The Resistance of Celebrating Christopher Columbus Continues

“Christopher Columbus undoubtedly changed the world. But was it for the better?” History Editors, updated, October 9, 2020

Lovella Black Bear, left, holds a sign calling for the abolishment of Columbus Day during a 2015 demonstration for Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson:AP)

 

Excerpt: Why Columbus Day Courts Controversy, History.com, October 2020 “More than 500 years after he ‘discovered’ the New World—kicking off centuries of exploration and colonization of the Americas—Christopher Columbus is honored with a federal holiday on the second Monday of every October.

However, as historians have continued to dig into the life of Christopher Columbus, controversy has arisen over continuing to honor the Italian explorer as a hero. Like many European explorers, Christopher Columbus encountered indigenous people throughout his voyages.

Spaniards enslaving the Native Americans. Universal History Archive:UIG:Getty Images

There are three main sources of controversy involving his interactions with the indigenous people he labeled ‘Indians’: the use of violence and slavery, the forced conversion of native peoples to Christianity and the introduction of a host of new diseases that would have dramatic long-term effects on native people in the Americas.

On his first day in the New World, he ordered six of the natives to be seized, writing in his journal that he believed they would be good servants. Throughout his years in the New World, Columbus enacted policies of forced labor in which natives were put to work for the sake of profits.

California Natives gather in front of City Hall to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. October 14, 2019, Los Angeles, California. (Photo courtesy of Helena Tsosie)

Later, Columbus sent thousands of peaceful Taino ‘Indians’ from the island of Hispaniola to Spain to be sold. Many died en route…Eventually, his methods and actions caught up with Columbus. A number of settlers lobbied against him at the Spanish court, accusing Columbus of mismanagement…This historical record has cast Columbus’ legacy under a cloud of controversy. Protests at Columbus Day parades, efforts to eliminate him from classroom curricula and calls for changing the federal holiday have all followed.”

Additional Activities/Information

Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration

“Celebrate Indigenous art and culture at the Heard Museum. A visit to the museum is a perfect way to support American Indian artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers and chefs. Join us for this special day during which we honor the vitality, beauty and diversity of American Indian people.” The Heard Museum

9 Things to Do on Indigenous Peoples Day!

“Christopher Columbus did not “discover” America. Today, let’s remember and celebrate the Peoples who were here first!

“Over 130 states, cities and universities across the United States have voted to stop recognizing “Columbus Day” in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day, shifting the holiday’s focus from Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants.”  Cultural Survival.org

https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/9-things-do-indigenous-peoples-day

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

“It’s time to move beyond the falsehoods of Columbus Day!”

“The United States is grappling with the legacy of slavery, systemic racism, and oppression. This requires us, as responsible citizens, to reflect on our own lives, and question our long-held assumptions. We need, furthermore, to intentionally support efforts to dismantle the stereotypes and bigotry ingrained in our country’s history and culture.” CommonWealthMagazine

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/happy-indigenous-peoples-day/

 

Minneapolis March for Slain Boarding School Children

“On Friday, hundreds of people marched in solidarity as part of the boarding school survivor and victim memorial event in Minneapolis. Crowds marched through Southside neighborhoods to raise awareness of the legacy of boarding schools that is still felt in the American Indian community today.”  D. Thompson, September 25, 202

Participants hold signs in the Boarding School Survivor and Victim Memorial March in Minneapolis on Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo/Darren Thompson for Native News Online.)

Excerpt: In Minneapolis, a March for Boarding School Victims and Survivors, By  Darren Thompson, September 25, 202

“The march was organized by the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center and sponsored by the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Tiwahe Foundation, Ain Dah Yung, the Lower Phalen Creek Project, and other American Indian community organizations in the Twin Cities area…Prior to the march, crowds met in the Little Earth neighborhood on Minneapolis’s Southside and listened to speakers share their experiences attending boarding school.”

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Native Book Tell What it Feels like Growing Up in the Inner City

“In a new memoir, Winnipeg environmental activist Clayton Thomas-Muller details what life was like growing up as an Indigenous youth in Winnipeg’s inner city.” Darrell Stranger, September 9, 2021, ICT

Novel- Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Muller. (Screen grab, APTN National News)

 

Excerpt:  Life in the City of Dirty Water ties together his stories of survival with his stories of defending lands against various pipelines.

‘There’s a lot there you know but it’s a story of my life. But you know it’s a shared experience I think that many Native people you know have gone through,’ Thomas-Muller said.

He faced family violence, poverty, racism and eventually ended up in juvenile detention.

This memoir details how he escaped from those troubles once he embraced his culture’s rituals and reconnected with the land…He hopes the book can help non-Indigenous people understand the hardships some Indigenous people like him face.

