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“I’ll fucking cut you.” Behind the scenes of the 1491s’ segment on “The Daily Show” | Green Room | Missoula Independent

You can click the link at the bottom to watch the video on the original article.

This issue is really interesting to me. As a scholar and activist, I naturally share the 1491’s opinion of the name. But in my personal connections of family especially, I am a bit at odds.

My Grandfather, who was Native much more noticeably so than myself, loved that team. He knew it was a racist slur but he had a very ironic sense of humour. Much like the radical lesbian/feminists who “took back” the word “cunt”, he chose very consciously to wear their gear and watch their games.

I knew a LOT of older Native gentlemen like my grandfather who were perfectly intelligent and educated but who chose to be fans of the Washington D.C. football team.

My husband is not a fan but he thinks it is not a big deal. He deals with the racism he has been regularly subject to since childhood by choosing to see things his way. I.e. when idiots call him “Chief” he **knows** they are recognizing that he is in charge.

My brother is a huge Florida State Seminoles fan. His wife graduated from the school and they are both athletes and avid football fans.

My Mom, like everyone I mentioned above is much more noticeably Native than I. She also has always refused to give racists any respect by simply ignoring or re-interpreting their asinine comments.

She originally thought people trying to change the names were nutty nitpickers. After discussion, she understands why it is a problem but lacks any enthusiasm for it.

People adapt to the world they find for the most part. I don’t think it’s odd or that my family members are uneducated or uncaring because they don’t see this issue as very serious.

I think a lot of people, maybe all of us, tend to create a worldview that allows us to operate day to day effectively and with the least stress or disruption.

So it’s often easier not only for the privileged, but also in many cases for the oppressed as well, to simply accept what IS and even defend it because change takes energy, work and thought.

I respect taking back the tools of oppression by old Native guys in Washington gear. I respect everyone who is simply too tired or overwhelmed in their day to day existence to get behind activists working to create positive change.

I understand because I’m exhausted too.

But change is coming because it must. Not just to this silly football team but to our whole planet.

The status quo is suicidal. From environmental destruction to cultural, social, political and military oppression, what IS, isn’t so functional these days.

So have patience with those who disagree with you. Respect and love them as living beings just like you. But don’t let inertia, exhaustion or entrenched racism rule the outcome for us all.

“I’ll fucking cut you.” Behind the scenes of the 1491s’ segment on “The Daily Show”

Posted by Migizi Pensoneau on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at2:40 PM

The 1491s with Jason Jones of The Daily Show.

Editor’s note: Last night “The Daily Show” aired a segment about Washington’s controversial football team nickname. The segment included the 1491s, a Native American comedy troupe the Indy hasprofiled and which includes Migizi Pensoneau, who lives in Missoula and contributesregularly to the paper. Migizi wrote the following behind-the-scenes account of the segment and how it came about.

A couple of weeks back, the 1491s got an email from a producer at “The Daily Show” hosted by Jon Stewart. They were recruiting for a panel discussion regarding the Washington Redskins, and the mascot controversy that surrounds the team. And they wanted us—a Native American sketch comedy/video group that tackles everything from Indian Country politics to fart jokes—to weigh in. As a writer, educator, satirist and smart-ass, I was excited about the opportunity. While we love the reach that YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet avenues provide, there’s something bewitching about being on national TV, and on a show we respect.

Less than a week after we got the email, three members of our group—including me—were whisked away to our nation’s capitol for two full days of shooting. The morning after we arrived, a Saturday, we learned more about the premise of the shoot. There would be two panels: pro-Redskins fans (as in, pro-mascot, pro-dressing up as Indian, anti-name changers) and anti-mascot activists, which included the three of us joined by five other indigenous panelists. The plan was to let the first panel make their case: talk about how the mascot honors Natives, that the name “Redskins” only refers to fans of the team and not Native Americans—standard pro-mascot arguments. Then, at a designated point, the host, Jason Jones, would ask, “Would you say all of this stuff directly to a Native American?” To which they’d presumably say, “Yes,” and then Jones would cue us to enter. The panel would be embarrassed, we’d be indignant, they’d be on their way—appropriately uncomfortable—and then we’d get our chance to talk.


After a long wait in an adjacent green room, completely cut off visually and aurally from the pro-Redskins panel, we were finally asked in. We entered the room, looked indignant, and there was a wonderfully uncomfortable silence. Jones played the buffoon, eating some wings and drinking a beer. But then, one of the pro-mascot fellas started to defend their position, and everything derailed. This is the part you don’t really see in its full glory on the segment: As some of the anti-mascot activists started in passionately on the issue, pro-mascot panelist Kelli O’Dell, who was previously employed by the Washington Redskins and whose Internet presence is devoted to her support of the team and mascot, started to cry. My ever-dapper 1491s colleague, Bobby Wilson, offered her his own handkerchief. It was an intense situation, but never mean-spirited. O’Dell, though, started to accuse us of ambushing and lying and “how dare you.” (Later, after the shoot but before the episode aired, it would be reported by the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time, Gawker, Uproxx, Buzzfeed and CBS that she felt in danger and this experience would smear her name.)

