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'That could be a coast-to-coast storm'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 27, 2019 - 8:30am

Storms threatens holiday travel across US

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'Nobody deserves this kind of treatment': Native women speak out against Oglala Sioux leader

INDIANZ.COM - November 27, 2019 - 6:46am
The vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe was impeached following complaints about her treatment of women who worked for her.
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'Dysfunctional' child welfare authority left itself open for cyberattack, Sandy Bay CFS says

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 27, 2019 - 6:00am
Richard De La Ronde Sandy Bay CFS

An authority responsible for the care of thousands of foster children in southern Manitoba left itself open to hackers and ignored warnings that its internal information technology network was at risk, according to the head of one foster care provider.

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Breaking the silence: Inuvik woman shares story of pain and hope

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 27, 2019 - 6:00am
Ann Kasook

After years of supporting women fleeing violence, Inuvik’s Ann Kasook opens up about her own experience of surviving domestic violence, and finding healing.

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3 Places Overbilling May Be Lurking

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 27, 2019 - 5:57am
By most accounts, the wild ol’ days of lawyer invoicing — rampant “block” entries, unauthorized billers, a stubborn dearth of detail — are a fading memory.

Schools Poised To Open New Front In Opioid MDL

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 27, 2019 - 4:24am
Some of the nation's biggest school districts are suing major drug companies over student learning disabilities and other problems allegedly linked to the opioid crisis, portending a potentially enormous new front in the multidistrict opioid litigation.

Lynn Beyak is back on the Senate payroll after suspension over letters condemned as 'racist'

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 27, 2019 - 4:00am
Senator Lynn Beyak

Ontario Sen. Lynn Beyak is again a full-fledged member of the upper house after her suspension ended with the dissolution of the last Parliament.

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Coeur d'Alene Tribe taps longtime employee to lead gaming enterprise

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - November 27, 2019 - 3:44am
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has chosen one of its own to lead its gaming enterprise.

Tohono O'odham Nation prepares for opening of permanent casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - November 27, 2019 - 2:55am
The Tohono O'odham Nation will be hiring up to 1,300 people for its casino near Arizona's biggest city.

YES! Magazine: Bridging the gap between colonized and colonizer

INDIANZ.COM - November 27, 2019 - 2:18am
The gap between colonized and colonizer can be bridged, although it will take a lot of work on the part of both.
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Did Trump Get Wind of the Fact Some Native Americans Don’t Like Thanksgiving?

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 27, 2019 - 1:41am

Published November 27, 2019

SUNRISE, Fla. ― On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump told his faithful followers at a rally in south Florida he saved the nation from those who don’t want to use the term “Christmas.” But now he says there is a new attack on Thanksgiving.

“You know, some people want to change the name ‘Thanksgiving.’ They don’t want to use the term ‘Thanksgiving.’ And that was true also with Christmas, but now everybody’s using Christmas again,” using exaggerated terms he told his faithful.

“But now we’re going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving. People have different ideas why it shouldn’t be called Thanksgiving, but everybody in this room I know loves the name Thanksgiving and we’re not changing it.”

Television journalists were grappling to find out what Trump was referring to because they had not heard of any large scale movement to rename Thanksgiving. They surmised maybe the president was referring to a 2015 false story debunked by Snopes that was plugged by conservative media claiming then President Barack Obama planned to change the name, the holiday is not widely considered to be under any form of attack.

However, among American Indians the Thanksgiving holiday has been a source of conflict because the story of the so-called first Thanksgiving was a constructed false narrative.  On Thursday, the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) has called for the 50th National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

And, maybe the president got wind of the scheduled event on Alcatraz Island on Thursday called “The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony.” Every year since 1975, American Indians have journeyed from the mainland to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay on Thanksgiving Day. Previously the day was called “Un-Thanksgiving Day.”

Just maybe, Trump got wind that some American Indians will not be celebrating Thanksgiving the way non-Natives plan to celebrate the holiday be overeating and sneaking away to do Christmas shopping.

