Unapologetically Indigenous & Proud

Tzoc. K'iche' (Quiche) Mayan.
I'm one of those angry natives you hate so much
P.S. don't call me latina

Is there seriously a person on the indigenous tag who wants to study the brain of a native Maya women ugh wtf get away gross person.

Alright who is the motherfucker hoarding the URL Winaq?

Bill making Native Alaskan languages ‘official’ is passed by House committee


© Richard Mauer

JUNEAU — A bill that would add 20 Native languages to Alaska’s one-language list of official tongues was passed by a House committee Tuesday, sending it to the Rules Committee and then, likely, to the House floor.

The measure is largely symbolic — it wouldn’t require that anything be said or written in any language other than English — but its approval Tuesday at the State Affairs Committee was loudly cheered by a room packed with speakers of Tlingit and other Native languages.

"This bill is restorative justice, a step in the right direction," said Tlingit speaker X’unei Lance Twitchell, a professor of Native languages at the University of Alaska Southeast. "By elevating Alaska Native languages at the highest level, you will help us combat addiction, depression, suicide, violent crimes and high school dropout rates. You will create a better Alaska by overcoming outdated notions that we are inferior. Have courage and vote yes now and on the floor. We will share with you the joy of overcoming the worst of times."

If the bill passes, it would make Alaska the second state, behind Hawaii, to officially recognize its indigenous languages, Twitchell said.

The bill, House Bill 216, was introduced in January by a bipartisan group of legislators led by Reps. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, from the Democratic minority, and Reps. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, Ben Nageak, D-Barrow and Bob Herron, D-Bethel, who all caucus with the Republican-led majority. Nearly half the House has signed on as sponsors. The bill has already passed the House Community & Regional Affairs Committee, and when it left State Affairs Tuesday, it picked up “do-pass” recommendations from all members present — four Republicans and a Democrat.

The bill was changed Tuesday to clarify that while 21 languages would be official, only English would be the required language of documents and meetings.

"We worked together to find a way to put intent language in the bill so that it’s very clear that the purpose of recognizing our cultures and our languages is met without putting a corresponding obligation, unintended, of an expensive printing in all 21 languages," said Rep. Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole. "This does not restrict municipalities or anyone else from conducting bilingual meetings, as happens in some parts, but it also wouldn’t require all 21 languages to be spoken at the same meeting, which would not be feasible."

In emotional testimony, Tlingit elder Selina Everson, from Juneau, said the bill would go a long way toward healing the pain inflicted on Alaska Natives by schools that punished students for speaking the languages of their homes and communities.

Sitting at the witness table beside Twitchell, who placed his hand on her shoulder as her voice quavered, Everson, in her 80s and representing the Alaska Native Sisterhood, said she wanted to speak about the impact “of being forbidden your native tongue in your own land.”

"There’s an elder from Angoon — he’s 90 years old. He breaks down to cry when he remembers how we were forbidden," said Everson. "And my brothers at Sheldon Jackson school, forbidden to speak your tongue on the school grounds — they used to jump up in the air to say some words in our language. I sure do not want anyone to forbid us to speak our language. Our language is our very being. It’s our culture. We were brought up with such respect to each other, to the Tlingit people, the Haida people, the Tsimshian people, the Yup’ik — the whole state of Alaska with all those different languages being spoken. It would be an honor to be recognized that is our culture — is our language. It is our very heart and soul."

Twitchell continued on that theme, telling the committee that Alaska Natives “were tortured as children for speaking their languages — tortured. If you think this type of thing happened a long time ago, then you should know that it happened to people in this very room. Such suffering.”

The bill was “more than symbolic,” Twitchell told the legislators. “This is historic. History will not remember you for specialized license plates and parking ticket processes. History will remember you for this moment, right here — what you say and do when we ask you to help us live, to find a brighter future for our languages, cultures and people. If you are worried about racial divisions because you choose to recognize us as equals, then you must understand this: you cannot have multiculturalism in Alaska and monolingualism at the same time. You just get language death.”

Paul Berg compared language recognition to the welcome he received as a Vietnam veteran during a special legislative celebration last week. He didn’t get a welcome home from the war and was gratified to have his service recognized.

"This is a historic moment for the Legislature," Berg said. "You have an opportunity to right a second great wrong — the opportunity to restore balance, an opportunity to heal a great open and festering wound."

(via tuejjlaz)


Remember when littleojibwe admitted she was living pure blood myth, and stopped identifying as native? I had to message her before she followed through on her blog, and removed that identifier, but she did. Seems to be a sickness though, once you start pretending, you don’t want to stop? Be on the lookout, seems she’s just rebooting her story.

would this be the same person who was littlecreefeet?

Three years after their eviction in Polochic Valley, 629 families are still waiting for justice


(via Oxfam)
Families from Polochic and peasant organizations. Photo: Oxfam

Though the Government of Guatemala has returned land to 140 families unjustly evicted from the Polochic Valley nearly three years ago — thanks to your support! — 629 families are still waiting for their land.

On the third anniversary of the evictions, it is urgent to push the Guatemalan government and its president, Otto Perez Molina, to fulfill their commitments and return the land to the families. Only 30 of the families have actually been able to return to their lands, and plant and harvest. All the other families are still without their land, three years later.

People power pushes the Government

On Saturday, 19 October 2013, the Government of Guatemala returned land titles to 140 families, out of the original 769 evicted in March 2011. This achievement was the product of Vamos al Grano campaign, the GROW Campaign, and 107,000 people from 55 countries in the world that joined forces to push for justice. Thank you to all the people and organizations involved!

President Otto Perez Molina personally delivered the title to the first 140 families. Attending the ceremony were representatives of all communities evicted from Polochic Valley, members of the Peasant Unity Committee (CUC), other social organizations and members of Oxfam. In addition, 600 titles to other communities that are not part of the group of families evicted were delivered during the event.

This success demonstrates the importance of local partnerships in order to achieve national change, while still working on global advocacy.

The fight is not over, as 629 families are still waiting for justice. We will continue to push the government to fulfill its commitment to a worthy and comprehensive resettlement for all 769 families evicted, ensuring dignified transfer, food assistance, housing, productive projects and education and health services.

What happened in Polochic Valley?

On Monday 22 April 2013, the evicted families of Polochic Valley handed over the petition to the Guatemalan Minister of Agriculture. The Government subsequently stated that it intended to remedy the situation. It declared that the demands made by the peasant farmer organizations from Polochic were not only valid and legitimate, but that it supported them.

The 769 families had been violently evicted in March 2011 from land where they had always lived.

A report published by the United Nations in Guatemala supports the main demands of the peasant organizations in the country, and calls on the Government to stop forced evictions until there is legislation on this issue. The report also calls on the Government to honor the commitments made to the Polochic peasant farmers.



‘”I Hate You Residential School, I Hate You.” A profound poem from Dennis Saddleman about his IRS experience. #TRC Dennis Saddleman spoke at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in May. The B.C. man performed some of his poetry, something he says has helped him heal. Few people hearing Mr. Saddleman would doubt he’s been terribly injured. His poem, Monster, gets today’s Last Word. That’s on CBC Radio One’s The Current. Listen to the full episode here: http://bit.ly/P6cvsz

This made me weep, long and raggedly. Still bawling.