August 31, 2014
Trail of Tears’ sign on ESPN’S College GameDay Show sparks another Faux-pology – Native Max Magazine

August 28, 2014
#ChoctawFest MARY FAILING: Choctaws speak out against Gov. Fallin appearing at this weekend’s Labor Day celebration

MARY FAILING: Choctaws speak out against Gov. Fallin appearing at this weekend’s Labor Day celebration

ChoctawNation.com

OKLAHOMA CITY — Many Choctaws over the past week have been left wondering if tribal leaders are completely out of touch with their members, especially in regards to the guests at this weekend’s Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival in Tuskahoma.

Many were originally miffed that cast members of the Andrew Jackson-praising Duck Dynasty clan were showing up for a meet and greet, but even that news couldn’t prepare organizers for the backlash upon the announcement that Gov. Mary Fallin would be there to participate in several events including the unveiling of “Honoring the Giver of Life” statue in front of the Choctaw Nation Capitol/Museum and the Grand Entry of Inter Tribal Pow Wow on the Capitol lawn.

When the news hit the Choctaw Nation’s Facebook page, the responses were less than favorable as well, with comments ranging from aggressive to incendiary. For example, Charles Wood suggested a “coup of the current Choctaw government” and Vince Blackfox added “maybe she’ll bring her daughter or at the very least she will wear her daughter’s headdress.” These were very typical of the mix of heated emotions going on and will probably continue to rise as rumblings about protests start to happen.

Summer Wesley, both a Choctaw member and an Oklahoma-based Tribal Law attorney, couldn’t believe her eyes when she read the announcement.

“Mary Fallin has demonstrated to not be an ally to Native tribes, yet has been chosen to not only appear at Choctaw Fest, but to unveil a statue in honor of our women,” Wesley said. “As a Choctaw woman, I am appalled that she is being given a platform for her insincere pandering and her participation in the unveiling causes the statue to lose all honor to me. Further, I think this sends the wrong message to Indian Country regarding the Choctaw Nation’s priorities and loyalties. Fallin’s participation implies that our Nation condones her anti-Native policies.”

The Choctaw Nation has dedicated this year’s Labor Day Festival to the “strong Choctaw women who are the heart of Choctaw culture.” Allowing Fallin to appear, especially for this theme, has also become a bone of contention. Activist Jamie Folsom said she believes that Fallin “doesn’t represent the kindness and strength we celebrate about women,” while Dawn Standridge doubled-down with “She’s supposed to be representing strong women because of the theme of the festival. …excuse me but don’t we have strong NATIVE women who would be more appropriate!”

Many Choctaws also declared seeing this for what it more than likely is: another act of pandering from a politician who has worked hard to take away Native rights, from the Baby Veronica fiasco to various water-rights issues, to clearing the government of most Indian advocate to her own failing to keep anti-Native sentiment in-check within her own home. It’s a ploy that pretty much everyone had something to say about.

Valerie Branyan said, via Facebook, “She cleaned house of all natives when she took office, she fought us in court, she helped rip Veronica Brown from her dad, her daughter insults Natives making national attention, and we are letting her spoil our festival with her stink? Really?”

“Just found out she is having a booth too!!” commented Brenda Kennedy. “I hope Choctaws who are fed up with her educational policies, her desire to get Sardis Lake in her corporate grasp, her desire to ignore the Native people at every turn…will let her know about it personally this weekend.. She does care now only when she wants to be re-elected!!! A voteless people are a voiceless people…. the way you make your voice heard is to VOTE!!!”

“She is merely taking advantage of the fact that our native communities are welcoming and respectful to all visiting dignitaries because that is our way,” Johnnie Jae, Midwest Regional Director for Native Max Magazine, added.

“After years of disregarding and disrespecting the indigenous nations of Oklahoma, Governor Fallen (sic) plans to make an appearance at the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival? Why?” Jae asked. “So she can use it as an opportunity to appear as though she is concerned or interested in the native nations of this state, without actually have to listen to their concerns. She can show up, shake a few hands and smile while photographers capture the moment and she can say that she’s done a good job maintaining a good relationship with our native nations and communities.”

While the aforementioned rumblings of a protest are just starting, other tribal members are planning on voicing their opinion via letters to Chief Gary Batton or by simply not showing up to the festivities at all.

Some plan on simply following Sarah Ridge Drake’s lead.

“I will be wearing my “Vote for Joe Dorman” t-shirt!” Drake exclaimed.

