Indigenous Peoples Day Coalition attends MAG management committee meeting

By: IPD Coalition member 

 Two Indigenous women and residents of Phoenix attended Maricopa Association of Government Management Committee meeting, to address the council and encouraged them to support IPD coalition and Abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day. The Coalition is encouraging a strategic plan to address a variety of issues following a similar plan to the grassroots initative  in flagstaff in trying to change the holiday. As Indigenous people we should not have to normalize hate which continues the historical trauma. That is why communities face  tragedy such as Pimicikamak Cree Nation who have gone in a state of emergency because they experienced 124 attempted suicide within two weeks and 6 suicides in two months. Our people are purposely kept out of all affairs until governments and corporations need something to benefit themselves and only a structurized consultation is conducted that leaves tribal government pockets fat. Indigenous Peoples Day will be about celebrating resistance and the act of resistance. 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/manitoba-first-nation-declares-state-of-emergency-over-suicide-epidemic-1.2810573
  Indigenous organizers holding it down in u ceded occupied territory of Flagstaff

Sacramento is Walking to Save Oak Flat

Solidarity is key to ensuring corrupt leaders shit their pants. Glad indigenous warriors are rising to the occasion.

Walk to Save Oak Flat

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Sacramento has joined the fight to save sacred Oak Flat. This the third walk set to take place on Feb. 27 to honor and support the San Carlos Apache walk and occupation of Oak Flat, and the ongoing efforts of Apache Stronghold to save sacred spaces and protect  Mother Earth.

In addition to the original, core walk in Arizona, walks will take place in Seattle, Los Angeles, and now, Sacramento.

The walks, all being organized in grassroots style, show that people across the country not only care about what happens at Oak Flat, but that their conviction is deep, and they are willing to stand up and take action. It shows that many understand the weight of the travesty and consequences of a mine at Oak Flat, and will work hard to stop it.

All supporters are encouraged to walk and show solidarity. Please share the Sacramento event invitation linked…

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John McCain gets confronted by Arizona State University Student

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A group of community members came together Friday the 19th at the Arizona State University Down Town Phoenix Campus and questioned Senator John McCain about his dealings with Oak Flat. The protest today is a continuation of pressure upon McCain, Kirkpatrick, Gosar, and Flake. These Arizona state representative gave away protected National Forrest and sacred land to a foreign mining company through a midnight rider in the National Defense Authorization Act, December 2014. “It is important we keep calling out these politicians who do nothing but spit rhetoric then do corrupt acts against the people,” stated Laura Medina an ASU graduate student in the American Indian Studies masters program.

McCain spoke at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and the Thunderbird School of Global Management to discuss politics, security, and the media. He of course did not touch on Oak Flat or the water rights he is secretly trying to obtain through the Navajo Nation. With McCain’s position Oak Flat is probably not on his radar unless he continues to get called out by the people. “Arizona needs to fully understand the environmental destruction that will entail if the biggest open pit mine is only an hour away, Rio Tinto has one of the worst reputations for disrespecting environmental and indigenous rights around the world,” Ms. Medina continued. Ironically the Apache Stronghold, the organization on the frontline of the movement and currently occupying Oak Flat, was invited to speak at ASU the same day but for the M.E.C.H.A. youth conference. The Stronghold is keeping busy by seeking support of the two Save Oak Flat Act H.R.2811 and S.2242.

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BIA never left the war department

If you know the basics of American Indian Studies then you know all to well that the Bureau of Indian Affairs was originally placed under the war department. Comes to show the initial relationship boundaries America was setting forth with the indigenous people of Turtle Island. The truth is that America committed genocide against my people and all indigenous people of North America. Genocide was necessary in the colonizer eyes because it was the most efficient method at acquiring land and resources. Turtle Island was land never intended for private ownership, because how can you own your mother? There were territory rights but not enough to go and put imaginary lines that cut through sacred land and sites of cultural significance.

Military and war ended up being the go to strategy back then and even today. So this brings me to the point of this blog, that BIA needs to recognize the trust relationship and uphold the law put in place. I traveled to Tuba City to go drop off a friend at Navajo Mountain. My front headlight was out and so it gave the BIA cop ample opportunity to pull me over. He quickly went to me side and asked for the basic license, registration, and insurance; I did what I was told. He then said he smelt Marijuana in my car and asked if there were any he should no about. I simple said, “No.” He told me to get out and without asking for my permission he went ahead and started searching with another BIA cop, D. Martin. Because it was in January and I was already peeved that I had to come all the way to Navajo Nation and since I knew they would not find anything in there I just kept my mouth shut.

