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WikiProject Indigenous peoples of North America (Rated NA-class)
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Possible bias of Native American editors[edit]

A notice on this page currently goes like this, but when I added the bold text, Montanabw quickly reverted it, and again when I put it back.

He views it alternately as condescending and as redundant because there aren't more than "five" Native American editors who will be reading it anyway. I dispute these claims, because (1) it only states that Native American editors can be as biased as anyone else when editing pages about their own cultures (I think it'd be more condescending to put them on a pedestal as though they can do no harm) and (2) if there being few Native editors means this part of the message isn't necessary, why is the rest of the message necessary? I'd like to seek a consensus here. Tezero (talk) 00:55, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

It IS condescending, as it really is saying "hey you silly Native people, you are too biased to be objective and we smart white people are going to point that out to you, and if you don't like, it go elsewhere." What a pile of nonsense. I happen to be 100% white Northern European Protestant, but I don't see similar cautions directed to me at WP:SWEDEN or WP:GERMANY or [{WP:NORWAY]] or similar such places. Frankly, the bit about the Native wikis probably should go too. This is probably one reason there are very few editors who self-identify as Native American/First Nations here (though a plethora of "I have some Native ancestry, I think" folks). I'm snarking to say five, but given that I am white and only about three wikipedians have self-identified at this project as of significant Native heritage AND actively editing (well, one just retired) I may not be exaggerating. Oh yeah, and I'm also not a "he, though that is irrelevant here. Montanabw(talk) 01:04, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
That's OTHERSTUFF; I think this kind of notice should be on those projects, too, but I'm unwilling to boldly add it there if the discussions will go like this one has so far. What do you mean "this is probably one reason" - do you think a significant number of Natives read the edit while it was live? Or do you think it's part of some nebulous larger trend of demeaning non-whites? (If so, I encourage you to re-read the part about all peoples being susceptible to this. For example, my heritage to the extent that it's represented in my userboxes [the main parts of it] is Czech, Welsh, and Arab, and I fully accept that I could be biased in favor of any of those peoples.) Apologies about your gender, though; I could've sworn I'd seen the "male" box on your page, but neither gender is there; that must've been someone else's I had open at the time. Tezero (talk) 02:31, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I support the removal, and note that it was included/added by User:Uyvsdi who claims to be indigenous and an academic, but reverted the name of the Skokomish tribal government from the one I'd moved it to, which is their own official name on their own website, claiming it wasn't official and moving it back to the US government's name for them (probably an outdated list). THAT is systemic bias. Also at least one aboriginal editor has left in disgust; the names for his people's articles that he started have been changed by overly-earnest guideline-happy Wikipedians who know nothing about his people and are obsessed with "Use English" and 'anglicized' names to ones used by government/corporate sources i.e. the colonialist biased sources; Sta7mes is now Stawamus (the older anglicization from a time when the 'w' could denote a glottal stop, which the 7 is, and Skwxwu7mesh both category and main page (and template) were anglicized to Squamish by people who didn't like the 7 and thought it was "gibberish", one didn't even know who they were and thought they were the Suquamish and didn't have any idea, and didn't care, when it was pointed out that Squamish in English has a very dominant primary usage as the name of a prominent town in British Columbia; and taht many of the Skwxwu7mesh population aren't in that town but in North Vancouver (perhaps the majority). I was denounced and baited and insulted for trying to RM and CfD that back to where the indigenous author had created them at.
I'm also (very) white, like Montanabw, and one snotty admin has crapped on me for daring "to speak for them [when I'm white and have no right to)"...but they wn't speak for themselves (because Wikipedia alienates them by high-schoolish invocations of academic shibboleths and not-correct language etc), or when they do, as with @OldManRivers: (I'm pinging him and know him outside wikipedia in FB but he won't see it, he thinks Wikipedia is bullshit because of all this crap); but I'm "pro-native" and in fact built most of the indigenous hierarchies and indigenous article structure in BC and parts of Canada and the PacNW; now completely messed up by people from abroad invokoing colonially-biased sources, and in the case of Squamish claiming that the widespread Canadian meaning of that term is irrelevant, that "global usage" should prevail, i.e. academic sources in the UK and US; even though Canadians sources far outweigh them, in other words Canadian sources are discredited and the big countries sources are supposed to prevail; but in that case they dno't even outnumber them. So there's an anti-Canadian systemic bias I've encountered too. This also was used to bugger up an attempt to revert BOLD changes by a "certain someone" which was across the board and global, and installed