AlterNATIVE Education

wocinsolidarity:

Hey, guys! A couple of my friends at my university really need your help! They are a group of Native (mostly women) students who are trying to spread decolonized education (woooohoooo!!!!) to Native high schoolers on reservations and in New Mexico. It would really help
them out if you could donate something or signal boost this. They are not getting paid, but they need money to travel to the students. Any donation at all is helpful!

Here is what they have to say:

WHO ARE WE?

AlterNATIVE Education is an education-focused non-profit that works with Native American/American Indian students to teach them about the left out history of American Indians. Our facilitators are composed entirely of Columbia University students, the majority being of American Indian descent.

WHAT WE DO
AlterNATIVE Education is a peer-education and mentorship initiative that will ENGAGE students with Native histories, Native governments, Na-tive arts and Native current events, which are topics that are not talked about often enough in the classroom; EMPOWER Native students as community members, as individuals, as agents of change; and finally, ENCOURAGE Native students to seriously consider pursuing higher education through long-term mentorship. AlterNATIVE’s ultimate goal is to have 100% of AlterNATIVE mentees graduate from high school and apply to college.

SUMMER 2014

This summer, alterNATIVE education is expanding, going from four sites to six. This summer, our alterNATIVE education facilitators will be at:

Isleta Pueblo, NM Zuni Pueblo, NM
Pine Hill, NM To’hajiilee, NM
Farmington, NM Acoma Pueblo, NM

CONTACT US

Visit our website at
http://anativeeducation.com

Contact us at:
anativeeducation@gmail.com

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princessnijireiki:

In this Native-directed, -produced, and -starring movie, three contemporary, urban, indigenous sisters, Vickie (Valerie Red-Horse), Karen (Kimberly Norris Guerrero), and Tanya (Irene Bedard), face an uphill battle when they open their own business selling homegrown cosmetics under the name “Naturally Native,” encountering racist, patronizing attitudes along the way. Functioning as (director, writer, and actor) Red-Horse’s commentary on her fight with the movie industry to get Native-centered films, including her own, made, Naturally Native is the first film by, about, and fully financed by Native Americans, with all production monies being supplied by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation.

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is braiding my hair a cultural appropriation ?

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No. Unless you braid your hair and say “look I am an Indian now!” and/or use braids to dress up as another race or culture. 

This may not be true about all types of braiding, and may only be true about the two braids parted down the middle. 

I think that anon meant that you were on that list of supposed "fake" natives and that maybe you should delete and get out of a community that harbors so much hate.

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Oh, maybe. Thanks for trying to clarify that message. I do not condone every action that has been made, but I do respect people’s space and their rights to feel whatever way they want in regards to me. 

winnememwintuvoice:

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION! This will tell legislators in your state that you oppose raising Shasta Dam.California congressional representatives (Democrats and Republicans) are lining up to ram through federal legislation to raise Shasta Dam and guarantee low cost water to Central Valley water brokers for big profits. The Winnemem Wintu of the McCloud River have paid once already, losing our lands, our river and our salmon. We received no compensation when the dam flooded us out, and then were told we’re not Indians any more.
A higher dam will drown more of our ceremonial sites, including the grounds of our Balas Chonas (Coming of Age ceremony), which make us who we are.NO SHASTA DAM RAISE! More info at shastadamraise.com

Please don’t just “like” this.  Reblog!

winnememwintuvoice:

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!
This will tell legislators in your state that you oppose raising Shasta Dam.

California congressional representatives (Democrats and Republicans) are lining up to ram through federal legislation to raise Shasta Dam and guarantee low cost water to Central Valley water brokers for big profits.

The Winnemem Wintu of the McCloud River have paid once already, losing our lands, our river and our salmon. We received no compensation when the dam flooded us out, and then were told we’re not Indians any more.

A higher dam will drown more of our ceremonial sites, including the grounds of our Balas Chonas (Coming of Age ceremony), which make us who we are.

NO SHASTA DAM RAISE!

More info at shastadamraise.com

Please don’t just “like” this.  Reblog!

whatisthat-velvet:

theuppitynegras:

anti-keiara:

pumpkinmommy:

youinspireyourself:

bethmai:

tumblr will find a way to be offended about anything

it’s breeding a generation of people who need to be coddled and protected from life, growing up believing that everyone should hold up a metaphorical sign saying ‘TRIGGER WARNING’ before anything that might be considered offensive (everything)

FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT 

I hate when people say “put a trigger warning.” This statement is so accurate!