Sobbing and accusatory, she and the others left. From there, we took a break to reset the room, and we did our panel. This one went incredibly well and I’m proud to have been a part of it. The producer, crew and Jones were wonderful to us, and we all walked out of there with hugs and smiles. It was 180 degrees from the previous panel, and we were happy about it.

The next morning, football Sunday, the three of us went to FedEx Field as part of the show. “The Daily Show” taped us wandering around the “Redskins Nation” tailgate, though that never made it on air. I, rather naively, thought maybe we’d be able use our presence at the tailgate as a way to showcase our humanity, and let the Washington Team know that there are Native Americans out there who are among them—real people not relegated to the eternal myth of history. Maybe we’d change a mind or two. Or, at least, maybe some ignorant hilarity could be caught on camera. It was worth a try, so with a camera crew following us, one little, two little and a third big Indian struck out into FedEx Field’s Redskin Nation tailgate.

That did not go as I’d hoped.

There were points during that hour-long experience where I actually was afraid for my life. I have never been so blatantly threatened, mocked or jeered. It was so intense, so full of vitriol that none of the footage ended up being used in the segment. I’m a big dude—6’1”, and a lotta meat on the bones. But a blonde little wisp of a girl completely freaked me out as I waited in line for the bathroom. “Is that shirt supposed to be funny?” she asked motioning to my satirical “Caucasians” T-shirt. And then she said, “I’ll fucking cut you.” Actually, she didn’t scare me so much as the wannabe linebackers standing behind her who looked like they wanted to make good on her threat.

On one level, I get it. I’m walking around with an ironic T-shirt on, being a Native in the middle of FedEx Field with a camera crew from “The Daily Show” nearby. But amid the jeers, mocking and threats, did I cry, and accuse them of ambush? No, because I knew what I was getting myself into. It’s “The Daily Show.” I know the format. More than that though, I didn’t back down or break down because I knew in my heart and conscience I was doing the right thing, as silly as the method may have been.

I think back to the tailgate: the man blowing cigar smoke in my face, the man who mockingly yelled, “Thanks for letting us use your name!”, the group who yelled at us to “go the fuck home,” the little waif who threatened to cut me, the dude who blew the train horn on his truck as I walked by the hood. I think of all of that, and I think back to O’Dell crying and trying desperately to get out of the room full of calm Natives. I thought she was crying because she was caught unawares and was afraid. But I realized that was her defense mechanism, and that by overly dramatizing her experience, she continued to trivialize ours. It was privilege in action. And as I realized these things, something else became incredibly clear: She knew she was wrong.

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Short energy update by Multidimensional Ocean 1 Oct. 2014

Thank you Laura! I have been intuitively feeling this too.

Multidimensional Ocean

a-light-in-the-darkness-melissa-kraussFatigue mounts in human bodies. Need for inner peace and calm in the middle of outer storm. Recollect, turn within, see what is. Go closer to your emotions and needs. Meet that who wishes to hide within. Meet the part that avoids the light. This is the purpose of these strongly and intense energies. The energies of the seeker, the energies that disturbs the sleeper.

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New Post on High Heart Life | The Great Walk HOME Denise le Fey

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The Great Walk HOME

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I’m going to preface this by saying, again, that my current personal perspective is probably a bit rough around the edges due to what I’m going through with my Mom and the many related situations. It’s always been fairly easy for me to See, perceive and know what’s going on from a different perspective than […]

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Henry A. Giroux | ISIS and the Spectacle of Terrorism: Resisting Mainstream Workstations of Fear

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: The spectacle of neoliberal terrorism, violence and misery has become one of the major organizing principles of everyday life. Therefore, we must examine the significance of a range of old and new media apparatuses as powerful political and pedagogical forces that shape this spectacle.

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“Government, Not Gangsters, Should Control the Drug Market”: But Will That Stop Mass Incarceration?

Victoria Law, Truthout: Will the Global Commission on Drug Policy’s recommendations for decriminalization – along with government regulation of the drug market – suffice to stem the tide of the mass incarceration of people of color?

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Did We Really Create ISIS?

Zach McKoon, Truthout: It has been alleged in many circles that Western powers and their allies created ISIS, which a US-led coalition is now battling in Syria. How accurate is this claim?

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Dean Baker | Eric Holder: The Reason Robert Rubin Isn’t Behind Bars

Dean Baker, Truthout: There are positives to Eric Holder’s tenure as attorney general, but one really big minus is his decision not to prosecute any of the Wall Street crew whose actions helped to prop up the housing bubble. As a result of this failure, the main culprits walked away incredibly wealthy.

