100s of Years After European Colonization, Native Americans Today? Trump’s Keystone XL

The Resistance News

February 9, 2917

It’s been 100s of years now, since the European Colonized the Americas, & lets look at the state of indigenous people in the Americas today. In one major situation, we have Trump’s Keystone XL endangering native Americans.

While it is practically, impossible to know for certain what is occurring overall, I have gathered a few samples of news, on issues indigenous are facing. I have also provided an documentary, on “Native America Before European Colonization” in this blog post.

The following is from Huffington Post

Native Americans Ready To Battle Trump Over Dakota Access Pipeline

NEW YORK (source)― A frigid rain fell hard on Cheryl Angel and her fellow protesters Tuesday, but she would not be moved. The 56-year-old activist and elder of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe braved far worse weather while living for months on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, where she fought to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being buried under the sacred waters of Lake Oahe.


She had joined hundreds outside the New York offices of Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to urge them to vote against President Donald Trump’s controversial slate of nominees. But she had a hunch that the fight over the 1,172-mile pipeline wasn’t over.


“Open your eyes, America, and see that water is in danger in your own backyard where pipelines are slated to be built across America,” Angel told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. “The American people need to stand together and protect the water sources where they are under attack.”

That attack resumed Tuesday when Trump signed a flurry of executive actions meant to jump-start stalled construction on the pipeline and invite TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL, to reapply to build the pipeline rejected by his predecessor in 2015.


Native American leaders quickly announced plans Tuesday afternoon to fight the executive actions, particularly the one granting permission to complete construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The oil conduit has been stalled since December, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit to lay the final stretch of the $3.8 billion project’s pipe under Lake Oahe, a water source sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux. The halt, issued under former President Barack Obama and hailed as a victory by protesters, may be undone by the new executive orders.


“Trump is portraying his true self by joining forces with the darkness of the Black Snake pipelines crossing across the culturally and environmentally rich landscape of the prairie lands of America,” Tom BK Goldtooth, executive director of the grassroots-organizing nonprofit Indigenous Environmental Network, said in a statement. “These actions by President Trump are insane and extreme, and nothing short of attacks on our ancestral homelands as Indigenous peoples.”


Hours after the president’s announcement, hundreds of protesters swarmed Columbus Circle in New York City. Loud chants of “If all lives matter, Native lives matter!” and “Keep it in the soil, you can’t drink oil!” echoed in the park.


It’s been 100s of years now, since the European Colonized the Americas, & lets look at the state of indigenous people in the Americas today. While it is practically, impossible to know for certain what is occurring, I have gathered a few samples of news, on issues indigenous are facing. I have also provided an documentary, on “Native America Before European Colonization.”

The following is from Wikipedia:

“The indigenous peoples of the Americas are the pre-Columbian inhabitants of North and South America, and their descendants. Pueblos indígenas (indigenous peoples) is a common term in Spanish-speaking countries. Aborigen (aboriginal/native) is used in Argentina, whereas “Amerindian” is used in Quebec and The Guianas but not commonly in other countries.[23] Indigenous peoples are commonly known in Canada as Aboriginal peoples, which include First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.[24] Indigenous peoples of the United States are commonly known as Native Americans or American Indians, and Alaska Natives.[25]

According to the prevailing New World migration model, migrations of humans from Asia (in particular North Asia)[26][27] to the Americas took place via Beringia, a land bridge which connected the two continents across what is now the Bering Strait. The majority of experts agree that the earliest migration via Beringia took place at least 13,500 years ago, with disputed evidence that people had migrated into the Americas much earlier, up to 40,000 years ago.[28] These early Paleo-Indians spread throughout the Americas, diversifying into many hundreds of culturally distinct nations and tribes. According to the oral histories of many of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, they have been living there since their genesis, described by a wide range of creation myths.

Application of the term “Indian” originated with Christopher Columbus, who, in his search for Asia, thought that he had arrived in the East Indies.[29][30][31][32][33][34] The Americas came to be known as the “West Indies”, a name still used to refer to the islands of the Caribbean sea. This led to the names “Indies” and “Indian”, which implied some kind of racial or cultural unity among the aboriginal peoples of the Americas. This unifying concept, codified in law, religion, and politics, was not originally accepted by indigenous peoples but has been embraced by many over the last two centuries. Even though the term “Indian” often does not include the Aleuts, Inuit, or Yupik peoples, these groups are considered indigenous peoples of the Americas.”

