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In Baby Veronica case, some evangelicals side with adoptive parents - Religion News Service

In Baby Veronica case, some evangelicals side with adoptive parents - Religion News Service | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
(RNS) Motivated by their faith in God and a distrust of federal Indian policies, a few evangelical organizations are campaigning to abolish the federal Indian Child Welfare Act at the heart of the Baby Veronica case.
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Why white guys shouldn't be writing Native stories

Why white guys shouldn't be writing Native stories | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
As an Indigenous writer, I have always had the opposite experience: I have struggled to be universal in my work. 

During a 20-year journalism career that included stints at TV Guide Canada, the Globe and Mail, Phoenix Gazette/Republic, KPNX (an NBC affiliate in Phoenix) and Phoenix magazine, my coverage was bland, white-washed and safe. I chose mainstream topics and parroted styles that ensured my race would not be recognized. When I was mistaken for Japanese or Hawaiian, I never protested. 

There was a constant fear of being misunderstood and ostracized and of not having enough time or space to tell the whole damn story. History is hard for one person to try to fix. Not only my dismal personal life, but also the burden of belonging to a conquered people made dealing with judgmental peers numbing. 
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The banner doesn't quite match the article. The article is largely a bio of the writer. Nevertheless, it makes for interesting reading.
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Opinion | The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump

Opinion | The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
There is, as my colleague David Brooks wrote Tuesday, a basic childishness to the man who now occupies the presidency. That is the simplest way of understanding what has come tumbling into light in the last few days: The presidency now has kinglike qualities, and we have a child upon the throne.

It is a child who blurts out classified information in order to impress distinguished visitors. It is a child who asks the head of the F.B.I. why the rules cannot be suspended for his friend and ally. It is a child who does not understand the obvious consequences of his more vindictive actions — like firing the very same man whom you had asked to potentially obstruct justice on your say-so.
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Whitney French: Examining the root of cultural appropriation | Quill and Quire

Whitney French: Examining the root of cultural appropriation | Quill and Quire | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
So what is cultural appropriationʼs opposite? To expand on the revelation that Richard Fung offered, the inverted twin of cultural appropriation is likely “cultural self-determination.” The ability to tell oneʼs own story without fear that it will be stolen, misused, misrepresented, distorted, or bastardized. To have the autonomy to share aspects of oneʼs culture on oneʼs own terms, through artistic expression, creative visioning, and literary aesthetic.
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Ghost Dance - A Healing Event for All, 6/24/17 - Wind over Fire Healing Arts Center

Ghost Dance - A Healing Event for All, 6/24/17 - Wind over Fire Healing Arts Center | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Wind over Fire Healing Arts Center, Rochester MN, psychic intuitive, Rosen method body work, Spiritual healers, spiritual speakers,
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This is cultural appropriation in its worst form. It is not the first time wannabes have held a "ghost dance" and probably won't be the last time. The event begins with "ceremonies" on June 22 at Chandler, Minnesota, a "water ceremony" on June 23, and will culminate in a "ghost dance" on June 24. Activists need to start planning, mobilize, and block road entrances to Leon Carney's land, where the event will be held. Natives need to send a strong voice that this type of appropriation will not be tolerated.  
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Indigenous literature’s fearless aunties respond on cultural appropriation | Ricochet

Indigenous literature’s fearless aunties respond on cultural appropriation | Ricochet | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, cultural appropriation in the Canadian literary community is an all-consuming fire that has yet to be put out. With the debate over Joseph Boyden’s identity a few short months ago, the piece from Niedzviecki seems to be an act of solidarity with his fellow non-Indigenous writer.

These actions, like any inappropriate behaviours, did not go unnoticed by some of the strongest Indigenous women authors and aunties who have fearlessly put their work out into the mainstream.
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Canada needs a law protecting Indigenous art from appropriation | Ricochet

Canada needs a law protecting Indigenous art from appropriation | Ricochet | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Evidence in the strange case of Amanda PL vs. Norval Morrisseau seems to compel a verdict of guilty (as charged), but a new Canadian law may be required to get to the root of the issue.
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Editor quits amid outrage after call for ‘Appropriation Prize’ in writers’ magazine | Toronto Star

Editor quits amid outrage after call for ‘Appropriation Prize’ in writers’ magazine | Toronto Star | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“I am seriously disgusted that someone would use the Indigenous issue of Write as a jump point for a case for cultural appropriation on the backs, words, and reputations of the Indigenous writers featured in it. It’s not enough that we are finding our voices, reclaiming our ability to tell stories, and having to heal to tell these stories. But people want to tell them for us,” Helen Knott, a contributor to the issue, wrote on Facebook.