‘There’s a lot of things that people can do and I hope that Life in the City of Dirty Water inspires both Native and non-Native people you know to come together and understand each other, maybe a little bit more, have a little bit more empathy, little more kindness, and most importantly that it activates people and normalizes conversations about some pretty tough topics,’ he said.”

Life in the City of Dirty Water can be purchased wherever books are sold as well as online.

Navajo Nation Communities Have Increased COVID Spread…President Nez Takes Action

“The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 17 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day…Based on cases from Aug. 13-16, the Navajo Department of Health has issued an advisory notice for 36 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. NM, August 31, 2021

Excerpt:  36 Navajo Nation communities have uncontrolled COVID spread, New Mexico News, August 31, 2021

“President Jonathan Nez has said all Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September or be required to submit to regular testing.

The new rules apply to full, part-time and temporary employees, including those working for tribal enterprises like utilities, shopping centers and casinos.

Any worker who does not show proof of vaccination by Sept. 29 must be tested every two weeks or face discipline.”

For more info Visit: The Navajo Nation Government https://www.navajo-nsn.gov

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Kali Reese: Boxing’s First Native Female Champ!

“Kali ‘K.O.’ Reis member of the Wampanoag/Cherokee tribes, strives to be the undisputed 140-pound champion.”

Kali Reis – Ready For Battle

 

Excerpt:  Boxing’s first Native female world champion defends title, Carina Dominguez, ICT August, 2021

ICT profiled Reis, profiled Reis, Seaconke Wampanoag, last year after she won the WBA’s women’s 140 pound title vs Kandi Wyatt on Nov. 6.

Before Kali Reis was known as ‘K.O.’ Mequinonoag in the ring, jabbing her way to boxing titles, she was raised in her traditional ways by her mother. Both are enrolled members of the Seaconke Wampanoag tribe in Rhode Island. Reis also traces her ancestry to the Nipmuc and Cherokee nations – and to the islands of Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa. In her preteens she was motivated to focus on boxing.

Native Champion Kali Reis. photo-proboxing-fans.com

Reis will defend the title against Diana Prazak with the vacant International Boxing Organization title also at stake.

Kali K.O. Reis walks alongside manager Brian Cohen at her weigh-in on Thursday, August 19, 2021. (Photo by Rudy Mondragon)

She’ll be fighting in California at the Sycuan Casino Resort and she’ll be introduced by Kumeyaay bird singers. Tickets are available for purchase and it will be streaming on UFC Fight pass.”

For More Info on Kali Reis visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_Reis

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Native Comic Elevates Chickaloon Tribe

“Family traditions drive Chickaloonies comic. Seattle authors brings Ahtna  Athabascan tales to life with vivid illustrations and traditional story telling through the eyes of two youths who go on a quest to be the best storytellers in the world.” R. Perry, ICT, August 9, 2021

Chickaloonies Comic

Excerpt: A new graphic novel, Chickaloonies, by Dimi Macheras and Casey Silver, brings stories of the Ahtna Athabascan to life. By Richard Perry, ICT, August 9, 2021

“Dimi Macheras’ love of storytelling is rooted in his Chickaloon family traditions. His grandmother, who was a respected elder and clan grandmother of the Chickaloon Tribe, told traditional Ahtna Athabascan Ya Ne Dah Ah stories to him and his cousins in Alaska when they were children. He never forgot them.

‘She would tell these stories using different voices and act out the characters and their movements using her hands,’ said Macheras, a citizen of the Chickaloon Tribe who now lives in Seattle.

‘It was a tradition in our family, and we were all raised with these stories.’ His grandmother died in 2009, but his mother continued to tell the stories across Alaska until she died in 2014. Now Macheras has teamed up with writer, artist and designer Casey Silver — his business partner in 80% Studios — to share those stories with the rest of the world.

Mr. Yelly

The result — their new graphic novel, Chickaloonies — was released Aug. 1, 2021. It’s the first in a planned series of books for all ages that tell the fantasy adventure of two Indigenous friends involving legends, language and magic in an ever-changing world…The  Chickaloonies story opens at a time of perpetual darkness for the village.

Two Alaska Native youths, the hulking Sasquatch E. Moji and the smaller Mr. Yelly, decide to go on a quest to find the sun and to become the greatest storytellers the world has ever seen. They learn from stories told by past generations that the sun was stolen, gobbled up whole by a giant fish from far away, and long, long ago…The pair then set out to restore balance and save the village of Chickaloon. Along the way, they learn from other cultures and share their Ahtna Athabascan culture and stories with those they meet.”

Visit: Chickaloon, Alaska