Writer Wins Human Rights Award
Indian Country Today Media Network’s own Vincent Schilling spent
some time in the spotlight recently. He was honored with a
Human Rights Award, presented by the City of Virginia Beach
Human Rights Commission.
The award was presented to Schilling at a March 15 event by
Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr., who thanked him
for his efforts:
“Seriously Vincent, thank you very much for what you do for
Native American people and your community.”
Vincent, an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, is
not only a writer for ICTMN but he also is the executive vice
president of Schilling Media, Inc., which he co-owns with his
wife, Delores Schilling. The team holds events to promote
awareness of Native Americans in Virginia.
Vincent also hosts
Trailblazers, a blog talk radio program on Fridays at 7 p.m.
and has authored four books on Native American heroes.
He was “thrilled” to win the award that is given annually to
“individuals (including youth) and organizations who advocate
for the human rights which benefit the residents of Virginia
Beach,” says a release.
Schilling’s speech at the awards presentation noted how glad he
is that Native American people are being recognized, read an
excerpt from his speech below:
I was about 10 years old, I remember dancing in my
room listening to my record player excited that one
of the members of The Village People, Felipe Rose,
was an Indian. I also remember looking up to the
Native American character on TV commercials that
cried at the sight of garbage. But I later learned
that Iron Eyes Cody—a man that surely loved Native
American culture was not Native American, but
My entire life, people have asked me, what are you?
I remember being ridiculed by my friends in college
and was called a drunk, a boozer and that I was just
an inferior race that couldn’t stand up to the
encroachment and power of a superior race.
I remember feeling ashamed and embarrassed and that
I did not speak up. Instead, I shook my head in
agreement even though I didn’t want to. In Native
culture, we are taught to be quiet and humble for
fear we may suffer our historic fate once again.
But today I feel different. I am proud of who I am.
And even though Native American reservations are
the poorest communities in the United States I
am proud of who I am. Even though Native American
people suffer from the highest rates of heart
disease, diabetes, cancer, suicide, alcoholism
unemployment. I am proud of who I am.
Native American people are much more than a coat
drive in December.
Today, Native people are here and alive and well. We
are not dead… We are still here. I have written
books on Native heroes to show that we as Native
people are not just living in a forest or in a
reservation—we are senators, firefighters
physicians, artists, and schoolteachers.
Today, the man I danced to and listened to on a
record player that was smaller than the
record—Felipe Rose he is one of my dear friends. For
all of these reasons, I work tirelessly. I work as
hard as I can so my nations youth won’t have to
dance alone in their bedrooms frantically holding on
to the only Native American role model that they
know of in the world.
I want them to know: They Are Not Alone. Thank
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