Here be dragons.

no hay puentes,
se hace puentes al andar.
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Posts tagged "california"

Let us sing and dance ourselves back into wellness

Native American Health Center - Healing Circle Project

COARSEGOLD, Calif. — The six-page, single-spaced letter that Nancy Dondero and about 50 of her relatives received last month was generously salted with legal citations and footnotes. But its meaning was brutally simple. “It is the decision by a majority of the Tribal Council,” the letter said, “that you are hereby disenrolled.”

And with that, Ms. Dondero’s official membership in the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, the cultural identity card she had carried all her life, summarily ended.

“That’s it,” Ms. Dondero, 58, said. “We’re tribeless.”

Ms. Dondero and her clan have joined thousands of Indians in California who have been kicked out of their tribes in recent years for the crime of not being of the proper bloodline.

For centuries, American Indian tribes have banished people as punishment for serious offenses. But only in recent years, experts say, have they begun routinely disenrolling Indians deemed inauthentic members of a group. And California, with dozens of tiny tribes that were decimated, scattered and then reconstituted, often out of ethnically mixed Indians, is the national hotbed of the trend.

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Prison hunger strikers now number 12,000, advocates say:

Advocates for California prison inmates conducting a hunger strike said the number of participants has swelled to 12,000, making it possibly the largest prison strike in recent U.S. history.

Photo: Inmate Timothy Kelly at Pelican Bay State Prison, where inmates waged a hunger strike in July to protest alleged mistreatment. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

 Hopefully those #OccupyWallStreet people will stand up for my homies locked down dealing with oppression on the daily. This isn’t just a passing fad for them

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Advertisement for bake sale tomorrow by UC Berkeley College Republicans. Photo via Colorlines.

College Republicans are the worst people on the planet. 

This is truly ignorant. And disgusting.

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