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Thursday, May 25, 2017

America's Throw Away Indian Entry #3 Family Kassaw Short Story

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I remember the first time I realized that I was different because I had terra cotta skin.

I was seven yearsold andd was riding ona schooll buss when this ruddyred-facedd boy started messing with my brother, who by this time looked shaken, I pleaded for the boy to leave my brother alone but he continued calling out names myfifty-twoo years of age still hear. I looked up at the bus driver silently pleading for help only to see him lower his eyes back down to the road like nothing happened. Something in my brother broke that day, it wasn't long before he hitched acros the country in search of other terra cottas like us.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

America's Throw Away Indian Entry #2

I am fifty years old now.  I have made it my life's work to find a way to illustrate my experience as a survivor of the adoption program the U.S. and Canadian Government's acculturation programs designed for the specific task of acculturating of my race.  I am of Canadian descent.  However, I will focus primarily on the acculturation policies employed by the  American government.

I begin this entry with an introduction to my ideas and interpretations by acquainting the reader with some background information.
A timeline of U.S. American Indian laws
My personal experience as an Indigenous woman.
 I will speak in the first person in my book,
This breaks all the writing rules.  But this is my book.
I must be clear, I do not speak for all Indigenous people.  I speak only for myself.  I can only describe to the reader my reality.
This is the part where my voice begins to record the true history of An American Indian not taught in the history books of primary schools.
I begin to fight back against the paper shredder.  I will not become a file of information the government eventually shreds, silencing the truth of what they did to me and to many others of my generation. Generations before me and generations after me.
This is where I begin to fight the white wash primary schools teach students across the country in early education years.  The primary school thanksgiving traditions of cutting construction paper, paper doll pilgrims, paper doll Indians, the horn of plenty, school plays depicting a thanksgiving dinner where the pilgrims feed the Indians.  I begin to challenge the forged memories imparted on millions of impressionable young school children nationwide. The fabrication of Pilgrims being friends and neighbors to the Indians.
 You get the picture.
I will break all the writing rules, I will voice my pain, I will sing my healing.  I will show my fortitude of survivorship.  I am in myself an of myself my own discovery.  I will write in the first person what I uncovered from years of soul searching.  I will characterize for my readers my record of true events of said acculturation laws.  I am a product of them.
It is no easy task for me, developing a written account and an inside look at the identity crisis I struggled to come to terms with most of my life.  It has only been in the last ten years I have finally come to terms with what I am and who I am.  Today I am not afraid to use the mighty pen to challenge the distortion of the American Indian.

In this journey, find your questions, ask them, be kind, be curious, challenge your own belief in the fiction that is the history of my people.  Ask your questions now.

Here is the quick timeline of laws I promised you.  This is an incomplete list.  It is just the beginning.

These laws will give you a basic understanding of what my race is up against.  It will take some time to read them all. Give yourself a break, and bookmark them.

This timeline can be referenced many times as this story unfolds.  Some laws I will attach to a post and expand on it.  Especially as more readers begin to share their stories.

I have one reader already who has submitted a story.  We are polishing it up.  Coming soon, a story of "How I first found out I was different".  Or something close to it.

That's is all for today.  I am tired.  End of Entry two, non-revised.



