Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission issues 94 ‘calls to action’ to Advance Reconciliation with 1st Nations

On Tuesday, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada made public its final report on the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system. The final report is a detailed account of what happened to 1st Nations children who were removed from their homes and placed into government boarding schools. Continue reading

Seattle Chooses Indigenous Peoples’ Day: the Story behind the Resolution

Last year, Seattle joined Minneapolis as the second major city to pass resolutions renaming the second Monday in October, the Federal holiday Columbus Day, to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Their resolutions, both of which were driven by the Native community, followed the passage of an Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution in Berkeley, CA in 1992 and South Dakota’s passage of Native American Day in 1990.  Filmmaker Dallas Pinkham recently sat down with the organizers behind Seattle’s resolution for a look at how their efforts to establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day came to be. Continue reading

Occupying Ft. Lawton: 45th Anniversary Celebration of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

We, the Native Americans, reclaim the land known as Ft. Lawton in the name of all American Indians by right of discovery. We feel that this land of Ft. Lawton is more suitable to pursue an Indian way of life, as determined by our own standards. By this we mean — this place does not resemble most Indian reservations. It has potential for modern facilities, adequate sanitation facilities, health care facilities, fresh running water, educational facilities, and transportation facilities.” ~Bob Satiacum (Puyallup) Continue reading