The Irish Revolution And Native America

In June 1919 Éamon de Valera, the American-born president of Ireland’s revolutionary government, was smuggled out of a war-torn country on an ocean liner and into the United States of America where he launched on a whirlwind, coast-to-coast tour that brought crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands onto the streets of several major American… Read More The Irish Revolution And Native America

Land Restitution – More News From The Occupied Territories

An excellent article in the Guardian by Dana Lone Hill of the Oglala Lakota Sioux people outlining the campaign by her nation for the return of their ancestral lands in Pahá Sápa or the Black Hills country of South Dakota: “The Fort Laramie Treaty granted the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation, and prohibited white… Read More Land Restitution – More News From The Occupied Territories

The Young Ancestors

Excellent article over on Indian Country Today on a new documentary, The Young Ancestors, which examines the efforts of Native American students in New Mexico to learn their indigenous Tewa language. “When producer/director Aimée Broustra heard about it she decided to make a documentary. “The teenagers in The Young Ancestors are motivated and enthusiastic about learning because… Read More The Young Ancestors

Bad Blood In The Massachusetts Senate Race?

There is a minor firestorm in US politics at the moment (and no, I don’t mean the jaw-droppingly medieval law passed by Christian fundamentalist voters in the state of North Carolina). This particular controversy is swirling around the contest for a US Senate seat in Massachusetts between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Democratic candidate Elizabeth… Read More Bad Blood In The Massachusetts Senate Race?

The United States And The Native American Nations – Progressing Towards True Equality

Some welcome news for dozens of Native American nations as the US government has announced that it is to pay more than 1 billion dollars (around 760 million euros) in settlements to end a series of long-running legal battles with a number of indigenous peoples in the United States. From a report by the Indian Country Today Media Network : “The Obama administration announced April 11 its… Read More The United States And The Native American Nations – Progressing Towards True Equality

Native Americans – Second Class Americans

There is a disgraceful story of discrimination towards Native American schoolchildren at a local high school in the United States, highlighted by the Indian Country Today: “On January 19, a Menominee Indian seventh grader named Miranda Washinawatok was benched and suspended from a Catholic School in Shawano, Wisconsin, for speaking her Native Menominee language with two other girls from the Menominee… Read More Native Americans – Second Class Americans

Native America, Native Ireland And The Culture Of Anti-Colonial Conflict

Interesting article by Native American activist Lawrence Sampson on Ireland, the United States and the culture of anti-colonial conflict – and the influences it leaves behind. “Most American Indians can tell you first hand of the litany of violent campaigns conducted on Indian land over the course of the last generation. While mainstream America and the… Read More Native America, Native Ireland And The Culture Of Anti-Colonial Conflict

A Trail Of Tears – Native American History Resonates For An Irish Audience

One of the leading online publications for news on the indigenous communities of the United Sates and Canada is the thirty-year old Indian Country Today. With its wide and varied reporting on all aspects of Native American life, culture and politics it has provided a real insight into how the aboriginal peoples of North America view themselves and has always… Read More A Trail Of Tears – Native American History Resonates For An Irish Audience