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Gyasi Ross: WA AG Ferguson, racist like Trump

I'd say not exactly like Trump; our AG is more selective, like Sam Clemens, maybe.

Why is Bob Ferguson attacking Native rights?
by Gyasi Ross
Crosscut. June 5, 2018

Twenty-one Washington tribes sued Washington over state roads with tiny culverts that restrict salmon migration, and therefore limit tribes' treaty fishing rights. That is the so-called “Culverts Case.” Fortunately, a federal court said the tribes are in the right and the federal court of appeals said the same.

Still, Ferguson brought the case as high as he could to violate treaty rights — all the way to U.S. Supreme Court. It is interesting to note that prominent Democrats Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee as well as Hilary Franz, commissioner of public lands at the Department of Natural Resources and King County Executive Dow Constantine, all oppose Ferguson bringing the case to the Supreme Court. Still, despite the law and his own party’s opposition to his position, Ferguson is committed to violating legal obligations to Native communities.

The Supreme Court is deciding Ferguson’s case against Washington tribes right now. The case further jeopardizes Native treaty rights and Washington honoring its obligations.

Ferguson is on an island against tribal treaty rights — his fellow Democrats in Washington understand that Native Nations should be his allies. And make no mistake: Anti-Treaty rights are anti-Native in the same way that anti-immigration is anti-Latinx and anti-integration is anti-Black. In short, it’s racist. Like Trump.

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Native candidate takes governor's primary in Idaho

Paulette Jordan claims Democratic victory: 'We won this race by everyone.'
By Maria L. La Ganga, Idaho Statesman
May 15, 2018

Surrounded by a loud, jubilant crowd in a small Boise bar, Paulette Jordan claimed victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, beating two-time candidate AJ Balukoff and going one step closer to becoming the first female, Native American governor in the United States.

“I didn’t win this race by Democrats alone,” the 38-year-old former state legislator declared as red white and blue balloons popped and supporters cheered, nearly drowning her out. “We won this race by everyone.”

She thanked her supporters and her family and her ancestors. She vowed that “never again” will Democrats have to vote for the lesser of Republican evils. She promised to fight “with every single ounce of my life” for access to health care and better education and to preserve the wild lands that make Idaho so special.

More at Idaho Statesman

By 58% to 41% according to Vox

"Advice to Water Protectors"

Here's an interesting opinion on what direction indigenous action might take.

Fighting to Win: the Haida's Advice to Water Protectors in the U.S.

Lessons from the Haida, who fought the government of Canada for sovereignty—and actually won.

by Arvind Dilawar, Pacific Standard, Jan 17, 2018


At least 97 groups across the country are fighting oil and gas projects. Standing Rock may be an inspiration to them, but it doesn't provide the best blueprint. For that, Water Protectors and their allies can look north, to the Haida people of Canada. After more than 40 years of fighting against the exploitation of their homeland—an archipelago off the coast of British Columbia—the Haida have broken the mold: They've actually won. And in light of the NoDAPL movement and other ongoing, Native-led struggles, the lessons that Water Protectors can glean from the Haida's victory are now more relevant than ever.


Considering the Trump administration's support for oil and gas projects, as well as its disregard for Native-American culture, the NoDAPL movement is unlikely to be the last of its kind. As Water Protectors and their allies prepare to do battle with what Guujaaw [a hereditary clan chief] refers to as "the beast," they would do well to follow the blueprint set out by the Haida: coming to consensus around a holistic strategy aiming for sovereignty, then patiently waiting to set that plan into motion.


The Haida, you may remember, are the people whose grandmothers stripped a couple of their chiefs of their authority after it was revealed that they'd been cooperating with Enbridge on their pipeline plans.
(Haida strip two hereditary chiefs of titles for supporting Enbridge)

I think Standing Rock was different in that they didn't have the decades of build-up--the re-routing of the DAPL was relatively sudden, so there was no time for "patiently waiting to put a plan into motion." Also, #NoDAPL accomplished an amazing feat in rallying nations across the continent in their support, as well as indigenous people around the world. The Haida actions, however successful--even breaking into the international news--didn't trigger such widespread response, which is kind of a shame; as this article argues, their tactics deserve close attention.
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