When I was born, the Mvskoke Nation as a sovereign government was illegal. Native spirituality and cultural customs were illegal.
Custodial sovereignty wasn't "restored" until the 1970's and to this day full sovereignty and territorial integrity as they were promised in treaty obligations are still elusive.
When the modern states of Israel and Palestine were created and much was written about them, Indigenous nation rights were not mainstream thinking like they are today. If these Indigenous nations were created today, the story would likely be much different.
As Israel and Palestine were, North American Indigenous nations were also carved up by colonizers, is their sovereignty illegitimate or non-existent for this fact?
#Native #Indigenous #Israel #Palestine
Personally, I see the rights of Israel and Palestine to exist as nations through an Indigenous lens.
If you deny the rights of one, the other or both to exist as Indigenous nations, you deny their Indigeneity.
Both Israel and Palestine have Indigenous rights to exist as nations.
Read *Blood Sisters* by Vanessa Lillie: Important and page-turning mystery by enrolled Cherokee woman that depicts plight of #MMIWG2S (missing & murdered #indigenous women, girls, & two spirit people).
I just finished the novel and will add it to my recommended reads.
(I'd recommend even if Vanessa weren't in one of my writing groups! )
If you can help with Turtle Island server expenses:
Currently at 0% of goal due January 1
NEW! Allies.social Mastodon
We still need software/applecare/mice on the moderator GoFundMe too, if you can help.
Native American-Palestinian solidarity in every lifetime.
"Claiming #native status also helped white Anglo-Saxon Americans define themselves in opposition to growing numbers of foreign #immigrants. On the one hand, white Americans retold the myth of the vanishing #Indian to legitimize their claim to native territory. On the other hand, they emphasized immigrants’ dangerous foreignness in order to delegitimize immigrants’ claim to America."
Erika Lee, America for Americans – a history of xenophobia in the United States. Basic Books/Hachette 2021, p 65.
In a #JointStatement, 10 local & #Indigenous groups from 4 regions in #Indonesia said they had high hopes that the #RSPO’s grievance mechanism would be able to provide #justice for them, as their #LandRights had been denied by operations of RSPO members.
“We doubt the advantages of the RSPO in terms of defending and upholding the rights of #native populations, nearby communities, and land users who lost their lands & forests,” the communities said
Indigenous rights are forever.
Indigenous rights can't be blood quantumed away.
Indigenous rights don't cease when you move somewhere else.
Indigenous rights don't cease when you are moved somewhere else.
Indigenous rights can't be disenrolled.
Indigenous rights include sovereignty.
Indigenous rights include land, water and air.
Indigenous rights include sustenance and all life.
Indigenous rights can't be taken away by anyone.
#Native #Indigenous #Israel #Palestine
Replace 'Jewish' with Native American Tribe and 'Israel' with United States
a movement for the re-establishment and the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.
a movement for the re-establishment and the development and protection of the Mvskoke nation in what is now the United States.
Looks like Native Americans are Zionists
THANK YOU MASTODON!!
Look what came in the mail today! A new Macbook Pro paid for entirely by the amazing people here on Mastodon❤️ I'm so excited; it's a huge upgrade for me, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without all of your support. MVTO!!! 😁 😁 😁
Goal raised $1100 to cover Apple Final Cut Pro video editing software, 1 yr AppleCare+, Logitech Mouse, taxes and fees.
Thunder Bear enjoys the adventure of searching for goodies the animal care staff hides around the enclosure for him.
#bear #bears #wildlife #nature #native #TCWR #TurpentineCreek #RescueToRefuge #FundFreedom #Sanctuary #enjoy #adventuretime #adventures #adventurelife #reels #reelit #reelitfeelit #reelsviral #animalvideo #shorts #shortvideo
Unfortunately you'll see predominantly white people, organizations or institutions, that even though they know or suspect they've been scammed by Indigenous self-identification will continue to uphold it, because it embarrasses them, or invalidates/taints their work, policies, etc.
Indigenous self-identification is a scam.
"In TallBear’s view, part of the issue is the ambiguity of the label “Indigenous.” Indigeneity is often viewed in racial or ethnic terms, while Indigenous citizenship hinges on specific terms set by a tribal nation. She pointed to Sainte-Marie’s use of the phrase “Indigenous-American identity” in recent statements, saying it indicates how many people see being Indigenous as a matter of self-identification."
Linum monogynum, NZ linen flax. White flowers. This beauty was in the #native #garden at Queens Park, #Invercargill Southland. New Zealand. It had scrambled up into a Sophora prostrata. Photos taken 14 November.
Info re our Linum: https://o2landscapes.com/plants/linum/
The year is 3023.
