Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Indigenous Peoples Day – Monday, October 12, 2020. From the OSU Newark Earthworks Center

Computer projection of the lunar standstill at the Octagon State Memorial, Newark Earthworks. Image created by CERHAS, University of Cincinnati.
Computer projection of the lunar standstill at the Octagon State Memorial, Newark Earthworks.
Image created by CERHAS, University of Cincinnati.

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

WHAT IS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY AND WHO CELEBRATES IT? 

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October in the United States, in lieu of Columbus Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day, at its core, aims to celebrate and honor the past, present, and futures of Native peoples throughout the United States and acknowledges the legacy of colonialism, which has devastated Indigenous communities historically and continues to negatively impact them today. More importantly, however, Indigenous Peoples’ Day moves beyond the narrative of oppression and honors the histories, cultures, contributions, and resilience of contemporary Native peoples. 

WHY IS CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY IMPORTANT 

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day in lieu of Columbus Day has three obvious benefits: 
  1. It promotes the visibility of Natives peoples and counters the narrative that we are a vanishing race or curiosities from the past. Native peoples are here! 
  2. Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day connects diverse Indigenous peoples in the United States together in a common celebration of their Native heritages. 
  3. It connects Indigenous peoples in the U.S. to other Native peoples around the world. 
 Indigenous Peoples’ Day de-mythologizes the arrival of Columbus and Europeans to the Western Hemisphere and rightly celebrates the first peoples of these lands. 


 with Dr. Melissa Beard Jacob and Dr. Daniel Rivers 12-12:30
Zoom Registration required; This event is free and open to the public.


If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this webinar, please contact Clara Davison at davison.102@osu.edu or 614-688-1214. Requests made two weeks before an event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet all requests.

Unable to join the event live? No worries, register anyway. All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar and additional resources following the event.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Ohio Voting While in College

Key Dates
  • Near Labor Day [Sept. 7th] 2020 | Ohio will be mailing ALL registered voters a form to request an absentee ballot.
  • October 5, 2020 | General Election Voter Registration Deadline 9 PM
  • October 6, 2020 | Early voting & mail-in voting begins
  • October 31, 2020 | Deadline to request an absentee ballot
  • November 2, 2020 | Early voting and mail-in voting ends
  • November 3, 2020 | General Election Day 
    • 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
"Voting in Your Hometown Election

Though you may be living on or near campus during the school year, you can participate in your hometown elections even from out of state. You can do so by maintaining your permanent home address as your voting residence and casting your ballot by:

Plan ahead before you go away to school. You can request your absentee ballot NOW from your hometown county board of elections to vote.

Voting from Your Campus Address
You may be able to vote from your campus address. Please review the residency requirements for voter registration or contact your county board of elections to discuss your specific circumstances.
If you are eligible and choose to vote in the election from your campus community, you must fill out a new voter registration form at least 30 days prior to the election using your campus address. This will cancel your hometown registration as you can only vote once in any given election."



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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Supreme Court ruling 'reaffirmed' sovereignty

July 9, 2020.
Kolby KickingWoman, of Indian Country Today, has reviewed an exciting article about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the Muscokgee (Creek) Nation's reservation boundaries stand.

"In the 5-4 decision, the nation’s highest court said Congress never explicitly “disestablished” the 1866 boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

“Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law. Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word," according to the majority opinion written by Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch was joined in the majority by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan."

To read the full articleclick here.

"Tribal sovereignty refers to the right of American Indians and Alaska Natives to govern themselves. The U.S. Constitution recognizes Indian tribes as distinct governments and they have, with a few exceptions, the same powers as federal and state governments to regulate their internal affairs. Sovereignty for tribes includes the right to establish their own form of government, determine membership requirements, enact legislation and establish law enforcement and court systems." 

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Removing Confederate Monuments on "All Sides with Ann Fisher"

All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSU 89.7 npr news

June 29, 2020.
 Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown, Director of Cultural Resources at the Ohio History Connection Megan Wood, Columbus Historian at the Columbus Landmarks Foundation Rita Fuller Yates, and Associate Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University Newark Dr. John Low [Pokagon Band of Potawatomi] are guests on All Sides with Ann Fisher. This hour long podcast is focused toward "public statuary, what it means, when it should endure and how we decide when it’s time to put it away."

To listen to the entire podcastclick here.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Newark Earthworks Center Solidarity & Action

The acts of terrorism rooted in racism that took the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other Black Americans recently are a continuation of a tragic but all too familiar reality. We at the Newark Earthworks Center celebrate life and achievement. We have a human responsibility to call out racism, hatred, and injustice. American Indian peoples have long suffered these things. We ally ourselves with other peoples and groups with similar histories and struggles.

The call for justice being led by Black communities is happening now. As the Newark Earthworks Center, and a representative of the lives and achievements of indigenous peoples past, present and future, we feel the sorrow and justified anger of our Black relatives. Centuries of violence inflicted on Black, Indigenous, and Brown bodies through acts of police violence have led us to our current crossroads.

It is our choice what we do in this moment. We believe we must rise together for our collective liberation. We must create space for one another during this moment, to heal our collective pain, and to acknowledge the anger and dehumanization many are experiencing as we try to envision a better future for the next seven generations. Real healing takes real reform. To all things there is a season. The time for change is now.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Place of Wild Onions | Settler Colonial City Project

The Place of Wild Onions. LSA Magazine Spring 2020 issu. University of Michigan. Pages 40-42.
"The Place of Wild Onions." LSA Magazine Spring 2020 issu. University of Michigan. Pages 40-42.
April 14, 2020.
The University of Michigan's LSA Spring issu magazine briefly summarizes the ongoing Settler Colonial City Project (SCCP) which highlights the city of Chicago's unceded land and its American Indian history.
"You are acquanted with this piece of land-the country we live in. Shall we give it up? Take notice, it is a small piece of land, and if we give it away, what will become of us?" -Translated speech of  Me-te-a [Pottawatomie Chief from the Wabash] at the 1821 Treaty of Chicago; published by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft [Travels in the central portions of the Mississipi Valley: comprising observations on its mineral geography, internal resources, and aboriginal population: performed under the sanction of government, in the year 1821. Collins and Hannay, 1825. Image 356/Page 342] 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

National Indian Health Board COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center

National Indian Health Board COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center. May 10 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Map of the Unites States.


"The National Indian Health Board is leading a national effort to advocate and secure resources for Tribes to respond to COVID-19. NIHB seeks to ensure that the Tribes remain informed on COVID 19, have the resources and assistance needed to respond to the pandemic, and that the Congress and Administration understand and address Tribal needs and priorities. NIHB also aims to create resources that will be informative and helpful to Tribes and Tribal members. NIHB believes that this coordinated national response is part of its sacred mission to serve the Tribes and help maintain the safety and well-being of Tribal citizens."

  • Updates and Communication
  • Community Health Tools
  • Advocacy Tools
  • Upcoming Calls, Webinars, and Events
  • Tribal Response Plans
  • Administration and Agency Response

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Culturally Significant Plants


November 27, 2019.
The U.S. Forest Service, has written an informative post about their initiative with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians "to conserve and restore important plant species through research, education and active ecosystem management. " It is intended to restore, manage, and build research around culturally significant plants and ecological management.

"The charter reinforces that the Cherokee relationship with plants and the land supports both current and past connections to language, cultural practices, education and identity."

To read the full postclick here.

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