The Fist

Heart is heavy, explained by genetic memory linked with stolen sisters and taken brothers.

Decolonize and realize that in civility reality becomes a fallacy, forced into this mentality, inferior to the superior, stories with white heros, taught by monsters who have mimosas during games of golf.

While I waste my time trying to understand why traditions like Thankstaking still stand on native land, and as we yell racism making accusations creating noise that destroys the real issue.

A ploy from UNLEARNING white is right; and that dark/ an exotic space meant to be explored, exploited, expendable.

Well, the people have you had enough? You learned their forked tongue and learned their tactics, have you had ENOUGH.

Solidarity means more than sincerity. Commitment to action to people; freedom from evil.

Don’t reason with the weasel. Rise with the eagle.

Colonization

Some would say colonization does not exist anymore. I chuckled when I heard that. Yes, the monster of colonization has morphed into new tactics since WWII, and now new names have been created to explain these new markers such as neo-liberalism, settler-colonialism, and globalization. Settler-colonialism is in some ways more dangerous than colonization; similar to a deathly invisible and odorless gas. Settler-colonialism is difficult to detect because our own indigenous people are crossing over down into the rabbit hole of assimilation and they don’t even have a problem with still calling themselves native. Discussion about identity, enrollment, gender roles, normalization of certain acts all come into question. Another indicator is that settler-colonizers will now proclaim that settler-colonization does not exist because it ended a long time ago. As long as exploitation, a sense of othering, injustice, and patriarchy continues then colonization will continue.

All species have been affected by colonization. The diverse species of food is going extinct because of GMO’s and industries such as Monsanto. People and living entities are now being patented, which is the most insane act a person can do. Human’s, settler-colonialist, are now taking the act of creation in their own hands and are messing with the natural order and are playing God. When I say God I do not in any way mean Christianity, I am referring to the force that ensures that humanity can enjoy another day on earth. Messing with the possibilities of DNA is the new “frontier” and will eventually be destroyed; just like the land that needed to be discovered during the time of the Frontier Thesis by Frederick Jackson Turner was written.

Now in 2015 we see so much of our earth and people are being threatened by authorities that have agenda based off the spirits of greed and exploitation. We as the people of this earth need to put a stop to this atrocity and put our foot down as authorities of the land. Corporations and politicians are afraid of the people when organization happens without the authorities that identify themselves as formal leaders. If we let destruction continue on we will have no future for our grandchildren. A colonial mind is a disease and is more destructive that any disease they treat in a hospital because it keeps an individual from being a good relative to not only other humans but to the land as well. A colonial mind creates this false reality that an individual is separate from the world around the. This separation allows them to destroy the land and being able to have a good nights rest right after.

If you want to read more about the colonial mind I suggest you check out the work done by Dr. Michael Yellow Bird who is a professor at North Dakota State University. Also a good book to read that discusses the relationship between the colonizer and colonized is a book by Albert Memmi titled “The Colonizer and the Colonized.”

Thoughts on the Introduction of the Transit of Empire, by Jodi A. Byrd

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As I finished Jodi A. Byrd’s introduction, similar thoughts and feelings arose from when the first time I read it back in the Spring semester of 2013. This time I rushed through the last part and forgot most of the first half. However, I got a good understanding of what Byrd is getting across and I consider much of her research as reflecting my contemporary academic epistemological world view. Maybe because my professor Dr. Myla Vicenti-Carpio is a big influence and she introduced me to the Transit of Empire. This time the introduction touched a different part of my mind. Maybe due to the paradigm shift that took place back in 2013, because I do remember how excited and moved I was by her work and the other scholars I was reading around that time in grad school.

