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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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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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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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Happy #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Everyday this month I am sharing a history lesson.

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

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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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White people act like they're doin the cha cha slide trying to avoid acknowledging systemic racism.

POC: "Why do you think so many POC are incarcerated compared to white folks?"

White people: *SLIDE TO THE LEFT*
POC: "Why are there so many innocent POC killed by police?"

White people: *SLIDE TO THE RIGHT*

POC: "Do you understand why people kneel & why #BlackLivesMatter & why Natives have to constantly say #WeAreStillHere?"

White people: "TAKE IT BACK NOW YALL..."
POC: "White people need to get their shit together & quit being the main contributors to the issues in society."

White people: "REVERSE!! REVERSE!!!"
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Today #NativeTwitter, Native people are asking the world to recognize we exist.

My contribution as an Akwesasne Mohawk man, will be listing this #THREAD of all federal & state recognized tribes. There are 573 federally recognized and MANY more state recognized.

#WeAreStillHere!
My extensive Twitter #thread honoring #ALLTRIBES

#WeAreStillHere!

Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma
My extensive Twitter #thread honoring #ALLTRIBES

#WeAreStillHere!

Alturas Indian Rancheria, California
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
Aroostook Band of Micmac
Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana
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