D. Martin was your typical power tripping cop, I had my fair share of these insecure people that I don’t put up with it. He was upset because this overweight man was really huffing and puffing because they searched everywhere in my car. He tried to scare me by saying they were going to bring a drug dog. Apparently it scared my friend and so he admitted to having a grinder in his duffle bag. I rolled my eyes because they would have never found it if  you didn’t fall for their scare tactics. Martin came up to my face and was said, “Oh so you are a liar because there is marijuana in your car.” When he pulled me aside and tried to get me to confess to nothing it was apparent he had no respect for me or my belongings. He said he was going to take me to federal prison because he found what he was looking for.

I asked to see the evidence and all he showed me was a metal circle device things. I said, “What is that.”

He said, “A grinder.”

I said, “I don’t know what that is but it don’t look like marijuana.”

He said, “You put marijuana inside it.”

I said, “I want to see it, then.”

He tried to open it and explain how a grinder is used.

I said, “Hmmm I don’t see any marijuana inside of it so I guess you are the liar now.”

He got upset and I said, “If you are threatening me by taking me to prison then I have a right to see the evidence you are booking me on and as far as I am concerned that is not marijuana it is a metal container that I have no knowledge of.”

At that point he was beyond mad and said, “We are not like those Navajo cops, we are federal and I have no problem taking you to federal prison.” At that point he put handcuffs on me and put me inside the vehicle.

As I sat inside the much warmer vehicle I over heard the deep rez accent dispatcher say, “Oh and that canine got loose, you know the new one we got.”

So I knew Martin was full of shit and ended up being the liar he was accusing me of. When the searched and searched and found nothing  Martin came to get me out and you can tell he wanted to discuss my behavior. He ended up telling him, “All I want is respect, same as you. And it is really hard to give respect with the way you are treating me. I also told him that I expect this behavior because the majority of cops I dealt with have authority issues.

They way Martin treated me was unnecessary and if he is treating me with such disrespect I wonder how many other brothers and sisters had to deal with this unjust treatment. There is no need to treat people as if their are inferior and stupid and is time it end. BIA is unnecessary now more than ever and if this trust relationship is to ever work they need to make non-natives take training on how to treat natives with respect.

 

 

 

Love, what is it good for

Love is not something I would spend too much time writing about, especially if it goes public. It’s one of those topics that can reach my gut and yank it around. I rather not feel that unless it has to come up. Love is sensitive, it’s a fear of mine I had since I was little. As much the love so equal the pain. It brings a much motivation to do work as it brings distraction.

Someone once said that love cannot involve only two people because someone will always be jealous. That it is fake love unless you acknowledge the others involved.

In British Columbia, indigenous group blocks pipeline development

I have heard little about the Unist’ot’en camp except from what a friend was telling me. What they are doing is beyond me. Occupying Oak Flat is different, though I have no expectations for them to be the same. Oak Flat should be implementing some of tactics used by the Unist’ot’en, however could be difficult because Oak Flat is a public campground. It would be up to the Apache people to proclaim the territory as there’s because the people never surrendered the land. If the Apache were to use traditional leadership would they have given away Oak Flat, since it was apart of the tribal nation at one point? I am looking forward to learning more about the Unist’ot’en, they seem hardcore and at a level indigenous people need to be at.

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Gate at Unist'ot'en camp, photo: Al Jazeera. Gate at Unist’ot’en camp, photo: Al Jazeera.

August 20, 2015

HOUSTON, British Columbia — In a remote mountain pass connecting the Pacific Coast to the interior of British Columbia, a region brimming with wild berries and populated by grouse and grizzly bears, felled and painted trees have been laid across a logging road to form an enormous message. Directed at air traffic, it reads “No pipelines! No entry!” The warning marks off land where the government of Canada and a First Nations clan hold irreconcilable views of what should happen to a 435-square-mile area each claims as its own.

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Protect Oak Flat, Resistance to Resolution Copper Mine

I been at Oak Flat for over two months. A life changing experience to say the least. Connecting back to nature; it’s changing my urban mind into being organic again. Development should not mean destroying the earth it should be creating avenues to connect back to our mother. Technology is nice but it is not necessary, having a secure and sustainable planet is needed above all material items. Let’s learn to live with the earth and not just on the earth.

