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ADUIDE Has Moved On

I'll no longer be posting here at ADUIDE, but I will continue posting on indigenous literature and culture at the new website, See you there.

Buzzfeed Video Features Actual Natives Talking About Mascots

Buzzfeed recently released a video where they gathered actual natives–imagine that–to share their thoughts about various native-themed mascots and imagery in sports. The video offers a more light-hearted approach to the issue while still making it clear that native mascots are not appreciated by many Indians.

Overall, the video offers a quick snapshot of how native peoples do not feel "honored" by native-themed mascots.

Watch the video, Native Americans Review "Indian Sports Mascots, below:

10 Children's Books On Residential Schools, As Compiled By CBC Aboriginal

CBC News in Canada has compiled a list of 10 children's books which deal with the reality of residential schools in ways children under 12 can understand. If you have family who went through residential schools and want to discuss it with children, or if you simply want to open the door for discussion concerning the why's and how's and consequences of the residential school system, then these books are a great starting point. Each book addresses the history of residential schools in its own unique fashion, and all appear to be picture books. Check out the link to read a short synopsis of each book.

10 books about residential schools to read with your kids - Aboriginal - CBC


Updated: Susan Taffe Reed Removed As Director Of The Native American Program At Dartmouth Because Of Controversy

While I will continue to serve as president of this organization, serving as Director of the Native American Program is my primary focus and priority. To that end, I hope we can begin a dialogue with the NAD community about the complexities—and sometimes the controversies—of indigenous identity in the 21st century. I am concerned about the ways in which recent questions about my own identity affect members of the NAD community, and I’d like to have conversations with you all about these issues.
The above quote comes from an email Susan Taffe Reed, the now-embattled despite being newly-hired director of Dartmouth's Native American Program, sent out to the Natives at Dartmouth community on Friday.

If you haven't heard the news about Reed, this Daily Beast article should catch you up on the mess. Many questions are swirling regarding if she misrepresented herself as an American Indian when she noted she belonged to the Eastern Delaware Nations, a non-federally recognized tribe of which anyone can become a member as long as they pay dues. Her research is also based on the Eastern Delaware Nations, marking it suspect as well.

Many Native American alumni of Dartmouth have spoken out against the hiring and are preparing to take further action to remedy it. While the college has downplayed the situation, the opposition to Reed seems to be gaining steam. As a result, Reed sent out an email to the Native American community at Dartmouth opening up office hours and a dinner on Tuesday to meet and discuss the current situation.

While Reed is facing a myriad of issues surrounding her qualifications, she is maintaining the director position at Dartmouth.

Here's Reed's full email as shared by Dartblog:
From: Native American ProgramSent: Friday, September 18, 2015 1:58 PMSubject: Dear NAD Community 
Dear NAD Community, 
As we dive into the fall term and beginning of a new academic year, I hope your classes are off to a great start. I am excited to get to know all of you and look forward to collaborating with NAD. As Director of the Native American Program, I want each of you to know how committed I am to your personal, cultural, and academic success, and that I am here to support you. I want to help make Dartmouth your home away from home. My goal as director is to advocate for you and support your educational experience. 
Before we begin, I want you to know more about me. I am a person of mixed ancestry. I embrace all parts of my Native and European identity. I was raised in the Endless Mountains region in Pennsylvania, between the North and West branches of the Susquehanna River. Our region is one where historically Native people were ridiculed and sometimes in fear for their safety and livelihoods. Some of the ancestors of Native families in this region resisted removal, and some hid their identities for fear of reprisal. These experiences are chronicled in local newspaper records and in the oral history of our families, and are a part of my current research on powwow music and dance in Appalachian Pennsylvania. 
As I grew up, connecting with other Native people supported me in my cultural and personal growth. Just over a year ago, following the untimely death of my uncle, I became the leader of the Eastern Delaware Nations non-profit organization, whose mission is to bring together people of Delaware and related heritage for the purposes of restoring traditional culture and promoting cultural awareness through education. I am honored to serve in this volunteer capacity that allows me to work with and advocate for local families from home. 
While I will continue to serve as president of this organization, serving as Director of the Native American Program is my primary focus and priority. To that end, I hope we can begin a dialogue with the NAD community about the complexities—and sometimes the controversies—of indigenous identity in the 21st century. I am concerned about the ways in which recent questions about my own identity affect members of the NAD community, and I’d like to have conversations with you all about these issues. I hope you will join in an informal community dinner, co-sponsored by NAD and the NAP, to share our views and experiences on Tuesday at 6pm in the Native American House. 
I invite you to drop by my office during drop-in hours on Tuesdays 3-5pm and Wednesdays 3-4pm. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone (X6914) if you would like to make an appointment to meet. Additionally, feel free to drop by my office in Robinson 206 any time to say hello. Your success at Dartmouth is my personal and professional focus, and I look forward to serving as a resource of support.
I hope you have a fantastic fall term and am excited to work with you! 
Susan M. Taffe Reed, Ph.D.
Director, Native American Program • Dartmouth College
Robinson Hall, Suite 206 • HB 6037 • Hanover • NH 03755
Tel: 603-646-6914
In time, we'll find out how Reed's "mixed heritage" benefits or hurts the Native Americans at Dartmouth Program.

