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its cool previous presidents and their respective administrations issued proclamations acknowledging November as Native American Heritage month.
personally, it never really changed how i live my life as an Indigenous Diné/Ni’mii’puu womxn.
earlier today, #NativeTwitter activists Simon Moya-Smith, Jacqueline Keeler, and Adrienne Keene addressed the erasure of Native American Heritage month by the 45th admin. as a result of some “sleuthing” there is supposedly a proclamation that is set to be released on November 5th.
i don’t know what the 45th will share on the 5th. what i do know is i will still be working in my home community addressing Native education needs in local public schools located on our homelands. the work directly involves training teachers who are creating curriculum that is not only relevant and inclusive of my nation, but culturally responsive.
in thinking more about what celebrating Native American Heritage month “looks” like, i will do my best to promote as many Native authors, bloggers, artists, educators. and pure all around Indigenous bad assery.
as white supremacy continues working to erase us, they do not understand or comprehend they can not kill our spirits.
for starters, please check out the The Red Nation podcast and website. i dig how this couple, Melanie Yazzie (Diné) and her partner Nick Estes (Oceti Sakowin) inform us on ways we can continue to celebrate being Native with or without a month designated to Native people.
please find a couple of recent publications. a book (which i have ordered and only started but not completely read), an anthology of voices from the #NoDAPL resistance camp, and an article on the significance of Alcatraz and Red Power posted over the weekend.
- Standing with Standing Rock by Nick Estes and Jaskiron Dhillon
after listening to a few The Red Nation podcast episodes, reading the article on Alcatraz, and watching James Baldwin state the facts on being a black person in the south; i am reflecting on today’s continued erasure with one quote in particular that stands out to me the most.
the late and great James Baldwin stated,
“What Americans mean by ‘history’ is something they can forget,” he said, reflecting on this period of indigenous uprisings. “They don’t know they have to pay for their history, because the Indians have paid for it every inch and every hour. That’s why they’re at Wounded Knee; that’s why they took Alcatraz.”
heres to continued Indigenous risings.