AZ Trail Wild

March 29

Because our last water source was only a 4x4x1/2 inch puddle–Trough Spring in Alamo Canyon–we arrived 2 days early in Superior, sore and dehydrated. After recuperating at Porter’s Cafe and this motel with a real 70’s vibe, we had all day Monday to do whatever.

Brian Barnes drove in from Phoenix to help us cache water in Four Peaks. B. Barnes has been more than a trail angel to us–he’s been a trail saint, shuttling us around the state and providing other support. We passed the morning cruising down Hwy 188 in his open-roofed jeep and spent the afternoon eating slimy Chinese buffet food. Barnes dropped us off at Oak Flat Campground, 4 miles east of Superior. We heard there were people occupying the campsite in resistance to Resolution Copper Mine. We went to see what was happening.

Signs lined the campground entryway, reading “Protect Oak Flat.” Almost two…

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Fracking Away Our Medicinal Plants

From a colonized mindset one can easily forget the importance of water, especially its spiritual implications. Learning from indigenous individuals about the holistic connection with water and land can save humanity from mass destruction. Sootahkii Callinglast is an intelligent individual who has extensive knowledge on the life of water. I encourage everyone to follow her blog and learn more about water.

Indigenous Waters Blog

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I write this with concern from a water and soil quality perspective but also as a member of a tribe in contracts with oil and gas companies. I am part of the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta and the Blackfeet tribe of Montana.

First, this matter is immediately concerning to me because my family will be living close to proposed frac wells and I am concerned for not only their health but also the health of the future generations of my family and tribe.  Second, but not any less important is the intricate connection between animals and plants, their health and habitat, and their role in our cultural practices.

Both tribes are uniquely located at the headwaters to the American and Canadian farming belts. We are responsible and should act as stewards for the quality, and the quantity of water flowing to our downstream neighbors. Reducing the amount of water…

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Warning: exploitation of Indigenous identity

We are in a time where we have to be cautious of the people who claim an Indigenous identity. Sometimes we have to questions ourselves when we claim an Indigenous identity. Why? Well there are benefits associated with certain groups, such as federally recognized Indians, which through treatise are promised healthcare, grants for education, and the incentives of living on reservations. If one is able to comprehend, these “benefits” continue to ensure genocide and “kill the Indian and save the man” methods of destroying the ideologies of traditional Indigenous societies.

These benefits, provided by institutions, continue to damage Indian people. Doctors at Indian Health Service would do cesarean section on women because they would get paid more for these operations. Indian Health Service would also sterilize Indian women without their consent (http://cbhd.org/content/forced-sterilization-native-americans-late-twentieth-century-physician-cooperation-national-). Indian Education is no better, this agency rather spend money forcing an ineffective method of teaching over finding innovative methods to meet children’s needs.

No matter what these incentives do not tell the story of survival Indigenous people deal with in their day to day interaction with society. Growing up as an Indian one realizes that this world was not made for us. It was made by and for white-straight-Christian-males.

However, there are new incentives of identifying as Indigenous, Native, Indian, First Nations, Aboriginal and it serves the idea of settler-colonialism. Settler-colonialism has not received much attention until recently and it discusses the idea of colonialist identifying as native because they develop stories of a certain space over time.

Being in the American Indian Studies field for six years I myself have to question what is an Indigenous identity? It changes across location and now it even changes among individuals. There are legal, biological, cultural, self-identification definitions of an Indigenous person; no wonder why we are so confused as to who and what we are. I say to hell with all those definitions.

There is nothing wrong with all Indigenous nations coming together and developing a space of discussing common goals, cues, and guidelines of what it means to be Indigenous. We must reclaim our histories, identities, lives, and space so future generations can start to live. I read a quote in a book, which I cannot remember but always sticks with me, and it states “We (Indigenous people) are not living we are merely surviving.” I guess a good place to find the answer of your identity as Indigenous is whether or not you agree with the quote.

This distorts the perception of Indigenous women. In North America 1 in 3 Indian women will be raped and a majority of those crimes are by non-Indian men.

This distorts the perception of Indigenous women. In North America 1 in 3 Indian women will be raped and a majority of those crimes are by non-Indian men. Not to mention imagine the damage this does to Indigenous children.

This is what real Indigenous women look like. Our people are not costumes.

This is what real Indigenous women look like. Our people are not costumes.