Tag: Native Americans

Deb Haaland

Deb Haaland Confirmed as Secretary of Interior, First-Ever Native American Cabinet Member

Cheered on virtually by thousands of Native Americans in her home state of New Mexico as well as across the U.S., Rep. Deb Haaland was confirmed on March 15 as secretary of the Interior Department. In the role, Haaland will lead the management of a vast swath of federal public…

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The Truth You May Not Know About Thanksgiving

On Thursday, Nov. 26, many Native Americans and their allies across the country will observe the 51st National Day of Mourning. While most Americans will sit down to Thanksgiving dinners — albeit (hopefully) smaller ones than in years past due to COVID-19 — this counter-observance is designed as an ongoing…

Creator of #BlackPantherChallenge Puts Pressure on NFL With 'Caucasians' T-Shirt, White People Get Offended

Frederick Joseph, creator of the #BlackPantherChallenge, walked around New York City with a “Caucasians” T-shirt this week to experiment with white people’s hypocrisy. Joseph also intended to increase pressure on the NFL to change the Washington Redskins’ racist name as pre-season begins. “The word ‘Caucasian’ is not a derogatory term…

Comcast: A Commitment to Native American Voices

A contributed piece by Bird Runningwater, Director of the Native American and Indigenous Program at The Sundance Institute. Mr. Runningwater serves on Comcast NBCUniversal’s (No. 29 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) external Joint Diversity Advisory Council. Many people’s perceptions of Native American history and culture are shaped by…

Malia Obama Attends Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Malia Obama made a decision to exercise her right to protest, which continues her family’s legacy of activism. During the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, last week Obama, the eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, attended an event in support of the Standing Rock…

Native American Tribes Take a Stand Against Pipeline, Celebrities Show Support

Celebrities, including Shailene Woodley, have joined with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop construction of an oil pipeline with potential to pollute drinking water. By Sheryl Estrada Reuters North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continues to contest the construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline, which they say…

'Redskins' Team Name and Mascot Officially Banned

California officially banned the use of “Redskins” as a team name or mascot in the state. The California Racial Mascots Act, signed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017. Schools currently using the name have until this time to pick a new mascot. California is…