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Iowa Women's March Speech

My name is Christine Nobiss and I am Plains Cree-Salteaux from the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and I've been living in Iowa for 10 years. I have a masters degree in religious studies with a Native American focus and a minor in Native American studies from the University of Iowa and I’m founder and co-chair of Indigenous Iowa. I want to start by saying that I am proud to be an Indigenous woman! And, thank you for being here. If you are here right now, then you are here to dismantle all of the antiquated and false inclinations that produce fear and hate in our hearts. And if you are here, you want to help protect Mother Earth for the sake of her

MLK - An Indigenous Perspective

Right here, right now, this is the place to be in Iowa City because this is where change is happening. This is where community building is happening. If you are here tonight then I hope you are here to st and with us and fight to dismantle the false prejudices that are producing fear and hate in Mother Earth’s children. And if you are here tonight, you are also here to help us protect and heal our Mother because she is what makes us what we are. This is what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted. He wanted to live in a world of peace and balance. So this is what we are celebrating tonight--We are celebrating him and the path he paved for all of us to further the scope of social and environmen

Trump’s Goals and his Cabinet: A Reflection on his Inevitable Manifest Destiny Campaign

“Well, I think I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations.” (Indianz.com) Those are Donald Trump’s words. It was said in regards to his animosity to our gaming rights because he couldn’t get his share of the cut. He also thinks that he knows what’s best for us, because Trump knows what is best for everyone. These words embody the horrifying doctrine of manifest destiny, a 19th-century ideology that the expansion of the US throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable. Sounds like Trump, no? He probably does not know the meaning of manifest destiny, but his outlook on the world could very well be summar

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