outdated and/or derisive names, in RMs closed by someone from Ireland' who boasted that her lack of expertise allowed her to be neutral which she was not (Chipewyan people is one example of that (Denesuline is the modern term, part of a large growing reality in Canada where indigenous endonyms are now an accepted norm, which is shit all over by "global usage" fanatics who don't even read the subject matter or have ever edit the articles but want to pontificate on titles and such, and use their collective ignorance and paternalistic attitudes to "vote" against needed name changes. A raft of these have gone through, Montanabw knows some of the ones I mean, where archaic terms were imposed, and the RMs were vociferously fought off, with the mover claiming that the native peoples' names for themselves were irrelevant and that academic sources should prevail...namely t hose of the linguistics community abroad (who need to update themselves); he went so far as to claim that native sources were "parochial" as if academic and government sources weren't.
It's true that User:OldManRivers' content in the many articles he started (including many of the Kwakwaka'wakw ones, he's both Skwxwu7mesh and Kwakwaka'wakw/'Namgis ("Nimpkish" in teh old anglicization) have POV content issues, as do many others, such as the Nuu-chah-nulth series (which btw montanabw seem heavily contributed/edited and expanded by their own people/governments/orgs and internal scholars) but that's a different matter than systemic bias, which is about who t he sources are and who they are not. And re native editors contributing with the native viewpoint, the reality is that in many cases they are the only source, especially for individual bands and tribal governments; yet Uyvsdi claimed re the Nuxalk that "there are always sources" without even having a grasp of who or what she was talking about, or providing any (this was in relation to the need for a Nuxalk art article). People weighing in with sysetmically biased sources adn t heir viewpoints and terminologies is a Big Bad Issue, but since indigenous editors give this "white man's book" a wide berth because it doesn't speak from their frameworks or even get their names right means that people who think they are 'dead' peoples and not living, breathing people are having sway here; I spent a chunk of last night changing some really improper content in [Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast]] where they were spoken of as historical peoples with modern tribes/bands only "identifying with the historical peoples" as if they weren't them de facto. The tendency of linguists and other academic sources/editors to treat people as laboratory subjects or museum objects is part of the problem; as is the wikipedia mob rule in RM s and CfDs and elsewhere where the uneducated-on-the-topic or completely illogical/unsubstantiated comments are treated as "votes" - quantity over quality. I support the removal of those lines, they're patronizing to the piont of being insulting and alienating.Skookum1 (talk) 02:09, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Also in a similar fashion, native official sources are generally discredited in favour of government/corporate/foreign sources, even though they are, as in the case of the the Skokomish, sovereign governments; in BC where there are few treaties they claim outright sovereignty, as is being supported in court decisions on constitutionality and such; so whose sources is the valid one? The colonizing power (US or Canada) or that of the sovereign nations who are the topic?Skookum1 (talk) 02:23, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • It is not a helpful addition, writers writing about groups that are not their own are of course just as biased as writers writing about their own group. We would never suggest that WHite Americans should be particularly careful when writing about White American culture due to the fact that their views might be biased. The lines should be removed.User:Maunus ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 04:02, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • But aside from, say, Japanophiles, they'd be biased in opposite directions, and I daresay bias is generally more strong towards one's own group. And I think this about white Americans very well could be suggested; it's just that there's no White American WikiProject. (I wouldn't object to one being created, but it would be massively controversial.) Tezero (talk) 04:24, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I disagree anyone who participates in a project based on interest has some kind of bias - frankly the idea that ethnic group membership constitutes a source of bias is borderline racist. What does the direction of bias have to do with this - that would just mean that the note should also include a note to non- native american editors that they might be biased against native americans. And for your other point I would estimate that about half of all wikiprojects are white american wikiprojects.User:Maunus ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 05:04, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Half? That seems kind of arbitrary. It's true that significant events in politics, technology, etc. in the Western world have mostly been at the hands of white people for hundreds of years, but it's not as though the projects are artificially excluding other races. As for the note about bias against Native Americans, that's implied by the link to the Systemic bias page. And against what races is this idea "borderline racist"? I think it's true for all identity groups, and not only ethnic ones. That's basically what systemic bias is; I take issue at the idea that Native Americans can't be subject to it just like the rest of us. Tezero (talk) 05:18, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