- See more at: http://www.reddirtreport.com/red-dirt-news/mary-failing-choctaws-speak-out-against-gov-fallin-appearing-weekend%E2%80%99s-labor-day#sthash.GX20xi8c.dpuf

August 28, 2014
#ChoctawFest Fallin Fail

Reaction to the announcement that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin would take part in the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival

June 19, 2014
nativeamericannews:

Patent office cancels trademarks for Washington football team
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the trademarks belonging to the Washington NFL team due to their “disparaging” nature.The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued its long-awaited ruling on a petition filed by a group of young Native activists. They successfully argued that the team’s six trademarks are offensive to Native people.

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Patent office cancels trademarks for Washington football team


The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the trademarks belonging to the Washington NFL team due to their “disparaging” nature.
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued its long-awaited ruling on a petition filed by a group of young Native activists. They successfully argued that the team’s six trademarks are offensive to Native people.

(Source: indianz.com)

June 19, 2014
US Patent and Trademark Office cancels trademark registrations for the Washington Racial Slur team! or In which I attempt to explain How did we get here? Where do we go from here? To Twitter we go! #NotYourMascot - Cutcha Risling Baldy

June 18, 2014
nativeamericannews:

Wildfire Sparks Evacuations on Navajo Nation, 11,000 Acres Burned
Two communities have been evacuated on the Navajo Nation as firefighters struggle to get a blaze under control, hampered by “high winds and extreme fire behavior,” according to KOB News out of New Mexico.

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Wildfire Sparks Evacuations on Navajo Nation, 11,000 Acres Burned


Two communities have been evacuated on the Navajo Nation as firefighters struggle to get a blaze under control, hampered by “high winds and extreme fire behavior,” according to KOB News out of New Mexico.


(Source: indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)

June 18, 2014
nativeamericannews:

Payday Nation
 Calif. — The whitewashed, one-story office just off California’s Highway 20 doesn’t look like much.But the building is listed as the address of at least four thriving financial enterprises. They are part of the multibillion-dollar industry of online payday loans: short-term loans of up to $1,000 that are sought by low-income people whose bad credit makes them so desperate for a cash advance they will accept interest rates that can exceed 400 percent.

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Payday Nation

 Calif. — The whitewashed, one-story office just off California’s Highway 20 doesn’t look like much.
But the building is listed as the address of at least four thriving financial enterprises. They are part of the multibillion-dollar industry of online payday loans: short-term loans of up to $1,000 that are sought by low-income people whose bad credit makes them so desperate for a cash advance they will accept interest rates that can exceed 400 percent.

(Source: projects.aljazeera.com)

June 18, 2014
nativeamericannews:

Supreme Court Sides With Tribe in Surprising Ruling
In 2010, the Bay Mills Indian Community, a tribe in Michigan, opened a casino outside of its reservation in the small rural town of Vanderbilt. It did so without placing the land in question into trust by the federal government, a prerequisite to gaming. The state of Michigan sued the Bay Mills Indian Community, but the tribe held that the Michigan suit didn’t have merit because of its tribal sovereignty immunity. Tribes have immunity from lawsuits unless they otherwise consent. Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, which—to the surprise of many observers—ruled in the tribe’s favor.

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Supreme Court Sides With Tribe in Surprising Ruling


In 2010, the Bay Mills Indian Community, a tribe in Michigan, opened a casino outside of its reservation in the small rural town of Vanderbilt. It did so without placing the land in question into trust by the federal government, a prerequisite to gaming. The state of Michigan sued the Bay Mills Indian Community, but the tribe held that the Michigan suit didn’t have merit because of its tribal sovereignty immunity. Tribes have immunity from lawsuits unless they otherwise consent. Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, which—to the surprise of many observers—ruled in the tribe’s favor.


(Source: colorlines.com)

June 18, 2014
nativeamericannews:

Ceremonial PTSD therapies favored by Native American veterans
Native American veterans battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder find relief and healing through an alternative treatment called the Sweat Lodge ceremony offered at the Spokane Veterans Administration Hospital.

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Ceremonial PTSD therapies favored by Native American veterans

Native American veterans battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder find relief and healing through an alternative treatment called the Sweat Lodge ceremony offered at the Spokane Veterans Administration Hospital.

(Source: news.wsu.edu)

June 10, 2014
nativeamericannews:

Anti-Redskins Commercial Will Air During NBA Finals
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a California Tribe, has bought commercial slots in seven media markets (Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington) for the purpose of showing a commercial that protests the team name and mascot of Washington’s NFL franchise. The NBA finals are shown on ABC.

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Anti-Redskins Commercial Will Air During NBA Finals


The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a California Tribe, has bought commercial slots in seven media markets (Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington) for the purpose of showing a commercial that protests the team name and mascot of Washington’s NFL franchise. The NBA finals are shown on ABC.

(Source: indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)

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