The United States has been in a downward spiral of decay since the first time Donald Trump became President.
After over a thousand years since they were forced off their ancestral lands during the 1830's in the Trail Of Tears etc., the Mvskoke Nation Army finally managed to take back its land and displace millions of white Georgians and Alabamians. African Americans were welcomed with open arms...
(Excuse me for mentioning)
Basic information about the Fediverse / Grundlegende Informationen über das Fediverse:
This is what fake Indigenous and liars do, they deny and double down. Facts and indisputable evidence means zero.
Buffy Sainte-Marie Accepts Emmy and Responds to Her Critics Who Question Her Indigenous Roots
(2/4) 🎂 ONE YEAR on Mastodon & of full-time CREW missions in our vanship/ bachmobile/ waka whenua, “Curiosity”
🌲 #Rewilding: Restoring an area of land to its natural uncultivated state; We’re replacing the wild with the tame… headed for disaster—Attenborough
We’ve visited a number of ecosanctuaries aiming to restore #native species & habitats e.g. https://curiositydrive.org/2023/09/29/northern-dunedin/
I am also adult enough to admit I made a mistake without blaming it on others & have unsuspended two instances of ~400 & ~1200 users.
It is wrong to collectively punish many innocent users for actions or disagreements with their instance owners, admins, moderators & elite users.
These situations should be done surgically & respectfully to others instead of power tripping just because you have the power.
That said, we still run a Tier 0 with choice adds.
I believe in safe spaces for BIPOC, other ethnicities/cultures/marginalized people in International relations & on the Fediverse.
I do not believe in the collective punishment of innocent people in real life or the Fediverse. As an adult, I don't need an anonymous committee to hide behind for this statement.
Turtle Island instances have not & will not suspend medium or large instances with lots of innocent users.
(1/4) 🎂 ONE YEAR on Mastodon & of full-time CREW missions in our vanship/ bachmobile/ waka whenua, “Curiosity”
🤔 #Curiosity: A strong desire to know or learn something; A delicate little plant that, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom—Einstein
We learned of the incredible diversity among NZ #fungi & other #native “smalls” e.g. https://curiositydrive.org/2023/03/26/waterways-of-northern-westland/
Hiring or putting someone in a position, that in whole or part depends on their Indigeneity?
If they will be influential, educating or setting policy (even on the Fediverse) demand documentation.
Any true Indigenous person will be prepared to provide documentation in these settings. Walk away from those that won't or make excuses.
Your reputation and responsibility to others depends on it. You don't want to become part of the scam.
#3 Trust but verify
Ask about our Indigenous heritage. Ask about our family. We are proud of our heritage, and all that our families have gone through to survive to this day. We have cousins up the ying yang. An Indigenous person is never alone. We are more than happy to talk about our family tree, even if we avoid sorrows.
So many fake Indigenous have been found out to have family that denies they are Indigenous and the whole thing was an act.
DNA or family lore are not acceptable forms of proving Indigeneity. They may be the start of a journey to reconnect, but they do not prove Tribal Nation connection and no Nations accept it.
North American Indigenous people are some of, probably the most documented people in history. We're stamped and numbered.
There are exceptions but they are very very VERY rare, be suspicious of people claiming loopholes for their Indigeneity.
Lookout for terminology meant to skirt the The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 such as 'Native Inspired'. Either something is Native designed and/or Native made or it is not.
Fakes proliferate. It is clearly unethical to play Indigenous, and even worse to cash in on it, educate or set policy.
Fakes displace true artists, educators and policy makers (even on the Fediverse). Fake Indigeneity is not victimless.
Everyone loses, including you.
Tips for authenticating North American Indigeneity
#1 Tribal Nation connection
Native/Indigenous people are not a monolith. There are no generic Native or Indigenous people. People are citizens or descendants of a Tribal Nation or they are not North American Indigenous.
The absence of tribal connection is a major red flag.
In the United States it is illegal for an artist to represent their works as Native without Native Nation Citizenship.
#Native garden at Queens Park, #Invercargill Southland, New Zealand. 03 November. First 2 photos are native Linum (white flowers) scrambling through native broom, 3rd appears to be Brachyglottis species; 4th is various Corokia.. and @unearth
Australians needed to start looking past pollination when it came to bees.
"We really don't know much about our bee fauna. Even for the species we do have a name for, we probably know next to nothing about them. Out of all the thousands of native species of bees in Australia, only about two-thirds have even been named.There are no paid bee taxonomists in Australia … it is really worrying...The flavour of research is all crop pollination."
