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Feb 5, 2018

Native Opinion Episode 114

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Article 1
Title: Women played a very important role in the life of the Native American
Author: Indians Dot Org

Women played a very important role in the life of the Native American. They were more than just mothers of the tribes’ children. They were builders, warriors, farmers, and craftswomen. Their strength was essential to the survival of the tribes. In most cases, the women were actually in charge of gathering materials and then building the homes for everyone. They maintained their homes’ roof and created new houses for tribes to live in. This is an astonishing achievement, particularly for the women of their time. The men knew that women were the source of life, and provided a feeling of strength and consistency to their lives. The women in Native American tribes often helped their men to hunt down buffalo. Then, when the buffalo were harvested, the women were responsible for skinning, cutting, and cooking the animal. They also gathered firewood, cooked, and repaired clothing and shoes.


Article 1, Part B

Title: Native Women of ICTMN, Part I
Author: Simon Moya-Smith o April 12, 2016

**Let me make this short and sweet: We at Indian Country Today have a glorious gallery of Native American writers and thinkers, and a great many of these folks are immensely imaginative and seriously wise indigenous women. My loving mother, a wonderful indigenous woman herself, taught me two things early on in life: “Never sit on your lips when you should open your mouth,” and “Now shut up and let the women talk.” These lessons have served me well so far, and why stop now? Indeed. Lo, here’s Part I of our series on Native American women at ICTMN.


Article 2

Title: Meet the anti-Trump candidate running to become the United States’ first Native American governor
Author: From The blog “The Interview”

**In a year when the rights of indigenous people have been under assault, from Standing Rock to the president’s Twitter feed, a largely unknown politician is pushing back by launching a campaign to become the country’s first Native American governor. Paulette Jordan, a 37-year-old Idaho state representative and member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, is running as a progressive Democrat to try and become state governor.


Article 3

Title: American Indian Women
Author: Historian Ellen Holmes Pearson

Question What were women treated like in the tribes of the Indians? Were they given more rights than American women of the time? Answer In 1644, the Rev. John Megalopensis, minister at a Dutch Church in New Netherlands, complained that Native American women were “obliged to prepare the Land, to mow, to plant, and do every Thing; the Men do nothing except hunting, fishing, and going to War against their Enemies…” Many of his fellow Europeans described American Indian women as “slaves” to the men, because of the perceived differences in their labor, compared to European women. Indian women performed what Europeans considered to be men’s work. But, from the Native American perspective, women’s roles reflected their own cultural emphases on reciprocity, balance, and autonomy. Most scholars agree that Native American women at the time of contact with Europeans had more authority and autonomy than did European women.


Article 4


PHOENIX - On Thursday, January 25, 2018, several armed Trump supporters, carrying Trump flags, surrounded Arizona state Representative Pamela Hannley and yelled at her about her “protecting illegals” near the state Capitol in Phoenix. Close by, on their way to lunch, were Representative Eric Descheenie (D-Chinle) and Representative Wenona Benally (D-Window Rock). Both are Navajo. Representative Benally recounts the event for Native News Online: "Rep. Descheenie stepped in between them and Rep. Hannley, in order to protect her from them. As soon as he did so, it drew the attention of the rest of the Trump protesters. The rest of the Trump protestors quickly walked over to us, surrounding us and aggressively yelling at us about our support for ‘illegals.’


Article 5
Title: Walmart Just Announced More Layoffs, Despite the Billions, it Will Get in Tax Cuts
Author: By Sahid Fawaz

Walmart made headlines earlier this month when it announced bonuses up to $1,000 while laying off thousands at Sam’s Stores.

Now Walmart is laying off more people even as it stands to reap billions in savings from the Trump tax plan. "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting as many as 1,000 jobs at its headquarters this year and next, the latest effort to streamline a retail empire under threat from Inc.

The first wave of layoffs totaled between 400 and 500 jobs and hit the company’s marketing, human resources, merchandising, real estate and other divisions this week, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based chain said. Those affected will have 60 days to find a new role.