 

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CN, OSU Celebrate Topping Out of New College of Osteopathic Medicine

NATIVE KNOT - November 27, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University celebrated a construction milestone during Monday’s topping-out ceremony for the new OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation on the campus of W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.


Monday’s ceremony included the installation of the final beam and signals the completion of the structural component of the new facility. Leaders from the Cherokee Nation and OSU Center for Health Sciences joined local, state and federal leaders along with the first five admitted osteopathic medical students to enroll at the college.


“Oklahoma State University has a particular focus on rural medicine and the Cherokee Nation has many citizens who live in rural areas. So it should be no surprise that this partnership is going to change the lives of every person in our region for decades to come,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “We are inspiring a generation of young people to get into health sciences, to be the doctors and nurses and health care professionals of tomorrow. It is great that in 2019 in the Cherokee Nation, we can go to Cherokee families everywhere and tell them their sons and their daughters can not only serve their people as a doctor, but they can do it by graduating from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine right here in the heart of the Cherokee Nation.”


The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation is the first tribally affiliated medical school on tribal land in the country. The $40 million medical schools will focus on educating primary care physicians who have an interest in serving Native and rural populations in Oklahoma.


The first class of 50 students is set to begin in August of 2020.


“Oklahoma’s health outcomes have suffered from the lack of access to primary care physicians,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of OSU Center for Health Sciences. “The health and the lives of the Cherokee people and rural Oklahomans will be transformed as a result of the physicians who will graduate each year from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation. My hope is that as this community and northeast Oklahoma experience our 200 medical students, the youth will be inspired in a new way. Students who never thought of medicine as a career will now pursue their medical degree here.”


The new 84,000-square-foot medical school’s teaching space will include an anatomy laboratory, clinical skills lab, osteopathic manipulative medicine lab, standardized patient labs and a simulation center that will feature a state-of-the-art simulation center equipped with life-like, computer-programmed manikins that mimic a number of medical conditions as well as three lecture halls and faculty areas.


The medical school is certified by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and will host all four years of medical education at the Tahlequah campus.


The school will have 16 full-time faculty, five part-time faculty, and numerous adjunct clinical faculty.

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U.S. Treasury Awards $1,088,000 to Chi-Ishobak to support Tribal Communities.

NATIVE KNOT - November 27, 2019 - 1:00am

DOWAGIAC, Mich. — Sean Winters, Executive Director of Chi-Ishobak, announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program awarded $1,088,000 to the Michigan-based non-profit organization to offer products and services to build capacity for Tribal Citizens in the areas of professional and personal finance.


“This is a tremendous opportunity for Chi-Ishobak,” said Winters. “This is the largest grant we have received from the NACA program, and will help us provide a tremendous opportunity to our tribal citizens – both personally, and for those wanting to start or are in business.”


“We are very pleased to announce the FY 2019 CDFI Program and NACA Program award recipients. This is the largest pool of awardees in the history of the CDFI Fund,” said CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris. “I am especially pleased that almost half of the awarded organizations have chosen to provide services in areas of persistent poverty, which will lead to significant impact for residents in some of the most distressed communities nationwide.” For this round, the CDFI Fund awarded $132 million in Base-FA awards to 261 organizations in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.


The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) was established to expand economic opportunity for underserved people and communities by supporting the growth and capacity of a national network of community development lenders, investors, and financial service providers.  The CDFI Fund’s Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) was created specifically to help Native Communities thrive and grow by increasing their access to credit, capital, and financial services.


Awards from the NACA Program facilitate the creation and advancement of Native CDFIs and can be used for lending capital, loan loss reserves, capital reserves, financial services, and development services.

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Oglala Sioux Tribe Impeaches Vice President for Malfeasance

NATIVE KNOT - November 27, 2019 - 1:00am

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION —The Ogala Sioux Tribal Council on Monday evening impeached the Tribe’s vice president because of malfeasance. The charges brought against Darla Black, who was elected vice president of Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) in November 2016, came from three former employees who accused her of abusing her position, bullying and sexual harassment.


