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Native American attorney continuing the legacy of my relative Standing Bear who was the first Native American to win civil rights in the United States
Jun 4 5 tweets 2 min read
Grieving great grandfather asks police in Uvalde why they didn’t do anything to help his great granddaughter who was murdered. A random White man tells him to stop living in the past. So on brand. All those people alongside the police chastising him with “sir, this isn’t the right way” are just as pathetic. Who are they to tell him how to express himself? He should have hit that White man who told him to stop living in the past right between the eyes. I would have.
Oct 27, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
This is such a joke. “Native Americans in the Atlanta region approve the tomahawk chop? Hello—the Whites removed all the Natives from the Atlanta region to Oklahoma on something called the Trail of Tears! Ask Natives in Oklahoma. We all hate it and know it is racist. #WorldSeries Here’s a graphic to prove my point about the Trail of Tears. There are zero Native American nations in Georgia because the Whites forcibly removed the state’s 2 Indigenous nations—the Cherokee Nation and the Creek Nation. Where’d they go? Oklahoma. Where are they today? Oklahoma
May 4, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
I wrote Harvard a letter demanding they return my Ponca ancestor Standing Bear’s tomahawk. No answer. Today, my story airs on Boston NPR’s All Things Considered and I just got confirmation a resolution for repatriation will be introduced in Nebraska Legislature. They will hear me And I want to give credit to Sen. Tom Brewer of the Nebraska Legislature with whom I am working on the resolution. He is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the first Native American ever elected to the state legislature in Nebraska. Very grateful and appreciative!
May 4, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
When everyone rushed to declare Santorum’s white supremacy and racism, I declared a failure to link his comments to the real injustice—the ongoing dispossession of Native American land. His “wilderness” myth of American exceptionalism defends the state by whitewashing land theft! Instead, all those denouncing him focused on Native American “contributions to America” like an Iroquois influence on the Constitution or corn. The only “contribution” that matters is every last acre of land as the injustice of land dispossession that began then never stopped!
May 2, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
One of the most common arguments I see in this DC statehood deal is “reuniting the Dakotas.” When Dakota Territory (ND and SD) was formed in 1861, West Virginia was just Virginia. Today WV has fewer people than Idaho and Nebraska. Why does nobody call for reuniting the Virginias? Image The only reason I can think of is because Virginia is a pretty competitive state; one that Democrats absolutely cannot afford to lose and that adding WV to it would make it even more competitive?
Dec 29, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Today is the 130th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre. If anyone has heard of one massacre of Native Americans, its this because it happened last. Though last, it was not the worst nor was it rare. Read this thread for just a small selection of similar massacres few know of In 1863, American soldiers in Lincoln's Union Army brutally murdered over 400 Shoshone men, women, and children during the Civil War at the Bear River Massacre—the single greatest loss of Native American lives in U.S. history
Apr 9, 2020 10 tweets 3 min read
Today rapid testing devices and supplies for a testing capability of 9000 are slated to go out to Native American health facilities. Testing expected tomorrow. This thread is about an unexpected move by the administration for Natives and a narrative that was needlessly buried 1/ On April 2, Dr. Birx announced that the Trump administration was giving Native American health services priority access to the new 15-minute Abbott rapid coronavirus tests that received FDA approval just days earlier. A positive Politico article follows.…