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Akwesasne Mohawk | Editor @NativeViewpoint | Author, Journalist, Speaker | Stories, Press Releases: Vincent@NativeViewpoint.com | Proud Husband @DelSchilling ❤️
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Nov 23, 2021 14 tweets 5 min read
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
Oct 2, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
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.
Sep 30, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read
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.
Jul 23, 2021 11 tweets 5 min read
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Here are my thoughts in a #thread First for historical reference and some history - here is one of my previous stories: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

indiancountrytoday.com/archive/since-…

by @VinceSchilling
Nov 11, 2020 16 tweets 18 min read
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.

#HappyVeteransDay
#HappyVeteransDay2020 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.

#HappyVeteransDay
#HappyVeteransDay2020
Oct 3, 2020 21 tweets 23 min read
I missed powwow season this year. #thread of photos

So here are a selection of my favorite #powwow photos I have taken as a journalist: I missed powwow season this year. #thread of photos

So here are a selection of my favorite #powwow photos I have taken as a journalist:
Aug 23, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
Who is your favorite superhero and what is their superpower? My favorite superhero...

I have several actually.

Nightcrawler. He could transport himself. #Bamf!
Aug 15, 2020 11 tweets 3 min read
Native Blood

By @VinceSchilling

If you want to wear my headdress
Then wear the blood that fell down our temple as we were beaten by a settler's rifle

If you want to wear our feathers
The wear the cries of animals killed for sport when we were left starving

(cont.) If you want to wear paint on your face as my ancestors did
The wear the mud stuffed into the mouths of babies, silenced and suffocated
to let the tribe, hiding from hunters, survive

The land we belong to, gifted to us by the Creator
Was stolen from under us

(cont.)
Jul 31, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
Let me tell you a few things about my wife's efforts for #MMIW Mr. @MotivatedNot ...

For five years - without missing one single day - she manually tweets about #MMIW, holidays, days she is sick, and more.

She has never asked for attention for herself. (continued) I've watched her wake up at times, frantic that she has missed a day, and tells me "I want to remember these women, because the families never can forget."

My wife is also agoraphobic, and has anxiety so she does everything she possibly can.

Media asks to interview her. (cont.)
Jul 3, 2020 9 tweets 4 min read
I'm getting requests for comments as a #NativeAmerican man regarding the Washington @Redskins.

Here is a #thread with my comments:

Yes - I want the team to #ChangeTheName.

Yes - I think the term is a racial slur.

These images I took at a @NFL game tailgate: do not honor me. ImageImage Notice in the above photo, I blurred the faces of the people wearing items that they feel represent the @Redskins.

I blurred their faces because I do not want them to be targeted, ridiculed, called names or simply disrespected.

In other words: I don't want them treated like me.
May 25, 2020 10 tweets 4 min read
Today is #MemorialDay - the day in which we honor and remember those servicemen and servicewomen who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

As a Native American former U.S. Army Lieutenant and enlisted soldier, I would like to express this honor in a #thread. Image Lori Ann Piestewa, 23-years-old

Army Specialist Lori Piestewa (Hopi) was the first American servicewoman killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was also the first Hopi woman and the first Native American woman to die in combat in the service of the United States. Image
Apr 27, 2020 4 tweets 5 min read
In this Zombie Apocalypse movie ... Native people are immune!

A video interview with @MichaelGreyeyes about #BloodQuantum!

indiancountrytoday.com/news/in-this-z…

via @VinceSchilling ImageImage There is a LOT to be excited about with #BloodQuantum by kick-a** director Jeff Barnaby! (@tripgore)

He killed it! Did you know #BloodQuantum is the biggest budget for an Indigenous-led film in Canadian history?

GO JEFF!!! Image
Mar 22, 2020 11 tweets 6 min read
My article on AMAZING Native artists, musicians, writers comedians & actors whose careers have been affected by #COVIDー19.

Here's a #thread w/ their quotes.
Please follow them.

‘Native artists are resilient. We’ll get through this’

indiancountrytoday.com/lifestyle/nati…

By @VinceSchilling A quote from comedian Joey Clift / @joeytainment

"We don't have 401ks, we're contract employees ... So for the next two weeks to several months ... we're just out of work."

