This Native American Muslim Uber Driver Just Went Viral for the Wrong Reason

Sonia Martinez of Denver, CO has taken the public by storm after reporting yet another case of racial discrimination. As part of the Facebook group “Uber’s Woman Driving Network”, Martinez was attacked by Rene Hunter, another alleged Uber client, concerning her identity as a Muslim Driver for Uber. Her post containing racist sentiments has gone viral, spreading across Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Reditt,

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Why Racial Justice Work Needs to Address Settler Colonialism and Native Rights

How can we include settler colonialism in our work – especially as it relates to racism against non-Native people of color? It’s complicated, but this article’s got some crucial answers.   Understand Racism and Settler Colonialism as Connected Forms of Oppression Examine How Settler Colonialism Creates Tensions Between Anti-Racism Work and Decolonization Learn That If You’re on US Land, You’re

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Department of Interior, Indian Affairs, Hiring a Genealogist

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The NGS website announced this week an opening at the Department of Interior, Indian Affairs, for a genealogist in the Washington DC vicinity.  Let’s hope that whoever they hire also understands, and I mean really understands, DNA testing – as they assuredly will be bombarded with questions about how DNA testing pertains to Native people and their descendants.   Continue reading Sourced through

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Navajo Kindergartner Sent Home First Day of School For Having Long Hair – UPDATE

Navajo boy sent home for long hair.

By Toyacoyah Brown on August 28, 2014   “Malachi was excited to start school all summer long. After we had enrolled him he was excited, everyday it was the question, ‘mom are we going to school?’” said Malachi’s mother, April Wilson.   Excited about his first day of school, Malachi walked into the doors of F.J. Young Elementary only to

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American Indians – Legal Recognition

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A guest post by Jefe: American Indians seek legal recognition for many reasons, usually related tosovereignty. Tribal sovereignty refers to tribes’ right to govern themselves, define their own membership, manage tribal property, and regulate tribal affairs. It further recognizes the existence of a government-to-government relationship between such tribes and other governments, be they tribal, foreign, state or federal.   Continue reading Sourced through Scoop.it

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One of Canada’s Biggest Cities Just Officially Admitted That It Was Built on Unceded Aboriginal Territory

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Vancouver city council decided that the land still belongs to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.smithsonianmag.com The first western settlement built in what is now the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, went up in 1893. Little more than a trading post set up by the Hudson’s Bay Company, a fur-trading company that at one point owned most of

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Native American Activist #RexdaleHenry Found Dead In Jail Cell After Traffic Fine Arrest

Native American Activist #RexdaleHenry

By Counter Current News A Native American activist was recently arrested and found dead in jail under conditions very similar to those of Sandra Bland in Texas. Rexdale W. Henry, 53, was recently found dead inside the Neshoba County Jail in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on July 14th. He had been arrested over failure to pay a minor traffic citation. Local WTOK, reported that

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Tribe Seeks Hate Crime Charges After Parks Employee Shot 2 Native Americans, Killing 1

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By Rachelle Blidner The Northern Arapaho Tribe wants a Wyoming man charged with a hate crime after police say he killed one tribal member and wounded another at a detox center while targeting homeless alcoholics. Roy Clyde, a 32-year-old parks employee, told authorities he shot Stallone Trooper and James (Sonny) Goggles as they were lying in beds at the Center of Hope in

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Mark Plotkin: What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t

“The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle,” says Mark Plotkin, “It’s the isolated and uncontacted tribes.” In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest’s indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges

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