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The 4th installment in #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth series highlights the Ute Indian Tribe’s environmental philosophy and approach to conservation as found in the Coalition’s Land Management Plan (LMP). Image ID Slide 1: A graphic. Background is abstract with yel
This series celebrates #NAHM by sharing the conservation perspectives of the five Coalition Tribes with an emphasis on #TraditionalEcologicalKnowledge. Image ID Slide 2: A graphic. Background is abstract with yel
A crucial component of our work is ensuring that Traditional Knowledge is incorporated into the collaborative management of BE, we also strive to ensure that Native ways of knowing are given equal consideration with knowledge understood through a Western scientific paradigm. Image ID Slide 3: A graphic. Background is abstract with yel
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It’s a little bit shorter of a thread due to the holiday, but y’all just produced too much public scholarly goodness this week for me to miss one of my #ScholarSunday threads entirely! So…
…here’s my 103rd #ScholarSunday thread of great public scholarly writing & work, podcast episodes, new & forthcoming books from the past week. Share more below, & I hope it’s been a restful & thankful week, all! #twitterstorians
Starting with a few favorites from the week as usual, including @LeviRickert1 of @nativenews_net on Billy Mills for #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth (h/t @jeff_ostler):…
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Hearing these songs Floods my heart with Good memories of long ago when ALL the Old Ones (Our Grandparents) were still here! There was a Language barrier even amongst the Grandparents n grandchildren, but they SHOWED us what they were doing n We was
watching Every step of the way. They were Showing us he Unviersal language, that anybody could understand, if you just Watch. REMEMBER, Our Sacred Sundance was once Banned by the United States Government. We had the 1st Legal Sundance in 1974 on the Rosebud Reservation in
South Dakota. My Grandfather Bill Schweigman aka Chief Eagle Feather is the 1st Legal Sundance Chief. Our Sundance was Banned, but Our Grandparents STILL Sundanced. It was keeped Underground and Only the Traditional Ndns knew where they were being held n When. If they were caught
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Instrumental to U.S. Army success in the post-Civil War Indian Wars were the Indian Scouts, an enlisted cadre of Native Americans who performed reconnaissance and auxiliary duties.

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First formed in 1866, the Indian Scouts were a force of up to 1,000 men (although this slowly declined as the years passed) whose members were be compensated the same as a white cavalryman.
#USArmy #MilitaryHistory #IndianWars #GreatPlains #AmericanSouthwest #IndianScouts Image
The Indian Scouts supplied desperately needed knowledge of the terrain and enemy belligerents to an Army short on expertise and struggling to accomplish its mission. Indian Scouts were essential to Army’s efforts across the greater frontier. Image
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When the government couldn't kill us all. They took our children away to boarding schools. When that practice declined, they partnered with child welfare agencies and took our kids through foster care. 1/
We've had to fight for our next generations throughout history. And the fight continues because we value our children. They are an extension of us and our ancestors. They are the connections to our futures. 2/
Yt people crying racism because they aren't "first preference" to adopt native children is disgusting.

What makes them believe their way of life is better than the child staying within their tribes? When a tribe is their family in community, not nuclear. 3/
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For as long as we’re here, I’ll be here, & so will be my #ScholarSunday theads—here’s my 101st thread of great public scholarly writing & work, podcast episodes, new & forthcoming books from the past week. Share more below, & solidarity! #twitterstorians
Starting with a few favorites from the week, including @SIfill_ for her newsletter on why real Americans vote vote vote (as they did on Tuesday!):…
Here’s @silasdhouse in @TIME on the resurgence of Christian nationalists:…
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In “On the Air” by Lewis deSoto, one can literally traverse the earth, walking “on the air” and tracing a path from location to location. Different aspects of the artwork represent different aspects of traveling. #LewisdeSoto #PublicArt #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
Visitors encounter patterns of isobars, which are pictures of areas of high and low pressure that occur in the atmosphere. They are made of specially mixed colors of terrazzo that were poured onsite. #LewisdeSoto #PublicArt #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
The round medallions are international airports, and the design is derived from the diagrams that pilots use to determine the angle of ascent or descent into each airport. #LewisdeSoto #PublicArt #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
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Today is the start of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth! The Kumeyaay (also called the Diegueño, Iipay/Tipay) are the Indigenous people of the San Diego/Imperial County and Baja California region, including the land where the Museum of Us resides. (1/4) Title wall of the exhibit featuring a large pot before an an
Supporting and visiting local institutions is a great way to learn from and about Kumeyaay People. The Iipay-Tipai Kumeyaay Mut Niihepok Park is an open public space with outdoor exhibits that honor the culture of the Kumeyaay Nation. (2/4)

