Resolve to be always beginning

Resolve to be always beginning — to be a beginner. –Rainer Maria Rilke I’m hoping some Friends might consider Mutual Aid to be part of their new story this new year. Yesterday’s post was an introduction. This is a link to a lot more information about my experiences with Mutual Aid. Mutual Aid in theContinue reading “Resolve to be always beginning”

Prairie Not Pipelines

Tonight, my friends at the Great Plains Action Society will present Episode 1 of an Indigenous web series related to climate, water, and resource extraction on the Plains. “Currently, the majority of the media and public pushback is coming from white landowners. However, these pipelines are being proposed to be forced through stolen land andContinue reading “Prairie Not Pipelines”

Keep Mason City’s Racist Mascot in the Past

December 20 at 5:30 PM the Mason City Community School District will be meeting at 1515 South Pennsylvania Ave in Mason City (be there by 4:30). Map below. Monday, December 20, 2021, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM CSTMason City Community School District Administration Building1515 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa Important Notes:– Enter the buildingContinue reading “Keep Mason City’s Racist Mascot in the Past”

Confronting white supremacy in Johnston community school district

The video below was recorded from last night’s online meeting about the Racist Rise to Ban Anti-Racist Books, Confronting white supremacy in the Johnston School District. Of all the awful things that have been occurring over the last several years, banning books is the worst, so far, for me as a white person. At ScattergoodContinue reading “Confronting white supremacy in Johnston community school district”

Battle of the Indianola “Indians”

First a reminder about today’s Indigenous-led forum discussing why mascots in Iowa are harmful and perpetuate white supremacy. Though Iowa has 27 racist “Indian” mascots still being used, they will spotlight the issue in Mason City where white supremacists have organized to protest the rightful retirement of the Mohawk mascot. My Mutual Aid mentorContinue reading “Battle of the Indianola “Indians””

Abolish Racist Mascots

The use of Native symbols and names has come to attention as pressure has come to change such names and symbols of national sports teams for example. Tomorrow’s discussion will be about the use of Mohawk in Mason City, Iowa. The Mason City Community School District reached out to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe andContinue reading “Abolish Racist Mascots”

Carbon capture in Iowa

There is an ancient Lakota prophecy about a black snake that would slither across the land, desecrating the sacred sites and poisoning the water before destroying the Earth. The following Includes remarks by my friends Sikowis Nobiss (Great Plains Action Society), Lee Tesdell, Ed Fallon (Bold Iowa). Great Plains Action Society December 2 at 4:16 PM  Great Plains ActionContinue reading “Carbon capture in Iowa”


I was going to say more non-native people are becoming aware of the true history about Thanksgiving, but I’m not sure that is true. Some ways to educate ourselves and others can be found in the following resources from my friends at the Great Plains Action Society One way to begin conversations is to pointContinue reading “Truthsgiving”

Not Enough Being Done for MMIW

I was not aware of the epidemic of violence against, and the disappearance and/or murder of Indigenous women prior to getting to know some Indigenous people. I first became aware when I rode in a van, organized by Ed Fallon, to Minneapolis February 3, 2018, the day before the Super Bowl was played there. MinneapolisContinue reading “Not Enough Being Done for MMIW”

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Because of the upsurge in COVID cases in Iowa, my friends at the Great Plains Action Society decided not to hold a public gathering this Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Instead, they participated in a guerrilla street art action to push back at the recognition of Columbus Day in Iowa and the nation. Celebrate Indigenous People’s DayContinue reading “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”