It is borderline racist, not because it discriminates (assuming that you have made the same suggestion at all the other ethnic and national wikiprojects), but because it reduces to individual editors to their ethnic group membership. Just like not all white people are biased against native americans or other ethnic groups, neither can we assume that all members of other ethnic groups are biased in favor of their own group, because people are individuals and should be treated as such. A conflict of interest is exactly this - a conflict of individual interests, not of the possibility of group membership producing some bias. User:Maunus ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 05:34, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Again, why do you then support the "Systemic bias" inclusion? That's only implying, "If those nasty white people are mean to you and you can't handle it yourself, we'll help." It reduces both Natives and non-Natives to those identity markers. Tezero (talk) 05:43, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
It seems you dont understand what systemic bias is. It has nothing to do with nasty white people or with identity markers.User:Maunus ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 05:46, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Alright, then, what is it, if you think you understand better than I do? And why should we pretend Native Americans can't too be subject to it? Tezero (talk) 05:56, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
WP:SYSTEMIC.User:Maunus ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 12:30, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
" It's true that significant events in politics, technology, etc. in the Western world have mostly been at the hands of white people for hundreds of years, but it's not as though the projects are artificially excluding other races." LOLOL you gotta be kidding me. In Canada, they were stripped of their status as human beings, a system of deliberately dehumanizing and stripping them of their culture by taking their children and beating the hell out of them for daring to speak their own languages, to end their reliance on the fecundity of the land and turn them into workers, a system were missionaries and academics persuaded them to burn or sell their artwork and regalia in the name of Christendom, where academics and politicians persistently treated them as bound for extinction; even in 1970, the Chretien "White Paper" (a kind of government report/policy proposal) called for outright assimilation (Chretien was later PM, and current PM Harper is on the same course, as have been the last two "Liberal" premiers of BC, who represent the mining and other resources industries who have raped the land that natives still technically own (no treaties were ever signed in most of BC).
Your very attitude is part of the self-justifying "systemic bias" you seem to have no grasp whatsoever is about; they do not want white people dictating to them what they should be called, what should be done with them etc (unless, of course, those white people agree with them), they do not want old fusty reports by churches (the same churches who raped and beat and killed their children), the governments who disenfranchised them and sold their land from beneath their feet, and forbade them to leave their reserves without a permit, and the corporations who participated in that theft, and have fought against native rights and were the ones behind the deliberate smallpox now known to have been govt-organized in colonial BC. You pretend that there are two sides to every story; that's like saying the Devil is equal to God, or evil has the same right to speak as good, or that falsity and pretense have as much value as truth and decency.
The line is offensive, purely and simply; if you don't get that why don't you go visit Wounded Knee or the Navajo Nation or Attawapiskat or the various bands/reserves of the St'at'imc focussed on Lillooet. Or go read OldManRiver's blog, "Liberated yet?" (he's very educated and articulate and, unlike you, under no illusions about "fairness"...because his people have never had any, quite frankly) and see what they have to say about "systemic bias"; don't tell them what it is, they already bloody well know all about it. #IdleNoMore. Skookum1 (talk) 07:09, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Government sources are biased, mainstream media is incredibly biased, academic sources in their ivory towers have been and, despite some posturing, and in Canada a very aboriginally-sympathetic group of professors and authors there is exception to that history of academic "bottling and pickling" of cultures that those institutions participated in the theft of cultural objects in the name of "preservation" or "combatting superstition". that lots of Wikipedia articles are based on the Catholic Encyclopedia is noxious. Native sources should have more weight than misrepresentations and lies and omissions in e.g. the Vancouver Sun, or the outright slander that SunMedia (Canada's FoxNews) has put out, particularly in their campaign against Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More movement. Your gall in asking US to define systemic bias as if none of this were a reality, that the news, government, corporate information avalanche against them has been fair, and that they should be advised of their bias, is hilariously and also sickeningly vulgar and rude.Skookum1 (talk) 07:14, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

