March 09, 2014
Back in April 2005, a group of mixed people sponsored by the nonprofit MAVIN had the golden opportunity to sit down with the then-Senator Obama. The conversation, filmed as part of the feature length documentary "Chasing Daybreak," may be the only interview in which he has addressed the mixed race experience directly. I pulled the dusty DVD off my shelf last week and uploaded this clip with permission from MAVIN. (I'm a past President of MAVIN, and I currently sit on the Advisory Board for both MAVIN and Mixed in Canada)
In my travels, I still hear people citing the increasing presence of America's mixed race population (up 32% since Census 2000) -- and high-profile individuals -- as supposed movement towards a "post-racial" or colorblind society. In a cultural climate like this, I think hearing President Obama -- the mixed race person most often touted as evidence of this post-race state -- strongly caution mixed folks to stay connected to community and participate in larger movements by people of color is a priceless tool for sparking discussion. And if you find yourself in the middle of one of these discussions, don't forget to bring up Charles Curtis, the Native American elected to Vice President in the 1930's.
Anyway, when asked for general thoughts on being mixed he carefully responds, "I don't think that you can consider the issue of mixed race outside of the issue of race... What I'm always cautious about is persons of mixed race focusing so narrowly on their unique experience that they get detached from larger struggles. It's important to try to avoid that sense of exclusivity -- or feeling that you're special in some way."
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August 20, 2019
July 18, 2019
Tribal Canoe Journey is an annual spectacular cultural celebration, where canoe families travel in ocean-going canoes from their home waters to a host Nation, stopping to visit different tribal communities along the way. Every year a different tribe hosts, and this year the Lummi Nation - which is located few minutes north of Bellingham, Washington - is hosting from July 24th through 28th!
July 08, 2019
Rosalie Fish (Cowlitz) from the Muckleshoot Tribal School won three state titles in track Rosalie all while raising awareness and advocating for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Eighth Generation by Louie Gong