Yes!!!

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So it bothers you because people actively try to make tumblr a safe space for oppressed or marginalized people or people who get easily triggered by things because they suffer from something. When they go out in the real world don’t nobody give a fuck about them. And you mad because they can come to tumblr for solace. Ok

(Source: moaninglisasmile)

I've been going through the crude "Witch-Hunt-esque" post that has a list of non-native phonies or whatever. All of the other people have stopped posting and given up. I think you should do the same. You were wrapped up in a community that harbors hate rather than promoting unity, equality, and positive thinking. Racism and prejudice will always exist and that is a shame, but why drag the Natives names through the dirt with all of the blind hate and rage for whites? I wish you the best. Coexist

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Answer

I am not dragging anyone’s name. I think you are mistaking me for someone else. This message is really confusing.. 

Let me know if you would like me to ignore your blog. I am not here hoping to invade your space. There are people on this site who think I am fake and are worried that I might see their personal posts and otherwise invade their spaces; I hope those people will let me know so I can ignore their blogs. 

it must be nice to be white, you can go from being a white wiccan who's a bit iroquois and seneca and then become, what are you now? half native? actual brown and black ppl all over are struggling with their identity and here you are trying to take our identities

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I never claimed to be any of those. And I am not attempting to invade spaces for people of color. I recognize that I have white passing privilege and white privilege. This blog is supposed to be open for Native peoples and people of color to discuss racism, and I spend time calling out white people for saying something racist or wearing racist costumes. 

You will believe what you want to believe, and that is okay. I am not here hoping to make someone uncomfortable. Is there a way you can block or ignore my blog? Would you like me to ignore yours? 

izanzanwin:

ALL NATIVES, ALLIES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PEOPLE, PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST. Today we just kicked off our Annual “Time Out Week” at the University of North Dakota. During this week we have native speakers and events and during the weekend we have the pow wow. Also important to note our theme this year is Gender & sexuality in Native America, important during SAAM. It has become increasingly difficult to recieve funding to even put on these events every year,. Very few administration showed up at our opening ceremony, despite an invite months ago. Its very disappointing to see such racism running rampant on our campus.

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority at the University of North Dakota took this upon themselves to show their blatant racism in relation of the Fighting Sioux mascot being changed. The sorority is right next door to American Indian Student Services. They posted a banner saying: "You Can Take Away Our Mascot But You Can’t Take Away Our Pride!". They continue to display ignorance despite one meeting of reconciliation that already took place. 

EDIT: The above pic is from 2008 
http://www.indianz.com/News/2008/007874.asp 
But the banner is from today 4/7/2014. It just goes to show how this racism towards natives at University of North Dakota has not improved. 

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you really need to stop pretending to be Native, what you're doing IS appropriation

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Answer

I am Native. I am a Native person disconnected from the tribe(s) she is from. I am a Native person who knows more and does more with local tribes than her own. I am a Native person raised off any reservation.

I am a Native person who has always danced, drummed, and worked at powwows. I am a Native person who has volunteered all her life at American Indian Education, where I now work. I am a Native person who goes to American Indian Education conferences. I am a Native person whose father is an honored elder, and was given that title at the California Conference on American Indian Education. I am a Native person who has advocated for local environmental rights and education. I am a Native person with a roll number. I am a Native person who was raised knowing about another tribe’s culture. I am a Native person whose Native grandma was stabbed (46 times) to death by a white supremacist. 

You are making assumptions about me based on rumors rather than facts. 

theuppitynegras:

queer-sports:

Apparently there was a group of Native Americans protesting the Cleveland Indian’s racist mascot, Chief Wahoo, outside Progressive Field before an Indians game, and this totally-not-racist fan (we know this because allegedly he stated he had Native friends) decided to confront them IN FULL RED FACE AND A CHEAP HEADDRESS.
Much respect for the man on the left for not killing that racist right then and there.

he should have snatched that off his head

theuppitynegras:

queer-sports:

Apparently there was a group of Native Americans protesting the Cleveland Indian’s racist mascot, Chief Wahoo, outside Progressive Field before an Indians game, and this totally-not-racist fan (we know this because allegedly he stated he had Native friends) decided to confront them IN FULL RED FACE AND A CHEAP HEADDRESS.

Much respect for the man on the left for not killing that racist right then and there.

he should have snatched that off his head