‘Native artists are resilient. We’ll get through this’
indiancountrytoday.com/lifestyle/nati…

By @VinceSchilling
Mar 18, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
Just to give an example of my #Dyslexia:

I'm NOT giong to edit it.

Here are tough words: rememnber, memeber, strenght, Natahan (the name) straighth, etc.

This is how I just typed them, my brain doesn't feel the reversal.

For everything I type, I often go back and correct it. Here are other words I struggle with having #Dyslexia.

Again, I will not edit how I type them. Similar or repeated letter combos give me trouble.

absulotuely
firend
rememeberance
dissatsissfied
constittution
apppropriate
reperesentatitve
independente
signisificant
Mar 12, 2020 5 tweets 5 min read
#NativeNerd reviews: Freaks, Spenser & Dispatches From Elsewhere.

@netflix:
#Freaks: STELLAR
#SpenserConfidential: Funny but a bit stereotypical

@AMC_TV:
#DispatchesFromElsewhere: One of the BEST things on TV

@VinceSchilling for ICT & @RottenTomatoes

indiancountrytoday.com/lifestyle/nati… So here are my summaries of this week's reviews:

@netflix #Freaks: 9.0 / 10

“I suspected good, but wow, this blindsided me in the best way. Lexy Kolker, who plays a 7-year-old protagonist named Chloe, is commanding in her role." Image
Mar 5, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
A #thread of some of my recent #NativeNerd movie reviews:

Sonic the Hedgehog
7.9 out of 10

“Mildly corny humor directed at kids, but the overall saving grace is Jim Carrey as the wildly weird Dr. Robotnik”

indiancountrytoday.com/lifestyle/nati… The Invisible Man
9.0 out of 10

“Elisabeth Moss delivers a gritty, yet commanding performance worthy of big notice. Though the film is The Invisible Man, Moss makes this movie what it is, an excellent anxiety-ridden thrill ride.”

indiancountrytoday.com/lifestyle/nati…
Feb 26, 2020 11 tweets 3 min read
In our world of chaos, it is tough to stay on the path best suited to help us grow and thrive.

Though you might be struggling or perhaps filled with uncertainty, let me give you some reassurance with this brief #thread.

First - You are exactly where you are supposed to be. You might respond: "But I don't want to be where I am."

I say, "Well, good for you."

This means you are a being of light, that wishes to grow. The Creator put us here to learn, break out of our shell and create new possibilities.

Your mental state is in a state of growth.
Feb 10, 2020 4 tweets 5 min read
President of the @NCAI1944, Fawn Sharp at the #SOIN2020 State of Indian Nations.

Sharp has addressed #VAWA, #ICWA and more ...

"#MMIW is ravaging our communities and families" Image @NCAI1944 President of the @NCAI1944, Fawn Sharp at the #SOIN2020

"Tribes are doing amazing things ..." Sharp says Its time for the federal government to step up and meet its obligations.

Watch here - newsmaven.io/indiancountryt… Image
Feb 10, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
Just so you know, since many people are about to watch the #Oscars, there's a bit of Native history.

In 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather was asked to deliver a speech for Marlon Brando, who rejected his Oscar for best actor due to the mistreatment of Native Americans in Hollywood. Image When Sacheen Littlefeather came to deliver the speech, Western actor John Wayne was held back by security because he was outraged by Littlefeather.
Feb 9, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
I have a question for #Parasite director Bong Joon Ho.

I am wondering about his choice of appropriating Native imagery.

I wonder if it was a purposeful message.

As a courtesy, if you have not seen Parasite, there are minor spoilers ahead in my #thread. In #Parasite, there are two families, one is a poor family struggling to make ends meet, they resort to fraudulently posing as potential employees to get a job with a rich family.

The mother of the rich family buys everything Native-related for her young Boy Scout son.
Feb 1, 2020 8 tweets 6 min read
Photos of some of my dear friends who are proud #BlackIndians

#Thread This is Harold Caldwell, Muskogee Creek / Gros Ventre an awesome friend and #BlackIndian who also grew up in Compton as did I. Image