On this day, 8 August 1879, Emiliano Zapata, indigenous revolutionary and leading figure of the peasant army which helped overthrow Porfirio Diaz in the 1910 Mexican revolution, was born. Of Nahua and Spanish descent, he organised alongside local Indigenous communities to fight against land seizures by wealthy hacienda owners, and occupy seized land. With the outbreak of revolution, he led a revolutionary militia, took part in many battles, and under the slogan “Tierra y Libertad” (“Land and Liberty”) kept fighting for the original goals of the revolution, most crucially land redistribution. After Zapata was assassinated, his followers kept up the struggle, and today, after an uprising in the 1990s, modern day Indigenous Zapatistas control a sizeable autonomous territory in Chiapas.
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Land at the Batoche National Historic Site, an area significant and close to Métis people’s hearts in Saskatchewan, will be transferred back to Métis control, the federal government announced Friday. A federal news release said the transfer will include 690 hectares of land at Batoche, located 78 kilometres north of Saskatoon.
On this day, 25 June 1876, the Battle of the Little Bighorn began when a combined force of Lakota, Arapaho and Northern Cheyenne tribes routed Lt Col Custer’s army, killing Custer in the process. It was the biggest engagement of the Great Sioux War of 1876, during which the US military was attempting to force Native Americans from their land into reservations in order to mine newly-discovered gold in the Black Hills. Between 25 and 26 June, Native American warriors fought the 700-strong US 7th Cavalry, destroying five of its 12 companies, and killing its commanding officer, George Armstrong Custer, along with four of his relatives.
A First Nation in Canada says it has discovered 93 potential grave sites on the grounds of a former residential school. The chief and council of Williams Lake First Nation said that a preliminary search of St Joseph’s Mission Residential School had revealed “potential human burials” in a small portion of the school’s sprawling grounds.
The museum says it has always been clear that repatriation of the pole would take time because there’s no easy way to remove it from its third-floor setting in the building VICTORIA – A First Nation on B.C.’s central coast is calling on the Royal British Columbia Museum to return a totem pole and other artifacts that are considered sacred and were lost by its people more than a century ago.
Kristen Martinez has always lived with a punk mindset. The doctoral student in the Department of Musicology is balancing a range of projects centered on Indigenous punk music. A descendant of the Yaqui people of Sonora, Mexico, Martinez created the Indigenous Punks Archive on Instagram with her research, and she is a vocalist for the punk band Observer Syndrome.
This morning is the start of the Dakota 38 + 2 Wokiksuye, an annual Indigenous horse ride following in the steps of that many Native men marched 330 miles from Lower Brule, SD to Mankato, MN to be hung the day after Christmas 1862, at the orders of Abraham Lincoln.
In tree rings and radioactive carbon, signs of the Vikings in North America
Indigenous people have many stories of trade and “treaty agreements” with them and many others including, Ireland, Pacific Islanders and Egypt. At least 470 years before Christopher Columbus reached the Bahamas in 1492.
A Canadian First Nations soldier, Francis Pegahmagabow was the best sniper on either side of World War I. But when he went back home to Canada, he still had no rights.
Francis Pegahmagabow crawled through the trenches of France, survived a chlorine gas attack, and kept fighting after a bullet tore through his leg. Raised by an Ojibwa elder after his father died and his mother fled the reserve, Pegahmagabow learned to hunt as a boy.
Phil Two Eagle is not opposed to the fact that the giant sculpture of American presidents is a major tourist attraction but he thinks the park should have a different focus: oppression.
ount Rushmore national memorial draws nearly 3 million visitors a year to its remote location in South Dakota. They travel from all corners of the globe just to lay their eyes on what the National Park Service calls America’s “shrine of democracy”.
Featuring T-Rhyme, Drezus, Eekwol, Violent Ground, David Strickland and more.
fter the recent discovery of hundreds of Indigenous children’s unmarked graves at former Canadian residential schools, Drezus – an rapper of Cree and Ojibwe heritage from the Muskowekwan First Nation in Saskatchewan province – grew unsure about his longstanding plans to release a new music video, Bless.
In May, Canadians were shocked at the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of a former school in British Columbia. The bodies belonged to Indigenous children, some believed to be as young as three years old, who went through Canada’s state-sponsored “residential school” system.
An estimated 8.3m hectares (20.5m acres) of land in the North Island – nearly 73% of the landmass – as well as almost the entire South Island were taken from Māori through confiscation and inequitable purchases between 1840 and 1939.
wo years ago, a small pocket of land three kilometres from Auckland’s international airport became the most prominent site of a struggle by Māori, New Zealand’s indigenous people, to reclaim land confiscated by the crown more than 150 years ago.
Lopez Obrador has said the Spanish monarchy and Roman Catholic Church should formally apologize for the atrocities committed during the conquest. “Today we remember the fall of the great Tenochtitlan and we apologize to the victims of the catastrophe caused by the Spanish military occupation of Mesoamerica and the territory of the current Mexican Republic,” Lopez Obrador said.
MEXICO CITY, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday asked the country’s indigenous Mexica peoples for forgiveness for the abuses inflicted on them during the bloody 1521 Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire.