23-year-old. Plains Cree First Nations & Red River Métis. Two-Spirited. Lives in Canada's prairies. Full time university student majoring in Indigenous studies & Women & Gender Studies. Probably owns more books than you, but you can borrow some.
hi guys, i’m gonna try something and i need all of y’all’s help for it to work. a lot of you know i’m adopted and know nothing about my birth mom. i’ve heard stories about people putting pictures on facebook with their information and being reunited with family, so i figured, why not. if you could reblog this and encourage your friends to reblog it too, i might have a shot at finding my birth family. i would really REALLY appreciate it, from the heart of my bottom.
There’s a point where you know you are just going to end up handing in your paper late. I’ve reached that point. Now I’ve resorted to taking pictures of some of my favourite NDN books that I own because I’ve lost all my steam, but my books are just sitting out looking all pretty. Naturally, it’s book porn time.
(I have yet to read much of MasculIndians, and it’s very different than I thought it would be, but SUPER important and very interesting so far.)
Books from top to bottom are:
Torn from Our Midst: Voices of Grief, Healing and Action from the Missing Indigenous Women Conference, 2008
Iskwewak-Kah’Ki Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak: Neither Indian Princesses Nor Easy Squaws
A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood
Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival
Restoring the Balance: First Nations Women, Community, and Culture
Making Space for Indigenous Feminism
First Voices: An Aboriginal Women’s Reader
Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood
Indigenous in the City Contemporary Identities and Cultural Innovation
Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine
and holy fucking shit can we all OOO and AHHH over ayecaptain’s first bigger beading project. They’re super self-conscious about it but I think it is FUCKING FANTASTIC and I will treasure it FOREVER. Pin it to my dress when ya’ll bury me.
I am one spoiled little sis.
Aahhhhh. Thank you all so much for the encouragement and praise for my amateur beading!! Don’t look too closely though, ‘k?
can i have the one you are making right now too? i’ll give you a peach and access to my polly pockets.
"For me to get a script where I wasn’t playing the bully or the funny side-kick was so refreshing," she says. "I just loved that, for once, I wasn’t dumbing myself down or being really nasty. I could just be a real person regardless of size or looks.”
I’ve mentioned before that the university I go to is a federated university that is a part of a larger uni. My university is made up of mostly Indigenous students and faculty. Although the uni has its own problems, it means a lot to me and has helped me grow in so many ways.
When I try to describe how important my experiences at the university are, sometimes it is so complicated, and sometimes so simple. It can be as easy as explaining that I am grateful to have the comfort of seeing other brown faces in my classes who face many of the same struggles I do. But it can be as difficult as trying to navigate what the “formal” education system has done to my family and my people, and what it means that I am in it.
But right now, I can’t even imagine my life without access to Indigenous studies courses. I would have dropped out of uni a long time ago.
Our program and uni often falls under the same fire by white people who don’t know the first thing about us.
My heart and solidarity is so with my Xican@ and Latin@ friends.
Arizona’s law banning Mexican-American studies is constitutional, judge rules February 25, 2014
A court upheld most provisions of an Arizona state law used to prohibit a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson on Friday.
The ruling dealt a blow to supporters of the suspended classes, who had hoped the courts would overturn a 2010 law championed by Arizona conservatives determined to shut down the unconventional courses.
“I was really surprised at the decision,” Jose Gonzalez, a former teacher of Tucson’s suspended Mexican-American Studies classes, told The Huffington Post. “But as a student and teacher of history, I know in civil rights cases like this there’s always setbacks.”
But conservative opponents accused the teachers of encouraging students to adopt left-wing ideas and resent white people, a charge the teachers deny. Aiming squarely at Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program, the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 — a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.
The news wasn’t all bad for supporters of the suspended classes. Tashima ruled that the section of the law prohibiting courses tailored to serve students of a particular ethnicity was unconstitutional.
Originally filed in October of 2010 on behalf of the program’s former teachers, who lost standing because they are public employees, the case is currently brought by former Mexican-American Studies student Nicholas Dominguez and his mother Margarita Dominguez. They will likely appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals within the next 30 days, their lawyer Richard Martinez told The Huffington Post.
“This case is not over,” Martinez said. “It’s not only important to Arizona, but to the country as a whole that this statute be addressed.”
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne began a campaign to eliminate the Mexican-American Studies program from Tucson Unified School District in 2006, when he was serving as the state’s Superintendent of Public Education.
“As superintendent of schools, I have visited over 1,000 schools and I’ve never seen students be disrespectful to a teacher in that way,” Horne said in an interview last year.
The final product of his efforts was House Bill 2281, which then-State Sen. John Huppenthal (R) helped pilot through the Arizona legislature. Huppenthal, who succeeded Horne as state superintendent of schools, then found Tucson out of compliance with the new law and ordered the district to shut Mexican-American Studies down or lose 10 percent of its annual funding — some $14 million over the fiscal year. In January of 2012, the school board complied, voting 4 to 1 to discontinue the classes.