"Australian native bees are on the whole are not important pollinators of our crops because they didn't evolve with those crops, and if we want to know about those native bees, we shouldn't be focusing on pollination...When it comes to protecting a bandicoot, nobody asks what kind of important things this bandicoot does, it is just a native animal that is struggling and needs our support. The government needed to focus more funding on ecology and conservation research."
#native #bees #conservation #science #wildlife #livestock #crops #pollination #plantations #values
OMG WE DID IT TWICE!
Tzipporah's laptop is ordered.
One last and final ask. We have raised the goal an additional $1100 to cover 2 sets of Apple Final Cut Pro video editing software, 1 yr AppleCare+, Logitech Mouse, taxes and fees.
MVTO! MVTO! MVTO! MVTO!
But sure enough, this morning they sent out an email thanking us for our stolen land.
raised of $2,000 goal
she's hasn't gotten any donations for 2 days. housing keeps ppl alive!
- Cashapp $fdanger
- Venmo @francesdanger
WE'RE ALMOST THERE!!
Only $474 to go! 😁 😁 😁
GoFundMe is at ~92.5% of goal
@Hvresse's laptop is 100%
My laptop is at ~85%
4 ways to donate:
The annual Thanksgiving tradition has obscured the historical reality of Native American genocide: dispossession from their lands, efforts to destroy their cultures, and the slaughter of their communities.
It is important to remember this past as we celebrate with our families and bear witness to current struggles against genocide and imperialism. Around the world, Indigenous people are continuing to resist and refuse to be erased.
Harvard Library American Indigenous Studies Resource List: https://guides.library.harvard.edu/american-indigenous-studies
Land Back Movement: https://landback.org/
Find out whose land you are on: https://native-land.ca/
(I am on the Tongva land: https://native-land.ca/maps/territories/tongva-gabrieleno/)
Defend the Weelaunee Forest (stolen Muscogee land): https://stopcop.city/
We can do this before Turkey Day!
One machine is delivered and one is ready to order. Please help if you can, we are so close to final.
HOME STRETCH: 4 ways to donate!
PLEASE BOOST - MVTO!
No Piercings? No problem. Now you can customize any pair of Cvkvlv beaded earrings with a pair of clip-on hoop findings:
DM with questions or custom requests!
For #Alaska Families, Questions Remain About Unsolved Deaths and “Suicides”
Local law enforcement said there was only one official unsolved #murder in Kotzebue, Alaska.
Many residents suspect otherwise.
We can finish this on Turkey Day!
HOME STRETCH: 4 ways to donate!
St James Walkway “smalls” (2/2). The truffle-like violet pouch #fungus, Cortinarius porphyroideus (📷1). A close-up of the headdress of an inquisitive endemic South Island robin/ Petroica australis (📷2). The #native NZ everlasting #flower or “Hell’s bells”/ Anaphalioides bellidioides (📷3) & snowdrop wood-sorrel/ Oxalis magellanica (📷4).
We're def getting there!
Turtle Island Moderators Need Laptops GoFundMe is nearly at 75% of goal.
@Hvresse's laptop is 100%, ordered, shipped and paid for.
@Tzipporah's laptop is at 46% of goal.
4 ways to donate!
THANK-YOU SO MUCH!!!
PLEASE BOOST !!!
Tzipporah's laptop is over 7 years old, under even un-powered for video creative work & seriously on its last legs.
We are ultra appreciative of your help.
Moderators Need Laptops
In the new book Voting in Indian Country, Jean Reith Schroedel weaves together historical and contemporary voting rights conflicts as the election nears
by Nina Lakhani in New York
Fri 16 Oct 2020
"#VoterSuppression has taken centre stage in the race to elect potentially the 46th president of the United States. But we’ve heard little about the 5.2 million #Native Americans whose ancestors have called this land home before there was a US president.
"The rights of indigenous communities – including the right to vote – have been systematically violated for generations with devastating consequences for access to #CleaAir and #water, #health, #education, economic opportunities, #housing and #sovereignty. Voter turnout for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives is the lowest in the country, and about one in three eligible voters (1.2 million people) are not registered to vote, according to the National Congress of American Indians.
"In a new book, Voting in Indian County: The View from the Trenches, Jean Reith Schroedel, professor emerita of political science at Claremont Graduate University, weaves together historical and contemporary voting rights conflicts.
"Is the right to vote struggle for Native Americans distinct from the wider struggle faced by marginalized groups in the US?
