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You probably don't know this, but today (Friday, Nov. 29) is the 'official' #NativeAmericanHeritageDay. The fact that our country has insists on honoring Native peoples on #BlackFriday, which in 2019 is also the anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre (1864)...

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is a testimony to the multi-generational & communal manifestation of white America's perpetration induced traumatic stress (PITS). If there is ever a day in the list of civic religious holidays where Americans are most certain to be distracted/sedated, Black Friday is it.
For this reason, I have attemptied to interject into the consumeristic feeding frenzy of our nation a small dose of #UnsettlingTruths.

I love the cover of our new book. Not only does it incorporate the design of an actual Navajo rug, but I had the honor of meeting
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Today's email included a great one from @BeaconPressBks with links to some truth-telling about Thanksgiving
Settler privilege is real. Think of Anne Coulter saying "my ancestors weren't immigrants, they were settlers."…
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am a little lesson and today’s lesson is about URBAN INDIANS!

I’ve missed a couple days of posting bc I’ve been visiting my old home of BALTIMORE! In honor of this amazing city, here is some info about urban NDNs.
One stereotype about Native Americans is that we all live “out West”. Those assumptions can erase urban indians who live in cities and tribal nations that have lived on the coasts since the beginning of time.
The 1956 Indian Relocation Act was created to encourage Native Americans to leave reservations under the guise of economic opportunity. While it sought to assimilate Native Americans, many urban Indians built robust communities where families have now been living for generations.
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a little lesson. #WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

Today's lesson is about US policy towards Indians post 1900.
87% percent of state history curriculum standards about Native Americans cover events BEFORE the year 1900. I always tell ppl talking about Native issues would be like if anytime I told some one I was a feminist they responded by saying “Its so messed up you can’t vote.”
People's understanding of Native history drops off a cliff circa 1900. So here are some US policies towards Native Americans passed AFTER 1900 every one should know about.
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a little lesson. #WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

This week's theme is Cherokee history and today’s lesson is about our PRETENDIANS aka why your g-g-g-grandma was not a Cherokee princess.
Usually ethnic fraud is not socially acceptable. However Native identity, Cherokee in particular, is a cruel exception to this societal rule. Claiming to be Cherokee without any evidence, any connection to a tribe or any documented Cherokee ancestry is widely socially acceptable.
Pretendians perpetuate the myth that Native identity is determined by the individual, not the tribe or community, directly undermining tribal sovereignty and Native self-determination.
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a little lesson. #WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

This week's theme is Cherokee history and today’s lesson is about the CHEROKEE FREEDMEN!
Descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen are citizens of Cherokee Nation based on their rights as granted by a treaty signed by both Cherokee Nation and the United States in 1866.
Starting in the early 1800’s, Cherokees adopted the institution of slavery from the American south. And no, it wasn’t “kinder” because we’re Indians. There is no kind way to treat a person like property.
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a little lesson. #WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

This week's theme is Cherokee history and today’s lesson is the CHEROKEE PHOENIX!
The Cherokee Phoenix is the first newspaper created by Native Americans in the United States. In 1828 my g-g-g-uncle Elias Boudinot was appointed by Cherokee Nation Council to be the first editor.
The paper was printed in both Cherokee and English.
The paper printed in Cherokee was free. If you needed the English translation an annual subscription was $2.50
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Have you heard about Archy Lee, a former California slave who was kidnapped, re-enslaved, and fought for his freedom all the way to federal court? Learn more at #GoldChainsCA #1619
@CharlesMBlow @samsanders @iJesseWilliams @Kaepernick7 @DaveedDiggs @michaelb4jordan @VanJones68 @repjohnlewis @TheRevAl @CapehartJ Have you heard of Biddy Mason, a former slave who won her freedom, and became one of the richest people in Los Angeles, renowned for her philanthropy? Learn more about her story at #GoldChainsCA
@CharlesMBlow @samsanders @iJesseWilliams @Kaepernick7 @DaveedDiggs @michaelb4jordan @VanJones68 @repjohnlewis @TheRevAl @CapehartJ @RepMaxineWaters @MsPackyetti @MichelleObama @AlfreWoodard @Goapele @ava @OsopePatrisse @ctylernews @GayleKing Did you know that California had its own Fugitive Slave Law? Three formerly enslaved black men, who built a lucrative mining business, were stripped of their freedom and deported back to Mississippi. Learn more at #GoldChainsCA #1619
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a history lesson. #WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

Today’s lesson is LANGUAGE.
Language is a core part of our identity as Indigenous people. When I talk to our Cherokee speakers they always say that if we lose our language we will lose what it means to be Cherokee.
Today, of the 115 Indigenous languages spoken in the US, two are healthy, 34 are in danger, and 79 will go extinct within a generation without serious intervention according to Ethnologue. In other words, 99% of the Native American languages spoken today are in danger.
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a little lesson. #WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

This week's theme is US Federal Indian policy and today’s lesson is the Indian Child Welfare Act.
When the Indian Childhood welfare Act passed in 1978, Congress recognized that 25-35% of Native children had been adopted out of their homes, families and tribes by White and non-Native families. Native communities lost a full third of that generation.
ICWA was created to keep Native kids with Native families. When a Native kid is up for adoption the law prioritizes a family member, another tribal member, or a Native home for placement.
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a lesson. #WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

This week's theme is Federal Indian policy and today’s lesson is ALLOTMENT aka how tribes lost ⅔ of our land through a scheme that was supposed to "help" us.
Usually when people think about Native American land loss they think about Indian Wars. But in the late 1800s, Congress created a scheme to transfer the majority of Native land to White ownership--not by sword or gun but by pen and paper.
In the late 1800s a Senator named Henry Dawes theorized that Native Americans were poor because they didn't own private property. He recommended that communally owned tribal lands be divided up, privatized and plots assigned to individual tribal citizens.
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I think it’s important to remember that our tribal communities are very much so contemporary communities, and don’t exist only in history. So tonight I’ll share a quick story about my own hometown, and our legacy of runners.
New Town High School (New Town, ND) just recently claimed its eighth consecutive state championship in North Dakota Class B boys cross country.

