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Here it is, my 97th #ScholarSunday thread of great public scholarly writing & work, podcast episodes & conversations, new & forthcoming books from the last week. Add more below & enjoy, all! #twitterstorians
Starting with a few great pieces for Monday’s contested holiday, including @Scandalous for @IndyVoices on the cultural conflicts behind those debates:…
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On this #IndigenousPeoplesDay Day, I (Sam) want to share a short story about SB907. When we were in the early stages drafting the bill, (1/7)
a group of reviewers with @food_ca took a look at it with the lens of racial equity and one of their many great questions stood out to me: "This program will fund CalFresh/EBT at certified farmers' markets in California. (2/7)
Will that include farmers' markets on tribal land within California?" My first reaction was to think that is must, as certified farmers' markets can be operated by local government entities. Without being sure, (3/7)
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As a human rights lawyer I've supported refugees, asylees, incarcerated citizens, abuse survivors, & the religiously persecuted

Today I share a client story—a Black & Indigenous Christian community whose ancestral cemetery was sold & desecrated—& our fight to get it back

Tl:dr Prince William County improperly sold the Scott Cemetery & property—an ancestral cemetery of Black & Indigenous people—to a wealthy land developer & stood by as they desecrated 100+ graves. We're suing to return that property & need your support…

Full: The Coalition for Thoroughfare traces its ancestry back centuries. In Virginia history, Black & Indigenous found allyship together—intermarrying, worshiping, & burying their dead together. Denied their humanity, they found comfort in building community with each other.

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Today is #IndigenousPeoplesDay. Did you know that the incarceration rate for Native Americans is 38% higher than the national average? Racism and profiling lead to more arrests, harsher sentencing, and more abuse in the prison system for Native Americans.
Native Americans are arrested two times more often than non-indigenous people for property and violent crimes. Statistics also show that Native Americans receive longer sentences from judges and spend more time in prison before parole.
Native Americans have a higher rate of suicide in prison and are often subject to abuse when attempting to identify with their cultures through clothing, language, music, and culturally-related educational material.
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In honor of #IndigenousPeoplesDay: #WhatIf Columbus never returned alive from the New World? #alternatehistory

POD: 13 February 1493 the Niña and Pinta are smashed upon the rocks of the Azores by the roughest storm of their journey back to Europe... (1)
Like in OTL, the 39 survivors of the Columbus voyage at the colony of La Navidad eventually begin fighting amongst themselves and destroyed their own settlement. 28 survivors remained and became quasi-prisoners of the Cacique of Marién. (2)
The arms and artillery seized by the Cacique of Marién, along with the skills of their captured Europeans, to say nothing of their stock of the horses, pigs, chickens, goats, and cows, would change the world. (3)
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Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day from unceded Nisenan land! We would like to share this acknowledgement from @SacNAHC: "The history of the Sacramento area, and the people, is rich in heritage, culture and tradition. This area was, and still is, (1/5) Image
the Tribal land of the Nisenan people. Sacramento was a gathering place for many local Tribes who have lived throughout the central valley and the foothills for generations and were the original stewards of this land. (2/5)
We would like to acknowledge the Southern Maidu people to the North, the Valley and Plains Miwok/ Me-Wuk Peoples to the south of the American River, and the Patwin Wintun Peoples to the west of the Sacramento River. We would also like to honor the Wilton Rancheria, (3/5)
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To all the companies “celebrating” torture, rape, murder, enslavement, and exploitation with the Happy Columbus Day posts:

I see you

Notice how all the people who claim that immigrants are "bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists." celebrate an immigrant who brought drugs, brought crime, and was a rapist with Happy Columbus Day posts.

Why is the @GOP celebrating torture, rape, murder, and enslavement?🤔

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The US banned Hawaiian language, poisons our water, destroyed our universal healthcare, stole our land, erased our history, and abuses Hawaii to this day. My mother's hands were broken for speaking Hawaiian in school. #IndigenousPeoplesDay
Since the US banned our Hawaiian language & culture, it nearly went extinct. Less than 100 kids spoke it in the 80's. Kids are STILL punished for speaking Hawaiian today. The US also stole our land, imprisoned our leaders, and is poisoning our water.
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Many Americans think that Hawai'ians lived in huts prior to colonization. The US actually de-industrialized Hawai'i. Before 1898, Hawai'i already had electricity, mass transit, railroads. Iolani palace had electric lights before the White House. ImageImageImageImage
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🧵It's #IndigenousPeoplesDay, and we're taking a look at the LANDBACK movement and how it addresses the root cause of climate disaster.

