I’m Not a Turkey Dinner: On the Commodification & Consumption of Indigenous Women’s Bodies

[Original publication date: Dec. 2, 2013]

When, a few days ago, metal band Mastodon released their “controversial” Thanksgiving T-shirt that got them a lot of well-earned accusations of racism, I wondered how controversial it actually is at this moment in time to do what they did? Read More I’m Not a Turkey Dinner: On the Commodification & Consumption of Indigenous Women’s Bodies

The Complexity of #CancelColbert and Why I’m Not Joining Any Teams

I don’t think I even need to describe the chaotic spectacle that happened last week when #CancelColbert started trending on Twitter. If you’re active on social media or you read blogs or maybe you watch The Colbert Report on a regular basis, then you might already be familiar with the unfortunate events that have been occurring due to a out-of-context tweet delivered by the @ColbertReport Twitter account, which has been deleted. What started as a misguided satirical joke, ultimately opened up pandora’s box for online organizers and hashtag activists to flood Twitter with their thoughts on Asian American activism, white savior politics, and on using POCs as the butt of jokes.

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I’m Not a Turkey Dinner: On the Commodification & Consumption of Indigenous Women’s Bodies

When, a few days ago, metal band Mastodon released their “controversial” Thanksgiving T-shirt that got them a lot of well-earned accusations of racism, I wondered how controversial it actually is at this moment in time to do what they did? Read More I’m Not a Turkey Dinner: On the Commodification & Consumption of Indigenous Women’s Bodies

5 Indigenous Women & Activists You Should Know About

Indian Country Today recently highlighted the central role of women in the recent anti-fracking protests by the Mi’kmaq First Nation in Canada. Amanda Polchies famously knelt down in front of a militarized blockade of police officers with nothing but an eagle feather between her and the officers. Amanda is but one of many Mi’kmaq women that faced down a line of police and stood their ground during the protests. She is also but one of many Indigenous women and activists who have worked and currently work toward justice, including such women as: Read More 5 Indigenous Women & Activists You Should Know About

News from NDN Country: National American Indian Heritage Month & More

Today marks the beginning of National American Indian Heritage Month in the United States. Read More News from NDN Country: National American Indian Heritage Month & More

News from Indian Country: On Fracking & Mascots

Between the anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick by the Elsipogtog First Nation and the wave of protests and discussion about mascots this football season, there’s plenty to discuss in Indian country this week. Read More News from Indian Country: On Fracking & Mascots

3 Facts You May Not Know About Indigenous Peoples in United States

In second grade my teacher, Mrs. Kleinart, assigned all of us a book report to be presented to the class. I do not recall the name of the book I read for the assignment, but I do recall the misinformation. This book peddled the usual stereotypes about NDN peoples, that we all live in teepees, that we all wear war bonnets, and that we’re all great horse riders. Fortunately, my family set me right on that count, and I was lucky to have access to and knowledge of my history as an Oneida woman. Read More 3 Facts You May Not Know About Indigenous Peoples in United States

The Government Shutdown & Tribes: Or the Continuing Failure of the Fed to Meet Treaty Obligations

As the United States (U.S.) government shutdown drags on past ten days (and counting), I have begun to fear the long-term consequences of such a halt on the most vulnerable populations in the United States. I’ve already witnessed some of the consequences for my Oneida tribe. All over the U.S., the shutdown disproportionately affects tribes and especially tribes who experience high poverty rates. While the government shutdown continues, the U.S. fails to uphold their treaty obligations to all U.S. tribes. Read More The Government Shutdown & Tribes: Or the Continuing Failure of the Fed to Meet Treaty Obligations