{ LINK: Relocation Revisited: Sex Trafficking of Native Women in the United States }




“The US rhetoric about sex trafficking suggests that the problem originates in foreign countries and/or is recent problem. Neither claim is correct. This article details the historical and legal context of sex trafficking from its origin among the colonial predecessors of the US and documents the commercial trafficking of Native women over several centuries. Native women have experienced generations of enslavement, exploitation, exportation, and relocation. Human trafficking is not just a problem of poor, underdeveloped nations but an ongoing issue in the US and Canada that ties into the growth of the sex industry in these nations, where Native women are significantly overrepresented.”





We owe many iconic images of American Indians to photographer Edward S. Curtis. Growing up in Wisconsin and Minnesota, Curtis began photographing Indians in 1895 and, in 1906, was offered $75,000 by JP Morgan to continue documenting their lives.  The 1,500 resulting photographs inevitably impacted the image of Indians in the American imagination.Later it came to light that Curtis’ photographs weren’t exactly pure representations.  In some photographs, for example, he erased signs of modernity. 

Follow the source to read more and see the altered images.

[image: sepia-toned portrait of an indigenous person. They have brown skin and deep wrinkles, greying hair that appears to be about chin-length, partially covered under a check-printed(?) cloth hat. They are wearing numerous beaded necklaces and medallions. The photograph is the work of world class fuckface Edward S. Curtis.]

Fixed the link. Hate this guy. Important read. Too tired for clever commentary. Or unfragmented sentences, apparently.

Curtis not only erased signs of modernity, but also carried around clothing and wigs he though were quintessentially “native american.” This is why you’ll see photos of pueblo women wearing cider vests… or just really non-traditional style clothing to various different tribes (i.e. cider was used in clothing and what not to the tribes in the Pacific Northwest… not in the southwest or any/most other parts of the country).

People need to be cautious of the representations of Natives that they see… folks don’t realize that stereotypes and misrepresentations of Natives have been around literally since 1492. 

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lol I could understand why you’d go off about that. I am well aware that women are minorities. The only reason I separated it, instead of simply saying minorities, is because most people that I come across tend to only see feminism as a women’s…

Also, Native/indigenous people, including women, did not even have citizenship status - including the right to vote - at the time that white women won their right to vote…

should’ve reblogged this earlier.

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{ Oct 9th- Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day by Demanding EBRPD Listen to Native Voices! }

email from Protect Glen Cove.  please help out in any way you can and please spread the word.

NOTE: the red text from the email wouldn’t work here, so where it says “Changes are found in red lettering”, the text that was red is now bold and marked with asterisks.

On Tuesday October 9th, East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) will hold its final public comment meeting on the upcoming revisions of its Master Plan. We are asking for a massive display of public support at the meeting to amplify regional Indigenous people’s concerns. For more than a decade local Native people have insisted that EBRPD implement appropriate protection and management of cultural sites and resources within their jurisdiction. EBRPD has consistently failed to acknowledge these perspectives. Please take the opportunity to commemorate Indigenous People’s Day by demanding that EBRPD finally include local Native voices and create effective policies to guide the stewardship of sacred land.

The recent video Buried Voices documents EBRPD’s handling of Brushy Peak, the site of Ohlone, Miwok, and Yokut origin stories that was developed into a recreation area against the wishes of local Indigenous people. This is only one example of the many sacred areas that EBRPD has mismanaged.

At this point we are asking supporters to take several critical actions as follows to help us hold EBRPD accountable for their continued lack of attention to the concerns of Indigenous people and encourage them to create a responsible position for the future, starting with appropriate changes to their agency’s Master Plan:

1) Please join us at both of the upcoming EBRPD public meetings. While we would like a strong attendance at the Oct 3rd meeting, we are particularly emphasizing a large turn-out for the final meeting on Oct 9th. We ask that supporters wear black t-shirts and bring signs with the slogan: EBRPD: Listen to Native Voices. Please make sure you get the acronym for their name correct- yes, it’s long… :)

October 3rd - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. – Dublin

Dublin Unified School, District
Board Room
7471, Larkdale Ave.
Dublin, CA 94568

October 9th- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. – Richmond

Richmond Memorial Auditorium,
Bermuda Room,
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

2) Please write letters to EBRPD prior to October 9th to insist that they give Indigenous people a defining voice in how the District manages their sacred sites. The more specific that you can be in reference to the proposed revisions, the better. See: and The template found at the end of this message identifies some of the key issues. Sending an original letter is ideal if you have time to revise it in your own words. Please send a copy of your letter to so that we can document how many letters the EBRPD receives.


Hard copies of your letter should be sent to:

Board of Directors and General Manager Robert Doyle

Master Plan Policy Update

East Bay Regional Park District

2950 Peralta Oaks Court

PO Box 5381

Oakland, CA 94605-0381

Emails should be sent to:

General Manager Robert Doyle

The Board Clerk

3) Submit comments to the EBRPD’s online Master Plan comment forum at:

4) Please forward this message widely and repost it on facebook and relevant places.

Many thanks for your support!



East Bay Regional Parks District

2950 Peralta Oaks Ct

Oakland, CA 94605

Dear EBRPD Board and Staff-

I recently read the Draft Master Plan revisions and would like to add my comments.  The language in the Cultural Resources Management section of the draft Plan revisions is too general. EBRPD needs to use more specific phrasing when defining how they will involve local Native peoples in the preservation of their cultural resources. Indigenous people from this region must be equal partners in the management of their sacred sites and that is up to the Master Plan to ensure.  Furthermore, cultural and natural resources cannot be seen as separate entities as they are inextricably linked for Native peoples who must have a guiding voice in the stewardship of both.

The following are suggested modifications to the Cultural Resource Management section. Changes are found in red lettering.

CRM1: The District will manage, conserve and when practical restore parkland cultural and historic resources and sites *with local Native American communities*, to preserve the heritage of the people who *continue to inhabit* occupied this land before the District was established.

CRM4: The District *Local Native American communities* will determine the level of public access to *their* cultural and historic resources. using procedures and practices adopted by the Board of Directors. The District will *research the practices being* employ*ed and* generally accepted *as* best management practices *by State and Federal Parks and SB18* to minimize the impact of public use and access on these resources, and to appropriately interpret the significance of these resources on a regional scale *when appropriate*.

CRM5: The District will include Native American and other culturally associated peoples in discussions*, at least 90 days prior to making any changes* regarding the preservation and land use planning of sites and landscapes significant to their culture.

CRM6: The District will try to accommodate requests by historic groups, *local* Native Americans, and other culturally affiliated groups to maintain and use cultural sites and to play an active role in their preservation and interpretation.

Similar language should be adopted into the Natural Resource Management component of the plan, as what the EBRPD defines as natural often has cultural significance to Native peoples.  EBRPD should commit to convening an advisory board of local Indigenous people to oversee the decision-making that pertains to their sacred places.

By including these modifications to its Master Plan, East Bay Regional Parks will be making significant changes to its historical relationship with the Indigenous people whose land they now occupy. It would demonstrate the desire of EBRPD to become partners with those who have the longest continuous investment in this land.