A Tribe Called Red
A) A Tribe Called Red is an electronic music group that consists of three members: Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau, Tim "2oolman" Hill, and Bear Witness. Their music has been described as POW-WOW step; it includes a mix of instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton, and dubstep-influenced dance music.
B) Frank Waln is a Sicangu Lakota rapper known for his songs "AbOriginal," "Oil 4 Blood" and "Born on the Rez." His music highlights the racism, appropriation, and environmental exploitation that affects Native American and Indigenous peoples.
C) Inez Jasper is a Canadian singer and activist; she was featured on MTV's Rebel Music. She won Single of the Year at the Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards (APCMAs) for her 2009 song "Breathe".
Activism is tied into many Indigenous artists's music, so it is important to address issues that affect them in the news.
Parliament members to NFL: Change Redskins name or forget London
Due to the upcoming game set to be played in London and national controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins name, two British Parliament members have sent a letter to the NFL. In this letter, Ruth Smeeth and Ian Austin asked for the Washington Redskins to either change its name or "at the minimum, send a different team to our country to represent the sport, one that does not promote a racial slur."
"We were shocked to learn the derivation of the term 'R*dskin,' pertaining as it does to the historic abuse of native Americans. The exportation of this racial slur to the UK this autumn, when the Washington team is due to play, directly contravenes the values that many in Britain have worked so hard to instill."
Confusion reigns over number of missing, murdered indigenous women
The RCMP's figure of 1,200 missing and murdered indigenous women is in doubt. The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) estimates that it may be as high as 4,000. However, according to Canada's minister for the status of women, it is difficult to pinpoint an accurate number. There is a lack of "hard data" to "pinpoint an accurate figure."
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