Friday, September 22, 2017
When it comes to the home countries of some Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, i.e. Elie Wiesel, Aung San Suu Kyi and Barack Obama, there is a giant blind spot toward their own human rights violations. Whether based on religious, ethnic or political bigotry, this conscious disavowal betrays their stature.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Native American Renaissance writer N.Scott Momaday (Kiowa) spoke in Tacoma last night on The Crisis of Identity Facing Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples.
Named a UNESCO Artist for Peace and an Oklahoma poet laureate, Momaday also has been honored with the 2007 National Medal of Arts for “introducing millions worldwide to the essence of Native American culture.”
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Hungry for Meaning
The Klamath River tribal culture camp for youth on the Yurok Indian Reservation is designed to overcome the historical trauma of their grandparents and to guide the youth who are “hungry for meaning.”
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Law and Precedent
Seattle Human Rights Commission denounces attack on treaty rights of Northwest Tribes by Washington Attorney General, Bob Ferguson.
Most concerning is the racially tinged suggestion that treaty rights undermine democracy…Washington’s litigation stance offends both the treaty rights of Washington’s tribes, and their human rights, guaranteed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Friday, September 01, 2017
Hospitality as Resistance
I am sometimes awed by the irony of having to oppose hostile religious zealotry and the paradox of needing to accept religious generosity. If we are to mount an effective opposition to the fascist movement in America, it seems that–given our history–we will once again need to recruit role models such as the Durham, North Carolina-based Baptist Evangelical minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
Trump v NODAPL
With assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice, Whatcom County Prosecutor David McEachran obtained a warrant to access confidential information on the Red Line Salish Sea (NoDAPL) Facebook page.
Monday, August 28, 2017
NCAI Lambasts WA AG
We haven’t seen an attack on tribal treaty rights like this by the State of Washington in a very long time… [Attorney General] Ferguson has gone out of his way to attempt to undermine our treaties and our way of life…We will fight him with all the strength we have. — Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Opposing Tribal Rights
In an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of tribal sovereignty and cultural resource protection, the Seattle Times editorial board conflates treaty fishing rights of Northwest Indians with undue political influence. Rather than acknowledge the jurisdictional interest pertaining to land and water use affecting salmon reproduction--retained by the tribes in the treaties with the US--the Times board adopts the anti-Indian position promoted by former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, himself known for his inflammatory, racist remarks.