How Are North American Indian Headdresses & NFL Symbols Causing Offense?

June 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

June 27, 2014, Due to car accident involving one of the (3) North American Indian advocates who are providing opinions (see original post June 24, 2014) we are waiting another week to publish.  Though the car actually drove through the restaurant into the booth where she was sitting, all injuries are healing.

June 24, 2014, If you are like me, you don’t understand how the wearing of a beautiful North American Indian headdress, like Pharrell, Victoria’s Secret models, Gwen Stefani, Khloe Kardashian, or the celebratory gathering around of an illustration of a North American Indians, like NFL Redskins team and fans do, can be considered offensive.  But some people do. Is it because they themselves endow the headdress and symbol with their own negative experiences, are these symbols so sacred that using them in a commercial capacity is poor form?

I certainly don’t know the answer to that question.

But, I have discussed this growing problem with (3) prominent North American Indians who are drafting their opinions on it, and which I will be posting here by the end of the week.

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How Are North American Indian Headdresses & NFL Symbols Causing Offense?

June 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

June 24, 2014, If you are like me, you don’t understand how the wearing of a beautiful North American Indian headdress, like Pharrell, Victoria’s Secret models, Gwen Stefani, Khloe Kardashian, or the celebratory gathering around of an illustration of a North American Indians, like NFL Redskins team and fans do, can be considered offensive.  But some people do. Is it because they themselves endow the headdress and symbol with their own negative experiences, are these symbols so sacred that using them in a commercial capacity is poor form?

I certainly don’t know the answer to that question.

But, I have discussed this growing problem with (3) prominent North American Indians who are drafting their opinions on it, and which I will be posting here by the end of the week.

US Patent Office CANCELS Redskins TMs, Rules ‘It’s Disparaging’

June 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

June 18, 2014, http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/patent-office-cancels-redskins-trademarks-rules-disparaging-to-native-americans-061814

Father’s Day for USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops

June 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

June 15, 2014, (Edited in Bold June 15, 2014, originally posted June 16, 2013), In USA today it is Father’s Day.  Though not celebrated in Canada, for victims-survivors of the Canadian Scoops who were not kept within Canada but rather placed in USA, a.k.a., USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops, Father’s Day is a day when probably more poignantly than on any other day of the year, the few thousand USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops are forced to contemplate the relationships with their biological fathers that they were deprived of when Scooped and placed in USA foster care and adoption system by Canadian Government in coordination with the head of the indian bands-tribes.

To date, TRC-Canada only recognizes 1 USA  Placed Victim-Survivor of The Canadian Scoops.  This individual’s father did not know – for decades – whether his child was dead or alive, still in Canada or placed elsewhere.

Sadly and unfortunately, The biological father, Louis Desjarlais, passed away October 2013, just a few months before it was expected that he would be seeing, for the 1st time since his child was ‘scooped’, his son, Henry. His family in Canada expressed that Louis died of a broken heart, years of stress induced by decades of looking for a missing child.

The biological father recently filed complaint with TRC-Canada and is seeking damages of $1Million Canadian Dollars per each year that his son was ‘missing’.  His son, the 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops, refers to (2) other men as ‘dad’ ‘father’ but only refers to his biological father by the man’s first name; for the decades that he was ‘missing’ The 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops believed he had been voluntarily given up for adoption.

Of the (2) men that the 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops refers to as ‘dad’ ‘father’, 1 is his ‘adoptive father’ (adoption not legalized in USA until Scoop victim was 41 years old and without the presence of either adoptive parent; the ‘adoptive father’ and he are estranged and the adoptive mother, deceased), and the 2nd man he refers to as his ‘father’ never legally adopted him and took legal guardianship of him for only a (30) day medical guardianship, he subsequently – for a few hundred thousand dollars – purchased use of this man’s name.

Honouring Comanche Code Talkers, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France

June 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

 Posted Today By NBC News:

June 13, 2014, (Posted by NBC News Online today) On June 9, 2014, Descendants of Comanche Indian soldiers pray on Utah Beach on June 9, in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, northwestern France. Fourteen Comanche code talkers landed on June 6, 1944 in Utah Beach with the 4th U.S. infantry division. The Comanche language was used to transmit messages that could not be understood by the German occupiers.

(We don’t see anything offensive in this image; Let’s hope the activists don’t find some way to rile up an offense within this image).

 

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Last of Original Group of WWII Navajo Code Talkers Dies

June 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

June 4, 2014, Nothing to do with USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops, but interesting: The last of original group of Navajo code talkers dies. Essential to allies during WWII.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/last-original-group-navajo-code-talkers-dies-n122606

The Tipi Project, Brooklyn, NY

June 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

June 4, 2014, Nothing to do with USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops, but interesting enough to share because it highlights North American Indian culture: The Tipi Project, Brooklyn, NY.

http://www.greenpointnews.com/news/6198/native-american-art-project-opens-at-havemeyer-park

http://www.tipiproject.com/

 

 

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