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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?

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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 […]

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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?

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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 […]

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News

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

Today marks the beginning of National American Indian Heritage Month in the United States.

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News

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.

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History

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, […]

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Politics

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 […]

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Books

Mini-Reviews: “Who Done It?”, “Here I Go Again” and “Hooked”

When Chicago winter rears its ugly, black icy, snow swirly head, all I want to do is stay inside and read books. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to get the flu, but that happened last week. But you know the great thing about the flu (after […]