native american

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Started 3 months ago

Petition to Chulalongkorn University Student, Chulalongkorn University Student Council

Oppose the "American Indian" Themed Initiation Ritual - Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Chulalongkorn University, one of the top universities in Thailand is organizing an Initiation Rituals for the new medical students coming in 2018. One of the main themes is "American Indian" where the students dress up in make-shift costumes and portray themselves as Native Americans. They are also exhibiting the model "Indian" village and adopting their version of "fire ceremony" unrelated to the Native American culture into the Initiation Ritual. This "theme" is not meant to educate the students on the Native American culture in any way, but rather to focus on the stereotypical ritualistic representation to promote the "sacredness" of the Initiation. Not only is the term "American Indian" inaccurate and offensive, the claim that the organizer has used is mainly that they have been using this particular theme for the past 50 years. Apparently, this "theme" has not aged well in the age where we should promote cultural sensitivity and understanding among our youth.  Join us in opposing this culturally inappropriate and offensive Ritual. Reference: Their Facebook page for the Ritual ——————————————————————————————— เนื่องจากสองสามวันที่ผ่านมาได้เห็นประกาศของกิจกรรมรับน้องของคณะแพทยศาสตร์ จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย ซึ่งได้ใช้ธีม Native American (หรือที่ทางผู้จัดงานเรียกว่า "อินเดียน") ซึ่งในคำอธิบายของงานได้กล่าวว่าจะมีกิจกรรมต่างๆตามธีม รวมถึงการแสดงละครและพิธีรอบกองไฟ โดยส่วนตัวมีความเห็นว่าการใช้ธีมดังกล่าวไม่เหมาะสมอย่างยิ่ง เนื่องจาก -แฮชแท็ก รวมถึงชื่องานที่ถูกนำมาใช้นั้น คำว่า "อินเดียน" เป็นคำที่ถูกนำมาใช้เพราะความผิดพลาดของคนในประวัติศาสตร์ ปัจจุบันคำเรียกดังกล่าวถือว่า offensive-จากข้อข้างต้น ทำให้เห็นว่าความผิดพลาดของคำเรียกดังกล่าว เกิดขึ้นจากการไม่ได้ศึกษาข้อมูลของผู้จัดงาน ดังนั้นจึงเกิดคำถามที่ว่า การนำวัฒนธรรมของคนอื่นมาแสดงโดยไม่ได้ศึกษามาก่อน จะทำให้เกิดความผิดพลาดและจะเชื่อมโยงไปถึงการสร้างภาพลักษณ์ที่ผิดจากความเป็นจริงของชนกลุ่มนี้หรือไม่-การรับวัฒนธรรมของคนกลุ่มอื่นมาใช้ โดยไม่ได้ให้เครดิต โดยเฉพาะของ Native American ที่เป็นวัฒนธรรมจริงๆ (ไม่ใช่ Pop Culture เช่น นินจา) และเป็นกลุ่มที่ค่อนข้างให้ความสำคัญกับการที่วัฒนธรรมของตนถูกนำไปใช้ เป็นการแสดงถึงความละเลยในเรื่องของ Cultural Sensitivity ซึ่งเป็นสิ่งจำเป็นในโลกปัจจุบัน ดังนั้น อยากจะขอเรียกร้องให้ผู้จัดงานได้พิจารณาถึงความเหมาะสมของธีมที่ใช้จัดงานอีกครั้ง อย่าลืมว่าวัฒนธรรมของ Native Americans เองนั้นมีความหลากหลายระหว่างกลุ่ม ไม่ใช่ "เผ่าอินเดียน" อย่างที่ว่ากัน และวัฒนธรรมดังกล่าวได้ถูกสืบทอดมากว่าพันปี แน่นอนว่าการเผยแพร่และธำรงวัฒนธรรมดังกล่าว ย่อมสำคัญกว่า"วัฒนธรรม"ที่ถูกคิดค้นขึ้นเมื่อห้าสิบปีที่แล้ว--เมื่อความเท่าเทียมระหว่างชนชาติยังไม่ถูกนำขึ้นมา ลองจินตนาการดูว่า หากที่ต่างประเทศมีการจัดงานรับน้อง (ซึ่งอย่างน้อยที่สหรัฐอเมริกาก็ไม่มีแล้ว) ในธีมชุดไทย ในขณะที่ใช้ชื่องานว่า "Elephant Riders Party 2018" เราจะมีความคิดเห็นอย่างไรกับงานรับน้องงานนี้?

