidnapping. But it is a crime, poorly documented and fuelled by drug abuse, plaguing Indian reservations across the United States.

The rate of meth use among American Indians is the highest of any ethnicity in the country and more than twice as high as any other group, according to the National Congress of American Indians.

The number of drug cases on Indian lands nationwide rose seven-fold from 2009 to 2014, and crime rates on some reservations are five times higher than national averages, according to a federal Drug Enforcement Administration report.
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Bigotry, Calls for Violence, Follow Protest of Tribal Treaty Fishing - IREHR

Bigotry, Calls for Violence, Follow Protest of Tribal Treaty Fishing - IREHR | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Shares Facebook1.6kTwitterreddit The more things change, the adage goes, the more they stay the same.
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2-Year-Old Miles Stead’s Death: ICWA Violations and Rampant Child Removals

2-Year-Old Miles Stead’s Death: ICWA Violations and Rampant Child Removals | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Guest Commentary Published May 15, 2016 Miles Stead, a two-year-old Lakota boy, was killed by his foster mother just months after being taken from his home on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakot…
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I'm familiar with both sides of ICWA. I worked as an ICWA monitor in the court system for 7 years. Previously, I was a foster parent for 7 years. As a result of the Adoption and Safe Family Act (ASFA), parent(s) case plans were put on a fast track and stronger efforts were made to place children with relatives or place them for adoption. In our case, we had a sibling group, who had a horrendous physical and sexual abuse history, and who were doing fine with us - going to therapy - but were removed and placed with an aunt who had all kinds of red flags in her background. They were removed and placed with the aunt. In less than two months, the oldest foster daughter was murdered by her uncle. It wasn't the county that placed the sibling group but rather the tribe, who were insistent in their placement. As for the BIA Guidelines...they are guidelines, they are not part of ICWA law. They provide the courts, tribes, and social workers guidelines for compliance. As for Miles Stead, I can't help but wonder the backstory of his biological mother. I have grave doubts that he was removed because of "one beer." Some of my ICWA colleagues may correct me, but I believe that under BIA Guidelines, children can't be removed because of drinking...unless is severe enough to play a role in abuse and/or neglect. The bottom line is that some of these children are killed, but not just by white foster caregivers, but also by Native foster caregivers, some of whom are relatives. Lastly, I think it's dangerous to generalize foster parents as being like Jennewein. Yes, there are some bad foster parents out there, both non-Native and Native. But there are many others that provide the support - and love - that these children need.
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Air pollution levels rising in many of the world’s poorest cities

Air pollution levels rising in many of the world’s poorest cities | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“Air pollution is a major cause of disease and death. It is good news that more cities are stepping up to monitor air quality, so when they take actions to improve it they have a benchmark,” says Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant-Director General, Family, Women and Children’s Health. “When dirty air blankets our cities the most vulnerable urban populations—the youngest, oldest and poorest—are the most impacted.”
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