“I have nieces and nephews that play sports,” says Johnnie Jae, who helps lead social media efforts via the Twitter hashtag #NotYourMascot. “They shouldn’t have to contend with Native mascots or see rival teams and fans mocking who they are as indigenous people.”
With Senate passage assured ahead of time, focus falls on the 22 all-male GOP lawmakers who voted against passage. From here the bill moves to the real battleground in the House, where GOP ranks are at least somewhat divided.
Native Americans who attended Jesuit schools in the Northwest and Alaska just learned they will share in a $166.1 million settlement for offenses including childhood sexual abuse. But plaintiffs in South Dakota–nearly half of whom are women–face a legal barrier.
Native American women are snapping up a health-advice book written, in the tradition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” by and for them. Editors say interest in the book is fueled by historic abuses of indigenous women’s reproductive rights.
On this Memorial Day, countless Native American families will remember their grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who served in the United States armed forces–even without an official record of their service.
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