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This #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we honor Danny Eschief, who saved and healed 20 people through organ and tissue donation back in 2016.

He worked as a tribal recreation coordinator with the Gila River Indian Community—specifically the Akimel O’Otham tribe. (cont. in thread)
His daughter, Debbie Eschief (pictured with her daughters), says people were easily drawn to Danny, and that’s why he was so successful in bringing the Native community together through sports. He had a community first mentality, helping others even after passing. (cont.)
“We never really talked about organ donation in our Native culture and our traditions,” Debbie says about when she learned her father had registered himself. “He just said, ‘If somebody can use it, I rather somebody benefit.’” (cont.)
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Ma Cualli Tonalli! (have a good day in Nahuatl) Today is #IndigenousPeoplesDay and I want to introduce you to the beautiful Nahua culture of Mexico. Learning it has empowered me as a Latinx, and I know its intimidating to learn!... So here's a fun and simple thread to start🙌🏽1/16
Did you know the word Aztecs refers to people of Aztlan, a fictional place where the Aztec tribe came from. That tribe split and then formed into smaller tribes around Mexico. These are the Nahua tribes, not Aztecs. American's aren't Britain anymore right? Same concept! 2/16
the tribe most people refer to as the "Aztecs" we now call the Mexica, which was the tribe that founded Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City. This impressive city was built in the middle of a lake!! A freaking lake. 3/16
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1. The Church provided the moral/theological grounds for the dispossession of natives and “discovery” of the New World. It did so by issuing papal bulls such as Inter Caetera (1493), written by Pope Alexander VI the year after Columbus’ voyage. #ColumbusDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay
2. This bull established that any land not inhabited by Christians was available to be “discovered,” claimed by rulers in the name of Christ. It granted Spain by divine authority “full and free power, authority, and jurisdiction of every kind” to conquer most of the Americas.
3. Inter Caetera didn’t stand alone. In fact, it was a reiteration of, and elaboration upon, the moral reasoning of prior papal bulls. For example, the bull Dum Diversas, issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1452, appealed to “Apostolic Authority” and granted the Portuguese crown:
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This is one of the most uniformed pieces I've read. 1 Columbus wasn't a brave explorer. He was a guy who thought Earth was shaped like a pear with a nipple on top. The reason no one would fund him was they knew the size and shape of Earth and wo land a super ocean was uncrossable
2 he never even sat foot on our mainland, and he was almost 500 years after Lief Erickson and his sister Freydis (often left out even though she's a bad bitch). He apparently wasn't smart enough to bring someone familiar enough with the Indies to realize this wasn't it.
He and his crew raped women and children and sold girls as young as 9 into sex slavery (per his own journal). It was so bad native women killed their own children then themselves when they heard the Spanish were coming.
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Why do African American people pay taxes in this country?
When conversations around Reparations happen, there are familiar things that are brought up each time.
40 Acres And A Mule is mentioned. The costs and money made from slavery is brought up. But seldom taxes.
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