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Sam Swan White Perkins

Water is Bigger than Tribal Politics

 Water is Bigger than Tribal Politics by Samuel White Swan-Perkins   Water is life. It’s a phrase we are hearing a lot these days across Turtle Island. As in other parts of Indian Country, politicians and developers in California are doing whatever they can to earn money through exploiting our water systems and aquifers. No stranger to water rights issues, the Winnemem Wintu of Northern California are fighting t...
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“It’s Complicated”: Two Spirits Not OK to Marry In Much of Indian Country

“It’s Complicated”: Two Spirits Not OK to Marry In Much of Indian Country By Samuel White Swan-Perkins   Despite the recent SCOTUS decision regarding the definition of the Fourteenth Amendment, recognizing the right of LGBT+ couples to marry, there are places in Indian Country that remain untouched by the landmark ruling. Nations such as the Seminole, Navajo and Cherokee forbid same sex-marriage for Two Spirit (...
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