"One thing few Americans understand is that American Indians and #NativeAlaskans were the last group in the #UnitedStates to get #citizenship and to get the #vote. Even after the civil war and the Reconstruction (13th, 14th and 15th) amendments there was a supreme court decision that said #IndigenousPeople could never become US citizens, and some laws used to disenfranchise them were still in place in 1975. In fact first-generation violations used to deny – not just dilute voting rights – were in place for much longer for Native Americans than any other group. It’s impossible to understand contemporary voter suppression in Indian Country without understanding this historical context.
"The motivation for the VRA was the egregious treatment of #black people in the south, and for the first 10 years there was a question over whether it even applied to #AmericanIndian and Native Alaskan populations. It wasn’t really discussed until a #CivilRights commission report in 1975 which included cases from #SouthDakota and #Arizona that showed equally egregious #discrimination and absolute denial of right to vote towards Native Americans – and also #Latinos.
"When voter suppression is discussed by politicians, advocates and journalists, it’s mostly about African American voters, and to a lesser degree Latinos. Why are Native Americans still excluded from the conversation?
"Firstly they are a small population and secondly most of the most egregious abuses routinely occur in rural isolated parts of #IndianCountry where there is little media focus. But it’s happening – take Jackson county in South Dakota, a state where the governor has done little to protect people from #Covid. The county council has just decided to close the legally mandated early voting centre on the #PineRidgeReservation, citing concerns about Covid, but not in the voting site in #Kadoka, where the white people go. Regardless of the intent, this will absolutely have a detrimental effect on Native people’s ability to vote. And South Dakota, like many other states, is also a very hard place for Native people to vote by mail. In the primary, the number of people who registered to #VoteByMail increased by 1,000% overall but there was no increase among reservation communities. In #Oglala county, which includes the eastern part of Pine Ridge, turnout was about 10%.
"The right to vote by mail is a hot political and civil rights issue in the 2020 election – could it help increase turnout in Indian Country?
"No, voting by mail is very challenging for Native Americans for multiple reasons. First and foremost, most reservations do not have home mail delivery. Instead, people need to travel to post offices or postal provide sites – little places that offer minimal mail services and are located in places like gas stations and mini-marts. Take the Navajo Nation that encompasses 27,425 square miles – it’s larger than West Virginia, yet there are only 40 places where people can send and receive mail. In West Virginia, there are 725. Not a single PO box on the Navajo Nation has 24-hour access."
- https://ironbeangames.com/products/nunami (I have this game and really like it!!)
- https://thefourdirections.online/2023-nahm-events (streaming group who has been doing events all month)
It's the 17th which means its the (monthly) #IndigenousPeopleDay!!
Fellow #Indigenous folks, reply to this? send me stuff to post? (DMs open too if that's more comfortable for ya)
Everyone else, boost a lot and give us a bit of your attention and a few bux if you can spare it!
PLEASE BOOST - MVTO!
Desert Fire Triangle Peyote Stitch Beaded Bracelet
Made of shiny delica beads with adjustable clasp. Shop this bracelet and other beaded jewelry on my website:
DM with questions or custom requests!
One of my FAILED ideas... 😬
I'm not a sports person but I thought what a phenomenal way to celebrate your team or gift your sporty significant other.
Beaded earrings that are particularly suited for sports fans. If you'd like to have them make you a pair in your team colors*, @Tzipporah would be happy to do it.
*except mascotry teams
We are now crowdfunding @Tzipporah's laptop.
4 ways to donate!
If anyone would rather donate to 'Turtle Island Moderators Need Laptops' with Cash App, Venmo or Ko-Fi instead of GoFundMe, feel free. I can add it Offline to the GoFundMe.
Also note if you want it anonymous or attributed.
Crowdfunding laptop for @Tzipporah
We are def in a donation lull. If you can help getting the energy going again by donating, it would be super appreciated.
Tzipporah's laptop is over 7 years old, under-powered for creative work & seriously on its last legs. It's only a matter of time. Mvto! (thank-you)
Moderators Need Laptops
Be sure to order now for the Holidays! These are handmade. There is a finite amount of my labor and shipping becomes less predictable as the Holidays get closer.
Here's some of my stock, available to ship on my website:
Order ASAP to get made to order items in time for the Holidays
November 15-30, all Turtle Island Ko-Fi donations will be donated to the Turtle Island Moderators Need Laptops GoFundMe and added as offline donations there.
Likewise all donations to the Turtle Island Cash App or Venmo will be added to the GoFundMe offline donations.
Note if you want it anonymous or attributed.
Back in stock!
Firey Stripes Beaded Drop Earrings:
Desert Fire Beaded Hoop Earrings:
two days until I do my monthly #IndigenousPeoplesDay thing! If you're #Native too and want me to post your donation links or anything really, DM me! Or if you've got links you want me to post or whatevr.