Bella Noka is a Narragansett Tribe member, global activist and author.

4 responses to “Brown doesn’t decide who gets to lay claim to indigenous lands”

  1. Robert Malin

    This land was a gift to Brown University and they should give it back to the Pokanoket as an example of “doing the right thing” or as the natives would say “walking in a good way.”

    After recent attempts to right the wrongs of Brown U’s legacy regarding slavery,
    https://www.brown.edu/Research/Slavery_Justice/documents/SlaveryAndJustice.pdf
    it is surprising that they would even prosecute this.

    There is a very important historical lesson here regarding Metacomet (King Phillip) and Englands 1675 campaign of extermination or enslavement, one of many campaigns against native people here, that needs to be exposed and owned so we can live better as people. today.

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  2. Robert Malin

    The Pokanoket Encampment in Bristol, RI Interesting perspective from a Cherokee scholar at Brown. http://nativeappropriations.com/2017/08/the-pokanoket-encampment-in-bristol-ri.html via @nativeapprops

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    1. Randall Rose

      That link on the Pokanoket encampment is well worth reading — thanks Robert for posting it in your comment. It raises some important issues, though I don’t consider it to be the last word. @nativeapprops, the Cherokee woman who wrote the article you linked to, raises the question of how to decide who is genuinely a nation and who isn’t. She says, reasonably enough, that the federal government doesn’t get to decide, and FANA (Federation of Aboriginal Nations of America) isn’t necessarily the only one to decide either. So, should the Native nations which have won federal recognition (because they’re large enough or know how to work the system) be the ones to decide who’s a nation and who isn’t? That sounds like a reasonably good idea but I’m not sure it’s the last word either. And in some cases it may not be black-and-white who’s a nation and who isn’t. I’m finding this very interesting because it echoes concerns that are very important for me in the non-Native topics I’ve been working on — namely, how to preserve and actualize the best values from various conflicting traditions, and how to decide whether these are real values or have been warped by a dominating system. I hope the various Native groups here can find a way to work together which is authentic by their own standards — if they can, the encampment may turn out to have been a constructive move no matter whether you think the Pokanokets count as strictly a “nation” or not.

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  3. leftyrite

    People need to validate themselves.

    No one else can walk that valley for you.

    Waiting for others to do it is doomed to failure and leads to the colonization of the soul.

    One suggestion: Take casinos off the table, \ if, in fact, they’re on it.

    These disgusting places are blights on the landscape, physically and morally.

    They lead to the degradation of a people, all of us.

    Restore your rights in a righteous way.

    Just saw a post on Carcieri, honoring and being honored at a North Providence police swearing-in. Showed up because he was invited.

    No connection?

    Oh, yes, there is.

    Look how they behaved last time they had an upper hand.

    Don’t ask for dignity permission; you’ll never get it.

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