Photo of Kumeyaay Cosmology Mosaic
Located in modern-day Old Town, the park features a public gathering area for events and ceremonies, art features, and trilingual displays in Kumeyaay, Spanish, and English, with QR codes to digital resources and maps. (3/4) Learn more:
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The vital @gutenberg_org turns 50 this year! So to celebrate that bday, I wanted to share 5 books you can read for free thanks to that amazing collection. Starting w/Zitkala-Ŝa’s American Indian Stories for #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. #twitterstorians…
I'd love to share lots more online reading recommendations, on Project Gutenberg & beyond, in the crowd-sourced weekend post! What digitally available works or online collections/resources would you highlight, all? @PedagogyAmLitSt
The next free online read in my @gutenberg_org bday series is Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona (1884), a blend of romance & realism that has inspired generations (not always in the ways she intended) & still has a great deal more to teach us. #twitterstorians…
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I've got a big story out today for #TheFrontline on @AtmosMag. it's a profile of @Qchasinghorse, an activist-turned-model who's trying to improve the world of fashion. u already know I had to close out #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth with a bang 💥…
@AtmosMag @Qchasinghorse I hope you're subscribed to the newsletter because I offer some personal thoughts in that version ;) subscribe here:
@AtmosMag @Qchasinghorse this is the first fashion shoot I've produced—& the first profile where I've really spent some time w/ the subject. I'm super proud of the piece (even if other annoying journalists roll their eyes at profiles).

climate activism is about people, after all. love to dive deep!
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From personal experience, I know for sure that the number one thing that saddens the dead more than our grief — is not being conscious of their existence around us. They do want you to talk to them as if they were still in a physical body.
They do want you to play their favorite music, keep their pictures out, and continue living as if they never went away. However, time and " corruption"
have blurred the lines between the living and the dead, between man and Nature, and between the physical and the etheric. There was a time when man could communicate with animals, plants, the ether, and the dead.
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#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth Day 7

Fire medicine post is gonna wait, because there's stuff in my library I want to reference and I'm not home to do so! Today I want to talk about the Point Elliott Treaty and it's contemporary impacts.
Point Elliott is (depending on how you count) the 301st treaty that the US signed with Indigenous Nations (out of more than 500) signed in 1855 and included these important words: The right of taking fish at usual and accustomed grounds and stations (we'll come back to this)
The US constitution, the one that grants y'all rights like free speech and such, also states this on treaties: all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land;
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First introduced to North America 2000 years prior to colonization, this pomegranate looking Dent Corn was once an Indigenous food staple. It’s ruby red color is from nutritious beta-carotene that it’s packed with. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
Dent Corn, like all corn, was first cultivated by Indigenous growers in Meso-America. Through an intricate system of ancient trade routes it was introduced to North America 2000 years ago. Corn, beans and squash are collectively known to many Native tribes as the Three Sisters.
‘The 3 Sisters — Corn stalks offer climbing bean vines support as they reach for sunlight from the earth. The beans, in turn, pump nitrogen back into the soil, fertilizing the corn and squash, while the squash's broad, spiny leaves protect the bean plants from predatory animals.’
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Day 5

I was gonna write something on fire medicine (fire control via fire) but while I was writing it, I watched The Harder They Fall. I often put on stuff in the background to write, usually music, sometimes movies.
This was a mistake, because this movie was incredible, and you should watch it. Now, while it's not a historical tale by any means, it did borrow a lot of historical figures, and while I've heard of most of them, the depiction of one stood out to me in particular.
Cherokee Bill (who briefly speaks Tsalagi Gawonihisdi in the film) had a Black father and Tsalagi/Black mother, both of whom also had some European ancestry due to many of the infamous reasons.
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1/ This headline 91 years ago in what is now #HuntingtonBeach

Over 500 people descended on the burial site, carting away "skulls and other relics." Thousands of years of human history were picked apart and carted away to private collections.
2/ The late 1800s Buck Ranch was in Wintersburg near .@WintersburgHB, Edwards Street and Varsity Drive. Some items are in Bowers Museum collection, but not everything is accounted for & likely in private homes.

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3/ Early 1900s: Universe Effigy west of @WintersburgHB on Cole Ranch.
1970s: Multiple burial site 1320 ft NW of .@WintersburgHB.
Evidence of shell midden & other artifacts on endangered #HistoricWintersburg.
Significant burial remains in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.
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The reason why we even have federal prisons or a federal justice system at all today is because that was the way the US government was able to criminalize Native people/territories and begin weakening tribal sovereignty. The “feds” are actually a fairly recent invention.
And federal prisons and incarceration were literally invented as a way to control and criminalize not only Indigenous individual people but Indigenous sovereign nations as well. Leavenworth Federal Prison was the first ever federal prison and was opened in 1896.
With the introduction of the Major Crimes Act of 1885, US criminal laws expanded to all Native peoples on and off the reservations, increasing the federal government’s reach into Indian crime in Indian Territory, policing people for behaviors that may have been perfectly legal.
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To @sunrisemvmt: we see that you have endorsed @RepDebHaaland for Secretary of the Interior. We believe that she can be a strong candidate, but only if she is accountable for her anti-Freedmen legislation and stands up against Jim Crow in Indian Territory.…
We must protect our planet, but you cannot allow your climate change activism to be complacent with apartheid and disenfranchisement of the descendants of enslaved people owned by Native American masters. We must be treated equally and Deb Haaland has undermined us in legislation
If you believe that #ALLBlackLivesMatter, including #BlackNatives, please call for @Deb4CongressNM to meet the demands of our petition as a part of your endorsement. All Natives should be treated with dignity and respect.
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It wasn’t long ago that NYC was inhabited by the Lenape people, who used the island for trade, oyster cultivation, harvest, political meetings, and more!