I am Native American and after reading Tezero's attitude above and supremacist opinions like "It's true that significant events in politics, technology, etc. in the Western world have mostly been at the hands of white people for hundreds of years" and noticing what page he chose to wade into and see how ugly he could make it, he's lucky it hasn't gotten a lot uglier like it easily could have. All I can say is I sincerely hope I don't see his name on any more Native articles or ever run into him again. (talk) 13:08, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Have a look at his user page as to his interests and usual topic areas; he's only worked on two native language articles that I can see, before this.Skookum1 (talk) 13:35, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
You people seriously think it's okay to fight the flames of genocide hundreds of years ago and biased coverage in religious publications with more flames of pretending Native American editors today can do no wrong? And you call me ignorant? It was a mistake of me to ever believe this project was capable of reason. And yes, I am lucky, lucky that I didn't sink more time into this discussion before finding out for sure that this project doesn't care about honest editing and universal human weaknesses, only about identity politics and hatred. I hope I don't see my name around here again, either. Tezero (talk) 13:56, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Get a grip on the reality; "honest editing" means given respect where it's due to the subject matter, same as with BLP, except we're talking about groups of living people, not individuals. Early on in Wikipedia there was an earnest effort to be inclusive and encouraging towards native contributors, whether "COI/AUTO" ones from people/bands/tribes as occasional editors, or regular editors; such as the now-departed OldManRivers and User:Phaedriel, both of them now gone from Wikipedia; your dismissive and patronizing attitude that their contributions are "just as much system bias as any others" is jejune in the extreme; this is not about promoting identity politics and hatred, it is respecting historical reality and native sources rather than equivocating about them. Given the history involved and ongoing repression and systemic bias in media and government and other sources, it is important for credibility of Wikipedia within the native community at large that Wikipedia address their concerns, rather than babble about "honest editing" when dishonesty is on the record as part of the experience that they have been treated with. An example of your own systemic bias towards them is the complete misapprehension about "genocide hundreds of years ago". The Great Smallpox of 1862 in the Pacific Northwest was only 152 years ago, the last residential school in Canada only closed in 1976, the Inuit from around Hudson Bay were forcibly relocated to the Far North, over 1500 miles or more and more than ten degrees of latitude north of where they lived, by government order and without government support, in the 1930s.
As we speak, Canadian native peoples are fighting the tar sands and the associated pipelines, with the threat of more than just protests coming, and implications of the federal government using a heavy hand (=force) to get its way if they do blockade pipeline construction; in my hometown and the region around it, salmon beds are being disrupted by corporate-instigated projects, and the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond near Likely, British Columbia collapsed a few days ago, with toxic tailings now flowing into the Fraser River system, due in my hometown in a few days; it is the location of the Bridge River Fishing Grounds; a record salmon run, the first in decades since the fishery was almost wiped out by commercial fishing in the last hundred years (a resource that they owned lock, stock and barrel before they were excluded from it to advance white fishing interests) is about to be poisoned (a food supply depended on by elders, who cannot eat modern foods); it goes on an on TODAY, and you are under the delusion that the genocide was hundreds of years ago, rather than ongoing; natives are dying of cancer due to the tar sands ripping up the land and industry sources dominate the "oil sands" article (a systemic bias of the plethora of corporate sources published to establish that newspeak-ism), and at Attawapiskat and elsewhere, effluent and other environmental damage associated with diamond mines has poisoned entire communities, which do not receive adequate compensation or economic return (not anywhere near, not even a fraction of the wealth being taken from their lands, without the consultation and approval mandated by court decisions, despite the federal government's attempt to discredit land claims and native rights. Economic colonialism and anti-native political activism is rife and well-funded, and YOu want to talk about "genocide hundreds of years ago".
Get a grip and educate yourself before you come in here with an edit war to try to force a highly contentious (obviously contentious, in case you haven't noticed) and if you haven't noticed by responses from two native editors for far as "offensive" attempt to taint their contributions as "biased"; which will further discourage native editors from participating or givign any credence whatsoever to what is written in Wikipedia about them. Like I said, go visit some real native people and try and tell them that they are biased "as is everyone". Equivocation is part of the toolkit of the Prince of Lies, and amounts to yet more systemic bias. Go to the Tsuu Tina reserve west of Calgary, go to Fort Macleod, Regina, Winnipeg, Kahnwahke and Akewsasne and more; go there and see how your patronizing attitude is received. I suggest you wear kevlar.Skookum1 (talk) 14:41, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I'd interpret "for hundreds of years" as running up to today, and not as "hundreds of years ago". Dougweller (talk) 17:07, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────When Maunus and Skookum1 agree on something, as they do here (mostly) it's got to be gospel! Now go away, Tezero, consensus is about four or five to one against you. We are through here. Montanabw(talk) 17:20, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

