Saturday, January 7, 2012

2011: A Year of Connections and Resistance for #NDNZ in Cyber-Space

2011: A Year of Connections and Resistance for #NDNZ in Cyber-Space

If you look at the top 20 tweeted stories from 2011, a dark picture is painted for NDN country. Most news stories were dominated by reports of the result of 519 years of Colonization: hate crimes, police brutality, racist stereotypes, the horrors of the residential schools, reservation poverty, domestic abuse, struggles to save sacred sites, sexual oppression, struggles to save sacred sites, culturally insensitive and paternalistic media and the homicidal results of New Age frauds. But there’s another way of looking at it. 2011 was a year of resistance for NDN Country – a year of standing up to fight for the preservation of a way of life, world view and sacred spaced threated by greed and ignorance.

2011 was also a year of making connections in cyber space. Twitter was instrumental in getting the word out about what’s happening in Turtle Island and several new indigenous bloggers came on the scene to offer insight and analysis from their unique perspectives. Some of the most insightful bloggers this year were:

Censored News

Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory and Practice

American Indian Alaskan Native: Attack the System

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Native Appropriations by Adrienne K. (Cherokee)

My Culture is Not a Trend

Top 20 Tweeted News Stories in NDN Country in 2011

1.) Geronimo EKIA controversy

2.) James Arthur Ray convicted of negligent homicide in Arizona and

3.) Klee Benally chains himself to heavy machinery to Save the San Francisco Peaks

4.) Protest to preserve Glen Cove / Segora Te

5.) The Cobell Settlement

6.) MTV the Dudesons and racism on the Findians show

7.) Racist bake sale

8.) Canadian residential schools inquiries and apologies

9.) The Dateline report on poverty on the Pine Ridge reservation

10.)Longest Walk III to fight diabetes among Native Americans

11.)Leonard Peltier, political prisoner ignored by president Obama

12.)Movement to rescind the Wounded Knee medals of dishonor

13.)Native American protest of the XL pipeline in Washington DC

14.)John T. Williams, deaf American Indian wood carver murdered by a police officer

15.) Kiesha Crowther exposed as a fraud, AIM West protest in Palm Springs, CA

16.)Hate crimes against Native Americans in the Southwest

17.)(Un)Occupy / Decolonize Wall street movement

18.)Aboriginal poverty on Canadian reserves - Donations sought for Attawapiskat and

19.)Missing and murdered women in Canada, Aboriginal feminism, fighting domestic abuse and abolishing prostitution

20.)Protest against racist Halloween costumes and

Indigenous Tweeters on Twitter:

AboriginalPress AboriginalNewsGroup

beadb8bybead Carrie

BJTuininga BJTuininga
burnssweetgrass Maria Myers

Cuckfuster Jim B Cuckfuster
CreativeCrip TheCreativeCrip CreativeCrip

debreese Debbie Reese

DecolonizeWS Mary L Adams

gr8tefulred Doug Self

Elohi_Unitsi Earth Mother

fancyshawl48917 Lucy Alvarez

Greenthoughtbox Theresa Marinez

greyhoundgerry Gervasio Morales

IAMNotAMascot Simon Moya-Smith

indigenousissue Peter N. Jones

IsumaTV IsumaTV

joanie399 joan rodriguez

JarridSmith Jarrid Smith

loveandfriction Helen Kuveke

jpmontano JohnPaul Montano


Megawitch Lynda Kitchikeesic

militantoutside John Claw


mz_chief mz chief mz_chief

ndeertrack Vincent Rinehart

nikkealexis Diné Bikeyah

Nishwilguno1 Terrance H BoothSr

OccupyIthaca Occupy Ithaca

Ojibray Raymond

Okie Bowl (MKG)

realndntm C T Harper

realtucsonn8tiv Maya G

redroadcollect Marie Aqiiaqwak

robohontas Robohontas

smartassNDN J Skenadore

squashblossomgr Irene A

swskeptic Rose Garcia

TheAngryindian Abiyomi Kofi

tommy_hawk Tommy Hawk

UBCIC UBCIC Union of British Columbian Indigenous Chiefs

waytooindian Tom

werhumanbeings Rachel in Owosso, Michigan

WillowsHowl Jacelyn

slow_ro RPS

UpliftingWoman Sherry Dion

Facebook Groups

Decolonize Wall Street!/groups/155451274551415/

Anti-racist working group for Decolonize Oakland

Decolonize San Diego (A Group That Won't Censor Posts on Racial Inequity)

Online Radio

Rosebud Rez on Blog Talk Radio

Censored News on Blog Talk Radio

Blog Talk Radio
Unification of the People

Native America Calling

Native Voice One

Censored News on Blog Talk Radio

Engler Refugee's Comprehensive List of Native Online Streaming Radio Sites

A variety of online daily newspapers also became more popular this year. Word in the twittersphere is that WaytooIndian/Tom got fed up with the colonized #NativeAmerican hashtag that was full of advertisements for cheap knock-off “Indian art” made my non-Indians and ads for disrespectful plastic sweats. He created the #NDNZ tag and got quite a following that defends the hashtag ferociously to keep it clean from wannabes and New Age frauds. Twitter NDNZ have created quite a unique space for indigenous people from around the world to post news and commentary of interest to us and not of a commercialized nature.

Online Newspapers

#FreePeltier Daily

The #JamesRay Daily

The #NDNZ Daily

The #Indigenous Daily

News for NDNZ

DECOLONIZE! Daily Online Journal

Other Sources of Online Native News

Native News Network

The Circle

Rez Net News

Native Network

This year, NDNZ should be proud of staking out a small space in the social media world that has remained just for us, just about us. There has also been a large following of “fellow travelers”, anti-racist white people, anarchists, anti-cult activists and people from the occupy wall street movement have all started following the #NDNZ tag as well as the #decolonize tag. Natives from all over Turtle Island and even aboriginal people from Australian and New Zealand have tweeted the stories they care about and most affect their lives as indigenous peoples.

Popular hastags this year for indigenous tweeters were:


I’d like to call out for all Natives with online access and out allies to get connected this year.Get involved and get connected in any way you can! We need more intelligent indigenous voices using the internet to get our perspective out there. If you feel passionately about an issue blog about it. If you don’t have the time to blog, then consider microblogging with an application like tumblr where you can post a photo and write a paragraph about it. If you don’t have the time to do that, at least get connected to twitter and read the news. It only takes a few seconds to retweet an important news story and get it out to people all over the planet. We now have a small space in cyper-space, the question is, can we all work together to keep it?

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I'm sure there are lots of great tweeters and online Native news sources that I've missed. Please feel free to add them to the comments.

1 comment:

Vince said...

Thanks for the @ndeertrack and mention. I'm hoping to help build our movement in 2012, push our tribal nations toward their indigenous forms, and overthrow the empire before I die.