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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankful for the children, Yura, my family, the pets and livestock, my friends, my health, my career, and my life which i love. However we should take a moment to reflect on this:

Today is Thanksgiving Day. I proudly stand up with and for those people who today continue to be oppressed and taken advantage of. The poverty rate of Native Americans nationally is 25%, and on some reservations the unemployment rate is 69% or more. Utility companies still continue to refuse to run services on reservation lands, keeping people in abject poverty and third world conditions, sometimes with little to no access to basic utilities such as running water or sanitation. Rape on reservations is at an all time high, with the vast numbers being perpetuated by outsiders and non-reservation dwellers, and an overwhelming majority of these cases are ignored or outright refused investigation and prosecution by state and federal authorities. 1 in 3 native women will be raped in their lifetimes. These abuses are still on-going, these people are not gone, you can make a difference by writing your senators and congressmen telling them to stand up for native rights and to investigate continuing abuses against Native people, or by joining with the many charitable organizations that work with Native causes.

relevant links:
American Indian College Fund: http://www.collegefund.org/
The American Indian Heritage Foundation: http://www.indians.org/
Native American Aid: http://www.nrcprograms.org/site/PageServer?pagename=naa_index
Native American Heritage Association: http://www.naha-inc.org/
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: MAZE OF INJUSTICE: THE FAILURE TO PROTECT INDIGENOUS WOMEN FROM VIOLENCE: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/035/2007

Also apparently this link needs to get thrown around the internet again, based on all the images i see on tumblr:

http://nativeappropriations.blogspot.com/2010/04/but-why-cant-i-wear-hipster-headdress.html

Today while we are all being thankful, let's spare a little thought and consideration to those who selflessly helped our early ancestors make it through the cold hard northeastern winter, and we repaid them with wholesale slaughter and smallpox blankets.
holy shit can i repost this?

we are watching 'the canary effect' in my race relations class and it is just heartbreaking. the most horrifying part to me is the skyrocketing suicide rates among native americans. one part of the film stated that at one reservation high school, over 50% of the girls had attempted suicide at least once. of course that film is from like 1999 or something, so holy FUCK. :(
yes feel free!

i know its literally heartbreaking to go back and visit my family on the rez my grandfather grew up on. something like 20 people living in a 1bedroom singlewide trailer. going to school in buildings built before the 1900s. pretty much endless brutality. and then you go like 30miles to the nearest white people town and it's all custom humvees and ipads for everyone. and the stories my cousins tell me of the shit that happens and is never prosecuted or investigated, it's enough to make you at least temporarily lose faith in humanity.
"Utility companies still continue to refuse to run services on reservation lands, keeping people in abject poverty and third world conditions, sometimes with little to no access to basic utilities such as running water or sanitation."
WTF D: D: D: Why? That's horrible,along with everything else that you're describing. It's such a huge injustice how Native Americans are still treated today :(
My friend/former boss is Native, and she says the worst part of leaving Oklahoma is that at least there people knew she existed. Up here in PA? "Oh, that genocide was terrible. I wish they hadn't killed all the Indians."

Of course, if we ignore the fact that this group still exists, we can ignore the fact that they are suffering, terribly, and almost nobody is helping them.
Thank you for this. I wanted to share some of this with my kid and now there are lots of links so handy!
As a tribal citizen of the sovereign (by treaty) Muscogee Nation, a somewhat fluent speaker of the Muscogee Creek language and someone who lived within 30 minutes drive of Muscogee territory before the US marshalls stole me from my birthplace at gunpoint, I appreciate your support of my people.