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Two Missoula, Montana police officers assaulted me today because I have a Federally certified service animal. I was unarmed and defenseless, but the cadet, resembling a football player, attacked me when I refused to supply an ID. The second police officer understood the law and did not put his hands on me. Forcibly taking an ID when no law has been broken is a violation of federal, state, and county law. And this also violates Missoula City Ordinances. I reported the assault. I hope the next disabled citizen they assault is not 91. I am 71. They should train these kids
The officers attacked me because I have a service dog, and when asked for my ID, I refused to provide one.
(The video is from a rainy day around the corner. Shylow dog is always on the job watching me. In Montana, they can only ask for an ID if
you have committed a crime.
"So, do you have to identify yourself to the police in every circumstance? You might be wondering whether a police officer can randomly stop
you on the street and ask for your name or ID. The answer is no. Even in Stop and ID states, the officer must have some reasonable suspicion
that you have committed, are committing, or are about to commit a crime. They cannot randomly stop you and ask for your name.
If they do, you are not required to provide your name to them, even in a Stop and ID state."
Police in America remain unaccountable and lethal. American Police are out of Control
Terrible Murder Blues (Bertha Henderson & Blind Blake, May 1928)
“Police who abuse their neighbors and exceed their authority should be subject to the same laws which apply to anyone else.”
More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action around the globe (21). More people died at the hands of police in 2017 than the number of black people who were lynched in the worst year of Jim Crow (161 in 1892). Cops killed more Americans in 2017 than terrorists did (four). They killed more citizens than airplanes (13 deaths worldwide), mass shooters (428 deaths) and Chicago’s “top gang thugs” (675 Chicago homicides).
Ice Cube – Good Cop Bad Cop
City, county set to ink $670K contract for security at homeless shelters, camps
Jill Bonny, executive director of the Poverello Center, said in a letter to the community this week that some media stories on the issue have been misleading and “don’t show a complete picture.”
She said the shelter has mixed feelings about security and doesn’t want to make it harder for people to access shelter services, especially during the winter months.
“This is not a company that the Poverello Center has hired, and we do not get to control the contract,” Bonny wrote. “We are doing our best to coordinate with the City of Missoula and Roger’s International to make sure anyone seeking to access our services receives the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Part honor student, part ranch kid, equal parts indigenous activist and powwow and homecoming royalty, Connie Brownotter of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is a campus leader who is changing the narrative about American Indian students at MSU.
Mountains and Minds Magazine DECEMBER 21, 2018
I grew up on my family’s buffalo ranch in Bullhead, South Dakota, on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. I’m Hunkpapa Lakota and Diné (Navajo). I’m a junior majoring in Human Development and Family Science and minoring in Native American Studies.
Academics. I put so much work and passion into what I do. I’m a Gates Millennium Scholar, an MSU Presidential Emerging Scholar, an executive member of the American Indian Council, an Honors College student and I was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron honors society. Academic success makes me happy and is one of my top priorities.
I want to be a role model. I want to reflect the success of the indigenous community at MSU and show that a Native woman can succeed. I want to bring awareness to the MSU campus community that indigenous people are still here, we’re proud of our cultural identities and we’re doing amazing things.
A lot of Native American students struggle when they come to campus because they feel like they don’t fit in. I believe that you can change and grow when you step out of your comfort zone. However, many Native students step out of their comfort zones just by coming to school at MSU. In order to help them succeed here, I like to bring them (younger Native students) into the circle and invite them to join our community. We have to create an environment where they will feel supported. I want other Native students to think, “If she can succeed, I can, too.”
I am proud of the Native presence here (at MSU). I want to put that out there. There are strong Native students on MSU’s campus. We are a beautiful people doing big things.
I am, at heart, a shy person. It took years and years for me to learn how to be confident and reach out to others. Adversity, for me, helps me improve. Usually, I’m the only brown student in my classes, but I try not to let that affect me in a negative way. I take challenging moments like that and try to look at them in a way that will allow me to use my unique perspective to my advantage. In short, I gain my confidence from my Native identity.
My family. My whole, entire family is high-achieving, successful and hardworking, yet so humble, kind and supportive. They constantly motivate and support me. And I have had help. So much help. When I was a junior in high school my science teacher encouraged me to apply to a preparatory school called Phillips Academy Andover near Boston. I don’t know if I would have gone without her support. She encouraged me and believed that I could do it, so I did.
Because the possibilities with that degree are endless. Higher education, to me, is what will help future indigenous leaders make a lasting difference in their communities. Education will help us gain the knowledge and the tools to make a positive impact in our tribes. The combination of culture and higher education is powerful.
As for myself, I have changed my major seven times to find out what really interests me. I love education and I plan to get my master’s degree and doctoral degree. I could see myself as a professor at a tribal college or working on my family’s ranch or being involved in tribal politics. I’m not sure yet. I can see myself in a lot of areas. One thing is for sure, I’ll be working with my people on Standing Rock.
I was selected to be a finalist for homecoming ambassador this year. At the interview, I had to sing the MSU fight song in front of a large panel of judges. That sort of thing really pushes me out of my comfort zone, but I did it. I am going to be out there on the football field in my Native regalia. It is time for indigenous people to reclaim their pride in their identities and their culture. I hope to embody that.
Yes, which is another form of leadership. With this title, I travel and represent MSU and the American Indian Council at powwows and events throughout the nation. This title gives me the opportunity to serve as a goodwill ambassador for indigenous people as well as to be a positive role model for indigenous women everywhere.
I danced since I was a little girl, but I stopped dancing at powwows when I literally outgrew my moccasins and didn’t get a new pair. I love powwows, and when I came to college, I decided I would make my own regalia. Some people don’t realize how much time and money goes into making regalia. I ended up teaching myself how to make my own jingle dresses. I hope that by doing this, I can encourage Native people everywhere to learn traditional art forms in order to keep our traditions and culture going.
Continuing to be a leader. I see myself going home to do work with my tribe and community, to make a difference. I don’t know if it will be in politics, maybe, or education. But it will be about leadership for me and my people. And, I know I will succeed through hard work, courage, ambition, and culture. •
This article was originally published in Mountains & Minds Magazine, Fall 2018.
It is time for a Green New Deal to revitalize the nation and invest in a sustainable future.
If you can afford even a dollar or two, this will help us fight the corporate elite and
finally we can have a real chance for peace, justice and freedom on the ballot.
Nina Simone - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
The Portland Alliance Archives Newspaper Production offices are located at 2228 West Kent Avenue Missoula, Montana 59801...
at The International Peace Resource Center Library in Missoula, Montana.
The library has between 12 and 20 thousand volumes. Our most recent addition includes the S. Brian Wilson Annex, a collection
of articles, essays, photographs, magazines, films and critical research on Peace and Peace Activism in America.
We need help sorting, indexing and filing resources.
This nonprofit public library contains the archives for The Portland Alliance Newspaper, NAAME, Inc., and The Wordsmith Collection.
Both are 501C3 nonprofits. The library also includes archives for S. Brian Willson, RevolutionResource.org, ThePeaceresource.com,
ThePortlandAlliance.org and other research and education resources.
We intend to complete the Library Annex expansion by Summer of 2024, when we anticipate moving to a larger facility.
University of Montana at Missoula students can arrange work-study at The International Peace Resource Center Library
and work with globally published blogs and a working online newspaper which was in print from 1981-2011 and continues
to publish online.
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