Native Americans

The Dakota 38

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The largest mass execution in the United States took place on this day in 1862 and you’ve probably never even heard of it.

Your DGB for today is to read about this particularly ugly chapter in our historically horrendous treatment of Native people here:

https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/archive/the-traumatic-true-history-and-name-list-of-the-dakota-38-3awsx1BAdU2v_KWM81RomQ/

We Still Live Here

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Your DGB for today is to buy or rent the documentary We Still Live Here about the Wampanoag tribe--yes THAT Wampanoag tribe. This is the group of people whose ancestors kept the Pilgrims from starving and whose kindness is “honored” annually by American schoolchildren dressed up in brown paper bags. This movie is about their work to revive their ancestral language and preserve their culture.

Please rent or purchase the movie here (rental is only $3.99, purchase is only $9.99):

https://makepeace.vhx.tv/products/we-still-live-here-as-nutayunean

You can learn more about it here: http://www.makepeaceproductions.com/wampfilm.html

Grab some popcorn and fire up your laptop or smart TV.

Native Lands

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Your DGB for today is to learn about the indigenous history of the land you live on.

When white people came to the Americas, they outright killed or displaced nearly all indigenous tribes. You can read about The Trail of Tears here: https://www.history.com/news/history-lists/7-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-trail-of-tears

We seek to honor and acknowledge those that were killed and displaced and who still seek to be treated humanely by the US government. One way to do that is to acknowledge the ancestral lands we all live on that were stolen. You can go to this website https://native-land.ca and enter your zip code and it will tell you what native tribe lived there. If you click on the tribe, it will tell you more about their people.

If you wish to further help indigenous people, you can find different tips on this website: http://www.powwows.com/can-help-native-americans/ such as purchasing items made by indigenous people, donating to verified charities, learning more about their history, and speaking up about their causes.

We can never undo the damage done to the indigenous community, but we can work to make sure it doesn’t happen again.