Category Archives: Indigenous Resistance

New Artwork exposes Settler Colonialism as part of the founding of Grand Rapids

Four years ago we wrote two pieces that looked at the foundation of the oppressive politics which led to the creation of Grand Rapids. The first piece was entitled More White Lies: Grand Rapids and Settler Colonialism. In that piece … Continue reading

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New Artwork celebrates Indigenous Sovereignty and exposes Settler Colonialism in Grand Rapids

A new print, created by Carly Wormmeester, provides a powerful image of the importance of our recognition of Indigenous Sovereignty in Michigan and the Settler Colonial reality of taking over land that belonged to the Anishinaabe. Carly’s print is based … Continue reading

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Boarding Schools In Michigan: An Interview with Dee Sherwood

Dr. Dee Sherwood is a member of the social work faculty at Western Michigan University. She teaches courses on the American Indian Boarding Schools and intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities.  She is a mixed blood descendant of Paiute, French and … Continue reading

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Interview with Odawa War & Peace Chief 1993

This posting is based on an interview from the independent newspaper, The Fundamentalist in the summer of 1993. The entire interview is linked in the posting, but a summary is what we are providing. One of the co-editors of the … Continue reading

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Interview with an Anishinaabe working in the the Grand Rapids Public Schools – 1992

This interview was conducted by one of the co-editor’s of the independent newspaper in Grand Rapids during the 1990s, The Fundamentalist. The interview, published in its entirety, was part of an issue of the independent newspaper that was completely devoted … Continue reading

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Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #2: White Lies

This past semester, art students in Brett Colley’s class on printmaking, invited me to come talk about the Grand Rapids People’s History Project. The intent of the class was to have students investigate their own part of a People’s History … Continue reading

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Not at play in the fields of the Lord: The Bible League and Genocide

Editor’s Note: It is clear to anyone who investigates the history of West Michigan that religion has played a significant role in both promoting and resisting systems of oppression. The religious right for nearly 200 years in West Michigan has … Continue reading

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