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How Carbon Is Changing the Price of Everything: An Interview With the Author of Carbon Shock

Shay Totten, Truthout: Author Mark Schapiro explains how climate change is affecting the cost of everything – and the wrong people are paying the price. His book takes readers on a journey to the front lines of a changing world, where the same chaotic forces reshaping our weather patterns are also transforming the global economy.

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Why the Web of Life Is Dying

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: As more and more species continue to die off, our planet is losing its interconnectedness and balance, and the web of life is becoming unraveled. Fortunately, there’s still time for us to prevent a complete disaster.

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Winged Warnings: Built for Survival, Birds in Trouble From Pole to Pole

Alanna Mitchell, Environmental Health News: Sole descendants of the dinosaurs, birds have penetrated nearly every ecosystem on earth and then tailored their own size, habits and colors to each one, pollinating, dispersing seeds, controlling bugs, cleaning up carrion and fertilizing plants. But they are in trouble.

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Story of a War Foretold: Why We’re Fighting ISIS

Nafeez Ahmed, Ceasefire Magazine: The rise of ISIS was both predicted and evitable, and the West’s current military campaign is already being used to neuter mass surveillance reforms at home and will likely produce further political destabilization in the region.

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The Obvious Relationship Between Climate and Family Planning – and Why We Don’t Talk About It

Valerie Tarico, Grist: Analysis of population trajectories and effects seems like an obvious and necessary part of the climate dialogue. But in recent decades, public talk about population has been taboo, even among people who are keenly aware of the issues.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Activists Take Over Wall Street After Climate March, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Activists take over Wall Street after the massive march for action on climate change; the Obama administration is standing up to corporate tax dodgers; Google finally drops ALEC; and more.

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Marjorie Cohn | “I’m Just a Kid”: Tariq’s Ordeal

Marjorie Cohn, Marjorie Cohn’s Blog: Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old US citizen from Baltimore, came back alive from Jerusalem after being beaten and arrested by Israeli police – but only because his assault was caught on tape and because he was a US citizen.

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Conflict Keeps Mothers From Health Care Services

Stella Paul, Inter Press Service: Increasing levels of violence across India due to ethnic tensions and armed insurgencies are taking their toll on women and cutting off access to crucial reproductive health services. This could have huge repercussions in India, home to more than 31 million women in the reproductive age group.

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Another Study Proves That Only the Richest Are Gaining Income From Economic Growth

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: This country’s distribution of earnings and wealth has regressed at an accelerating pace, devolving into a feudal system.

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Time to Drive a Stake Through the Heart of US Exceptionalism

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The Supreme Court That Made It Easier to Buy Elections Just Made It Harder for People to Vote in Them

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The Power to Solve Climate Change

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John Cleese Weighs In on Fox News

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Poll: 70 Percent of Troops Say No More Boots on the Ground in Iraq

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The South’s Victim Complex: How Right-Wing Paranoia Is Driving New Wave of Radicals

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George Zimmerman’s Big Pity Party

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The Oracle Report | Wednesday, October 1, 2014



“Galactic Connection Radio” with Alexandra Meadors

“Galactic Connection” September 30, 2014

Libra 2014 Cycle: “Time to Respond”

Libra 2014 Cycle – Time to Respond


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

First Quarter Moon Phase: take action

Moon in Capricorn

Skill: follow along with the mystery

Negative Imprint: lost, appearance over substance, ignorance, refusing to see, moving on, feeling not good enough

Positive Imprint: intuitive voice, unity, balance, joy, flashes of inspiration, revelations, exposure, new opportunities

As we move into the First Quarter Moon phase today, energy to steady ourselves enters. The shift from the Crescent Moon to the First Quarter Moon is often felt as a great relief. Crescent energy always challenges us, so the change to First Quarter is usually welcomed.

Today’s energy is super-charged to deliver insight, revelations, and clarity. This is happening all month long, but it is intensified under today’s energy signatures. Full light is available to see and understand, fitting things into a bigger picture. If you need to make a decision or are trying to solve/comprehend something, consider the effects on the mind, body, and soul as a whole.

The variance between the way things appear and the way they really are shows out today. If too much emphasis has been put into the appearance, not the substance, of something, the weakness of it will likely become apparent.

Some of us may experience the past “catching up” with us today. The energy brings exposure of things that have been hidden away in the past. Skeletons can come out of the closet. If this happens, it will ultimately serve to free you and let more of your true self come forward. The stories are old news and have no place in the future. They need to go and the universe is moving them out, so hold your head high and take personal responsibility if you experience this. Your story is your own, but all of ours are filled with ups and downs, trials and tribulations. And spiritual warriors of the heart have not had it easy.

