Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Alex-jon Earl

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On October 6th, 2014, something monumental happened in Seattle--no, I’m not talking about the Seahawks win (though more on that in a moment), I’m talking about the Seattle City Council passing a resolution to honor Indigenous People’s Day on the Day Formerly Known as Columbus Day (DFKACD). This resolution...
So much of what we as urban Indians do is stymied by study and data. In the 19th Century it was the Indian Agents and Commissioners. In the 20th anthropologists (see Vine Deloria Jr.'s Custer Died for Your Sins for more on that). Today? It’s some of all of the...
An enduring myth of modern indigeneity is the notion that we are locked into our homelands, venturing out only once in a while to get a feel for the white world. We are the stuff of John Ford films, constantly raising the ire of John Wayne types as they...
  I’m not a religious man by any stretch of the imagination but I do think and I do see inspiration in words like those in Matthew 25:40. I take this sort of thing seriously, and by the by a lot of what I write and right will end up...
Portland’s newest car-free bridge will be named “Tilikum Crossing”, and it’s by no accident or quirky Portlandia-style convention. Prior to the settlement of the Pacific Northwest, before the Bostons hauled their canoes up on the shore,this land was--and still is--a busy land of indigenous peoples of all sorts. Among these in Portland...