Nikki Reimer posted on Twitter a link to a statement in which she resigns from the editorial board of Write. She calls the column “clueless and thoughtless” and saying it “marks Write magazine as a space that is not safe for indigenous and racialized writers.”
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This brings up, again, the issue of non-Native writers who write in a Native voice through their association with Native people, especially Native elders whose teachings are often the focus of appropriation. Carlos Castaneda was well known for his books featuring the teachings of Don Juan (Matus), a Yaqui man of knowledge. As it was later revealed, Don Juan never existed. Rather, Castaneda created Don Juan to exploit and appropriate Yaqui spiritual teachings for fame and financial gain. Many non-Native writers have followed the Castaneda method. A few, but very few, Non-Native writers have had apparent success in presenting the Native voice. Kent Nerburn's "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" is one of the few, although his book is not without controversy. The bottom line is that Natives writers need to step up to stop this appropriation of our voices and our experiences. We are the ones who need to tell the stories of our elders and our people. More and more Native writers are stepping up. But more are needed to stop this senseless exploitation and appropriation by non-Native writers. We have our own voices and it is time for them to be heard.  
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Art, appropriation and the damaging economic effect on Indigenous artists

Art, appropriation and the damaging economic effect on Indigenous artists | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
1. What is cultural appropriation?

JR: Cultural appropriation can be defined when one person from one culture takes culturally distinct items, the aesthetics or spiritual practices — and in this case artwork — from another culture and mimics it. They adopt it as their own without consent, permission or any cultural relationship to the object or practice, in order to make money or just because they think it's cool. 
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Painter inspired by Indigenous art accused of 'cultural genocide' as gallery cancels show

Painter inspired by Indigenous art accused of 'cultural genocide' as gallery cancels show | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Magee said that in his own opinion there is no debate about appropriating from Indigenous people.

"Yes it's tricky, cultural issues and borrowing from different cultures — everybody has an opinion. But everyone here in Canada has to be aware of the history of how Indigenous people have been dealt with from the time of colonial settlements, and there is a specific perspective that we have to have with respect to that culture," Magee said.
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The Rachel Dolezal of Indigenous Art.
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An Issue of Cultural Appropriation in Context

An Issue of Cultural Appropriation in Context | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Our identities. Not only are we not allowed to be Indians, and the federal government worked hard to eliminate our identities through boarding schools, but now we have to fend off waves of appropriators. People who choose to take aspects of Native identity and culture and use it as if its their own. From mascots to cultural appropriators, we are now constantly calling foul on people who abuse and try to steal our cultures and identities. Its racism, its white privilege, its the ultimate invasion of who we are as people.
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What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is Cultural Appropriation? | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Today, cultural appropriation occurs on a continuum from relatively harmless practices, to serious mental disorders such as identity theft. Having moccasins, native jewellery, native art, or a drum in the privacy of your own home (acquired from native artisans) can be considered good Allyship by supporting the livelihood of First Nations.  But in mainstream industries like fashion, fine art, entertainment and home décor, items like dreamcatchers and headdresses are big business, and these cultural signifiers are casually used by white people for fun and self-expression. Many of these symbols, often products made in China, are the sacred property of First Nations!  We can just imagine how deeply hurtful this must be.
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The writer should have did a little more homework for her article. Dreamcatchers originated among the Ojibwe people. With the advent of powwows and crafts vendors, non-Ojibwe Natives appropriated the dreamcatcher. They not only appropriated dreamcatchers, but came up with their own tribal fictional legends as to its origins. 
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The woman who stopped a fracking truck - Yale Climate Connections

The woman who stopped a fracking truck - Yale Climate Connections | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Tamez: “Even an old, fat, fart like me with cancer can get up off the couch and make a difference.”
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On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn't Stink

On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn't Stink | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Woodie, who also works at Saint Michael's, says the only problem with the school is its water.

"It has a certain stench to it. Sometimes you'll smell ... kinda like a egg smell," Woodie says. "Sometimes it's yellow, brown, or even we've seen black."

Many of the kids at Saint Michael's are medically fragile. So they have equipment that needs to be cleaned daily. The staff refuses to use the tap water to wash equipment. Instead, they use 5-gallon jugs of filtered water trucked in from many miles away.

More than one-third of the Navajo Nation — which is the size of West Virginia — doesn't have running water. And at some of the places that do, like Saint Michael's, people don't want to drink it because it smells, tastes funny and looks bad.
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What cultural appropriation is, and why you should care: Paradkar | Toronto Star

What cultural appropriation is, and why you should care: Paradkar | Toronto Star | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Appropriation is not about artistic licence or freedom of expression.

Skimming ideas from another culture to boost your own currency, without taking the time to research with compassion, is not creativity. It’s intellectual bankruptcy — and appropriation.
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Environmental review released on proposed northern Minnesota...