Last night’s impeachment hearing was set on October 29 by the OST Tribal Council after receiving four complaints from the former three employees. Black was suspended with pay on that date as well.


According to the OST constitution, elected tribal officials can be impeached if two-thirds of the Tribal Council determines they committed crimes, gross incompetence, corruption or malfeasance.


The council voted 20-0 with one abstention to seat former OST Vice President Tom Poor Bear, the second-highest vote-getter in last year’s tribal election against her, to serve out Black’s term as Vice President.

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Families Receive Turkeys and Food Boxes for a Festive Holiday Meal

NATIVE KNOT - November 27, 2019 - 1:00am

Families on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian reservations in South Dakota are looking forward to what has been a tradition for many years – receiving a turkey and food box at holiday time.


This year 952 frozen turkeys and 1,000 food boxes will be delivered to our field office on Pine Ridge, Tipi Waste Un Zanipi (Wellness Through a Good Home) where our field coordinator Dave Lone Elk will see to it that the turkeys and food boxes are distributed in an orderly fashion.


On the Cheyenne River reservation, 752 turkeys and 700 food boxes will be distributed to families there.


Winter is the hardest time of the year for Native families on the reservations on the Great Plains where wind chill factors can drop down into the negative double digits as they try to stay warm in their drafty mobile homes and conserve the propane in their tanks.


In addition to the turkeys, the food boxes contain chicken nuggets, scalloped potatoes, frozen squash and kale and even cake for dessert – enough food to feed a family of four for at least a week.


Dave noted that in recent years the turkeys and food boxes have been distributed throughout all nine districts of the Pine Ridge reservation (one of the largest in the nation, larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined) as district representatives volunteer to drive their trucks and take the turkeys and food boxes back to the people in their communities.



“It was nice to get a turkey from Running Strong out here in the Red Shirt community,” said Gerald Two Bulls. “Oftentimes we are forgotten about because we are so far from other communities but we were able to have a great dinner.”


For those who live nearby Tipi Waste and pick up the turkeys and food boxes themselves, it can sometimes mean standing out in the gravel parking lot on the most frigid of days while the line moves slowly but steadily.


Each turkey and food box costs $50.00 and with your help, we can reach our goal of not having to turn a single-family away empty-handed.


The holiday season is upon us, please help us feed one more family with your gift of $50.00, or whatever amount you can spare.


Donate Today


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Santa Lands at Gun Lake Casino to Plug Toys for Tots Campaign

NATIVE KNOT - November 27, 2019 - 1:00am

WAYLAND, Mich. — Some patrons of the Gun Lake Casino witnessed Santa Claus arrive via a parachute in the casino’s west parking lot on Monday morning. He arrived to collect toys in a $10,000 gift exchange and $25,000 challenge. The event was part of the Lakeshore Toys for Tots, sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve, services a number of local communities including Allegan County, Ottawa County, and Van Buren County.


“Gun Lake Casino has been a proud sponsor of Toys for Tots for many years. In 2018, over $11,000 in new toys were raised for children in Allegan County. Each year we’ve not only achieved our fundraising goals, but continued to increase team member and guest participation,” said Jose Flores, vice president, and general manager of Gun Lake Casino. “With the help of the community and our exciting exchange event, I believe we will go above and beyond this year.”


Gun Lake Casino will continue the collection of toys for local children from now until December 15. Following the gift exchange event, guests with new unwrapped gifts, accompanied by a receipt, may receive up to $50 in Free Slot Play for their donation.


For more information, please visit the Rewards Center located within the casino.


Flores finished by challenging other local businesses to participate in this goodhearted cause, “Gun Lake Casino is issuing a challenge to all local businesses to participate in this toy collection, and if one business can raise more toys than we do – we will contribute an additional $25,000 to Lakeshore Toys for Tots.”


