The New Assimilated American by Nicole Montclair-Donaghy

My name is Kampeska Cinkila Win, Lakota for “Little Shell Woman.” My English name is Nicole Montclair-Donaghy. I’m an enrolled member of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I’ve long debated whether or not to share this piece. I believe that our stories should be shared, as they are a part of all of our histories as humans. Continue reading

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

Join the Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2015 Celebration by Kshama Sawant

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2015 – Recognizing the Painful History of the Indian Boarding School Policy

Last year, it was my good fortune to have worked with indigenous community activists on the creation of Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle. By passing this historic resolution, the City of Seattle rejected a celebration of Columbus Day, and honored the history and memory of those who experienced the brutal realities of colonialism and genocide. Continue reading