Four Ways to Honour Native Culture Without Appropriating

“Many Americans have a disconnected relationship with indigenous peoples: We’re fine as romanticized historical centerpieces and entertainment props, but mocked and ridiculed when we decry the materialistic use of sacred objects like headdresses or call to remove a dictionary-defined racial slur like redskin from the NFL lexicon.

The message is clear to Natives: You can feel honored, or you can shut up.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There are ways you can honor us that don’t diminish the uniqueness of 566 federally recognized tribes down to a few, pan-Indian, stereotypical images that insult, degrade, and dehumanize my people.”

Read the full article with all 4 awesome suggestions HERE

Some Facts That Poverty Deniers Don’t Wanna Hear

“Any thinking person should be able to recognize the hardships suffered by poor families. They’re less likely to have health insurance, even though they’re probably living in a less healthy environment. If they own a home, there’s an estimated 40 percent chance that the outstanding mortgage is more than the value of the home. They’re less likely to have a car, even though having a car has been linked to greater success and opportunity. They’re three times more likely to be victimized by crime. They’re under constant financial stress, with nearly half of them lacking the assets to support their families for even three months.”

Full list HERE

Jamie Haller Sues Three Mounties and the City of Williams Lake BC After Alleged Assault

“Haller’s arrest and treatment are an example of how First Nations people are overpoliced and underprotected by law enforcement.”

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Full story links HERE

Whitewashing and The Problem with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

“None of this is to say we can’t or shouldn’t care about ALS. Obviously, it’s a terrible disease and finding a cure would be an unquestionably good thing. But the idea that we as a nation care about the Ice Bucket Challenge even as much as we do about Ferguson — let alone far moreso — is incredibly disheartening.

We can care about both issues at once, and we should, but right now we’re caring way, way more about the thing that isn’t nearly as important. So by all means, donate money to ALS research — just don’t for a moment think that it absolves you of our collective responsibility to pay attention to and consider the ramifications of an infinitely more important story.”