Wata Tubthong
60 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to B. Carman

Truth In Education

  Have you heard people say, "America is a country of immigrants", yet you know your ancestors were forcibly brought here? Does it make sense that we detest the memory of southern slave owners, yet hold slave-owning forefathers in highest regard? Did you know that our federal government unethically broke over 150 treaties they'd negotiated and signed with the native tribes? When it comes to truth and transparency in historical education, are your children being taught a bias version of the European colonist? Stop allowing our public schools to lie about American history. Click Here for  TRUTH Click Here for KNOWLEDGE   It should seem evident to anyone who has children enrolled in U.S. public schools, that there is a lack of truthfulness in the manner in which European Settlers are depicted regarding the history and founding of our country.  We are educating everyone's children, not just those who are descended from Europeans.    The history of this country is a complex and, for many, a painfully unethical and unjust one.  There are journals, diaries, bills of sale, treaties, logs, letters, newspapers, flyers, etc. written by those Europeans who witnessed or took part in acts of domestic terrorism upon Natives, Mexicans, and subsequently, Africans.        There were over 150 treaties, negotiated and signed by the federal government and the native people of the time, which were unlawfully broken usually due to the European settlers greed for more land or resources such as gold.  There are numerous accounts of slaughter and even genocide perpetrated by the Europeans as a result of their self-imposed superior status over the native people. The fact that 14 of the forefathers which our schools are teaching children (of all races) to honor and revere, owned slaves. (including Thomas Jefferson, so remembered for writing..."We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal).    I could go on listing examples of deliberate omittance or sanitizations of the truth in our children's education, but I will rest my case on this statement...Never having been faced with the facts about their ancestor's failings or flawed behaviors, we now have generations of European descendants who feel a sense of American ownership.  They see very minimal evidence that people of color made any sacrifices or made any significant contributions to the building of this nation.  I have written a complaint to the NCAC (National Coalition Against Censorship) and am awaiting information on how best to proceed with rectifying this, long ignored racial bias regarding true historical education.    Click HERE for a copy of my complaint.

B Carman
29 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Local Elected Leaders, State Level Leaders, Federal leaders, Citizens of Anderson

Native American Civics & Heritage Disappearing, Call to Include in U.S. Citizenship Tests