In our three-part series, we dive into how to tackle ecological disruption caused by capitalism and settler colonialism.
Indigenous worldviews don't treat land as property; the air, water, and soil that keep us alive aren't a means of building wealth.

LANDBACK calls for people to establish a reciprocal relationship with the land. Infographic text reads: Landback rebukes the land-based econ
Did you know? 💡

Indigenous peoples throughout the world steward 80% of the planet's biodiversity yet comprise 5% of the global population. Not only is land return possible, it's happening all over th
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Read my article in @NativeViewpoint regarding why I will never celebrate #ColumbusDay.

Here is a thread on the atrocities of #Columbus that I also share in a YouTube video embedded in the article.

[Trigger Warning #ChristopherColumbus #thread]
Columbus Day was promoted by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization in the 1930s that wanted a Catholic hero. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the day into law as a federal holiday in 1937.
#Columbus stole a crew member's reward.

Columbus offered a year's salary reward for the crew member who first cited land. Though a sailor saw the land, Columbus said he saw a dim light the night before and kept the reward for himself.
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Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay! "Conservative" advocates before the Supreme Court are challenging federal Indian law as unconstitutional. Friendly reminder that #originalism means #landback. It means Native people get Louisiana and everything west. 1/…
The framing generation never envisioned treaty or territory powers able to incorporate huge new swathes of land and peoples. Only those peoples in the map consented to and ratified the constitution. Want to stretch the US from sea to shining sea? Amend the Constitution. 2/
No amendment? Then #originalism means that we cannot constitutionally hold those lands or peoples as part of the United States. Not just that, but Hawai'i, Alaska, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, &c. All gone. This isn't realistic, you say. 3/
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Oregon is home to nine federally recognized tribes that are eager to welcome you to respectfully visit their homeland. #IndigenousPeoplesDay🪶 (1/10)
Based in the foothills of the Coast Range, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde comprise a multitude of tribes from the Pacific Northwest.… (2/10)
With their ancestral lands spanning more than 20 million acres from the Pacific Coast to the Cascade Range, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians is one of the most diverse confederations on a single reservation in the United States.… (3/10)
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Hey friends! It’s #IndigenousPeoplesDay(!) and I am raising funds for my collective, Lifted Voices. Our members are Indigenous, Black, queer and our work includes political ed, direct action education, mutual aid and support for criminalized survivors.…
What kind of work do we do? All kinds of stuff. Just today, we replaced the laptop of a disabled Black activist who needs their computer for work and education purposes.…
Recently, we talked with young people about the importance of poetry in our movements and our lives and provided free poetry books for the youth to choose from.
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If you are still observing #ColumbusDay instead of #IndigenousPeoplesDay today here is your annual reminder of what you are celebrating...

CW: violence, sexual assault
Christopher Columbus's army used Indigenous people as dog food. They were known to feed live babies to dogs in front of their horrified parents.
His "voyage" helped start the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade when he captured 1600 Taino people and shipped them to Spain for gold. Most died on the journey.
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We live on stolen land. #ColumbusDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay
So many idiots in the comments 🤢
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Ever wondered why the US celebrates an Italian who sailed for Spain almost 300 years before the US existed? Come along! You know the drill.

#ColumbusDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay #History
🧵2 | At first only Italian-Americans celebrated October 12 (the “Day of Discovery”) as a way to unite under a single heritage in a country that was not accepting of Catholic/non-WASP immigrants. Remember: for most of US history Italians were not “white” and faced discrimination
🧵3 | Late 19th c “New” Italian immigration surged and so did nativist violence. In 1891 11 Italian-Am men were killed in one of the largest mass Iynching in US history. The Italian gov literally cut off diplomatic relations in response.
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To mark Indigenous People’s Day, here are some iconic photos over the past few decades until today of Indigenous peoples at the heart of the struggle against ongoing oppression and marginalization: 🧵

Second Wounded Knee, United States, 1973. #IndigenousPeoplesDay Image
Aboriginal protest against deaths in custody, Australia, 1986. #IndigenousPeoplesDay Image
Lumad protest against the Surigao Del Sur Massacre, Philippines, 2010. #IndigenousPeoplesDay Image
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Do you know what two-spirit means❓

🌎In history, many Indigenous North American and First Nations people lived outside the Western binaries of gender and sexuality.

