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Kirke KickingbirdNovember is National Native American Heritage Month as a result of the efforts of the President and Congress that began in 1990. This means that Thanksgiving falls within that time frame. Thanksgiving and Indians are intertwined in the mythic origins of this American holiday. By 1600, along the East Coast of the United States, Native Americans were engaged in fishing European immigrants out of the sea, providing food and shelter and generally giving aid and comfort to the immigrants.

Ernie Stevens, an old colleague of mine from the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, reminded me of the disparity of dwellings and living conditions of the immigrants when he told me about a major stockaded village of the Oneida Tribe in New York which the Europeans called the Oneida Castle. The Europeans placed the Oneida town in the context of their understanding. The Oneida palisade was designed to keep the civilized Oneidas safe from ancient and deadly outside forces including the Europeans.


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35 Tribal Organizations, representing hundreds of Tribal Nations from across Indian Country, have issued a call to action to President Obama requesting immediate and decisive action to deescalate the conflict and halt the human and civil rights violations occurring out at Standing Rock.

Member Opinion

We Should All Stand with Standing Rock

By Lauren van Schilfgaarde

Currently, one of the largest American Indian movements in recent decades is taking place in North Dakota. A Tribe is defending itself from bearing the brunt of environmental and religious harm. This time, against the Black Snake.

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project (DAPL) is an approximately 1,170-mile, 30-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline that is expected to transport 470,000-570,000 barrels of oil each day from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, where it would link with other existing pipelines....


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