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[I]t would be wrong to presume that eliminating offensive names and mascots from sports would end the larger problem that gave rise to them in the first place: Americans’ indifference to and ignorance of Native Americans…there are more substantive actions our leaders can take that would help accomplish the dual purpose of elevating Native Americans’ presence in our national life and easing the challenges they have confronted for too long.

Not all Native Americans face those challenges, but they are real, particularly for the nearly 3 million who live on reservations. By many measures of social well-being, Native Americans trail the rest of the nation. According to the most recent data, the poverty rate among American Indians and Alaskan Natives is 28 percent, compared to about 15 percent for the rest of the nation. Native Americans graduate high school at a rate 14 percent lower than the general population, and Native American youths are twice as likely to die before age 24 as any other race.

One solution that many Native American leaders endorse is giving tribes more sovereignty over their land and peoples…Banning offensive mascots would be a powerful gesture, a signal to Native Americans that as a nation, we regard them as more than symbols. But recognizing their authority over their own land would be an even more significant step: a demonstration that we regard them not only as the first Americans, but as fellow Americans.

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September 20th, 2014 ∞ 95 notes

Delicious “Nepal” variety heirloom tomatoes. Definitely worth growing again. They’ve been producing well this year! #organicgarden #heirloomtomatoes (at Sunshine Coast, BC)



girls aren’t “easy”, girls don’t have difficulty levels. some girls like sex and some girls don’t. you aren’t winning anything by getting either of them to sleep with you.

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September 19th, 2014 ∞ 270,891 notes
The NFL continues to only talk about Ray and Janay Rice as a couple, with no indication that they understand the danger that she, as an individual, may now be in. It is well recognized by researchers and domestic violence advocates that the most dangerous time for victims of intimate partner violence is when they try to leave, which is something my mother knew instinctively. The most dangerous time for Janay Rice may be right now, as she is living with a man whose mindset may well be that his career has just been cut short because of his wife. The NFL’s Domestic Violence Policy Is Dangerous

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