My Poem in Red Rising Magazine Issue #3: Land & Water-Coming Mid-May!

red-rising-magazine-web-logoRed Rising is a nonprofit Indigenous magazine from Winnipeg, MB. “Issue #3 “Land and Water” coming May 13th features new pieces from Christi Belcourt, Red Haircrow, Tabitha Martens & more.”

“Red Rising Magazine will have a launch party featuring Winona LaDuke at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House at 715 Main Street from 6:00 to 9:00. The event will be featuring special guest Winona LaDuke, celebrated Anishinaabekweg warrior who spoke the immortal words: “Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist.”

Entry is $5, which also gets you a copy of the new magazine. The event will feature readings from contributors to Issue #3.

With this issue we wanted to create a space for writers to share their perspectives on land and water from their respective territories to reflect the historical, contemporary and future realities, and to get people to think critically about the environments we live in.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
– Winona LaDuke
– Tabitha Martens
– Angelina McLeod
– Audrey Logan
– Craig Settee
– Faith Charity

This event will be preceded by an event for the youth on Wednesday May 11th: an arts workshop teaching creative writing, poetry, drawing, screenprinting and songwriting. This will be at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Center (430 Langside Street) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm facilitated by Tasha Spillett, Lenard Sumner, Jasmine Anderson, Justin L’Arrivee and Charlie Fettah.
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Collateral Damage: Foreigner Casualties of Germany’s Refugee Policy

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Many people have reasons for and against Merkel’s refugee policy, but I have no dispute with the very real need and relevancy of true refugee acceptance policies. War within several places, such as Afghanistan and Syria, have been fomented by a number of western countries for decades. They have covertly and overtly, aided and abetted, happily supplied arms and advisory personnel before installing local figureheads for a variety of reasons for their own benefit. Yet now many of the same ones, both citizens and politicians, are on the concern spectrum from sympathetic to outrage at the overwhelming influx people streaming into Europe or who need help in resettlement because of those ongoing events.

Germany is at the heart of the current situation literally and figuratively, after Merkel threw open Germany’s “doors” without forethought to having adequate systems in place to deal with results. It’s pointless trying guess why it was done without considering that, as a mostly inland country with only a northern coast, refugees would have to cross through others to the reach Germany, the perceived pinnacle of hope, leaving a swath of inadvertent disturbance in their wake. EU neighbors arguably but seriously and deservedly so have become exasperated with that reality, as Germany has latterly hurried to create contingency plans against the majority economic immigrants taking advantage of their offer.

Solutions?

In the scramble, and what is felt the need to cover any Ausländers coming to or in Germany (perhaps) lawmakers and policy pushers have now enacted new strictures or modified ones in place. I say, perhaps, because I don’t have access to copies of the change in guidelines, but many ex-pats are feeling the direct effects as interpreted by the Ausländerbehörde. The immigration office has always generated “horror” stories, with hundreds even thousands of forum threads and discussions of the frustrations caused and dehumanizing treatment by their unsmiling workers whose primary job is to say “No”. If you don’t believe that and/or object to that label, you don’t know German bureaucracy, where technically “Nein” is first reply on most any topic. Continue reading

At Ex-Berliner Magazine: My Commentary on “Cowboys and Indianer”

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Ride by Red Haircrow

I was interviewed by journalist Rachel Glassberg on the topic of native culture appropriation, the phenomenon of German hobbyists, and the perspectives of some Native Americans who live in Germany. At Ex-Berliner Magazine, online and in print, July/August 2014 issue.

Respect, admiration or cultural appropriation? A visit to Brandenburg’s Wild West theme park raises questions about Germany’s ‘special’ relationship with Native Americans.

The full article “Cowboys and Indianer.”