Category Archives: Decolonization
by Dr. LaNada War Jack, Native News Online, Nov 27, 2014
Traditional American Thanksgiving acknowledges a feast shared between Pilgrims and Indigenous Native people. We know our people assisted with the early immigration process of those people arriving from Europe because they were pitiful, hungry and starving. We were kind and loving people who helped them. However, once they got a foothold, they tried to completely extinguish us, stole our lands and now we are supposed to be thankful. This runs similar to the “Redskin” mascot Issue or the “Columbus Day” celebration of genocide. Today, we are supposed to celebrate Thanksgiving, which is part of the “Broken Circle” corporate holidays. Read the rest of this entry
by RANDY FURST and DEE DEPASS , Star Tribune, November 2, 2014
Thousands of protesters from several states turned out Sunday morning near where the Minnesota Vikings host the Washington Redskins in what they hope is the biggest demonstration ever against the visting team’s nickname.
The marchers met on the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Plaza to hear Indian prayers and then headed to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium at 10 a.m. for a rally and a lineup of speakers before the noon kickoff.
By 10:30 a.m., participants were gathered in a wide swath of lawn to the south of the stadium, holding signs and hearing speakers. There have been no incidents nor any arrests. Read the rest of this entry
Merco Press, October 14th 2014
Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon on Sunday to break up thousands of indigenous protesters demanding land rights and condemning Columbus Day, after masked demonstrators began throwing stones.
The march in Santiago began festively, with demonstrators decked out in colourful clothing and playing traditional indigenous music from around the country. But some protesters turned violent, throwing stones at police, who responded by firing water cannon and tear gas.
“We lost harvesting it, we lost the practice,” program facilitator says
CBC News, Sept 25, 2014
The traditional practice of harvesting and processing wild rice is being revived in First Nations on Manitoulin Island.
The practice had almost died out, but five years ago community members from Wikwemikong started a Wild Rice Restoration Program, said Mary Ellen Kitchikake, the program facilitator.
A crop of Mnoomin, as the rice is traditionally known, was planted. It was recently harvested and processed using traditional methods.
“We lost harvesting it, we lost the practice,” she said. “Some of our people lost the language. It’s the same thing.” Read the rest of this entry
The hunter-gatherer’s dinner is front page news these days. Drawing from the writings of Dr. Boyd Eaton and Professor Loren Cordain, experts in the so-called Paleolithic diet, columnists and reporters are spreading the word about the health benefits of a diet rich in protein and high in fiber from a variety of plant foods 1,2. It’s actually amusing to see what the modern food pundits come up with as examples of the “Paleolithic Prescription.” Jean Carper offers a Stone Age Salad of mixed greens, garbanzo beans, skinless chicken breast, walnuts and fresh herbs, mixed with a dressing made of orange juice, balsamic vinegar and canola oil.3 Elizabeth Somer suggests wholewheat waffles with fat-free cream cheese, coleslaw with nonfat dressing, grilled halibut with spinach, grilled tofu and vegetables over rice, nonfat milk, canned apricots and mineral water, along with prawns and clams. Her Stone Age food pyramid includes plenty of plant foods, extra lean meat and fish, nonfat milk products, and honey and eggs in small amounts.4 Read the rest of this entry
by Allie Shah, Star Tribune, September 2, 2014
Bit by bit, the farm at Little Earth is growing.
So, too, is a movement among American Indians in Minnesota and elsewhere to improve their health by rediscovering ancestral foods and connections to lands once lost.
Far from access to natural maple syrup, wild rice and game available Up North, the residents at Little Earth of United Tribes — a south Minneapolis low-income housing complex — are finding new old ways to grow crops that existed long before European settlers arrived.
Some adherents even have a name for this concept: the decolonized diet.
Diabetes in Indian country is an on-going theme—as are the efforts to combat the disease. One of the most recent steps forward took place recently (July 18-19) at the inaugural International Conference on Diabetes where global researchers weighed in on a surge in Type 2 diabetes—and the role of dietary intervention as a first-line treatment. Nearly three dozen researchers from six countries and leading research institutions presented the current-day status of their investigations involving risk factors and lifestyle interventions as a starting point toward better health.
Western Canada First Nations representatives want government to address troubled relationship
By Martha Troian, CBC News, Juyl 27, 2014
A traditional shaming ceremony held today on the steps of Parliament Hill is meant to challenge the federal government to renew its troubled relationship with First Nations, says a prominent West Coast artist.
Beau Dick, 59, a master carver and hereditary chief from the Namgis First Nation, says the ceremony involves cutting or breaking a large copper shield.
“Breaking copper is a challenge, it is also a shaming, and it is also about banishment,” Dick explained. Read the rest of this entry