Environmental review released on proposed northern Minnesota... | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
While Enbridge's proposed route crosses slightly more wild-rice lakes, for example, the environmental review found that any potential oil spill along that route would have less impact on natural and cultural resources. It also avoids crossing any Native American reservations.
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Interesting how the environmental impacts are downplayed. Regardless of where they build the pipeline, they admit that there will be an impact. Who are they kidding? They wear the face of death that our prophecies speak about.
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Patients: Roundup gave us cancer as EPA official helped the company

Patients: Roundup gave us cancer as EPA official helped the company | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer caused a stir in March 2015 when it said glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans" (PDF), meaning it can lead to cancer.
"For the herbicide glyphosate, there was limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma," the report states.
"The evidence in humans is from studies of exposures, mostly agricultural, in the USA, Canada, and Sweden published since 2001. In addition, there is convincing evidence that glyphosate also can cause cancer in laboratory animals."
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Notes on Indiginegativity: An Addendum by Joshua Whitehead - The Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing

Notes on Indiginegativity: An Addendum by Joshua Whitehead - The Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Appropriation hurts, it bears repeating, it’s the machine that reiterates settler colonial ideologies. Appropriation is the iconoclasm of colonialism; the image that you see when you think of “Indian” is how you’ve been programmed to see me, feel me, hear me, hate me. Appropriation is the stamp of approval that acknowledges and allows the rape of our women, the destruction of our land, the invisibility/inaudibility of our stories. Appropriation is what gifted you the very canon of CanLit.
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U.S. lawmakers seek looser energy development rules for tribal lands

U.S. lawmakers seek looser energy development rules for tribal lands | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
He said he believed the bill also had the support of "a broad spectrum of tribes across the country" and would "empower" Native Americans.

The bill, dubbed the Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act, would authorize tribes to conduct their own energy resource appraisals. It would streamline the permitting process for drilling and mining and provide incentives for tribes to enter into joint-venture agreements with private companies.
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Authentic or fake Morrisseau? Barenaked Ladies’ Kevin Hearn case back in court Monday

Authentic or fake Morrisseau? Barenaked Ladies’ Kevin Hearn case back in court Monday | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
he trial is scheduled for 12 days, and Sommer is expected to call as many as 20 witnesses, including Dr. Carmen Robertson of the University of Regina and board member of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society as an expert witness.

“She’s arguably the leading expert in the world on Norval Morrisseau and his work,” asserts Sommer, “so she will be testifying about her opinion about the authenticity of the work in question.”

From a legal perspective, the lawsuit is specifically between the parties about a single painting —in personam—and the issues around the transaction, Sommer explained, but the determination of the court may reverberate far and wide throughout the art world, the world of academia, and public perception.

“What would be the effect of a finding that the painting is a fake in that world? Well, I think in that world it probably would be far-reaching, because everyone knows that this is not going to be a 20-minute trial, and this is something that we’ve prepared for years and years. And we’ve done an enormous amount of research and there are a lot of witnesses whose testimony is going to be heard if we have our way,” said Sommer.
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The problem of appropriation in the visual arts. What's to stop a cultural appropriator who may be strongly influenced by an artist to take it a step further and produce a fake? Morrisseau's work has been subjected to fakes, some of which well executed, that his estate has been fooled. Is it real? Or is it Memorex?  
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What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is Cultural Appropriation? | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Taking on a native identity is a continuation of colonization, which (1) seeks to eradicate indigenous people, (2)  take the land and resources, and  (3), erase the cultural identity of the indigenous people themselves.  And when we consider the phenomena of cultural appropriation on a deep level, we see that the activity of white wannabees or pretendians is not harmless or “spiritual” – it is an act of the deepest racism.  The cultural markers white folks are drawn to, like drums, pipes and sweatlodges, are the very same things that were outlawed by the colonial powers.  What white people freely use in their everyday lives are objects First Nations could be killed for using, not that long ago.
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Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood

Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
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Ak-Chin Indian Community Files Suit Over Water Rights - Indian Country Media Network

Ak-Chin Indian Community Files Suit Over Water Rights - Indian Country Media Network | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Roughly 70 percent of the Ak-Chin community’s 23,000-acre reservation is farmland, on which the tribe produces corn, cotton, wheat, barley, pecans and potatoes, and brings in revenue to support critical programs. At about 16,000 acres, Ak-Chin Farms is one of the largest agricultural communities in the United States.

Ak-Chin Farms, a tribal enterprise and major employer, relies on water rights spelled out in a 1984 agreement that guarantees 75,000 acre-feet of water per year, plus an additional 10,000 acre-feet “in any year in which sufficient surface water is available.”
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Monsanto Tribunal Delivers Legal Opinion: Does Monsanto Abuse Human Rights, Is It Guilty of Ecocide?

Monsanto Tribunal Delivers Legal Opinion: Does Monsanto Abuse Human Rights, Is It Guilty of Ecocide? | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The tribunal found the multinational guilty of a number of environmental and human rights abuses.
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INTERIOR: In about-face, Zinke opposes giving bison range to tribes

INTERIOR: In about-face, Zinke opposes giving bison range to tribes | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The CSKT live on the 1.3-million-acre Flathead Indian Reservation that surrounds the 18,800-acre range. The refuge lands were purchased from the tribes in 1908.

But the CSKT have argued that the deal should be invalidated because at the time, such sales were often forced. The tribes also emphasize that they would maintain protections for the land and bison because of the strong spiritual ties they have to them. According to CSKT history, the bison there today descend in part from six calves brought to the area by one of the tribes' ancestors.
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