The Most Beautiful-Sounding Middle Finger To Islamist Rebels I've Ever Heard

Amadou and Mariam are so freakin' badass. Not because they're blind and not just because they make funky music, but because they make their music to stand up against Islamist rebels who are trying to ban music in parts of Mali. I love how they just seem to be like, "Sure, Islamist rebels, good luck with that. We'll just be right over here making our Grammy-nominated music."

Check out their KickStarter and help fund a documentary to spread this musical protest throughout Mali and the world.

This week, a Supreme Court ruling has acknowledged that, at least for the sake of federal criminal prosecutions, most of the eastern half of Oklahoma belongs to the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Tribe. The ruling enforces treaties made in the 19th century, despite objections from state and federal governments, and upholds the sovereignty of the Muscogee to prosecute crimes committed by tribe members within their own lands.

The U.S. government has a long and storied history of breaking treaties with Native American tribes, and Indigenous communities have suffered greatly because of those broken promises.

Stacy Leeds, a former Cherokee Nation Supreme Court justice and former special district court judge for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, described the ruling in an article on Slate:

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