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Tidbits – Mar. 16, 2023 – Reader Comments: Bank Failures, GOP Deregulation; Pentagon Budget; MAGA Bans Books, Not Guns; Workers and Unions; False Promise of ChatGPT; Triangle Shirtwaist Anniversary; Vietnam War Ends; Rosenberg Case 70 Years Later;

Reader Comments: Bank Failures, GOP DeRegulation; Pentagon Budget; MAGA in Office Bans Books, Not Guns; Workers and Their Unions; AI, False Promise of ChatGPT; Triangle Shirtwaist Anniversary; Ending the Vietnam War; Rosenberg Case 70 Years Later;

‘Trail of Broken Treaties’: How the 1973 Wounded Knee Occupation Came To Be

Matt Gade Rapid City Journal
50 ago the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee with the goal of changing the way the Oglala Sioux governed themselves. AIM also sought to raise the profile of Native Americans -- Wounded Knee was the scene of one of the nation’s worst massacres of Sioux children, women and men near the end of the 19th Century.

Damn Hard Work: The Life of Clyde Bellecourt (1936–2022)

Nick Estes American Indian Movement Interpretive Center
Bellecourt and the American Indian Movement taught us that colonizing society is weak because of its sense of superiority. It has God, guns, and gold, but its soft underbelly is glory. 

Origin Stories

Jacqueline Keeler Counter Punch
people protesting with raised fists and signs reading "defend the sacred" Does the United States have a homeland? Is it truly a nation? Or is it still just a colony that exists to exploit the homelands of other peoples?

Urge President Obama to Grant Clemency to Leonard Peltier

It is not too late for President Obama to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier, imprisoned for past forty years. Peltier was a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which promotes Native American rights. In 1975, during a confrontation involving AIM members, two FBI agents were shot dead. Peltier was convicted of their murders, but has always denied killing the agents. The judge who authored the decision denying a new trial, has since voiced support for his release.


Native American Artists of the Plains: A Tale of Woe and Glory

Thomas Powers The New York Review of Books
The compendious catalogue of a recent exhibit offers representations of art as practiced by numerous Plains tribes from first encounter with Europeans to their near decimation not only from military conquest and rough frontier justice but from European-spawned disease. Much of the work is likened to that of Italian painters of religious scenes during the Renaissance, which might be defined as the depiction of social life sustained by a sacred sacrifice of blood.
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