Commentary & Essays

Cher “Remix” Video Brings out the Hate

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LogoTV recently published a remix of Cher’s new video for her single “Woman’s World” featuring former Rupaul’s Drag Race contestant Wilam in a war bonnet style headdress. The look is an apparent homage to Cher’s 1973 video performance of “Half Breed” where she wore a similarly styled headdress while riding a horse and singing. Watch…

John McCain ‘Encourages’ Desecration of Sacred Peaks, Flat-out Lies About Source of Water

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By Klee Benally @eelk Flagstaff, AZ — On March 28, 2013, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) made it very clear that he doesn’t care about Indigenous Peoples or public health. McCain would appear to be in the pocket of multimillionaire ski area owner and Scottsdale based real estate developer, Eric Borowsky. In his statement, McCain…

The Significance of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

From Shawn Mulford. Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council Statement – April 27, 2012   A Conference and Consultation with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “The Creator gave the Aboriginal Indigenous Nations of the People Laws to follow and responsibilities to care for all Creation. These instructions have been…

From the frontlines of the water wars: Diné and Hopi water rights at risk, protesters gather on Navajo Nation

by Drew Sully on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:06pm All photos and reporting from the scene are courtesy of Outta Your Backpack Media, a collective working for indigenous youth media empowerment, and Paper Rocket, an indigenous centered Navajo media production team. www.oybm.org www.facebook.com/PaperRocketProductions A group of Diné and Hopi people ( including traditional people and elders)…

Why Can’t Modern Culture Respect Indigenous Culture?

    by Brennan Lagasse On October 12, 2011, indigenous elders and medicine people came together on a conference call with several representatives of the federal government. The purpose of the call was to continue an ongoing dialogue centered on the protection of indigenous sacred sites that continue to be comprised under federal leadership. It…

Formal Response from Indigenous Peoples to USDA Sacred Sites Report

“The Creator gave the Aboriginal Indigenous Nations of the People Laws to follow and responsibilities to care for all Creation. These instructions have been passed down from generation to generation from the beginning of Creation. It is the Law that no one can overpower the Creator’s Law, you are a part of Creation, thus if…

Uranium Mining Begins Near Grand Canyon

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Thousands of Claims Threaten Public Health & Sacred Lands By Klee Benally Grand Canyon, AZ — In defiance of legal challenges and a U.S. Government moratorium, Canadian company Denison Mines has started mining uranium on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. According to the Arizona Daily Sun the mine has been operating since December 2009.…