Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession

Entangled Pasts: Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession, Cambridge University Press, 29 October 2019, Margaret A. Nash, Article Land-grant colleges were created in the mid-nineteenth century when the federal government took and then sold off public lands and allowed states to use that money to create colleges. The land that was sold to support colleges was available only because of …

Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples – on the Situation of Indigenous Peoples living in Urban Areas

The Special Rapporteur also welcomes written responses to the following questions by March 17, 2021. Submissions can be made to indigenous@ohchr.org in English, French or Spanish. Kindly indicate in the subject of your email “Submission to 76th General Assembly report.” All submissions will be published on the mandate webpage on the OHCHR website, unless otherwise indicated in your submission. Please …

John Trudell: ‘I’m just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing its understanding of being human.’

Today (March 3, 2021) Cynthia Naha, Director of Santo Domingo Pueblo shared the above quote from John Trudell. John Trudell, born in 1946 in Omaha, Nebraska, is the son of a Santee Dakota father and a Mexican mother. He grew up near the Santee Reservation in northern Nebraska. He is an author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. After serving in …

Libations for the Land

“I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.” —George Washington Carver, Tuskegee University, 1930 In my early 20s, I apprenticed myself to the The Queen Mothers of Kroboland in Ghana with the hope of understanding more about my cultural heritage. Early one morning, I arrived at the compound …

Indigenous Rights under the light of Energy Exploitation

‘Indigenous Rights under the light of Energy Exploitation’ 56 (2013) German Yearbook of International Law 315-350 by Alexandra Xanthaki Indigenous rights at the United Nations: Their impact on international human rights standards’ (2014) 3/4 Europa Ethnica Natural Resources,Community Based Natural Resources Management,Environment and natural resources conservation,Indigenous Peoples Rights,Indigenous rights …more ▾ This article discusses how energy exploitation impacts on indigenous peoples’ rights. …

Defying Power Elites: In God is Red, Vine Deloria explains how Christianity is the root cause of this great weakness of the US, the inability to respect or tolerate those who are different

In God is Red, Vine explains how Christianity is the root cause of this great weakness of the US, the inability to respect or tolerate those who are different. When engaged in warfare the US has always applied the principle of overkill and mercilessly stamped its opposition into dust…this country has never made a successful peace because peace requires exchanging …

Native American Religious Freedom after Trump

Native American Religious Freedom after Trump, by Dana Lloyd, December 14, 2020, Responding to: Rethinking U.S. Domestic Religious Freedom. Dana Lloyd is a visiting scholar and lecturer in the Program of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University, as well as a research fellow at the Indigenous Values Initiative. Her book, Arguing for This Land: Rethinking Indigenous Sacred Sites https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/native-american-religious-freedom-after-trump Religion is …

By Leroy Littlebear 1982 – St. Catherine’s Milling and Lumber Co. v. The Queen

By Leroy Littlebear 1982 – St. Catherine’s Milling and Lumber Co. v. The Queen[6], handed down by the Privy Council.  The Council held “that the tenure of the Indians as a personal and usufructuary right, dependent on the goodwill of the sovereign”; that there has been all along vested in the Crown a substantial and paramount estate, underlying the Indian’s …

What Fifteenth-Century Papal Bulls Can Teach Us About Indigenous Identity: Over more than 500 years, a system of domination was globalized

By: Steven Newcomb, Berkeley Center, October 21, 2020 Responding to: Indigenous Peoples, Sacred Rights, and Religious Freedom In a brilliant essay, “Decolonial Theology and Changing the Global Church” on the Berkley Forum, Dr. Debora Tonelli says that “At the end of official colonialism, religion has often been the space in which colonized people have fought to build their new identity.” With regard …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …