#MeToo in Indian Country: A Short and Incomplete Collection of News Stories

Articles selected based on google search at 9AM this morning — “metoo american Indians”

Indianz: National Congress of American Indians under #MeToo fire

ICT: NCAI Attorney John Dossett under fire after #MeToo allegations

Indianz: Prominent Indian Country attorney reassigned after #MeToo allegations

NPQ: Will #MeToo Movement Lead to Protections for American Indian Women?

Vice Impact: Native American Women Have Been Saying a Lot More Than #MeToo for Years

Jezebel: Native American Lit Community Warns of Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Sherman Alexie 

NPR: ‘It Just Felt Very Wrong’: Sherman Alexie’s Accusers Go On The Record

Medium: Sherman Alexie and the Sexual Assault Legacy of Federal Native American Boarding Schools

NBC: Native American women speak out about sexual assault and violence

New Mexico News Port: Native Women Leaders Express #Me-Too Concerns

HCN: Where #Metoo meets #MMIW

Bustle: These Women Running For Congress Won’t Let Native Americans Be Left Out Of #MeToo

Native Friends: THE SILENCE WITHIN: A NATIVE VOICE IN #METOO

The Nation: Confronting the ‘Native Harvey Weinsteins

OPB: Native American Women On Sherman Alexie: ‘The Silence Was Destructive’

TIME: The Silence Breakers

Yes!: Why Reading Sherman Alexie Was Never Enough

Reviews of Sherman Alexie’s New Book

Slate: “Mother-Stung

BuzzFeed News: ‘Sherman Alexie on Not Being “The Kind of Indian That’s Expected”‘

An excerpt:

Even though he was ensconced in liberal Seattle, Alexie knew how the election would go down. “My friends were mad at me, but I knew,” he said, shaking his head. “I wasn’t shocked and I’m still not shocked. It’s total exploitation, with everything up for grabs. Health care, gone. Destroy the environment in search of more profit. State-sponsored violence. Targeted incarceration. You know what’s happening, though: The whole country is becoming a reservation.”

Sherman Alexie on NPR’s Morning Edition

Here.

My life changed dramatically, and started to change dramatically, when I read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. I was 4 or 5 on the reservation, and it was the first book I ever read with a brown-skinned character — this, you know, inner-city black kid wandering the snow-blanketed city all by himself. And the book spoke to me in a way few books have ever spoken to me throughout my life. But in that instance, I had this recognition of another human being in the world, fictional as he was, but that there was another person in the world who was like me. … This person was a total stranger to me — a black kid living in the city. You know, I didn’t know any black kids living in the city, but I reached across the fictional and the real barriers and boundaries to connect my heart to him.

 

Sherman Alexie’s Talk Last Friday for Pierce County Library in Washington State

CAM03820

CAM03822

CAM03824

As usual, Alexie was an incredible speaker. He had the audience of thousands at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA laughing and crying and then signed books until past 11 pm. More about the Library’s program is here.

Sherman Alexie on his decision to include a poem by a white poet masquerading as an Asian-American poet in Best American Poetry

Here. His decision is the subject of heated debate right now in the poetry world. It may be unpopular, but I think Alexie did the right thing. There is after all at least a fiction that we value poems based on their artistic achievement, not based on who wrote them. The privileged poet who submitted under an ethnic pen name was misguidedly trying to prove that wrong and was sadly blind to his own privilege as a white male poet, but if Alexie had retroactively ousted his poem based on the misleading pen name it would seem to suggest that the value of poems is all about who wrote them. In which case, we may as well leave writing to the already famous.