name of Native American Encyclopedia wiki[edit]

First I've heard of it and NativeWiki was in the discussion above; I have to wonder about the title, which is unsuitable for Canadian Aboriginal peoples and Alaska Natives and also for Mexican peoples and others not in the United States; it's its own systemic bias, and still occurs in many Wikipedia titles and occasionally in articles concerning Canadian peoples, though mostly that's been corrected now. Mostly e.g. Native American stickball which I proposed moving yesterday to North American indigenous stickball, as it's played in Mohawk and other communities in Ontario. Various categories including Canadian and Alaskan content also still have "Native American" in their titles, and shouldn't.Skookum1 (talk) 15:45, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

There are no fully neutral terms, some people find "indigenous" and "aboriginal" to be terrible and racist and prefer "native" or even "indian", and others have the opposite view. That is why instead of trying to find the neutral title we should stick to the nomenclature used in the sources on which a given article is to be built. I don't see a problem with native american applying to indigenous groups in Mexico and Latin America. Canada is a special case because of the historical distinction between the Inuits and Amerinds - but from a US or general English language view point there is no reason Inuits could not be considered Native Americans (except that fact that the term was first used for US. natives). We can't use a one size fits all solution for nomenclature but should use a healthy blend of sources, respect and common sense in each particular case. User:Maunus ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 16:13, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
You're USian, of course you don't see the difference; Mexicans call them indigenos or indios, they do not call them Native Americans. USians also commonly call Canadian aborignal peoples, including Inuit, "Native Americans", and likewise they use that for Alaska Natives too, whether Tlingit or Haida or other non-"Indian" peoples or not. Funny you would talk about systemic bias while being part of a very large, noticeable, one yourself, here defending it from your USian viewpoint. "from a US or general English language view point there is no reason Inuits could not be considered Native Americans" is hilariously biased and utterly wrong. @CambridgeBayWeather: I'm sure would agree (he's married to one).Skookum1 (talk) 16:59, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
No I am not, and no that is not what Mexicans call their native people. They call them indigenas, or pueblos originarios, or pueblos nativos. In Mexico "Americano" means "USian" and therefore Americanos Nativos are the indigenous people of the US. But this is not the Spanish wikipedia. As always the dimension of your ignorance is only trumped by that of your ego. And now I will tell you what the systemic bias is: it is the fact that two white men of predominantly european ancestry are discussing how best to represent the indigenous peoples of the Americas in wikipedia, each of them considering themselves to be defending the indigenous view. The difference between you and me is that I am aware of this problem.User:Maunus ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 17:00, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Like I'm NOT??? Geezus, get a Q@%Q#$%Q$ grip on your arrogance towards me; presumptive and patronizing as always; yes I'm white, but I'm here speaking because indigenous people give this place a wide berth because of the people who dont' get that problem. Shitting on me because I'm white and so 'have no right to speak for them" which you've implied before is bullshit and hornswoggle and yet MORE AGF and NPA from you.
MY ego. Go buy a mirror. You've done nothign but snot your nose at mek often rudely, since you took your first shot at me, and have violated NPA and AGF far worse than I have ever been accused of, and never been punished for it as you should have. Go shove it, I'm going to bed, it'd midnight here.Skookum1 (talk) 17:12, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

