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The US Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the case Brackeen v. Haaland, a case with the potential to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act. If ICWA is overturned, Native people can be exposed to historical genocide and cultural divestment. An opt-editorial by John “Rocky” Barrett, the chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation shares significant insights. The ICWA is just one of the legislative actions that provide support to Indigenous communities that have been tremendously impacted by colonialism.

For many people, colonial and imperialist ideologies are a significant component of Thanksgiving. A holiday that has seen some significant blowback in recent years. Especially as it relates to how many contemporary celebrations reflect a whitewashed version of US events that impacted Native Indigenous people groups. Check out How these Native Seattleites are ‘taking back’ Thanksgiving for more ways to celebrate and reflect on the upcoming holiday.


The upcoming holiday season creates so many opportunities for joy and excitement. Yet, we also know that this season can bring its share of grief and triggers as well. From dealing with fat-shaming from relatives to maintaining strong boundaries with loved ones. We all need to seek resources to keep us grounded during the season. Yes, I’m fat a little bit is a fun-filled reminder of the joy available to all bodies. Holiday Blues: Managing Your Mental Health During the Holidays provides practical tips and strategies for managing stress during this season. Speaking of Thanksgiving, no matter what your holiday traditions are this is the season to prioritize gratitude, and 10 Animals That Showed Gratefulness is truly inspiring!

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