My tribe keeps sending me letters alerting me to free language classes, and I feel guilty for not having time to attend them. I am trying to learn Spanish because it will make me a more effective Social Worker, but no one speaks Potawtomi as a primary language. Do you know who the Potawtomi are? No, you don’t because we assimilated damn fast. We didn’t kill anyone. We were pretty peaceful. We allowed Indiana to build a rode through our lands. Then we were forced into signing treaties, some tribes migrated peacefully but in 1838 the remaining tribe members were forcibly removed from their land in Indiana and herded to Kansas. They arrived in November. To a cold, dry prairie absent of houses—42 members died on the trip, mostly children from typhoid. Typhoid is transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated with the feces of an ill individual. So, these kids ate shit water while being forced away from their land, and then they died.

I know 42 doesn’t sound like a lot. But we call it the “Trail of Death.” That’s our saddest moment. Our biggest tragedy.

I have blue eyes. My Dad does too. I don’t know of a family member who can’t pass for white. So it feel wrong to care. Like I’m not allowed to be outraged because I’m not native enough.

My Great-Grandmother Hazel B. Cummings added her name to the 1937 Roll
The 1887 roll has a “George B. Smith” who is apparently related to me. I wonder what his mother called him. Did she lose him to alcohol, violence, or starvation? Would he be glad that his great granddaughters are so white?

I can not make the Potawatomi words. It feels like trying to gargle with marbles. My tribe tells me that my great grandparents and grandparents were beaten in boarding schools for speaking our language. That’s probably not true for me, but I still want the tie. I want to feel connected to something that is constant, anything that can tell me who I am.

In Oklahoma everyone thinks they may be Native. They all want to claim, regardless of reality. My (white) Uncle is getting genetic testing done because he wants his son to be able to mark something other than White on his applications (AS IF WHITE MEN AREN’T STILL GETTING INTO MORE PRESTIGIOUS SCHOOLS AT A HIGHER RATE)

I’m not sure what my point is here. I just want to fit somewhere. I want my tribe to be known.

ridiculouslybrowneyes
Boys are adorable. Boys trail off their sentences in an appealing way. Boys bring a knapsack to work. Boys get haircuts from their roommate, who “totally knows how to cut hair.” Boys can pack up their whole life in a duffel bag and move to Brooklyn for a gig if they need to. Boys have “gigs.” Boys are broke. And when they do have money, they spend it on a trip to Colorado to see a music festival. Boys don’t know how to adjust their conversation when they’re talking to their friends or to your parents.<br><br>Until I was thirty, I only dated boys, as far as I can tell. I’ll tell you why. Men scared the shit out of me.<br><br>Men know what they want. Men make concrete plans. Men own alarm clocks. Men sleep on a mattress that isn’t on the floor. Men tip generously. Men buy new shampoo instead of adding water to a nearly empty bottle of shampoo. Men go to the dentist. Men make reservations. Men go in for a kiss without giving you some long preamble about how they’re thinking of kissing you… Men know what they want and they don’t let you in on their inner monologue, and that is scary.
Mindy Kaling (via mrsfscottfitzgerald)
hellascience
hellascience:

wodelingblog:

hellascience:

This gem popped up on Facebook. 
I made over 40k as an e4 in the military so idk where she is getting her numbers, but in curious as to what “skills” she has to put her up on such a pedestal.

I don’t know what you did as an E4 or where you were stationed, but if I was making that as an E4, I might have stayed in… probably not, but maybe.

The bah where I was at was a little over $1800 a month, but base pay for an e4 is almost 24k, add bah to that and it’s not a bad paycheck at all. She also neglected to add deployment pay or mention how deployed soldiers aren’t taxed.



Also kick ass health insurance for your entire family. And the GI bill once you put four years in. And the loans that open to you as a VET. Also, what skills does a high school graduate have? The milltary trains you for free.

hellascience:

wodelingblog:

hellascience:

This gem popped up on Facebook.
I made over 40k as an e4 in the military so idk where she is getting her numbers, but in curious as to what “skills” she has to put her up on such a pedestal.

I don’t know what you did as an E4 or where you were stationed, but if I was making that as an E4, I might have stayed in… probably not, but maybe.

The bah where I was at was a little over $1800 a month, but base pay for an e4 is almost 24k, add bah to that and it’s not a bad paycheck at all. She also neglected to add deployment pay or mention how deployed soldiers aren’t taxed.

Also kick ass health insurance for your entire family. And the GI bill once you put four years in. And the loans that open to you as a VET. Also, what skills does a high school graduate have? The milltary trains you for free.
ridiculouslybrowneyes

ridiculouslybrowneyes:

vintageanchorbooks:

Banned Books by the Numbers: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/22/banned-books-week-infographic_n_5852234.html

Banning books is so completely ridiculous. At first, I was happy to see that Oklahoma has no banned books, but then I considered the high rate of illiteracy in children AND adults, and figured that’s why we don’t have any banned books. No one can fucking read them anyway. 

I saw Oklahoma and I knew, instantly, that it is because we do not bother to read.
elethiel

theolduvaigorge:

Alexander Tsiaras’ Anatomical Photography

You’ve seen his art before on tumblr, in google search gif sets (where I found some of these images) and facebook, but you likely don’t know the author of the art because people fail to give artists credit. Tsiaras’ work pops up on my dash constantly and has never been sourced as far as I’ve seen it. So here you go, tumblr. Meet the artist. Learn more in the links provided below.

"Alexander Tsiaras, Founder, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of TheVisualMD, has been called a "Digital Age Leonardo da Vinci". He is a technology innovator, whose roots are based in his art and science photojournalism background. Tsiaras has developed cutting edge scientific imaging software that enables him to scan and record the human body at every stage; from a single cell at the moment of conception, through the biological development of man and woman and he tells compelling stories of wellness and prevention with them. His images simply and compellingly explain health and illness in terms that anyone can understand. Most importantly, they give you a visual map to plan your own optimal Health!"

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(Source: Alexander Tsiaras)