− :::::::"Canada is a special case because of the historical distinction between the Inuits and Amerinds" is a further example of your skewed language/persepective and your lack of appreciation of the reality or your own inability to see your own systemic bias, which I've encountered in ugly terms more than once (I of course saw that nasty bit you reverted as if it could be hidden). For one thing, your comment ignores the Metis, and "Amerinds" is an academic biased term that is not used much in Canada, to the point of sounding odd; Census Canada uses "North American Indian" and not "Amerindian", and that term certainly would not be used for the Metis; most FN people would find either Amerind or Amerindian somewhat offensive but they might tolerate it, though not think much of the academic using it and wish they would "get with the times". Up here in the Great White North (well, currently I'm in Thailand but never mind that for now) there is an emergent cultural and political and linguistic reality you have shown yourself time and aware unaware of and/or unconcerned with, despite yabbering about how you work with indigenous peoples; you clearly don't work with any Canadian ones, that's for sure. Me I've worked for them and lived in their communities, and will again (Lillooet is the local "metropolis" and more or less my hometown; my original hometown at Shalalth has been demolished by corporate restructuring, even the name of it has been wiped from the map). I've lived in the reality and have many native friends, including elders; you visit it to study it. Big difference.Skookum1 (talk) 17:12, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Chill out people, as far as I am concerned, we can just use a lot of slashes (Native/Indigenous/Aboriginal/Indio/Alaskan/Inuit/etc.) if we need to not insult any one group. We do need to be careful with neologisms that no one actually uses, such as AmerInd or USian (though that one is kind of clever!) ... I think "Indigenous peoples of North America" itself was originally hashed out after much strum und drang. Generally I like to try very hard to use words that people themselves can accept being used to describe them (i.e. in my own case I'm an American of Northern European ancestry, bit for simplicity's sake I can live with being called "white" or "caucasian", but I would prefer not to be called "whitey" or a "cracker") If people accept a term to describe themselves in a broad sense (as we do see at least some of the time with "Native people" with a capital N, and most of the time with indigenous) even with some grumbling, we have to use something. I'd suggest that we not bring naming problems here without a solution. Montanabw(talk) 17:14, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

