For many indigenous people, Thanksgiving isn’t about breaking bread with colonists. It’s a national day of mourning.
Standing Rock isn’t the only place where this type of environmental injustice is happening to American Indians.
From the beginning, Deal knew that for the film to ever have the impact it was meant to, it had to paint a bigger picture about what it means to be a Native person alive today.
The reality: Hawaii is--wait for it--the least white state (at about one-quarter of the population) in the union. Half of all Hawaiians are Asian American, and over 10 percent are Native. Alaska, where one-third of the people are Native, is the sixth least white state, while Washington is about average in terms of percentage, and ranks 23rd out of 50 on that front.
American Indians are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than any other race in the U.S.
The militia in Oregon has brought media attention and debate about how the U.S. government should respond. Somewhat perplexed, Native Americans and others are asking the question: why have authorities been so slow to react in Oregon?
NOTE: This review contains spoilers -- both of the movie and also for those tender hearts who think that Leonardo DiCaprio is somehow doing something progressive for Native people.
A weekly blog intended to share and preserve the most valued life lessons from the minds of the most experienced among us. The "hour late" represents the later stages of life. I will be speaking with people in their 70's and older, to find out what they think is important and worth passing on to future generations.