Could IndieTube Solve Problems Associated With Current Media?

Yesterday, I was excited to talk with George Taylor of IndieTube Entertainment. I was extremely pleased with Mr. Taylor’s vision. As anyone who knows me knows, I have consumed various independent media for over 10 years. It’s often a struggle for independent artists to break onto the scene, but when they do it’s simply amazing. … Read moreCould IndieTube Solve Problems Associated With Current Media?

What’s So Scary About Schizophrenia?

I’ve recently added new people in my life. I’ve branched out–taking on some endeavors that have put me into contact with people outside of my normal zone of relationships. This is, I think, a wonderful thing. I look forward to these new adventures. One thing has come up, though. I am diagnosed with schizophrenia. I’ve … Read moreWhat’s So Scary About Schizophrenia?

The Normativity Of Creating New Minds

Perhaps I am mistaken. But it is my impression that there’s a normative aspect of AI that needs to be addressed and hasn’t been. This aspect is a certain normative schema of creating AI minds. When most people think of AI, such as myself, they think of incredibly intelligent—in the cognitive sense—beings; beings that may … Read moreThe Normativity Of Creating New Minds

Dystopian Arguments Against AI: The Case Of Wall-E

For about a year and a half, I have done reading on developments in AI. A lot of people are for AI, but others have a dystopian view. I recently came across a new dystopian future as AI develops inspired by the film Wall-E. In this future, we are not killed by evil robots. Instead, … Read moreDystopian Arguments Against AI: The Case Of Wall-E

Does Donald Trump Sleep? And Other Questions Of Self-Care.

Tonight, I took a moment to reflect on something a republican said to me: “I’m not a whiny fucking liberal.” I like generating theories–even if they aren’t correct. At least  I can say I tried to understand. My assumption here is that the media this person consumes tells him that liberals are whiny. And that … Read moreDoes Donald Trump Sleep? And Other Questions Of Self-Care.

There’s Jokes And Then There’s Theories

For the past few days, I’ve been mulling over the theory posited that Trump is in love with Putin. This morning, I had a conversation with a brilliant family member about these things. My family member and I disagree on some things, I think. There’s political jokes and satire aimed at people within a group–say, … Read moreThere’s Jokes And Then There’s Theories

Does It Make Sense To Talk About The Character Of A Company?

There’s a theory that corporations are–or, are like–people. Set aside whether you agree with this position. I want to assume for a moment it’s true. If it is true, does it make sense to talk about the character of a corporation? I don’t presume to know everything about business. Yet, I know for sure that … Read moreDoes It Make Sense To Talk About The Character Of A Company?

Implicit Bias Training Is About Ethics

I’ve written about how organizations need Chief Ethics Officers. And they do.  Recently, Starbucks came under fire when an incident occurred with Black customers who had the police called on them for simply being there. Starbucks responded to this incident by closing for a day for implicit bias training. Whether implicit bias training works is yet to … Read moreImplicit Bias Training Is About Ethics

We Need Chief Ethics Officers Now More Than Ever

As a person who studied ethics and was on the non-academic job market looking for ethics jobs, I became convinced that most companies–including tech companies–simply want a Compliance Officer, who is usually a lawyer, so they don’t get in trouble with the law. What they don’t often look for is a Chief Ethics Officer. And … Read moreWe Need Chief Ethics Officers Now More Than Ever

“Native Americans Aren’t On Anyone’s Radar”

As you probably know, I wrote a very short collection of essays on Native American issues. I had a Native American I know look over the book. We discussed some ideas in it. They told me that basically it’s a great idea, but Native Americans and injustices toward them aren’t on anyone’s radar. Perhaps that’s … Read more“Native Americans Aren’t On Anyone’s Radar”

Record Number Of Native Americans Running For Office in 2018

It’s 2018 and a record number of Native Americans are running for office this year. (Yay!) Just like the general American population, it looks like these candidate’s views are all over the map. I tried to catch a glimpse of all 80-ish candidates, what party they are running with and what their general views are. … Read moreRecord Number Of Native Americans Running For Office in 2018

Unseen Barriers: Tribal Colleges And Native American Education

I’m a huge proponent of education. Historically, many Europeans and Euroamericans thought Native people didn’t have education. Many tribes may not have had the kind of formal education we have in the United States, but they damn sure had education. Tribal nations, after all, had medicine people, doctors, agricultural experts, philosophers and historians. They had … Read moreUnseen Barriers: Tribal Colleges And Native American Education

Pride Month: Honoring The Legacy Of Two-Spirits

It’s Pride Month. (Also, today is Alan Turing’s birthday!) In celebration of that, I thought I write a little bit about two-spirits. Two-spirit is the English, panindian word for gender non-conforming indigenous people. One might like to think that LGBTQ+ folks are a new, modern thing. But two-spirit people have existed in Native communities for … Read morePride Month: Honoring The Legacy Of Two-Spirits

Principles Over Money: Red Lake Tribal Council Refuses 18.5 Million From Pipeline Company

Red Lake Tribal Council has voted to rescind a deal they had in which they would have gotten 18.5 million dollars from the pipeline company Enbridge, with the tribal chairman stating, “We gotta protect our reservation, our sovereignty, protect our people, our lands and our water and all of that.”  Red Lake is reported to be … Read morePrinciples Over Money: Red Lake Tribal Council Refuses 18.5 Million From Pipeline Company