Today’s energy may also present a need to express our voice – say something that needs to be said. This may come in the form of standing up for ourselves or someone else, voicing an opinion, or speaking our mind. Commonality will bring people together in support, but it may require someone to be brave enough to step forward first and say what needs to be said.

We are moving toward an intense astrological day on Saturday, October 4. Mercury will station retrograde, the Sun will square Pluto and oppose Uranus, and the Moon will first oppose Jupiter and then oppose the Black Moon – just to name a few of the aspects! Today we will get a foreshadowing of that energy between 2:30 pm ET/6:30 pm UT and 8:30 pm ET/00:30 am UT. The Moon will make conjunction with Pluto during that window today. This will bring full light to the darkest things. Wisdom will result so wise owls will be watching.

What does all evidence point to you for you today? Where is your mystery leading?

(Note: A photograph of the lovely and talented Janet Hickox ofwww.livingastrology.comwas mistakenly placed alongside my bio on BBS Radio’s site with yesterday’s “Galactic Connection Radio Show.” For the record, the statements made on the show are mine and I am fully responsible for them. The archive of the show is available here on the Home page of www.oraclereport.com.)

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 29 September 2014

Understanding Our Many Fergusons: Kill Lines – the Will, the Right and the Need to Kill

Noel A. Cazenave, Truthout: There is a race war raging in the United States right now that pits the right of African-American youth to live with dignity against the right of angry white policemen and vigilantes with guns to kill them.

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Corporations Are Not Going to Save Us From Climate Disruption

Rachel Smolker, Truthout: The Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, SEFA and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative are among the many partnerships between industry, governments, the UN and the private sector that appear designed primarily to prevent serious challenges to the current business model.

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Terrorism Serves the State

Brian Martin, Truthout: Continual attention to non-state terrorism helps justify state power. There are several little-discussed options to address non-state terrorism, including promoting nonviolent methods and giving less media attention to terrorism.

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Noncandidate Spending Increases in State Elections

Rachel Baye, Reity O’Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder, Center for Public Integrity: More than 90 noncandidate organizations have spent $55 million to shape state-level races in 30 states, accounting for roughly 19 percent of state-level political ad dollars spent.

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Lyme Disease Surges North, and Canada Moves Out of Denial

Marianne Lavelle, The Daily Climate: Scientists long expected climate change to harm human health, but one of the clearest signs of health risks in a warming world has emerged in one of the world’s most advanced economies. Canada is belatedly struggling to cope with Lyme disease’s migration into North America.”

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We Need to Listen to the Founders and Stop the Forever War

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: War without end poses a very real threat to our democracy. And if Congress is serious about protecting our way of life, they’ll pass a new, limited authorization for use of force before we go the way of ancient Rome.

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Venture Capitalists Are Poised to “Disrupt” Everything About the Education Market

Lee Fang, The Nation: Venture capitalists and for-profit firms are salivating over the exploding $788.7 billion market in K-12 education. What does this mean for public school students?

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Ferguson Fridays: White Antiracism, Social Media and the Problem of Self-Serving Allying

Heather Laine Talley, The Feminist Wire: Some have pointed out that the ways antiracist whites often post on social media appropriate black experience and sidestep a real analysis of the structural underpinnings of racism. But that’s not the only problem.

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The Next Attorney General Should Enforce the Rule of Law, Protect Constitutional Rights and Investigate Abuse of Power

Kevin Zeese, Green Shadow Cabinet: President Obama should replace Holder with a lawyer who works in the public interest, not a corporate lawyer – someone who will put the rule of law before corporate power. This appointment is an opportunity to shut the revolving door between big business and government.

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Medicare, Dr. Mengele and You

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: The multimillionaire architect of Obamacare, Ezekiel Emanuel, seems to hate old people, believing that they are eyesores and albatrosses around the necks of “high society.” This is a Democrat, mind you, a highly influential member of Obama’s inner circle of health policy advisers.

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The Wilderness Act Turns 50: Celebrating the Great Laws of 1964

William deBuys, TomDispatch: The Wilderness Act legislated compassion toward the planet by insisting that we humans must leave certain lands alone and not take anything more from them. This third great law passed in 1964 made a down payment on giving Earth its due.

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Elizabeth Warren Urges Senate to Investigate Federal Reserve About Lax Enforcement

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “Few have been held sufficiently accountable” is a criticism that Warren often makes about the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice in regards to the financial industry.

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How We Win on Climate Change

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Why the Showdown With Islamic Extremists Is the War the Pentagon Was Hoping for

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Paul Krugman | Our Invisible Rich

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Is 2014 the “Tipping Point” for the GMO Labeling Movement?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

US Bankruptcy Judge Allows Detroit Water Shutoffs to Continue

Read the Article at Reuters

Eight Migrants Die Every Day Trying to Reach Richer Countries, Study Reveals

Read the Article at The Guardian

DOJ Tells Ferguson Cops to Stop Wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” Bracelets

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo