“You girls are the talk of the ice-fishing derby!” I get that a lot. When we’re out hunting or fishing, my wife and I are frequently the only women (much less queer women) present.
It’s this community strength that makes me proud to be Native. It’s this show of solidarity that makes me worry less for our Water Protectors who have chosen to hold down the camps throughout the winter.
Regardless of the challenges that still lie ahead, from the DAPL project to Native safety and sovereignty in general, this news is a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies.
141 arrests were made at Standing Rock on Thursday, police in Washington fatally shot a pregnant Native woman during a welfare check, a new lawsuit filed in Utah challenges the state’s “no promo homo” law, two proposed anti-abortion laws in Alabama were blocked by a judge and more news.
As of Wednesday, those on the frontlines were bracing for the worst. They were slowly being surrounded by heavily militarized law enforcement. Despite this, the Water Protectors are standing strong and calling for more Warriors to come and protect the water and Native way of life.
“At one point the DNC and Clinton representatives weren’t going to include anything in regards to Native People in the party platform. ‘I was angry. I was just devastated… No you’re not, no you’re not going to do this to Native Americans. You’re not going to further marginalize my people any longer,’ Ms. Parker said to me.”
I truly pity people who aren’t evolved enough to celebrate their heritage beyond that of a mass-raping, slave-trading, sex-trafficking murderer with a bad sense of direction.
“This issue is not about white people and their delicate, settler privileged feelings. This is about the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. This is about the people of the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation. This is about part of a larger movement for the rights of all Indigenous People in the U.S. and across the globe.”
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“My ancestors didn’t fight for nothing. They didn’t keep going on that long, cold, hard march from our ancestral homeland to “Indian Territory” just so that I could give up. They didn’t lay down on the trail to die and neither will I.”
Protests against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline have been happening since April but in the last few weeks tensions have escalated with lawsuits still hanging in the balance.
A federal court said it will make its decision next month on whether to temporarily halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that has sparked protests led by Native American tribes.
Rainbow stickers on one car does not make the NYPD and the areas it patrols safe for all queer people, especially those of us who are the most vulnerable members of the community.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could greatly impact Native Americans and their political sovereignty, two Muslim women were bombarded with racist comments at an Austin restaurant and management did nothing, traffic lights with same-sex couples were removed from the Austrian city of Linz, same-sex parents in Arkansas can both be on their child’s birth certificate now and more news stories!
As folks flock to department store sales and many more to parades honoring the man, the legend, and symbol of settler colonialism, Indigenous people from across Turtle Island come together to commemorate Native cultures. Like most days throughout the year, today we dance, sing, eat, laugh, and Indigenize social media together. Today, however, we do so with a special purpose: to reclaim and redefine a holiday intended to celebrate the genocide and forced assimilation of Native peoples.
In commemoration of Indigenous People’s Day, here are 12 Native American and First Nation queer, two-spirit, lesbian, agender and otherwise relevant-to-your-interests humans way more worthy of a holiday than Christopher Columbus.
Every two weeks I’ll profile a queer lit title that’s outside of the public eye for one reason or another: obscure, small-press, older, aimed at a different niche, or otherwise underrated. This week, we’re learning about Chrystos!
How do I move past only feeling Native based on whether I fish or know the traditional ways? How can I push past feeling like my queer identity is tied to how much I listen to Uh Huh Her?