John Winthrop, a founder of the Massachusetts Bay colony considered this wave of illness and death [among Natives] to be a divine miracle. He wrote to a friend in England, “But for the natives in these parts, God hath so pursued them, as for 300 miles space the greatest part of them are swept away by smallpox which still continues among them. So as God hath thereby cleared our title to this place, those who remain in these parts, being in all not 50, have put themselves under our protection.”

MIKE ELY | Native Blood (2007)

Opening Day Demonstration 2021

SAVE THE DATE, APRIL 5, 2021!

Join Cleveland American Indian Movement, the Native community and our supporters as we continue our protest of Cleveland Baseball’s “Indians” team name. The time for this pending name change is long overdue. This year we hope you too will join us at “Progressive” Field on Opening Day, April 5, 2021 to send the clear message to Cleveland Baseball that the time for change has come. Borrow one of our signs, or bring your own!

"Progressive" Field
E 9th Street & Bolivar
Cleveland , OH 44113

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STATEMENT OF ACTIONABLE STEPS ON CLEVELAND BASEBALL TEAM NAME CHANGE

This pattern of shameful and exploitative conduct on the part of Cleveland Baseball must not be overlooked. And due to its ignominious history of engagement with the local indigenous community, it is wise of us to question whether the decision to finally change its name and “advance social justice” is sincere or simply a public relations decision on the part of the franchise. Nor should it be lightly noted that even with continuous indigenous activism, it took the very public execution of a person of color and weeks of civil disobedience before Cleveland Baseball has become willing to reconsider its morally bankrupt decisions of the last half-century.

The time for Cleveland Baseball to act is now! Not next year. Not next month. Not next week. To that end, and in an effort to restore balance, Cleveland AIM has outlined actionable steps we believe Cleveland Baseball should implement immediately to stop the ongoing harm, resist further harmful action, and begin to repair the harm which has occurred as a result of the marketing of “Indians” and “Wahoo”, and public culture built around being part of “The Tribe”.

2020 Opening Day Demonstration

Moderator's Note:
Opening Day has been postponed due to Covid-19 fears. When it has been rescheduled, we will reschedule our demonstration.

Join Cleveland American Indian Movement, our supporters, and the Native community at "Progressive" Field, 11am Thursday March 26, as we insist that Cleveland Baseball stop its exploitive use of the "Indians" team name and the racist Wahoo logo which it continues to license. 

"Progressive" Field
Gate C - E 9th Street & Bolivar
Cleveland , OH 44115

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Dreamcatcher Workshop by Mary High Elk

Moderator's Note:
March workshop has been cancelled. We will try to meet again in April. Please check back again later for updates.

Mary High Elk (Lakota) learned the art of beading from her mother when she was ten years old. Ms. High Elk is skilled at making jewelry, medicine bags, moccasins, and self-taught in the art of making dreamcatchers. Ms. High Elk grew up on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Oberlin Public Library
65 South Main Street
Oberlin , OH 44074

Graffiti Art and Indigenous Culture, February 27, 2020

Julie Garreau (Lakota), a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and founding director of the Cheyenne River Youth Project in South Dakota, will speak at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike on Thursday, February 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m. about her innovative programing for young people, including Red Can Graffiti Jam, which embodies the global graffiti movement and incorporates indigenous culture and stories.
Pilla Center, Ursuline College
2550 Lander Road
Pepper Pike , OH 44124

The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle documentary screening, February 20, 2020

Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee invites you to a documentary entitled "Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle" (82 mins.), an intimate first-person account on the life and work of Native activist, artist, ceremonial leader, enemy of the State, and author, Adam Fortunate Eagle. 

This screening is free and open to the public.

Oberlin Public Library
65 S Main Street
Oberlin , OH 44074

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National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Feb 2020

NACIE membership consists of fifteen (15) members who are Indian (including Alaska Native) as defined in 20 U.S.C. § Sec. 7491(3), and are appointed by the President lists of nominees furnished, from time to time, by Indian tribes and organizations. The fifteen members represent different geographic areas of the United States.

A draft agenda is included for download.

This meeting is free and open to the public to attend in person or through the online portal. Registration required.

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