"Indigenous" was indeed hashed out amid much sturm and drang, though civil and without any b.s. about whitey butting and speaking out of turn; in those days active editors included User:OldManRivers ('Namgis/Skwxwu7mesh) and User:Phaedriel (Comanche) as well as @CJLippert: who I believe is aboriginal (Cree, Ojibwe, I'm not sure what) and certainly has done a lot for the Anishinaabe subproject of IPNA/NorthAmNative; CambridgeBayWeather's family and offspring are Inuit. My slash-chains are to group terms, because of the (to me) error and/or abuse of the term "Native American" and NB "Alaska Native" is a formal term, like how capital-A "Aborginal" is in Canada, being distinct from "Native Americans in the Lower 48". Hawaiians are also not Native Americans. All this was hashed out long ago, I don't remember my harasser being present at any of those discussions. Point is that "indigenous" was decided on because of the problems with various other words, even though it, too, has issues, namely somewhat POV, but it is "self-determinational" i.e. it is a term preferred by (some) natives themselves, usually of the educated/political/activist kind as both OldManRivers and Phaedriel. It was agreed it was a loaded word, but OMR especially went BOLD and used it; it was also the choice of this WikiProject. As for "USian", that I learned in Wikipedia, and of course it avoids the various vaguenesses of "American".
All this of late has become somewhat confused by the new supreme court decision in Canada whereby "Status Indian" now includes Non-Status Indians and Metis, hitherto excluded from that term; whether that also makes them "First Nations" or not now is kinda vague; one thing I do know is that in adjectival use the usage is evolving into "first nations [noun]", as in first nations person or first nations ancestry, and capital-FN First Nation is used for an band government; "nation" is commonly used for a range of things, from an ethnic group as a whole down to an individual band; and in Canadian English is a politically loaded term because of its dual meaning in French and its role in Quebec politics; where les autochthones (the French word for aboriginal peoples) is a normative term and speaking of "nations" gets people in the streets.Skookum1 (talk) 00:20, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
1) I have heard of NativeWiki and also know that the site is now defunct. 2) I am neither Ojibwe nor Cree but work in an Ojibwe Reservation and travel to many Anishinaabe communities in US and Canada, which is also how I am exposed to Cree. 3) Part of the US-centric language in IPNA partically stems from many articles were based on Hodge's Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico and for the indigenous groups in Canada, it means in article improvement process, need to reframe the language to a less US-centric language. 4) US does distinguish between "Native Americans" (i.e. American Indians in the United States) and "Alaskan Natives" (i.e. Eskimoan peoples (Yupik and Inuit) and the Aleuts of Alaska). Unlike Canada that have only the Inuits, US is just a titch more complicated here. 5) As English is the de facto official language, English in its all vagueness does provide confusion. But as English is not the only language spoken in the US, other long-time US languages, namely Spanish, French, and Platdeutsch, prominent native languages such as Navajo, Yupik, Ojibwe, and Lakota, and newer languages of significant number of speakers in the US, such as Russian, German, Italian, Vietamese, Chinese and Japanese, this is a conversation people are having, but at a snail's pace. On the other hand in Canada, this is very much a topic at front and centre, and has been all of Canada's history. Canada is more experienced culturally in this matter, though experienced doesn't mean smooth. And US can in this case learn from Canada's successes and failures, especially in the language used in speaking with and about the Aboriginal population. 6) First Nation is defined as American Indians, Inuit and their Metis in Canada. This is a legal term. As for official government-to-government relations happen or not depends on the community (usually a Band) is Status or not. Non-status groups wouldn't have such government-to-government relations, although they are recognised as part of that ethnological group known as the First Nation. But even that is a "weasel word", and I totally agree that when "nation" (non-capital usage) is used, it brings about confusion, as "Nation" is legally defined word while "nation" is not. But Canada isn't the only ones facing this issue, as US is also facing this issue, but in the US, only "Indian" is legally defined and codified in 25 USC, and it doesn't reflect the reality of what people generally use (Native, American Indian, Native American, or a specific ethnographic name, such as Ojibwe, Lakota, Navajo, Salish, Cherokee, etc.) In the US, because of the UN, legally "Indigenous" is the preferred term over "Aboriginal" or "Native", though at one time "Aboriginie" was the preferred term to cover "American Indian" and its "Half-Breed" (i.e. Metis) population. So, slashes can be used in discussions, I believe, but in the articles, it should be country-specific, unless the population straddles, then a little more language finesse is required. But this is an on-going conversation happening even outside of WikiSpace, and an answer isn't going to appear by tomorrow, so all we can do here is be flexible. CJLippert (talk) 03:23, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Well stated, CJLippert. I am wondering if the project page here should contain some such analysis, with sources. Sort of a MOS guide or sorts; i.e. this was the first time I realized that the UN definition was the deciding factor on the IPNA titling decision. Worth enshrining that. Also may be worth noting when to use "Indian" or "First Nation" in the legal/political sense, when "Native American' or "Aboriginal people" is preferred, adding the caveat that when possible, call people by their own ethnic identity i.e. Salish, Crow, whatever, and so on. I would not intend this as a dictat, but more of an educational style guide. Might also be worth a head up of what people are most apt to collide with the US/Canada thing, i.e. Blackfeet/Blackfoot, Cree, etc. Montanabw(talk) 20:40, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

One of your project's articles has been selected for improvement![edit]

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Please note that Raven Tales, which is within this project's scope, has been selected as one of Today's articles for improvement. The article was scheduled to appear on Wikipedia's Community portal in the "Today's articles for improvement" section for one week, beginning today. Everyone is encouraged to collaborate to improve the article. Thanks, and happy editing!
Delivered by Evad37 [talk] 08:28, 1 September 2014 (UTC) on behalf of the TAFI team

Hi, as an active team member of the Article for Improvement wikiproject I've spent the past couple of days working on the Raven Tales which accounts the multitude of stories related to Raven. If anyone here is familiar with the subject I'd be delighted to have you review the extensive amount of expansion that I've been adding to the article. I believe my sources are quite reliable, but I'm not personally familiar with the subject at all. Thanks. David Condrey (talk) 09:18, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Good Article collaboration
I recently posted Raven Tales for peer review and got some great feedback which has motivated me to nominate this article for WP:GA pending some further adjustments to this article which I will be doing sometime this week or next week. If anyone among this Wikiproject would like to offer further review before I nominate the article, I am leaving the peer review open for now (it is linked above). Your feedback is appreciated. Thanks. David Condrey (talk) 03:46, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