Millions of American "Citizens" Know Nothing About Key Native American Contributions to America's Culture, Language, Traditions and Laws. With so much cultural degradation, lack of knowledge and focus on removing public NA icons research says Native Americans are Suffering because of It.   The Local, State and Federal Challenges. In many local towns degradation of Native American history and traditions are happening through unwarranted attacks and removal of long-held Native-themed public schools even though the vast majority of Natives consider these school tributes not just honorable - but important.  At the state level, critical "Early America" or "Native American" history courses are being removed from graduation requirements. These attacks are restricting, or even ending, the infusion of N.A. history and traditions into the larger American social fabric by failing to make an significant impact upon non-native youth.  These two failings, unfortunately, are being carried out without regard to the majority desires of natives who are experiencing the loss of cultural significance or identity.  However, it's at the Federal level where the most troublesome degradation of Native American identity is taking place.  It may shock most to know that millions of Americans have been granted citizenship without regard to learning how Native values have greatly impacted who we are today in America and as Americans.   With nearly 40 million "naturalized" U.S. Citizens living in the United States, and millions more seeking to become new citizens, the Federal Government has a unique responsibility to educate and test candidates for citizenship through an improved U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Test. Despite the test's 100 questions covering significant American history and contributions of its people, there are no study materials nor any current "Citizenship" test questions which provides a new citizen with any notion whatsoever that Native Americans contributed anything to the establishing identity, history or legal framework of the United States.  This oversight is a travesty.   Congress Declares The U.S. Constitution is based on Native Laws, Native Civics & Native Values The tragic 'education and testing' oversight by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stands in sharp contrast to the fact that the U.S. Congress recognized the major role that Native American Law, traditions and civics played in the development of the U.S. Constitution as published in  U.S. Concurrent Resolution 331.  The test also ignores native contributions to the Founding Father's in writing the Declaration of Independence (did you know a contingent of Native leaders briefed the Continental Congress - convincing them they could fight and beat England - while they stayed at Independence Hall only weeks before June 1776?), in Women's Rights, maintaining an all volunteer military and the core concept of separation of Church and State among others.   Cultural Attacks from All Sides Ultimately any culture facing the combined attacks on their native-themed public schools, the rolling back of state-level Native American history requirements and the acceptance of waves of new citizens who know nothing about us or who we were.  These new citizens vote and will ultimately impact native policies through the passage of Federal Laws.  There is very real fear on and off our reservations that adding millions of new citizens without holding them accountable to first learning our shared customs, traditions and civic ideals is too much to bear.  Does the Government Want America to Forget Us? Many of us have a distrust of the federal government.  Now, this glaring oversight only adds to this fear.  Our culture sustainability battles are already fierce and the state and local levels where our symbols, logos and history are under attack. But the Federal level pressure is a much larger problem yet a remedy could be introduced by creating a new 'education to testing' citizenship pathway.  For this solution to happen we need your immediate and passionate voice and support in aggressively reversing the decline in the knowledge, appreciation and protection of Native Americanism. What we are asking is that The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service immediately fix their woeful and damaging "knowledge gap" in not requiring a citizen to know our contributions.  The fact that this "oversight" exists in the first place is puzzling and the fact that no elected representatives has sought to remedy this suggests there could be "indifference" to our plight. Please stand with NAGA in demanding new legislation to compel the U.S. C.I.S. to maintain - BY LAW - a new minimum level of Native American study materials and test questions for hopeful new citizens.  NAGA will take the lead in providing the U.S. C.I.S. a representative sample of core questions.  An example would be having citizens learn that our Constitution is actually a derivative of Native American's Great Law of Peace. Our proposed emergency resolution proposes new legislation will be developed in the spirit of "cultural preservation" - something along the lines of a larger National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 which could eventually extend protections to Native American landmarks, school names, appearance on U.S. currency and educational appropriations etc. (proposal) The Congress Shall Declare that- (1) the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected specifically on Native American historic heritage, civics and customs; (2) these historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life, public education and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people; (3) historic contributions, properties, images and traditions of the indigenous peoples are significant to the Nation's heritage are being lost or substantially altered among suburban Natives and non-Natives alike with increasing negative impact; (4) the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and identity benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans; (5) in the face of ever-increasing extensions of urban centers, highways, and residential, commercial, and industrial developments, the present governmental and nongovernmental historic preservation programs and activities are inadequate to insure future generations a genuine opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the rich heritage of our nation's Native American roots; (6) the increased basic knowledge of the contributions of Native American civics, laws, customs, words, food and sports (to name a few) requires the establishment of better means of identifying and administering these topics to the general public, and the encouragement of their preservation will improve the planning and execution of federal and federally assisted projects and will assist economic growth and development of not just Native Americans, but all Americans to include our newest citizens. (7) it is hereby resolved that effective immediately the Federal Government will grant any public school with a Native American theme funds to enrich the learning environment so as to make graduates of those institutions "cultural ambassadors" of Native Americanism.  Further, States may receive emergency funds to rescue or revive at-risk Native American Studies and/or Early American history courses.  Finally, effective immediately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will immediately update their citizenship program to reflect at least a 20% Native American history and civics basis is maintained, updated and aggressively utilized as the new standard for citizenship.      Thank you for your passion & support. The Native American Guardians Association   Mark Yellowhorse, Navajo, President William Brotherton, Abenaki, Vice President Eunice Davidson, Sioux, Past President Tony Henson, Cherokee, NAGA Board & Fighting Illini Historian

Native American Guardians Association NAGA
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