Most people are unaware of the island’s pre-colonial history, so here’s a thread with info! Image
Manhattan itself derives from the Munsee Lenape dialect word ‘manaháhtaan’, with ‘manah’ meaning ‘to gather’, ‘-aht’ meaning ‘bow’, and ‘aan’ acting as a verb stem. Translated as ‘place to gather bows’.

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This named was earned for the hickory tree grove that grew on the lower end of the island. The wood of these trees was some of the best for the construction of bows.

Speaking of trees.
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It’s pretty disappointing to see the people on #NativeTwitter who were posting about #BlackLivesMatter for exposure just a few months ago remain silent when there’s literal apartheid going on in some Indigenous Nations in this country. Freedmen deserve equality and we deserve
to be heard and respected. Right now, our petition only has 261 signatures, even though a pro-Freedmen person in the Secretary of the Interior position could really make an impact in Indian Country in Oklahoma. We need someone to hold these discriminatory tribes accountable.
It really only takes a few minutes to sign and share a petition but a lot of y’all would rather scroll past this. Please sign and share. I don’t want to have to go another year of having to tell my family we don’t qualify for citizenship in our tribes.…
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Her name’s Faith. She’s 1 in 10 million. This is an incredibly good sign. Rebirth, regeneration, a deeply profound renewal of the soul.

Faith’s arrival into this chaotic world was timed perfectly. White buffalo calf’s are heavy medicine. She will help bring a pervasive measure of cleansing to a planet in the grips of a global pandemic, political turmoil and ecological devastation. Hanhepi was’te, good evening.
‘Lakota prophecy foretold how the birth of a white buffalo calf would be a sign that it would be near the time when she would return again to purify the world. What she meant by that was that she would bring back harmony again and balance, spiritually.’
White Buffalo Calf Woman
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Deb Haaland co-sponsored a bill that removed protections for Black descendants of enslaved people owned by members of the Five Slaveholding Tribes in 2019. In four of these tribes, there are active Jim Crow policies. We must hold her accountable.…
As she is being considered for Secretary of the Interior, it is important to ensure that she supports Freedmen of the Five Tribes BEFORE entering office and that she will implement a plan for equality and integration while in office. Native representation is great but it should
not come at the cost of Black Native people’s tribal, civil, and human rights. Please sign and share the petition. She must stand against the immoral policies of the Five Tribes if she is to be considered for Secretary of the Interior.
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This is a peculiar time of year for Native people. Colonial holidays & massacres go hand-in-hand with consumerism. Two old white imperialists colonized the first two weeks of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Here are Indigenous political projects you should check & support (thread):
@The_Red_Nation Podcast is nearly finished with our first run of #NativeReads, centering Oceti Sakowin (D/N/Lakota) authors. Check out the study guides, buy the books, & support Oak Lake Writers Society:…
@The_Red_Nation @The_Red_Nation Podcast has grown to include Red Power Hour, @DecolonizedP, & Wosdée (w/ @majerle_lister & @wahgraphy). Support our podcast endeavors, as we plan to launch #NativeReads (Native writers interviewing Native writers) as an stand-alone podcast:
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There is modern-day Jim Crow in Indian Territory against Black descendants of slaves owned by Native masters. @RepDebHaaland has supported policies that will allow these policies to continue.

“We are being discriminated against by our own Nation because we are Black.”
“Not because we’re Indians, but because we are Black, we have Black blood. We are counted every year for the money that they get for ALL the government programs and they vote us out every year of those programs.”
“Investigate our nation for the problem that they’re having right now with the Blackness of our skin and the crook in our hair. We ARE Seminoles and we will always be Seminoles. We were born Seminoles. We will die Seminoles and we stand with Seminole Nation.”
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Yes, Native Americans in the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Seminole, and Creek Nations owned slaves. Yes, members from these tribes fought on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War. Yes, the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations continued to own slaves until 1866.
The Creek, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Nations deny the descendants of these documented slaves citizenship rights to this day. The Seminole Nation only allows for the descendants of their slaves to have partial citizenship rights.
This needs to be at the center of discussions of anti-Blackness in the United States. There are still four sovereign nations that we allocate federal funds towards that discriminate against the descendants of their slaves. And no one ever seems to mention this on national media
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