NorthAmNative related redirects tagged with language code "und"[edit]

These currently carry the language code "und" for 'undetermined', which is clearly unclear. A comment should be added specifying which language this is, if it isn't an ISO-639 coded language, or replace the "und" with a proper ISO-639 code. -- (talk) 04:37, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Dedicated barnstar?[edit]

Is there an award associated with this project? I can't find any, and I'd like to nominate User:Richlevine00 for one, he has created several B-class articles related to this project, yet I see he has never received any 'star or such. I think some positive reinforcement is quite overdue here. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 01:02, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

If you want to create a draft one and post here for comment, I think it's a cool idea. Montanabw(talk) 18:31, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
Unfortunately, I have no image editing skills. I was simply asking if there was such an award already. If there isn't, I suggest that a member of this project awards an award of their choice to the editor I linked above. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 05:19, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Raven Clan page move[edit]

Raven Clan was moved to Ganhada in 2006 so as to not confuse it with other notable uses of the term "Raven Clan" It was recently moved back to Raven Clan with no discussion. The only possible justification I can see for this would be the notion that this is the only notable use of "Raven Clan" that anyone has bothered to write an article about, so therefore it must be the only notable use of the term, period. I've already registered an objection, but still, it's obvious that more discussion would help. I suspect that Skookum1 might have something to say, but it appears that he may have become fed up and departed Wikipedia again. RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 18:53, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

@RadioKAOS:I moved the page as a side-edit to recent major editing that has been taking place with the Raven Tales article (which I'm planning to nominate for WP:GA status soon, after I complete some further work on it that was recommended during it's peer review). I moved the page as a bold edit with purely with common name in mind. Unless or until such time as there's another article (as you mentioned) I don't really see why there would be any objection to it's current name but I'm not attached to it.
I'm curious what other articles you are thinking of? Not to argue, only out of curiosity because I'm not at all aware of any relevant subjects that I imagine you may be thinking of. If you'd like to mention them I may have read about them and if so, will start them for you if you like.
Your welcome to change it back if you like as far as I'm concerned... though my personal opinion would be that it's current name will better serve the article as anyone searching for the article I imagine may be more aware of this name rather than Ganhada. Though that's an assumption I make based only on the many references which I read into in-depth while I've been working on Raven Tales. In all of those books and articles I only ever saw the name Raven Clan mentioned.. I had never seen a reference to or heard of Ganhada which led me to nearly overlooking the article when I was trying to find it because I didn't realize the connection at first glance. David Condrey (talk) 03:35, 23 September 2014 (UTC)


I have added more content to the portal associated, and updated the excerpts on all the articles and some of the bios. I hope to have a "recognized content" section shortly (a bot will create it). We dont have a lot of GA/FA articles, and many of the B articles are not that great. but, we do have lots of good images.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 23:28, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

I nominated Raven Tales for FA today. David Condrey (talk) 22:08, 26 September 2014 (UTC)


For your consideration: Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Una Tribe of Mixed-Bloods - CorbieV 22:28, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Correction needed for semi-protected article[edit]

Recently Misty Upham (Actress of Blackfoot Tribe) was reported missing and then to have died. Media coverage states that her family have been very unhappy about the lack of support from the local police when she went missing. The article about her incorrectly states that the police found her body - the reference given does not support this and elsewhere in the media it is stated that the family organised the search which resulted in the discovery. The article is semi-protected so I cannot make the change. It seems a sentitive matter for both the family and the local community so it is important for it to be corrected. It can be stated that the police reported that the body had been found. I have left a message on the article talk page and for the original contributor. JDE (in UK) (talk) 18:39, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

I added in the published statement by her family,[1] and will now review the other sources. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. - CorbieV 17:15, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
You are correct about that source. The police officer interviewed actually confirms that her body was found by a family member.[2] - CorbieV 17:27, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for this. JDE188.164.224.203 (talk) 21:33, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Native Americans in the United States[edit]

Could really use some help cleaning up and sourcing Native Americans in the United States. - CorbieV 20:31, 19 October 2014 (UTC)