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White noise in the time of coronavirus: The chaotic California Fish & Game Commission telemeeting

When the California Fish & Game Commission attempted to hold a telemeeting on April 9, it quickly devolved into chaos and was cancelled within minutes. It was an illustration of white rage, white privilege, and white noise making other voices … Continue reading

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Super Bowl LIV: The Erasure Bowl

A lot has been written about Kansas City’s use of the Chiefs as a mascot, with its various forms of “playing Indian”– tomahawk chops, the chant, etc. For more on the mascot issue– in fact, for a comprehensive review of … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: San Fernando Valley, California

I grew up and lived here for 18 years, near the southwest edge of the San Fernando Valley. My mom is still in my childhood house. This is where Tongva and Chumash land meet. In 1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed all … Continue reading

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An ancient Karuk story about wildfire management in California

With the rapid increase in deadly mega-fires in California, federal and state governments are turning to indigenous people for solutions. The US Forest Service is now working with the Karuk Tribe to implement prescribed burns to manage the land. Much has … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is Cahuilla territory, specifically the Agua Caliente Band. This was apparent to everyone attending the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum, which is what I was doing there. The Agua Caliente Band were regularly acknowledged and thanked as the … Continue reading

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A California genocide vignette

On June 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom made headlines with an executive order apologizing for a past “war of extermination”, emphasizing the state’s commitment (via AB 52 and executive order) to tribal consultation (including many non-federally-recognized tribes), and establishing … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgment: North Davis, Yolo County, California

My 2019 new year’s resolution is to do a “land acknowledgment” for every place I stay during the year. I’m starting with my home in Davis. Land acknowledgments began recently with First Nations in Canada and are simply a public … Continue reading

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