Archive for the ‘Native and Indigneous Socio-political issues’ Category

Here are some interesting articles which point toward the continued necessity and diligence of reading and responding to the mainstream American media.  Share, comment and, enjoy the research!

Lechusza Aquallo

Sparrow Prod.

22 July, 2014

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Cour d’Alene tribe and Ted Nugget (July 22, 2014)




Tribe says city’s logo is not offensive (July 22, 2014)




President Obama engages Native Youth (July 22, 2014)

Below are a number of different articles which cover a large area of Native issues.  Please note that the content and opinions expressed within the articles are those of the author.

Enjoy, share and comment!

Lechusza Aquallo

Sparrow Prod.

13 July, 2014


Recent pop culture developments:

Librarians Rock Mohawks after One Million Check-outs (July 11, 2014)

This video is really cool, except for one thing (July 11, 2014)


The Obama reservation visit:

Presidential visits Indian Country (June 17, 2014)

Obama, Standing Rock Sioux, and the Next Vital Steps  (July 7, 2014)

Youth the focus of President’s visit to Standing Rock reservation (June 30, 2014)


Pop culture and the R-Word:

Warbonnet controversy pushes Giants to revise policies (July 7, 2014)

San Francisco Giants made a colossal error in warbonnet fiasco (July 13, 2014)

There’s a Redskin’s pride caucus in the Virginia legislature, what? (July 9, 2014)

Chiefs and Redskins play on land seized from American Indians (July 9, 2014)

Nasty tweets the Redskins don’t want you to read (July 7, 2014)

“Redskins” is officially a slur and defined (July 6, 2014)

“Redskins” is officially defined as a racial slur (July 2, 2014)

Why the Redskins name is a political issue (July 2, 2014)

Former AIM director to pursue 9 billion dollar lawsuit against Cleveland Indians (June 30, 2014)

Pocahottie Pride (June 25, 2014)

Redskins lawyer claims there is no momentum for name change (June 19, 2014)

Washington Redskins Have Trademark Revoked, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Calls Name ‘Disparaging’

National Indian Justice Center, June 19, 2014
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Amanda Blackhorse, Marcus Briggs-Cloud, Philip Gover,
Jillian Pappan, and Courtney Tsotigh
Pro-Football, Inc.
Cancellation No. 92046185
Jesse A. Witten, Jeffrey J. Lopez, John D. V. Ferman, Lee Roach and Stephen
Wallace of Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP for Amanda Blackhorse, Marcus Briggs,
Philip Gover, Jillian Pappan, and Courtney Tsotigh.

Robert L. Raskopf, Claudia T. Bogdanos and Todd Anten of Quinn Emanuel
Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP for Pro-Football, Inc.
Before Kuhlke, Cataldo and Bergsman, Administrative Trademark Judges.

Opinion by Kuhlke, Administrative Trademark Judge:

Petitioners, five Native Americans, have brought this cancellation proceeding
pursuant to Section 14 of the Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. § 1064(c). They
seek to cancel respondent’s registrations issued between 1967 and 1990 for Cancellation No. 92046185 trademarks consisting in whole or in part of the term REDSKINS for professional football-related services on the ground that the registrations were obtained contrary to Section 2(a), 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a), which prohibits registration of marks that may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute. In its answer, defendant, Pro-Football, Inc., asserted various affirmative defenses including

RRedskins trademark decision means phips bounty-hunt almost over (June 19, 2014)

Redskins shows ugly colors to America


Native art and culture:

5 Carvers who kept Northwest coast carving alive (part 2: part 1 is a link at the end of the article) (July 2, 2014)

Not again! Hopi Katsinam auctioned in Paris (Jule 30, 2014)

Remembering Michael Jackson and the racial mashup of “black or white” (June 26, 2014)



Here is a link to a site that has some very good information regarding the Mohawk Nation.  The embedded links on the site include a new updated Mohawk law book which is available for free!  Enjoy the reading and the links!

Lechusza Aquallo

Sparrow Productions

13 May, 2014

As the racist antics of Christina Fallin (Pink Pony), and Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips) continue, new articles are surfacing showing how little support she has from those believed to be on her side of the issue.  Below are a few recent articles that contain further information and links worth reviewing.  Enjoy!

Lechusza Aquallo

Sparrow Prod.

12 May, 2014


“Does he realize the protesters not satisfied (?)”   (this is a multiple page article with lots of embedded hyperlinks)


“Wayne Coyne calls fired drummer Kliph Scurlock ‘Pathological Liar’”   (more information and images are embedded within the article)


“How the Flaming Lips lost a drummer”  (this is a brief article, but the responses and other supporting areas of research are interesting to review)

Here is a recent article published by Indian Country Today Media (ICTM) that outline some of the most recent developments pertaining to the ongoing use of the term “redskins” (aka: the R* word).  Links embedded within the article lead to further information.  This is an issue that finds itself at the center of current Congressional debates and public multi-million dollar funding.

Enjoy the article, and don’t forget to read the follow-up links!

Lechusza Aquallo

Sparrow Prod.

12 May, 2014


Associated Press
Re. Henry Waxman is a ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Ranking Congressional Member Calls for Hearing on ‘Redskins’


Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), a ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has called for a congressional hearing on the word “Redskins.”

In a letter to Fred Upton (R-MI), the committee’s chairman, Waxman said that the word was “derogatory” and referenced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling saying that his private comments have “raised public awareness of racism in sports.”

Waxman explained how quickly Adam Silver, the NBA’s commissioner, took action to condemn the racist statements by fining Sterling $2.5 million dollars and banning him from the NBA for life. But he argues that the NFL has taken no action against Daniel Snyder who owns the Washington NFL team.

“In the case of the Washington football team, the offensive conduct is public, not private. But it is being condoned and defended by the National Football League,” Waxman wrote.

“Unlike NBA Commissioner Silver, the Commissioner of the National Football League, Roger Goodell, has publicly defended the owner. In fact, he stated in a letter that “the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

Waxman also brought up the team’s storied history comparing the current situation to George Preston Marshall’s (who was the team’s owner)  decision not to racially integrate the team more than 50 years ago. The team was the last to integrate until the federal government — with guidance from Stewart Udall the Interior Secretary — forced him to change the name.

Waxman said “a congressional hearing could be a similar catalyst for action today.”

This urging is particularly poignant because the Commerce Committee oversees professional sports teams and has the power to get involved in the controversy.

“The NFL gets substantial tax benefits as a “nonprofit” corporation, and its teams often receive billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded stadium subsidies,” Waxman said. “As the Committee with primary jurisdiction over professional sports, we could play a constructive role in challenging racism by asking Mr. Snyder and Mr. Goodell to explain in a public hearing how their actions are consistent with the public interest.”

RELATED Harry Reid to Roger Goodell: ‘Follow the NBA’s Example’

Waxman’s stance in the name change debate puts him among a group of several other congressional leaders who have dispelled the name. Recently, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke on the Senate floor advising Goodell to follow in Silver’s footsteps. And last week, former presidential candidate John McCain (R-AZ) said that he would “probably” change the team’s name.

Waxman’s letter can be read here.