Now, I found myself looking more in depth and raising questions from her book. She mentioned liberal humanism and it struck me because it questions the values/ goals/ needs a human strives for (p. xxiv). Among western civilization there is a need to be FREE, that is why the U.S. Empire pushes for militarization. Freedom is contested through the binaries of that of which is free and unfree and the cacophonies (unnecessary noise) keeping freedom from being achieved by everyone, thus furthering the agenda of globalization in a unquestioned post-colonial world. Globalization’s main lobbyist is Western Civilization and the birth of this mentality was initiated by the genocide of the indigenous people of Turtle Island. Western mainstream mentality is rooted in greed, competition, measurement, individualism, and discovery. And yet all over the world rebelling against the system is a righteous thing to do. From Hunger Games to Divergent, all the way to social movements, and police brutality, these events are articulating what freedom is, who should contest it, who should experience it, and how will it be achieved. A part of Byrd’s argument is that indigenous stories need to be included in post-colonial studies and that AIS/NAS needs to be more inclusive in the conversations happening around post-colonial theory. We need to make connections and tell our stories.

Byrd mentions this story among the Choctaw that tell of the Upper and Lower worlds colliding with the between world and when that happens chaos happens, both negative and positive (p. xxvii). I am starting to think a renaissance is about to happen, where scholars and artist are able to better articulate the world around us. This articulation will bring up important topics of coming together and learning to live together differently; environmental protection and the concept of being a good relative; defining roles for genders and ages and understanding identity on a global scale. 

Fracking Away Our Medicinal Plants

From a colonized mindset one can easily forget the importance of water, especially its spiritual implications. Learning from indigenous individuals about the holistic connection with water and land can save humanity from mass destruction. Sootahkii Callinglast is an intelligent individual who has extensive knowledge on the life of water. I encourage everyone to follow her blog and learn more about water.

Indigenous Waters Blog

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I write this with concern from a water and soil quality perspective but also as a member of a tribe in contracts with oil and gas companies. I am part of the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta and the Blackfeet tribe of Montana.

First, this matter is immediately concerning to me because my family will be living close to proposed frac wells and I am concerned for not only their health but also the health of the future generations of my family and tribe.  Second, but not any less important is the intricate connection between animals and plants, their health and habitat, and their role in our cultural practices.

Both tribes are uniquely located at the headwaters to the American and Canadian farming belts. We are responsible and should act as stewards for the quality, and the quantity of water flowing to our downstream neighbors. Reducing the amount of water…

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Warning: exploitation of Indigenous identity

We are in a time where we have to be cautious of the people who claim an Indigenous identity. Sometimes we have to questions ourselves when we claim an Indigenous identity. Why? Well there are benefits associated with certain groups, such as federally recognized Indians, which through treatise are promised healthcare, grants for education, and the incentives of living on reservations. If one is able to comprehend, these “benefits” continue to ensure genocide and “kill the Indian and save the man” methods of destroying the ideologies of traditional Indigenous societies.

These benefits, provided by institutions, continue to damage Indian people. Doctors at Indian Health Service would do cesarean section on women because they would get paid more for these operations. Indian Health Service would also sterilize Indian women without their consent (http://cbhd.org/content/forced-sterilization-native-americans-late-twentieth-century-physician-cooperation-national-). Indian Education is no better, this agency rather spend money forcing an ineffective method of teaching over finding innovative methods to meet children’s needs.

No matter what these incentives do not tell the story of survival Indigenous people deal with in their day to day interaction with society. Growing up as an Indian one realizes that this world was not made for us. It was made by and for white-straight-Christian-males.

However, there are new incentives of identifying as Indigenous, Native, Indian, First Nations, Aboriginal and it serves the idea of settler-colonialism. Settler-colonialism has not received much attention until recently and it discusses the idea of colonialist identifying as native because they develop stories of a certain space over time.

Being in the American Indian Studies field for six years I myself have to question what is an Indigenous identity? It changes across location and now it even changes among individuals. There are legal, biological, cultural, self-identification definitions of an Indigenous person; no wonder why we are so confused as to who and what we are. I say to hell with all those definitions.

There is nothing wrong with all Indigenous nations coming together and developing a space of discussing common goals, cues, and guidelines of what it means to be Indigenous. We must reclaim our histories, identities, lives, and space so future generations can start to live. I read a quote in a book, which I cannot remember but always sticks with me, and it states “We (Indigenous people) are not living we are merely surviving.” I guess a good place to find the answer of your identity as Indigenous is whether or not you agree with the quote.