On Dec. 14, 1915, Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, presented at the White House endorsements from 24 state governments
for a day to honor Indians. But the federal government didn’t take
action until 1983 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 13 as American Indian Day. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. It is now called National Native American Heritage Month.
1614 Pocahontas (Algonquian Indian)
marries English Jamestown
colonist John Rolfe in Virginia
1626 Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys
Manhattan from Indians for $24
worth of goods
1758 First North American Indian
reservation is established in
New Jersey
1776 Continental Congress fails in
attempt to recruit 2,000 Indians
to fight Revolutionary War
1778 U.S. signs first Indian treaty,
with Delaware Indians
1804–1806 Sacagawea (Shoshone)
accompanies Lewis and Clark
on their expedition
1812 Tecumseh (Shawnee) fights
alongside British in the War of
1817 Indian Country Crimes Act
provides for federal jurisdiction
of crimes committed by or
against an Indian on Indian land
1824 Office of Indian Affairs (now
Bureau of Indian Affairs) is
1828 The Cherokee Phoenix becomes
first U.S. newspaper printed in
an Indian language
1830 Indian Removal Act leads
to the forced relocation of
thousands of Indians from the
Southeastern U.S. to West
of the Mississippi River. An
estimated 4,000 die during the
1834 Indian Trade and Intercourse Act
of 1834 bans sale of alcohol in
“Indian Territory”
1851 Indian Appropriations Act of
1851 allocates funds to move
tribes onto reservations
1862 Homestead Act essentially
allows Americans to settle on
Indian land
1864 During the Long Walk of the
Navajo, 8,000 Indians were
forced to walk 450 miles from
Arizona to a reservation in New
1871 Indian Appropriations Act of
1871 dissolves the status of
tribes as sovereign nations
1876 Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse
(Lakota) defeat George Custer
at Battle of Little Bighorn
1885 Major Crimes Act provides for
federal jurisdiction for seven
crimes (including murder, rape
and arson) if committed by an
Indian on Indian land
1886 Legendary warrior Geronimo
(Apache) Surrenders to U.S.
1887 Dawes Act allows government
to divide Indian land into
individually owned parcels
1890 About 300 Sioux are killed at
Wounded Knee in last battle
between U.S. troops and
1912 Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox) wins
Olympic gold in the pentathlon
and the decathlon
1916 New York becomes the first state to
celebrate American Indian Day
1924 Indian Citizenship Act grants
citizenship to all Indians born in
the U.S.
1929 Charles Curtis, whose mother
is three-fourths Indian and who
grew up on a Kaw reservation,
Becomes Vice President. Curtis
was the first Indian to serve in
the House (1893–1907) and
the Senate (1906–1929)
1934 Indian Reorganization Act
decreases federal control of
Indian affairs and re-establishes
tribal governance
1944 National Congress of American
Indians are founded
1946 Indian Claims Commission is
established. Over the next 32
years, it awards more than
$800 million in judgments,
largely for land claims
1956 Indian Relocation Act
establishes vocational training
to encourage Indians to move
off reservations
1961 National Indian Youth Council is
1968 Indian Civil Rights Act grants
Indians most of the protections
of the Bill of Rights and the
14th Amendment
1968 The first tribal college, Navajo
Community College (now Diné
College), is founded in Arizona
1972 The American Indian Movement
seizes the Bureau of Indian
Affairs national headquarters
and presents a 20-point list of
1973 Indians occupy Wounded Knee,
S.D., during a 71-day armed
1975 Indian Self-Determination
and Education Assistance Act
simplifies Indian access to
federal funds and gives tribes
help in meeting the educational
needs of children
1978 Indian Child Welfare Act gives
tribes exclusive or concurrent
jurisdiction over custody
proceedings involving Indian
1978 American Indian Religious
Freedom Act protects Indians’
rights to “believe, express, and
exercise” traditional religions (truthfully, the freedom to practice certain peyote religions was not made legal until 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed the final act giving true religious freedom to N8VZ)
1979 Seminole Tribe of Florida opens
first casino on Indian land
1982 Indian Mineral Development Act
allows tribes to develop and sell
resources mined on their land
1984 U.S. Senate Committee on
Indian Affairs, reestablished in
1976 is made a permanent
1985 Wilma Mankiller becomes first
female Chief of the Cherokee
1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
affirms the right of tribes to open
casinos on Indian land
1990 Native American Languages
Act protects right of Indians to
“use, practice and develop”
their native languages.
1990 Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation
Act requires institutions that
receive federal funds to return
Indian remains and artifacts to
tribes upon request.
1992 Foxwoods Casino opens
on Pequot Reservation in
2000 U.S. Mint issues a dollar coin
with the image of Sacagawea.
2002 John Bennett Herrington
(Chickasaw) becomes the first
Indian in space.
2004 National Museum of the
American Indian opens in
Washington, D.C.
2005 National Collegiate Athletic
Association bans use of
“hostile and abusive” American
Indian mascots in postseason
2009 Federal government agrees
to $3.4 billion settlement
with Indians who say they
were swindled out of royalties
overseen by the Department of
the Interior since 1887.
2009 President Obama signs Native
American Apology Resolution.
2011 New York State begins to collect
sales tax on tobacco products
sold on Indian reservations.
2012 HEARTH Act allows tribal
governments to approve leasing
of tribal lands.
2013 Indian Health Service’s budget
is cut $220 million (5 percent)
by the sequester.
2014 Keith Harper is confirmed as
U.S. Ambassador to United
Nations Human Rights Council,
becoming first American Indian
Sources: AOL, Bloomberg, CBS, U.S. Department of Defense, Friends Committee on National
Legislation,, Legends of America,, Seattle Times,, Time, University of Wisconsin, U.S. Census Bureau.

Google Native American Law: you will find a wealth of information on the U.S. government and their relationship with the Native American People from the first contact to present. I am providing you with a link to the Indian Law portal. It will give specific instructions on how to use the portal.

Sunday, May 21, 2017



Entry # 1
Published Rough draft for Copyright purposes
 May20, 2017
Tillamook, Oregon
A Personal  Account of Duality; The Struggle Of One Woman Fighting To Not Be Being Erased; A story of Recording The Circumstance, Her Story About The Truth, Her Truth.  History Surrounding The Indigenous People Of The North American Continent And The Contrast Of What You Were Taught In The American Academic School System.

This project will be a series of short entries with the invitation extended and strongly urging readers participation.  It is a project of a collective voice. The reader, the onlooker, my fellow Indigenous people, the voyeur, the Non-Indigenous participation will help sculpt the landscape of this project.  Like it or not, our Non-Indigenous brethren contributions have been deeply intertwined in the Native American race since first contact.  Therefore, the Non-Indigenous voice belongs to our story now.

It has been my experience, Non-Indigenous people have many questions.  They want answers.  Collectively, we can fund harmony and demand the truth be taught to our children.  With modern games, movies, phone apps, our modern children are quite capable of handling the truth.

To submit comments, ask questions, add your story, & suggest edits for my content., I have my blog attached to Google+.  This not only eases the ability to submit comments, it achievers organic growth of this project.  Sharing this project is easy.  There are many social app complimenting the ability to share far and wide.

Note:  To ensure I receive your comments, etc., it is best to also email me, follow this project via ermail, follow me on Facebook and on Twitter easing communication with me and it will to increase your visibility, making response time speedy as this project unfolds The readers participation is crucial for this project.  I am not advertising this accounting of experience, legitimate, verifiable facts, images, legends and mythology (colonized terminology for my people's oral history), this is a new style of book writing.  This will be an ever evolving, an unfolding, a remembering, so to speak, of my experience and the experience of others who are willing. This project is the only free way i know to do to begin reshaping , rather decolonize the images people hold as what it is to be an American Indian.  If my race doesn't find multiple ways to decolonize and extinguish false or misinformation taught in schools, we as a people will be ERASED.

I will not go silently into history.  I will record my story.
I will not become another one of the U.S. and Canada's


For today, this is all I will write.  Next time I will begin listing disclaimers and terms of use/participation in the

"America's Throw Away Indian Projects."