Reed was removed from her position as director of the Native American Studies Program, but is still an employee of Dartmouth. Read more at ICTMN.

Latina writer Wyl Villacres' Open Letter To White People In Her MFA Program

McSweeney's column, "Open Letters To People Or Entities Who Are Unlikely To Respond," published an open letter from Latina writer Wyl Villacres to white people in her MFA program.

The letter is honest and biting in its satire. All people of color have a story where a stereotype was introduced to describe their heritage or that of another color, and when we try to correct those notions, we are seen as being too aggressive or sensitive, among a myriad of other things.

Villacres writes out a few apologies for confronting those ignorant statements. The best being this one:
Lo siento por calling you “Cracker ass honkey gringo motherfuckers” and suggesting that we stop accepting white people into the program until we have a higher representation of people of color. I was hungry when I said those things. And I took some time and thought about your point that I was being “reverse racist” and decided that you are correct in that, too. Oh, and sorry for calling the phrase reverse racism “stupid whitey bullshit that doesn’t exist.” Again, I was really hungry.
Read through the rest of here open letter. As you do, I'm sure you'll relate to much of what she has to say.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: An Open Letter to White People in My MFA Program.


Japanese Professor Writes History Of Tule River Tribe With Approval, Seeks To Further Relationship

Japanese Professor Kumiko Noguchi has released a book on the history of the Tule River Tribe. Professor Noguchi sought the tribe's approval for the book and the necessary research and hopes to have the work translated into English so tribal members can read it. Even more, states, Professor Noguchi hopes to introduce Japanese students to the reservation in a couple years. This is a great example of how a non-Native who writes about Natives can both honor who they wrote about as well as further the relationship beyond the work as Professor Noguchi hopes to do.

Indianz.Com > Professor publishes book about Tule River Tribe in Japanese


Richard Wagamese Shortlisted For The CBC's 2015 Creative Nonfiction Prize

Wabaseemoong First Nation author Richard Wagamese is on the shortlist of the CBC's 2015 Creative Nonfiction Prize. He entered a story called, "Finding Father," and it's a truly beautiful memoir of finding–or regaining–an experience that was stolen from him by the Sixties Scoop where many indigenous children were stolen from their families for their "protection."

From the story:
In the dream I am running. There's a dim trail through the trees making the footing dangerous. Everywhere there are humped and snaking roots of trees and rocks broad across the back as bread loaves and tall ferns and saplings that whip across my face. But I'm moving as fast as I can. The oversized gumboots I wear make speed even more treacherous. They slap and clap against my shins and flap around my foot at every stride. Still I run. There's a break in the trees and I can see the flash of white water from the rapids and I can hear the river's churning. From behind me I hear my pursuer. Heavy footfalls. Ravaged breath. I run hunched over trying to keep the gumboots on my feet fleeing for the safety of the river.
When I burst clear of the trees the sudden flare of light blinds me. But I sprint out onto the long, flat white peninsula of granite that pokes out into the river above the rapids. There are canoes there. I hope to jump into one and push it out into the current and down the chute of the rapids. I never get that chance.
Giant hands sweep me up. I'm spun in a wild circle. Large, strong arms enfold me. All I see is a whirl of long black hair like a curtain descending around me, falling over me, removing me from the world, the scent of wood smoke, bear grease and tanned hide, then deep laughter and the feel of a large palm at the back of my head. I'm laughing too as the gumboots fall from my feet. The world becomes the heat of the sun on my back and the feel of a big, warm heart beating against my tiny chest.

Continue Reading "Finding Father" at CBC Books