Old Glory’s Helper


Pretty interesting article in the SF Chronicle today concerning a flag called “Old Glory’s Helper,” designed by a Penobscot Indian , Lulie Nall, in 1969. She apparently designed the flag to represent unity amongst all peoples:

“Red represents the American Indian who shares his tepee with fifty state governments. Yellow, Black and Brown people are represented in the fields they help toil and join. … The gap in the tepee represents the last gap of discrimination.”


Some people apparently flew the flag during the 1969 Alcatraz “reclaimation,” in which Native American activists reclaimed Alcatraz island in the Bay Area as native land. How dope is that flag? Either way, I think its always cool when there is some mention of Native issues or history in the mainstream press; as this community has been all but forgotten in the consciousness of America.


Natives are definitely dealing with a wealth of challenges today. Counterpunch recently highlighted how Apaches are dealing with seizures of their land by the US Government in the border zone of southwest Texas.

Sometimes I wonder how this country is ever going to reconcile all the genocidal Native blood on its hands and in its history.


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