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The parfum company @Dior has just released "Sauvage" with a Native dancer and Native music in a video ad - Johnny Depp is the voiceover.

I hesitate to call a person out for working for a living, but using Sauvage (French for Savage) is very problematic.

Thoughts #NativeTwitter?
@Dior So according to @Dior's press notes, as reported in the Salt Lake Tribune, they worked with several Native folks – including Americans for Indian Opportunity “in order to respect indigenous cultures, values and heritage,”
@Dior Johnny Depp is trending - I am hardly surprised .. Image
@Dior I have watched the #Sauvage video by @Dior go from several thousand to 600K+ in a matter of hours ...
@Dior Ok Twitter.

For the record ... this is not just cultural appropriation
This is exploitation ... Johnny Depp could have said no.

Native performers struggle to make ends meet.

If social media history is an indication - this will soon turn to demonize the Native people involved.
@Dior Sigh, @Dior could have called it many things ... Native people would have rolled their eyes, subjected once again to corporate financial dominance over culture.

But they pulled out all the stops.

In the end, Native people will be hurt.

@Dior will likely sell millions worth.
@Dior Here is a story I wrote from 2015 about this ...

Johnny Depp’s in @Dior’s “#Sauvage” TV Ad with Hawk, Buffalo and Coyote…
@Dior @Dior has removed the video...

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Oct 10, 2022
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.
Read 16 tweets
Nov 23, 2021
Should we celebrate #Thanksgiving?

As a Native American journalist, author and speaker, I have been asked this question so many times this year.

Here are my thoughts and responses regarding this holiday.

Let me first say it is possible to both celebrate as well as remember.
First - the history re: #Thanksgiving

In 1621, Pilgrims celebrated a feast w/Wampanaog men, but it was not repeated in the years to follow. In 1636, a murdered white man was found in a boat & the Pequot were blamed. In retaliation, settlers burned Pequot villages. 100's died
English Major John Mason rallied his troops to burn Pequot wigwams and attacked and killed hundreds of men, women and children.

They were blamed for a murder they did not commit - and were burned to death.
Read 14 tweets
Oct 2, 2021
Hello Twitter family.
Right now I'm sitting at my father's bedside in an emergency room.
He has a fever (not likely COVID) He is elderly and sick. He also has dementia. He is 72.
It gives me a lot of pause and thoughts.
Can you please read and share this #thread about my father.
I think of the 54 years I have known my father. And I realize there is so much more I could have learned from him. So much I don't know about his life, his feelings about things.
There are things that I will never know. Things I never asked him.
What did his room look like as a kid? Did he read comic books? What was his favorite subject in school?
I realize there is so much.
I'm a journalist, I ask people about their lives every day. I ask them questions I have never asked my father.
Dammit ...
Read 6 tweets
Sep 30, 2021
I am Mohawk.

On this day of #TruthAndReconciliation and #OrangeShirtDay ...

Let me tell you how my family has been affected by #ResidentialSchools.
My Mohawk grandmother, my Tota was sent forcibly to #ResidentialSchool.

My great-grandmother Minnie (Who did not speak English) was told that she could not have her daughters back.

Undeterred, she went back in the middle of the night and helped her daughters to escape.
I am proud of this blood running through my veins, my great tota Minnie and my tota are warriors.

But the story doesn't end there.

For the rest of my life, my tota was terrified.
Read 9 tweets
Jul 23, 2021
So the @MLB team Cleveland are changing their name from the @Indians to the #Guardians.

As a Native journalist that has covered sports and Native mascots for years -- I am so glad to say goodbye to the horrendous image of #ChiefWahoo

Here are my thoughts in a #thread
First for historical reference and some history - here is one of my previous stories:

Since 1928 - A Pictorial History of the Cleveland Indians and Chief Wahoo Logos…

by @VinceSchilling
And here is one more:

Wahoo was a Yankee? 7 Surprising Facts About the Cleveland Indians and Chief Wahoo…

By @VinceSchilling
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Nov 11, 2020
In honor of #VeteransDay2020 and to my fellow Native American Veterans, here a #thread of my photos I've taken as a journalist.

I am proud to be a Native Veteran.

And to all of the veterans out there, thank you for your service.

In honor of #VeteransDay2020 and to my fellow Native American Veterans, here a #thread of my photos I've taken as a journalist.

I am proud to be a Native Veteran.

And to all of the veterans out there, thank you for your service.

In honor of #VeteransDay2020 and to my fellow Native American Veterans, here a #thread of my photos I've taken as a journalist.

I am proud to be a Native Veteran.

And to all of the veterans out there, thank you for your service.

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