Eight. In a row.

This was the cover of our local newspaper this week. 💜
It gets better. With this win, the Eagles now hold 17 state XC championships. That’s more than any school in the state, the closest being Bowman, ND with 15 titles.
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a history lesson. #WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

This week is on US Federal Indian policy and today is about OLIPHANT, AKA how non-Natives can commit crimes on Native land with almost zero consequences.
In 1978, the SCOTUS ruled that tribes cannot prosecute non-Natives who commit crimes on their land. The case originated when a drunk man named Mark Oliphant assaulted a tribal police officer. He argued the tribe shouldn't have been able to prosecute him because he was not Indian
And he won.

Today, if you are not enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, you can walk onto any reservation and commit murder, theft, sex trafficking, rape, you can even break the speed limit, and the tribe is prohibited from doing anything about it.
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a history lesson. #WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

This week's theme is US Federal Indian policy and we are starting at the very, very, VERY beginning with the DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY.
While the international Indigenous community has been calling for the denouncement of the Doctrine of Discovery for decades, most ppl don’t know what it is. It first appeared in 1455 as a papal bull (a decree from the pope) giving Portugal permission to colonize West Africa.
After Columbus’s infamous voyage in 1492, a similar papal bull was extended to Spain's right to colonize the Americas.

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery asserted simply that Christian Nations became the rightful owner of any land they found occupied by non-Christian people.
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1/ There are a lot of people on #NativeTwitter who aren't officially enrolled. Sometimes this is due to red tape & document requirements, which are difficult to obtain when one has been adopted- especially pre-ICWA. Both my mother and I were adopted, both adoptions sealed (cont)
2/ Our adoption records spanned 4 states, involving multiple courts. All the stars must have been aligned perfectly, because I actually got everything I needed to enroll. BUT, it wasn't without a lot of frustration and expense. It took borrowing $ to get everything. (Cont)
3/ BIA maintains records of all who have CDIB, including my mother (she died when I was young). Yet, I STILL had to go through the courts to get documentation to send to them, even though they ALREADY maintain records. (Cont)
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a history lesson.

Today’s lesson is about the proposed STATE OF SEQUOYAH.

#WeAreStillHere #NativeIn2019

How we teach history often buries resistance, especially if efforts didn’t come to fruition.
In the early 1900’s, with Oklahoma statehood looming, Native tribes were set to lose land and political autonomy. Leaders from the Muscogee, Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole and Chickasaw tribes organized to try and create a Native-led and controlled state.
They named the proposed state Sequoyah, after the Cherokee leader who invented our syllabary. The organizers held a constitutional convention in Muscogee in 1905. At the convention, leaders drafted a constitution, mapped out counties, and elected delegates to petition Congress.
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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a history lesson with the hashtag #WeAreStillHere.

Today’s lesson is BLOOD QUANTUM.
As a mixed, Native woman I am constantly asked “What part Native are you?”. As someone who passes as white, I get some version of that question I would estimate about 95% of the time a non-Native person “finds out” I’m Native American.
As a card-carrying Indian, I have a piece of paper from the US Department of Interior called a “Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood”. It’s kind of like the paperwork that comes with poodles & German Shepherds. It’s the governments measurement of my pedigree, of how native I am
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Ok, tidbits of knowledge for #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
This photo is famous in my tribe. It’s a photo of George Gillette weeping as he signs over 152,000+ acres of prime bottom lands prior to the building of the Garrison Dam, something like 70 miles from where I live just
south of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. I’ve seen it hundreds of times, and I know the story very well.

What I want to point out is the tall man on the far right, white hair. That man is James Baker, my grandpa. My dad’s dad.

This fellow:
I am one generation removed from this event. I won’t mince words - this was an all out attack on our way of life and a means of deconstructing/obliterating a group of powerhouse tribes in the Missouri River valley, and it happened to many tribes up and down the river.
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Hello! It's that time of year, right before the holidays, during #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth when I share a list of gift ideas that support Indigenous people/organizations.

First, WHY support these organizations?
I'd love to tell you.
One of the best ways to fight destructive stereotypes of Native people is to recognize that we are still alive today, still creating, still working.

Instead of buying things about us or "inspired by us" (like Target pillows), buy directly from us. Support our work.
What better time to fight against those stereotypes than around Thanksgiving?

So here is a list of amazing ways you can put your money into Native communities and support Indigenous peoples and our important work.

Let's get started!
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So much to unpack here and not just from one side of my family....
1.My Ggreat-grandpa ChoctawCode talker WW1 2.Trump makes Matoaka(my ancestor)his personal punching bag for politics3.Matoaka a political prisoner,was stolen,raped&never brought home=we paid ransom 4.Jacksons picture=man who inspired Hitler&sent my mother’s tribes on #trailoftears
The audacity to do this to our Sacred elders and Code talkers is beyond disrespectful…
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