I am a modern Lakota winyan. No accent. No paint. No feathers. I’m like no Indian you’ve ever seen. Because I am not a mascot. Or a blockbuster archetype.
Someone dressed like a gothic taxidermist is trying to sell me my own culture. “Your values and beliefs are for sale!” he proclaims in redface. “So is your land. I’ll buy it for you [if you see my movie].” Good trade? Spending $5 million on land worth $14,000 to sell a movie made for $250 million. I’m no good at math. But that seems excessive. Over the top. Not enough…#greatwhitesaviorcomplex.
When Racism knocks on your door, it’ll be riding a pinto, wearing a bird, and wrapped in a Comanche flag.
…Why put $5 million into the pockets of a greedy old white man? Why not give the $5 million directly to the tribe? Why not consult with the people you’re hoping to impact before rushing out and doing what YOU think is best for them? Who knows what’s best, anyway?
And that’s what this is really all about. Natives don’t have control. Of anything…How much we need. What we can have. Where we can have it. Our images are not our own. They belong to those with money. And I want to scream, “THESE IMAGES YOU CREATE HURT ME!” You may not know it, but they hurt you, too.
Ours is a Halloween heritage. A logo legacy. Slot machine sovereignty. Tonto traditions. Ancestry for the price of admission."
women. Depo-Provera, a known carcinogen which has been condemned as an inappropriate form of birth control by several national women’s health organizations, was routinely used on Indian women through Indian Health Services (IHS) before it was approved by the FDA in 1992. It was particularly used for
Indian women with disabilities. The reason given: hygienics. Depo- Provera prevents Native women with disabilities from having their periods, keeping them “cleaner” for their caretakers. Once again, Native women’s bodies are viewed as inherently dirty, in need of cleansing and purification. The Phoenix IHS policy in the 1980s, according to Raymond Jannet, was, “We use it to stop their periods. There is nothing else that will do it. To have to change a pad on someone developmentally disabled, you’ve got major problems. The fact they become infertile while on it is a side benefit.” Jannet argues that Depo Provera helps girls with emotions related to their periods. “Depo Provera turned them back into their sweet, poor handicapped selves. I take some pride in being a pioneer in that regard.” But, he said, while he has no problems using the drug on Indian women, “I will not be going out and using it on attractive 16–year-old girls who one day hope to be mothers” (Masterson and Guthrie 1986)."
— Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Native Peoples ANDREA SMITH (via whitedenial-ontrial)