Report: Low-income Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders among those most negatively impacted by the pandemic
Low-income American Indian or Native Alaskan, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander households were among those who suffered the most negative economic impacts brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent national study found.
Bearing the brunt: According to the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) analysis of National COVID Surveys, members of American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AIAN/H/PI) communities, along with Black and Hispanic demographics, suffered the highest percentage of job loss and health issues among all reporting ethnic groups in the United States.
On Friday, Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to proclaim Oct. 11 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a move that will further recenter a holiday commemorating Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas toward awareness and celebration of Native American peoples and cultures.
Recognizing Native Americans: In the presidential proclamation, Biden sought to recognize Native Americans’ contributions to the U.S. and acknowledge the nation’s historical wrongdoing toward Indigenous peoples.
A female infant who died about 11,500 years ago is shedding light on the Asian origins of Native Americans thanks to her DNA.
In a new study published on Nature, researchers decoded the infant’s complete DNA set and estimated the timing of key events in the ancestral history of Native Americans and indigenous communities in North, Central and South America.
New reports have discovered that Kelsey Asbille, the Eurasian actress cast as a Native American woman in the upcoming film “Yellowstone”, doesn’t actually have official Cherokee heritage after all. According to Reappropriate, Native American actor, producer, and activist Sonny Skyhawk reached out to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians tribal nation to ascertain if Asbille did indeed possess Cherokee lineage. Through Skyhawk’s inquest, it was determined that Asbille lacked the necessary recorded evidence of tribal membership or ancestral claim.
While the general layman’s understanding of Native American lineage is that it’s commonly determined by blood percentage, in truth, different tribes assess membership through different methods. The Cherokee Nation, Asbille’s claimed ancestry, prefers to use evidence of lineal descent over blood quantum measurement, meaning that merely having Cherokee in one’s family tree isn’t enough to establish heritage.
Due to Hollywood’s rampant whitewashing, it often gets us cheering whenever an Asian actor gets cast in any movie or television series.
However, the recent casting of Kelsey Asbille (also Kelsey Chow) on the Paramount Network TV show “Yellowstone” has caused more backlash than celebration as she was tapped to portray a Native American woman, another group which lacks representation in the world’s biggest entertainment scene.
If you think you haven’t been confused about anything for a while, head over to Uncle Yu’s Indian Theme Restaurant.
This eatery, located in San Gabriel, California, is apparently serving Taiwanese food through its crew of East Asian-looking girls dressed as “Indians.”