Some reports on the “State of Being” of Native Americans:

Here, a great documentary on Native America before European Colonization https://youtu.be/7FItlStGMY4 via @YouTube

Historically, what happened to Native Americans, backed up by research & data, often referred to as the biggest “Genocide” in history. But this great documentary is also about “The Columbus Exchange” meaning, exchange or trade, between Native Americans & Europeans

What can entrepreneurs learn from Native American tribes? Everything. | Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/10/31/what-can-entrepreneurs-learn-from-native-american-tribes-everything.html

Indigenous rights activist Marlene Cummins tells all in ‘Black Panther Women’ | NITV http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2015/10/29/indigenous-rights-activist-marlene-cummins-tells-all-black-panther-women

Portraits of Native Americans by Karl Bodmer. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2015/10/12/portraits_of_native_americans_by_karl_bodmer.html

The Daily Northwestern : Northwestern to hire associate director for Native American student outreach, inclusion http://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/10/15/campus/northwestern-to-hire-associate-director-for-native-american-student-outreach-inclusion/

New Stanford exhibition incorporates consultation with Native American communities http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/october/curios-archaeology-exhibit-101915.html

Native American Tribe Converts Bowling Alley Into Epic Marijuana Lounge, Politicians Freak Out | Alternet http://www.alternet.org/drugs/native-american-tribe-converts-bowling-alley-marijuana-lounge-politicians

Presidential Proclamation — National Native American Heritage Month, 2015 | http://whitehouse.gov https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/30/presidential-proclamation-national-native-american-heritage-month-2015

Tens of Thousands Expected at Southern California’s Largest Native American Heritage Month… — RIDGECREST http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tens-of-thousands-expected-at-southern-californias-largest-native-american-heritage-month-celebration-300169480.html

Indigenous children removed from homes in the 1960s begin to heal | Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/02/indigenous-children-removed-from-homes-in-the-1960s-just-now-beginning-to-heal.html

Good News! – Mexico: Indigenous leaders Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez Released | Amnesty International USA http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/latest-victories/good-news-mexico-indigenous-leaders-mario-luna-and-fernando-jimenez-released-ua-23014

Time seems right for first indigenous Aboriginal Affairs minister, but some fear it would be mistake http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/national/time+seems+right+first+indigenous+aboriginal+affairs/11487675/story.html

Brazil Indians resume fight for rights following World Indigenous Games | Fox News Latino http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/11/03/brazil-indians-resume-fight-for-rights-following-world-indigenous-games/

Should Columbus Day be renamed for Native Americans? ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/should-columbus-day-be-renamed-for-native-americans

Do Indian Lives Matter? Police Violence Against Native Americans http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/29/do-indian-lives-matter-police-violence-against-native-americans/

Northern California Native Americans Sue Caltrans Over Destroying Sacred Sites in Mendocino County | NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Northern-California-Native-Americans-Sue-Caltrans-Over-Destroying-Sacred-Sites-in-Mendocino-County-Suit-338805592.html

Facebook reconsiders ‘real name’ policy after pushback from trans community, Native Americans – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/2/facebook-reconsiders-real-name-policy-after-pushba/

Amazon – illegal loggers set Indigenous forest ablaze – The Ecologist http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2986052/amazon_illegal_loggers_set_indigenous_forest_ablaze.html

Prensa Latina News Agency – UN will Review Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Honduras http://www.plenglish.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4302841&Itemid=1

Sexual Abuse of Native American Women | Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma http://dartcenter.org/content/sexual-abuse-native-american-women#.VjbVnW6tZ_j

Five reasons Aboriginal journalists are turning to crowdfunding | J-Source http://www.j-source.ca/article/five-reasons-aboriginal-journalists-are-turning-crowdfunding

Native Americans advanced their own bowhunting technology | http://AL.com http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/10/native_americans_advanced_thei.html

The Indigenous vote was huge. Now, so are the expectations. – Macleans.ca http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/the-indigenous-vote-was-huge-now-so-are-the-expectations/

The 15 Best Indigenous Music Videos of 2014 – RPM.fm http://rpm.fm/news/best-indigenous-music-videos-of-2014/

10 Native Inventions and Innovations That Changed the World – http://ICTMN.com http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/06/29/10-native-inventions-and-innovations-changed-world-155541

UNESCO | Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future | Module 11: Indigenous knowledge & sustainability http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/mods/theme_c/mod11.html

EPA Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Environmental Justice Policy | Environmental Justice | US EPA http://www3.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/indigenous/

Indigenous knowledge and environmental management – CSIRO http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Environment/Land-management/Indigenous

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) http://www.yourcier.org/

Indigenous Law Program: Michigan State University College of Law https://www.law.msu.edu/indigenous/

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/studyguides/indigenous.html


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