For A White Woman Raising A Choctaw Girl, Philosophy Is Key

My daughter isn’t fond of the discipline of philosophy. She thinks, I suspect, it contributed to my developing schizophrenia. Nevertheless, she and I have been doing philosophy since she was little. For me, as a Euroamerican raising a Choctaw girl into a Choctaw woman, philosophy has always been key. Ever since she was a little … Read moreFor A White Woman Raising A Choctaw Girl, Philosophy Is Key

Freedmen: A Discussion Of Black Choctaws

The Choctaws were known by the United States as part of a group referred to as the Five Civilized tribes. This was because they lived a way that Europeans could see as having some sort of civilization. Who knows what other tribal people were referred to–but they weren’t seen as having ‘civilization.’ Unfortunately, part of … Read moreFreedmen: A Discussion Of Black Choctaws

Citizenship: There Is No “Part Indian”

There’s an peculiar thing that happens when people talk about being Native. Some Native people, but especially non-Natives, say they are “part Cherokee” or “part Choctaw.” Now this makes sense if you’re talking about your ancestry. If you really do have Native ancestry, that’s great. If you’re not sure or if you don’t really have … Read moreCitizenship: There Is No “Part Indian”

It’s Up To Us Non-Natives To Begin Decolonization

Colonialism is, in general, when a nation openly as as matter of policy acquires, controls and maintains control of a foreign nation. The United States is colonizing Native American Nations in the settler state manner. This may not be technically internationally illegal due to The Blue Water Thesis. But it’s colonialism nonetheless. And it’s unjust. … Read moreIt’s Up To Us Non-Natives To Begin Decolonization

Maybe I’m Paranoid, Maybe I’m Not

I read an article a few weeks ago about people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia in the UK. Apparently, many of them thought the British government was spying on them. It turned out, this wasn’t paranoia. The British government was in fact spying on them. Our governments do strange and evil things. This is well-known. … Read moreMaybe I’m Paranoid, Maybe I’m Not

American Indian Philosophy: If You Won’t Teach It, Who Will?

There’s been a movement in philosophy to incorporate non-western philosophy into Introduction to Philosophy courses. I think this is a wonderful move. After all, as it has been argued, if you teach only western philosophy, you might as well call the course Introduction to Western Philosophy instead of Introduction to Philosophy. I fear, however, that … Read moreAmerican Indian Philosophy: If You Won’t Teach It, Who Will?

Hard To Swallow Pills: This Is Exactly Who We Are

The Holocaust is the horrific evil that most people compare other evils to. I’m guilty of this myself.   I wait for the day when America’s atrocities are not considered minor in comparison. After all, Hitler loved how the United States treated Native Americans. The idea of concentration camps came in part from our old … Read moreHard To Swallow Pills: This Is Exactly Who We Are

A Nation’s A Nation, No Matter How Small

These days, unfortunately, Native Nations are pretty tiny. It’s estimated that Native Americans themselves make up just 1% of the American population. When thinking about these issues, it may be easy to overlook or disregard Native Nation just because they are small. However, size shouldn’t matter when it comes to rights. Just as we learn … Read moreA Nation’s A Nation, No Matter How Small

Families Should Aim For Justice

Native Americans have the highest rates of intermarrying in the United States. It must be true, then, that love can flow between Natives and non-Natives. This essay is directed toward those of us who are non-Native who have Native families. We know through history that just because someone says they love you, it doesn’t mean … Read moreFamilies Should Aim For Justice

“Being Enrolled Never Got Me Anywhere”

I’m currently in the process of helping my daughter enroll in Choctaw Nation. I’ve talked with other Native Americans about enrollment. Some non-Natives think that Native Americans get tons of “benefits.” For most tribal people, that’s just not so. But if it were so, these are not “benefits” in some strange sense. And there’s no … Read more“Being Enrolled Never Got Me Anywhere”

The Choctaw Nation And Ireland: A Political Alliance?

The Choctaws were part of the Five Tribes that were a part of Andrew Jackson’s policy The Trail of Tears. Most of the Choctaws were removed to present-day Oklahoma. It wasn’t long after the Choctaws were removed that they heard of the Irish famine. Quickly, many Choctaws gathered money and sent it to Ireland. Here’s … Read moreThe Choctaw Nation And Ireland: A Political Alliance?

Tribal Nations Are Imperfect. So, Too, Is the United States

As I write this, the United States has a policy of snatching migrant children away from their families. I read an article this morning which said the UN has told the U.S. that this practice is illegal. No one, however, seems to be arguing for the termination of the United States because of this evil … Read moreTribal Nations Are Imperfect. So, Too, Is the United States

The Unfortunate Reality Of Appealing To Colonial Courts

I’m not an expert in American Indian Law. But when you study Native history, you come to learn a few things. I want to talk about the injustice of the current situation for Native individuals and nations: appealing to colonial courts. When I first discovered that, in order to fight for their rights, Native Americans … Read moreThe Unfortunate Reality Of Appealing To Colonial Courts

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