This distorts the perception of Indigenous women. In North America 1 in 3 Indian women will be raped and a majority of those crimes are by non-Indian men.

This distorts the perception of Indigenous women. In North America 1 in 3 Indian women will be raped and a majority of those crimes are by non-Indian men. Not to mention imagine the damage this does to Indigenous children.

This is what real Indigenous women look like. Our people are not costumes.

This is what real Indigenous women look like. Our people are not costumes.

My Idle No More experience

#IdleNoMore has gained attention from all over the world. I took the opportunity to attend the Los Angeles #IdleNoMore protest at the Canadian Embassy on 12/21/12. It was my first protest and I got to share this experience with my little sister. At this time I didn’t know much about #IdleNoMore except that it mainly concerned First Nation Canadians.

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Once I got back in AZ there was a Round Dance Flash Mob being held at Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe. I was excited because I saw a picture of the Edmonton mall RDFM and felt privileged that it is taking place in AZ. http://youtu.be/RyFtIuponuc This link will take you to my video that my sister shot at the RDFM.  Overall the experience was short and entertaining.

After that RDFM I then attended the Tempe Marketplace RDFM, Metro Center Mall RDFM, Scottsdale Fashion Square RDFM, Downtown PHX rally, and New Years Eve Round Dance on Mill Ave.

I then had the honor of planning the RDFM at Westgate during the Fiesta Bowl and the IdleNoMore Potluck social at the Puente building. After the potluck a core group of us collaborated with Puente and held a Art party so we can make signs for upcoming protest.

One event that wasn’t successful was the 2nd RDFM at Scottsdale Fashion Square. I was one of the host, however did not partake in planning the event. The other host told me she got permission to have the RDFM at Fashion Square again, however when we got there the Mall manager and security threatened to have us arrested. And the other issue is that the drummers cancelled last minute.

Leading an event is something I prefer not do I rather be that person that shows up and participates. Organizing is a lot of responsibility and hard work. People become organizers because they are really passionate about a cause so that’s the reason why I obligated myself to become an organizer for some of the #IdleNoMore events in AZ.

I learned a lot and have met many awesome, good, smart, funny, giving, humble individuals that will have a lasting impact on my life. I will forever be thankful for the Idle No More movement because it helped me find my voice, helped create a space for discussion on environmental and human rights issues and created a sense of community among the Indigenous people of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

#IdleNoMore RDFM at Westgate during the Fiesta Bowl

#IdleNoMore RDFM at Westgate during the Fiesta Bowl

This is the #IdleNoMore round dance on New Years Eve at Arizona Mills Ave
This is the #IdleNoMore round dance on New Years Eve at Arizona Mills Ave

This is another shot of the #IdleNoMore event on Mill Ave

This is another shot of the #IdleNoMore event on Mill Ave

This is the #IdleNoMore rally at the Downtown Phoenix Civic Center

This is the #IdleNoMore rally at the Downtown Phoenix Civic Center

 

Sorry for the inconvenience I’m trying to save Mother Earth

How can we own our mother? How can we divide her up and put a profit on her? Has she not done enough? Has she not given man all the necessary tools to live life? Why must mankind continue to over consume the finite resources our planet holds?

These are some of the few questions a continuously ponder upon. These questions are why I decided to start a blog. As a marginalized voice located in another marginalized voice there are not many resources for women of color to get their voice heard. The above questions are something every human-being should consider because it is our species that is ruining the planet for all the other life forces that depend on the planet.

Indigenous people all over the world are vastly different though they do share similar portraits of forced assimilation and they also have comparable values relating to kinships. That is why it is vital Indigenous people across the globe unite and use their marginalized voice to make an impact. Many Indigenous people feel we don’t have a choice anymore, we either have to save the world now or say our last goodbye.

Tell a child their limits are endless and the might choose saving the world as an occupation. I know that’s what I decided on.