Immigrant debate wrongly includes indigenous people

We have been very focused these days on immigration and there has been much ink spilled on the matter. But there is a portion of this debate that presumes that all people living in North America are immigrants, even Native Peoples. 

…The way in which the United States has mistreated our ancestors is beyond tragic – it is by today’s standards, criminal. Terms like genocide, ethnic cleansing, dispossession, cultural genocide are how we should teach the true history of the United States. Let’s stop kidding ourselves by telling each other fairy tales, and truly embrace the reality of the past, not to create a sense of national guilt or embarrassment, but more so that we don’t repeat those same mistakes.

Immigrant debate wrongly includes indigenous people



Artifacts from Central Texas site date back 16,000 years

Newly discovered prehistoric Native American artifacts found in the dirt near Florence date back 16,000 years which makes them the oldest man-fashioned tools ever found in North America.

…Gault bears evidence of continuous human occupation beginning at least 16,000 years ago, and now perhaps earlier, which makes it one of a few but growing number of archaeological sites in the Americas where scientists have discovered evidence of human occupation dating to centuries before the appearance of the Clovis culture at the end of the last ice age about 13,500 years ago.

…Collins says evidence at Gault shows “cultural manifestations at least two thousand years before the appearance of Clovis.”

…For decades archaeologists have subscribed to the “land bridge” theory when considering how man got to this continent.

But what GSAR and others now suggest is this part of the world was populated far earlier than first thought and those who were here back then probably got here by boat, not land bridge.

Most who study the issue believe Clovis technology spread through the indigenous population as those “Clovis” people moved across the land, but Collins now believes “Within a wider context, this evidence suggests that Clovis technology spread across an already regionalized, indigenous population,” he wrote.

…”The site was occupied intensively during all major periods of the prehistoric era,” an article published in Texas Beyond History, says.

Artifacts from Central Texas site date back 16,000 years


Underneath ancient Mexican temple, archeologists find an even older one

A pyramid in Morelos (around 40 miles south of Mexico City,) was damaged by the quake. While assessing how much the quake had messed the ancient structure up, Archaeologists discovered that, underneath the pyramid, there was an even older temple that they hadn’t known was there.

From The BBC:

The temple is nestled inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state, 70km (43 miles) south of Mexico City.

It is thought to date back to 1150 and to belong to the Tlahuica culture, one of the Aztec peoples living in central Mexico.

The structure is dedicated to Tláloc, the Aztec rain god.

Archaeologists say it would have measured 6m by 4m (20ft by 13ft). Among the temple’s remains they also found an incense burner and ceramic shards.

Underneath ancient Mexican temple, archeologists find an even older one / Boing Boing


4 Environmental Activists Are Killed Every Week

Latin America is by far the world’s most dangerous place to be an environmental defender. Almost 60 percent of the environmental killings recorded in 2017 took place in the region.

Mexico’s tropical forests, for example, have been ravaged by everything from illegal cattle ranching to avocado farming. In January 2017, Isidro Baldenegro López, a prominent indigenous activist who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work protecting the forests of the Sierra Tarahumara mountain range in northern Mexico from logging, was shot dead.

…The Global Witness report records several massacres in countries such as Brazil and the Philippines ― in the latter country, the military reportedly killed at least eight indigenous people in December as they tried to protect their land from a coffee plantation.

Brazil remains the most deadly country for environmental activists, with 57 murders last year ― the highest ever recorded by any country. Twenty-two members of one tribe ― the Gamela ― were assaulted in one land-grabbing incident. Some had their hands cut off.

4 Environmental Activists Are Killed Every Week So We Can Have Snacks, Meat And Coffee | HuffPost


Immigrant ‘was offered reunification with child if he agreed to leave’

Illegal immigrant separated from his six-year-old daughter at the border says he was offered to be reunited with his child at the airport if he agreed to deportation.

…Immigrants who crossed into the United States have been told that they would be able to get their children back in exchange for agreeing to immediately leave the country, it has been reported.

…Immigration lawyers have advised him to revoke the paperwork he signed and appeal for asylum before an immigration judge.

Carlos is currently being housed at a privately run adult detention center in Polk County, Texas, some 75 miles outside of Houston.

He said that his daughter was taken from him on the day he went to a McAllen court to plead guilty to illegal entry.

Carlos said that he was told his daughter would be taken to an aunt in California, but this was ‘pure lies,’ he said.

‘She’s a prisoner,’ he said.

Immigrant ‘was offered reunification with child if he agreed to leave’ | Daily Mail Online

…And then the governments lies about it. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat…..