The Gun Lake Casino is owned and operated by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi. The Gun Lake Casino is located halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Non-Alcoholic Traditional Kratom and Kava Tea Recipe

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 27, 2019 - 12:47am

Published November 27, 2019

Gone are the days when people would smoke kratom traditionally. Millennials have interesting ways to consume this herb. You will be surprised to know there are many bars in the world that sell no alcohol but kratom infused beverages on the menu. Though, kratom stands vague with no medical evidence in its support but still is consumed by a massive part of the globe. Two most cliché methods to consume his herb is to drink it as a tea and kava. In this article we will guide you through recipes of both.

Where to buy kratom from?

Owing to the controversial and debated nature of this plant, manufacturers sell it online to avoid legal issues. There are several platforms that sell good quality kratom to the customers at affordable prices. So for instance if you want to buy good quality kratom strain online you can get the golden monk maeng da from their website easily. Once you get good quality kratom powder, you can use it to make tea.

Non-alcoholic kratom tea recipe

Keep in mind; some people add alcohol to kratom tea for they believe it causes a soothing effect in the body. However in this recipe you don’t need to add any amount of alcohol. Kratom tea is a popular beverage in South Florida. Follow the instructions to make a perfect kratom infused tea at home:

  • Weight your kratom dosage

Don’t forget that excess of everything is bad. So you need to weight the kratom dosage as the first step. Let’s say if you want to take 3 grams of kratom, you should weigh the exact amount in a cup and put it aside. Many people often brew more quantity in the cub that can be damaging to the body.

  • Don’t forget the lemon juice

Lemon has several benefits for the body, which is why people infuse it in beverages and food. The best way to add lemon juice is to weigh it against the quantity of kratom being used. So if you’re using 3 grams of kratom, you must put 15 grams of lemon juice in the mixture.

  • Add boiling water

Use clean water to make kratom tea. Once you have prepared the mixture of kratom and lemon juice, add it to boiling water. Though you can add as much water as you want it is wise enough to use 200 ml of water. Once you add it to water, stir the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes. Lastly, strain the mixture and pour the tea in a cup.

Non-alcoholic kratom kava recipe

Kratom kava is a popular beverage in the US and is enjoyed by more than three million people every day. Some bars in Florida sell kratom kava for as low as $5. Follow the instructions to make kratom kava at home:

  • Weigh your dosage

This is the first thing you need to do before preparing any mixture. The ideal dosage is three-tablespoon for a single person. So if you’re making kratom kava for yourself, you can take three tbs and put them in a cup.

  • Add honey

Honey is very important for it enhances the metabolism of the body. One tablespoon of honey will be enough for your kava. If you want to improve your kratom kava experience you can add any flavor such as vanilla, coconut or strawberry to improve taste and smell.

  • Pour the mixture in hot water

After mixing honey with kratom, put the mixture in hot water and let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Unlike tea, kava is a more refined beverage. After your mixture is ready, strain it into a glass or cup to enjoy.

So these were the recipes of non-alcoholic kratom kava and tea. There’s no escape from the fact; people enjoy these two drinks so much that kratom has become a part of their lifestyle.

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Smooth Import of vCard Data to Outlook

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 27, 2019 - 12:45am

Published November 27, 2019

Nowadays, business cards printed on paper are no longer in demand. As address books are digitized, so is our contact information. Despite the use of old-school cards in the context of face-to-face networking, their electronic alternatives are increasingly common.

These are light and compact and may be transferred between mail clients. However, the process is far from perfect unless you are armed with dedicated tools. Learn how to import vCard to outlook on https://www.outlooktransfer.com/products/vcard-to-outlook-transfer/, which has an error-free solution.

Proliferation of vCards

The popularity of vCards is not surprising. The format is convenient, and it has other important advantages:

  • effortless distribution by digital channels;
  • support by different apps;
  • compact nature.

So, how can these files be moved? Consider the arguments in favor of specialized tools. If you are willing to try managing it without additional software now, you may change your mind.

Why Tools?

If such a transition is necessary, there are chances the details are important, and losing them will be upsetting. Software developed solely for the purpose of vCard export ensures it goes smoothly.  You will be able to either export straight to Outlook or save the data as a separate file with PST extension. The latter may be converted later.

  • Speedy

First of all, you will save time. With the right tool, you are a few clicks away from completion. Otherwise, the transition could be lengthy.

  • No errors

Every single business card will be transferred in full. Do not worry about the loss of valuable data or popup complications. The conversion is accurate whatever the file structure is. Why risk losing even a portion of contact data when there is a reliable way to leave it intact?

  • Easy to understand

The tool is intuitive and understandable even for users with limited experience. Just locate the folder with .vcf files, and delegate the rest to the tool. Naturally, you will be provided with a comprehensive user manual to consult when needed, and the support team will be ready to assist you around the clock.

  • No deception

Rest assured that no irritating add-ons will suddenly appear in your browser. Sadly, such dishonest practices are very widespread. With an official product, however, the probability of unwanted software sneaking onto your machine is zero.

  • Flexible compatibility

The tool will work regardless of the Outlook version. Moreover, all popular editions of Microsoft’s operating system (32- and 64-bit) are supported.

Can I Do It Manually?

The Outlook client allows the unassisted transfer. A user needs to open the program and activate the Import function. The process, however, is time-consuming, as only one file can be moved at a time. If your address list contains hundreds of cards, the option is hardly satisfying.

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50th National Day of Mourning to be Observed in Plymouth, Mass on Thursday at Noon

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 27, 2019 - 12:03am

Published November 27, 2019

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — United American Indians of New England (UAINE) has called for the 50th National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 12 noon. Participants will gather by the statue of Massasoit on Cole’s Hill, above the Plymouth waterfront.

Since 1970, several hundred Native people and their non-Native allies have gathered annually in Plymouth on Thanksgiving Day. According to UAINE co-leader Moonanum James, “We Native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims. We want to educate people so that they understand the stories we all learned in school about the first thanksgiving are nothing but lies. Wampanoag and other Indigenous people have certainly not lived happily ever after since the arrival of the Pilgrims. To us, Thanksgiving is a Day of Mourning, because we remember the millions of our ancestors who were murdered by uninvited European colonists such as the Pilgrims. Today, we and many Indigenous people around the country say “No Thanks, No Giving.”

James explained that, while there will be recognition of the history of National Day of Mourning upon this 50th year, much of the day will be devoted to speaking about contemporary issues.

Co-leader Mahtowin Munro spoke about some of those current issues: “Participants in National Day of Mourning this year will speak about many things. We will mourn and honor the thousands of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & Two-Spirits. We will express our solidarity with the Indigenous people of Bolivia who are suffering as a result of the U.S.-backed coup there. A common thread will be the need to protect the sacred water of the Earth, without which there is no life. We need to stop the Keystone XL and other pipelines, fracking, and mining. Speakers who have traveled all the way from Labrador and Manitoba will speak about the impact of hydro megadams on their communities. We also hope to have a statement from the protectors of sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii.  From Labrador to Bolivia, from Boston to the Amazon, Indigenous peoples are defending their sovereignty and insisting that nothing should happen on their lands without their freely given consent. Indigenous solidarity is international.”

She continued, “Once again, the inhuman actions of the U.S. government will compel us to express our solidarity with refugees who are being denied entry, especially our Indigenous relatives from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and other countries who are fleeing largely because of US policies that have destroyed their countries, and who are having their children stolen from them by ICE and other US agencies. Indigenous people here know too well for generations what it means to have our families separated as a result of government policies such as residential schools and removal of Native children to white homes, and we will continue to raise our voices in protest of what ICE is doing.”

 

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month With Native Youth Led Racial Justice

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 27, 2019 - 12:02am

Miss Potawatomi 2019-2020 Kateri Phillips

November is Native American Heritage Month Guest Commentary

Published November 27, 2019

Bozho gete’i ndezhnekas.  Bodwewadmi ndaw, thigwe mine mbish ndodem. Hello my name is Kateri Phillips. I am a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. I am water and thunder clan.

