Voter ID Update, Offensive Native Art, National Parks & The Amish Apologize

Last week we talked in depth on the subject of requiring voter ID’s when voting in federal elections. Brandon nor I really had any problem with this requirement in order to cut down on voter fraud. However, we do acknowledge that some folks have a harder time than others getting those IDs. Unless a state is willing to make concessions in order to assist those would be voters in getting official government IDs, we both believe that the law should not be allowed to stand. Or, make it easier (which is what I would like to see.) Well, in North Dakota a judge essentially agreed with us and ordered a temporary injunction against the law this week. We speak for a few minutes about these new developments.

Second, there is some offensive Native American art in a Wisconsin University that seemed to be causing people offense due to it’s depiction of native american stereotypes.

french trappersClick on the photo to view in full size. So, UW-Stout leaders have decided to move the paintings so that people offended by them will not have to see them by accident, and those who wish to see the paintings can still do so by appointment.

“French Trappers on the Red Cedar” on the second floor of Harvey Hall will be relocated to the Dean’s Conference Room on the first floor of Harvey Hall, Meyer said in a campus electronic memo. “Perrault’s Trading Fort,” now on the first floor of Harvey Hall, will be moved to Room 504A in the Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center, the future location of University Archives.

“It was always my intention that, if at all possible, these paintings remain on campus because of their historical significance — but under circumstances that provide for controlled access for viewing,” Meyer said. “The public will be able to view the painting in the Dean’s Conference Room in Harvey Hall by appointment. The University Archives location is open to the public, but is overseen by the university archivist, which also provides for controlled access.”

I really don’t understand why the art has to be locked away, simply because it contains Native American images in the painting. I understand moving it to a less public location, but it should still be open for anyone to see at any time.

Third, We talked about how Native Americans have used what is now Mount Rainier national park as gathering grounds  for berries and materials for crafts and tools. In the early 1900’s, that right was taken from the local Native Americans and were not allowed to engage in the traditional activities they had been doing for thousands of years. their livelihoods were ripped from them and as a result, they suffered. Now, finally that ban has been lifted, and native can once again gather their berries and materials for baskets and other tools… just as long as they complete an environmental impact study, prove their activities are sustainable, and submit a list of everything they plan to gather and for what it will be used for. Good Lord, it’s easier for a pilot to file a flight plan than it is for traditional natives to gather grass for basket weaving!

And last, the Amish feel really bad at the passive way they refused to war with the Native Americans back in the good ol’ days. Therefore, the Amish have decided to take it upon themselves to apologize to the native population.

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Cliff and Brandon are registered members of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and host the Tribal Podcast each and every week with his brother Brandon with all our past episodes available online. They talk about native issues in the news and anything of interest to Native Americans!

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