For First Time, Met’s Indigenous Art in American Wing | Leanne Betasamosake Simpson | Guardian of a holy lake

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With a major gift of 91 works of Native American art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will now include indigenous art in its galleries on American art.

Significantly, the museum states that the art will be displayed in the American Wing, as previously indigenous works from the United States were sequestered in the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas galleries.

Source: For the First Time, Metropolitan Museum Will Display Indigenous Art in Its American Wing


  Leanne Betasamosake Simpson wants to make sure the Anishinaabe people are able to hear their own stories. Through writing and music, she has been able to do so, while also bringing the voices of her people to the wider world. The Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg artist just released her latest album, f(l)ight, on Sept. 30, 2016 and will follow with a connected book of poetry in 2017. Simpson began her career as a writer, but eventually found a way for her poetry and music to flow together and create new meaning about the past and future of her indigenous community. Q&Q spoke to Simpson about how storytelling has always been a part of her life, the accident that made her realize her poetry should be put to music, and her goal to tell the true story of her people. How do music and your writing connect for you? Poetry and lyric writing are both about storytelling for me. I want to take audiences and readers on a journey that’s not just intellectual but also political and artistic and

READ: Q&A: Anishinaabe artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on combining poetry and music | Quill and Quire


Sergei Kechimov, appointed guardian of a holy lake by his community, says the indigenous way of life is under threat…

READ: The reindeer herder struggling to take on oil excavators in Siberia | World news | The Guardian



Google and Misinformed Public | #NoDAPL | Largest mass grave in US? | Carvings of Part-Time Gravedigger | Surreal | Purging Voter Rolls

The truth suffers when search algorithms become our educators. (You think?)

READ: Google and the Misinformed Public – The Chronicle of Higher Education


“Emergency response” to DAPL –> Protesters in cities across America denounced the Army Corps of Engineers decision to move forward with the Dakota Access Pipeline as quickly as possible. The Standing Rock Sioux, meanwhile, vowed to take their fight back to court. “Lawyers for the tribe say they will argue in court that an environmental impact statement, mandated by the Army Corps under Obama, was wrongfully terminated,” Alleen Brown reports for The Intercept. “They will likely request a restraining order while the legal battle ensues. Pipeline company lawyers have said that it would take at minimum 83 days for oil to flow from the date that an easement is granted.” [2-9-17]


More family members will be able to visit the graves of relatives buried in the potter’s field on Hart Island, as part of a settlement announced between New York City and the New York Civil Liberties Union.  Over 1 million people are buried on Hart Island, the site of the largest mass grave in the US.  (HELLO! They are good to do this but this statement is not exactly TRUTH… millions of bodies of Native people are scattered everywhere in North America … The US itself is a mass grave.  This is not fake news but censored news… LT)


Andrew Edlin Gallery is exhibiting the wood carvings of the late John Byam, a self-taught artist who transformed his daydreams into sculpture. Read More →


Cousin Charlie sent me this:  [#BadDude tshirts are now on sale]

In the first ‘Full Frontal’ under President Trump, Samantha Bee comforted herself with the fact that he could only get 3 Doors Down to play his inauguration.

*** And More Surreal… Purging Voter Rolls?


Political Lies and the Future of Voting Rights


Lies are often much more plausible, more appealing to reason, than reality, since the liar has the great advantage of knowing beforehand what the audience wishes or expects to hear. He has prepared his story for public consumption with a careful eye to making it credible, whereas reality has the disconcerting habit of confronting us with the unexpected, for which we were not prepared.

Hannah Arendt, Crises of the Republic

Be prepared for a massive purge of American voters, mostly Democratic Party-leaning, mostly minorities, from the rolls of register voters. The plan seems to be to claim that the President actually won the popular vote (a falsehood, by millions of votes), then to claim that millions of people voted for the Democratic Party candidate illegally (also a falsehood), then to audit voters in targeted locations (Mike Pence promised to do it), declare the audit actually did uncover millions of illegal voters (whether or not it’s true, and it’s not), and then purge them.  It’ll have to be done in less than two years before the midterm election where, all things being equal, the Republican Party is headed for disaster.

