Erased By False Victory: Obama Hasn’t Stopped DAPL

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All Native struggles in the United States are a struggle against erasure. The poisoning of our land, the theft of our children, the state violence committed against us — we are forced to not only live in opposition to these ills, but also to live in opposition to the fact that they are often erased from public view and public discourse, outside of Indian Country. The truth of our history and our struggle does not match the myth of American exceptionalism, and thus, we are frequently boxed out of the narrative.

The struggle at Standing Rock, North Dakota, has been no exception, with Water Protectors fighting tooth and nail for visibility, ever since the Sacred Stone prayer encampment began on April 1.

For months, major news outlets have ignored what’s become the largest convergence of Native…

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An Open Letter to Black Bear Ranch Commune

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Black Bear Ranch is a commune started in 1968 in the mountains of the very rural Salmon River watershed in so called Northern California. It has a history of radical politics and was an early experiment in what became the “back to the land” movement. The Salmon River encompasses parts of the Karuk, Konomihu, Chemafeko (New River) Shasta, and Shasta Homelands. The genocidal “Gold Rush” ushered in settler colonialism in the area and Black Bear Ranch itself was historically the richest gold mine on the Salmon River. Despite the massive violence, murder and theft, Indigenous people not only survived in place but continue to revitalize cultures and fight for the land base. This letter is written by Unsettling Klamath River, a group of settlers working to “unsettle” ourselves and attempting to put into practice the truth that “settler emplacement is incommensurable with decolonization.”

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To the residents of Black Bear Ranch, current and former, and to all of the Black Bear Family,

Some of you may have heard of the coming of this letter and/or the group delivering it. Many of you have not and this may come as a surprise to you. We want to acknowledge from the beginning that the group of people we are addressing is a diverse one; from original bears, to current and all in between. As a group we are also diverse; in our age, gender, background, and in our relationships to all of you and the land we call Black Bear Ranch. Our commonality lies in our love for life and our deep desire to see it continue and thrive. We come to you from our hearts, our love for the land and for each other. This letter is written from the place within us all that…

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“1492.0” A Poem to #AbolishColumbusDay

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UPDATE: Columbus Day falls across the country; Indigenous Peoples Day FTW!

Another update: My latest article over at Everyday Feminism: “4 Ways To Celebrate Columbus Day (Without Celebrating Columbus Day)

TW: Explicit images and words depicting slavery, brutality, and other atrocities.

To hear me perform in ironic pentameter, click here

1492.0

In fourteen hundred ninety-two

An explorer sailed for Asia true

But lost, got he, this Italian chap

Unsure East from West – who needs a map?

So upon an island Columbus’ ships did land

Land filled with many a child, woman, and man

Despite the Taino Arawak people, Columbus did proclaim

“’Tis the Indies! (Or whatever. I declare it for Spain.)”

The explorer could do no wrong

His wit was short as his sword was long

He demanded gold from the people there

When he got some – then none – he…

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Upsettler Quote of the Month

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Usually I try to write about the more subtle, intrenched aspects of settler colonialism–those myths taken as natural.  But sometimes something so blatantly fucked up comes out of a settlers mouth, sometimes it even seems to sock them that they said it.  Often I really don’t know how to deal with it, I guess we can make fun of it together.  So, I  am adding a new feature to AS THE WORLD BURNS titled: “Upsettler Quote of the Month.”  Feel free to send me your nominations. It’s a little late but here is August’s quote:

“We stole the land fair and square.”

There you have it.  How do you even begin to deconstruct how insane that is?

California reports first wolf pack in almost 100 years

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Wild wolves historically inhabited California, but were extirpated. Aside from these wolves and the famous wolf OR7 who entered California in December 2011, the last confirmed wolf in the state was here in 1924. OR7 has not been in California for more than a year and is currently the breeding male of the Rogue Pack in southern Oregon.

In June 2014, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to list gray wolves as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. The gray wolf is also listed as endangered in California, under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Gray wolves that enter California are therefore protected by the ESA making it illegal to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or collect wolves, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct in California.

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California reports first wolf pack in almost 100 years.

The Unfavourable Indian

Amazing words. Reminds me of my responsibility as a settler on stolen land to fight for decolonization.

Reclaim the Warrior

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Swallowed up on the soil of my ancestors

There is a thirst

For red land

That no red man

Can quench

Forgotten on the soil of my ancestors

Each day

A struggle for recognition

For redefinition as equal

As valuable

As human

 

Them Indians are causing a ruckus again

God damn Indians

Living off the taxes of hard working citizens

As if my bachelors degree

And years serving community

Counts for nothing

A struggle for recognition

A fight to refuse to be forgotten

A battle to protect what little we have left

Gets labeled

Unfavourable Indian

                                    Noisy squaw

Wrecking everything that is good for the whole country

There they go again,

                                 Those fuckin’ Indians

We are only favourable

When we are opening for your events

Offering up the cultural pieces we have had to fight to keep alive

Through cultural genocide

Look at those pretty colours

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4th-of-U-Lie Indigenous Hip Hop Mix

My gift to all those disgusted by the flag waving and cute cakes celebrating this genocidal settler state of AmeriKKKa. Drown out the fireworks with this new mix, Land is Life, featuring Indigenous hop hop. Mostly new tracks with a few classics.

To Rust Metallic Gods: An Anarcho-Primitivist Critique of Paganism

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[Note: Appears in print in “Black & Green Review, Issue 1”, available from the Oldowan distro.]

New Forest People by Michael Green

Most green anarchists of European ancestry have vehemently rejected the Abrahamic faiths of the Iron Age (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), for their divine hierarchies, their dominion theologies. And most as well the Axial Age faiths, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism from India, Confucianism and Taoism from China, Zoroastrianism from Persia, or Platonism from Greece, all of which arose under a period of increasing ascendancy for urbanization and the State, under the division of life between market and temple[1]. Many, unable to swallow various New Age spiritual farces, nonetheless valorize Greco-Roman pagan religions or idealize various European pagan religions. Some champion modern neo-pagan notions. I examine these each in turn, arguing that if we really wish to rekindle deep bonds to the vital wildness of the Earth, then we must dig deeper.

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