I am the Racial Justice Youth Organizer Volunteer for the Native Justice Coalition and the current 2019-2020 Miss Potawatomi. I am so thrilled for this opportunity and have always wanted to do work like this. In Anishinaabe community I strive to be a positive role model and to share my voice. When the Native Justice Coalition reached out to me I was so excited because I would finally get a sneak peak of what it is like to pursue my dreams in working for social and racial justice.

To me, racial justice means challenging Native erasure in the media, raising awareness on limited culture and language resources, as well as challenging modern colonization. Equality comes in so many forms and I am passionate about this work. For example, in the Native community, I would like to see more cultural and language initiatives like cultural camps. I feel that it would help make a better space for us in society.

This system was not created with the Indigenous communities in mind. That is where a lot of issues come into play. There is so much work to be done and with that a lot of responsibility falls on our shoulders. Many Indigenous people have to work very hard to make a spot in this world for our culture. In my eyes, one of the highest forms of resistance is to learn your Native language. Language and culture is a large part of one’s identity. When you take away the language, culture comes with it and you take a way of life. In many Indigenous communities our language has been taken away. In my eyes, it is the biggest injustice because we not only face all the societal issues but identity complexes as well. That is exactly the reason why I find it so important to bring it back into our lives. To fight oppression and build up our communities is crucial to bring our people to a place we deserve. Where being Indigenous is acceptable and never looked down upon.  My vision is to see our culture held with greater respect and value in all aspects of society.

One of the best forms of racial justice is healing justice. This is powerful and could help the individual, family, and community for generations.  It is important to heal intergenerational trauma and bring back who we are as a people.  Everyone is needed in our communities and has something to offer.  We can set a good example by being sober, stable, or being a good role model for our children.  When we do that we are stronger warriors in our communities.  We need this healing in our communities to strengthen our Native communities and nations.

Fighting for equality could entail many different things. Some people take these issues and protest. Some may take these issues to the courts. Some take these issues and make art out of it like murals.  All these are great ways to fight for equality and they are all special as well as important.  I feel that we are creating new ways because it is so very needed in our communities. The way I fight for equality is with language and culture which is a large part of our identity. Our language is our culture. In Indigenous communities our language has been taken away because of colonization. Currently, we face culture loss which affects our communities. The history books lie to us and there are stereotypes and hurtful myths in mass media. These stereotypes and myths don’t represent us or our culture. This is why I am passionate about learning the language so for me this is my protest every single day!

Recently I have moved to the Great Lakes region from Oklahoma. Being here is helping me to learn more about my Potawatomi culture. This is where my family lived for generations until we were forced to move down south. In reconnecting with Anishinaabe Aki I started to feel more at home here with the incredible beauty of the land and water.  I learned that being Indigenous means that it is okay to feel at home no matter where I am on Turtle Island.

Anishinaabe people know how to live on this land. We know our medicines, the animals, our geography and so much more.  If we are looking towards a better life on this planet we need to look back on our traditional knowledge and change the way we look at ourselves. We need to recognize our strength and see we are not a conquered people. We are still here and this will always be our home.  Our resilience will always carry on when we love our family and culture. Let’s focus on that and never lose sight of it for the sake of social and racial justice.

With the platform I have with the Native Justice Coalition and my role as 2019-2020 Miss Potawatomi, my goal is to uplift positive imagery of Native people.  I want people to see the value in our language and culture.  I hope to do so with sharing my voice and my views as a Native youth.  Through speaking on racial justice panels or writing songs, I hope it can change our communities in a good way.  I am deeply committed to this racial justice work that is led by and for our people.  I hope my message reaches you and that you support this important work for our people and communities.

Kateri Phillips is a tribal citizen of the Citizens Potawatomi Nation. She is enrolled at Bay Mills Community College learning her neshnabe language and plans to receive a degree in Plant Chemistry. She currently holds the title of Miss Potawatomi 2019-2020 and serves as the Racial Justice Youth Organizer Volunteer for the Native Justice Coalition.

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