Two entities in power can stop this — the Republican Party and the Roberts Court — but those are entities that are not going to do anything to assist the Democratic Party or minority voting rights. Rs believe almost religiously that illegal immigrants vote in large numbers, for example, all but foreclosing a Party response on that front. And the Roberts Court’s record on minority voting rights is just bad, possibly because the Chief Justice is not a fan of the voting rights act.

One can watch, or one can act.



Hope all these articles interest you.  I keep saying THIS IS NOT NORMAL… now it’s SURREAL.

First Voices Indigenous Radio #John Kane

John Kane
John Kane


(WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2013) – For the next two weeks, Native American radio and television commentator John Kane of “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane” will take his brand of Native talk radio to New York City. Kane will guest host “First Voices Indigenous Radio,” which will air live on Thursday, July 11 and Thursday, July 18 from 9 to 10 a.m. EDT on WBAI-FM 99.5 (Pacifica). Kane will be filling in for Tiokasin Ghosthorse, the program’s regular host. The shows will stream live at

“First Voices Indigenous Radio” rebroadcasts on more than 40 FM radio frequencies/stations around the country for the week following each live program (
“This is an opportunity for me to put regional and national Native issues, including our territories’ ongoing conflicts with New York State, in front of a New York City audience,” says Kane. “Among other issues, the Cuomo administration continues to wage a war against Native-to-Native trade. This administration has killed any commerce between Native retailers and state licensed wholesalers in the tobacco business, effectively shutting off the flow of nationally branded cigarettes to Native retailers.”
Kane will revisit the ongoing action by the New York Attorney General against the producers of Seneca and King Mountain (Yakama) cigarettes. “Anyone who has examined this situation knows New York State has no legal ground to stand on when it comes to stopping our own manufacturing, wholesaling and distribution, yet the State Department of Taxation and Finance is still authorizing seizures of Native brands as they travel from territory to territory and the State Attorney General is attempting to sue or otherwise dissuade Native manufacturers from shipping into or through the state,” says Kane.
“I will also dissect the recent casino exclusivity zone revenue sharing deals struck by New York State with the Oneida, St. Regis Mohawk and Seneca nations, the Governor’s plans to open up Las Vegas-style casino gaming throughout the state, and why I believe his gaming referendum will fail,” says Kane.
Kane’s guest on July 11 will be political satirist Julianna Forlano. Forlano is host and creator of the award-winning news parody series “Absurdity Today” ( “Julianna and I will discuss the ongoing stereotyping of Native Americans in popular culture, an issue that won’t die and which has exploded in recent weeks with actor Johnny Depp’s bizarre portrayal of Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” as well as the continuing fiery debate surrounding the name of Washington, D.C.’s professional football team.”
John Karhiio Kane is a Mohawk from Kahnawake. He lives on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation and has a direct connection to the people and territories of the Six Nations. John has been involved for most of his adult life in Native issues and, specifically, defending Native sovereignty. He was part of the First Nations Dialogue Team in the late 90s and worked extensively with the League of First Nations in battles with New York State over taxation.
For three years, John has been host of “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane,” which airs on WWKB 1520 AM in Buffalo, New York and WQRS FM98.3 in Salamanca, New York. John’s strong voice on Native issues has earned him numerous invitations to appear on “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter,” an influential public radio program that broadcasts from the New York State Capitol in Albany and airs in 20 markets throughout the state. Arbetter has also featured John on her television news segments on “The Capitol Report,” which air during local news throughout New York. John is a frequent guest on WGRZ Buffalo Channel 2’s “2 Sides with Kristy Mazurek”; he is called upon as an expert commentator on Native issues. He also is a frequent guest on “YNN – Your News Now,” Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour cable network in Albany and Buffalo, New York (two of the network’s four regional news channels). In June 2013, John provided commentary about the obstacles faced by North American Native peoples on “From Washington,” the global live broadcast from Washington, D.C., of Al Jazeera International, which has more than 260 million viewers in 130 countries.
John writes the Native Pride blog, which can be found at His radio shows and appearances are posted on the blog with articles, quotes and links. John has a page on the WWKB website at and a “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane” group page on Facebook.
John takes pride in tackling the tough issues that face Native people and refuses to participate in the “buffalo speeches” that continue to dumb down Native culture and beliefs. He is not afraid to be labeled a warrior but prefers to be considered a conversationalist and a teacher.