On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, here are 5⃣ things you should know about people who define themselves as two-spirit.🧵 A two-spirit version of the rainbow flag
1⃣ What does two-spirit mean?

Two-spirit is an umbrella term used by some Indigenous North Americans and First Nations people.

It refers to a broad range of sexual and gender identities among Indigenous peoples, and is sometimes thought of as a 'third gender'. An old photo of a two-spirit couple
2⃣ Where does the term come from?

Coined in 1990 at a Native American/First Nations gay and lesbian conference, it unifies the many different sexual and gender identities within the communities.

Its creation aimed to distance two-spirit lives from non-native terms. Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits takes part in San Franc
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1/. “For two weeks, Scotland has become the centre of the world. Not just a place where we can meet one another, but a place where we can truly recognise one another.” Mindahi Bastida, Mexico

A delegation of 140 indigenous people have come to #Cop26 with a message. #COP26Glasgow
2/. “We came here to #COP26 because we knew world leaders would be here. But these world leaders are not listening to our leaders; to the indigenous leaders”

Uboye Gaba from Mexico (& his 1 year old son, Mene)
#COP26Glasgow @MingaIndigena #IndigenousPeoplesDay #IndigenousPeoples
3/. “We are physically kicking out loggers, mining companies & land grabbers every day. We need your support. We need you to help to bring attention to what’s happening”

Puyr Tembe, president of @FEPIPA_Oficial in Brazil speaking at #cop26 #COP26Glasgow on #IndigenousPeoplesDay
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Native people wove the first threads in the fabric of our nation's history. On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we honor the history and traditions that bore this tapestry while recognizing the resilience of Indigenous communities and their contributions to our nation. (1/4)
Yet words and gestures do not constitute justice and progress. We cannot rightly honor Indigenous communities until we confront our nation’s past of dehumanizing atrocities committed against Native people, adults and children alike, in our name. (2/4)
Reckoning with our history requires action. Congress must pass the #RemoveTheStainAct to revoke honors awarded to soldiers for the massacre of hundreds of Lakota people at #WoundedKnee. Check out the video from @4directionsvote below to learn more. (3/4)
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Earlier this year, @KCProsecutor released a first-of-its-kind data dashboard that provides public access to data regarding the types of crimes referred to our office and the cases filed:…
We partnered with a number community groups, criminal justice system partners, and academic experts to gain an understanding of their needs and concerns, which informed data collection methods and the development of the dashboard.
By partnering with @TheUIHI, we hope to advance equity & social justice principles by improving data collection and analysis for American Indians & Alaska Natives.
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On #IndigenousPeoplesDay...


"In 1517, a guerrilla war between colonizers and forces was initiated by the Taino leader #Enriquillo. [He] killed Spaniards, devastated farms and took the Africans back with him." #christophercolumbusday
"... and took the Africans back with him."

The Revolt of #Enriquillo and the Historiography of Early Spanish America

Primary Sources:
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On this #IndigenousPeoplesDay, I want to highlight an ongoing way that the U.S. harms Tribal sovereignty.

Many Americans assume all Tribes have a reservation. In fact, the Supreme Court has actually forbidden many Tribes from reclaiming their lands.

Here’s a thread on how 👇
The U.S. has a long history of Native land theft, from European colonization to the Dawes Act and the Termination Era.

This policy begins in 2009. That year, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the Interior Secretary may not create reservations for Tribes recognized after 1934.
The case, Carcieri v. Salazar, centered on the Narragansett Tribe’s efforts to expand their reservation in what is today Rhode Island. Despite having recorded contact with Europeans as far back as 1584, the federal government did not recognize the Narragansetts until 1983.
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Camouflaged white nationalists Exhibit 843: @JoeGuzzardi19. This guy writes for @PFIRorg (yeah: Progressives for Immigration Reform) a Tanton-Network front group.

The usual drivel: "Haitians are coming, and Afghans too, what will we do? Remember in '22!"…
What's funny - or sad - is this article came with this Bible verse: Image
What about these commandments, Joe?

“The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:34
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