Save Oak Flat: Protect The Sacred

Oak Flat, another story of many in which the federal government is trying to destruct a sacred site in the name of profit. Now we all know this story, these stories pop up in our movies, books, and other media. In those stories, we are taught that money and greed does no good to a person’s soul. We feel bad for the good guys who are trying their best to fight a corporation. Of course, to make the story good there is a long and hard carried out fight, however the good guys always win. Greed and evil do not prosper in the stories of Western media. So why can we not have those same successes in real life; for land that matters for fights that are happening right now? The extraction and destruction of a sacred site is deep especially looking at it as a continuation of the forced colonization of indigenous people. The space the Apache holds sacred has songs and stories tied to that spot. There is knowledge, food, relationships, and space that exist in Oak Flat. Just the other day my brother and I picked a few wild onions and Cholla buds to make a nice vegan dish for our family. My younger brothers and sisters are Yavapai/Apache on their dad side. I always encourage them to get involved and to develop a relationship with the land. How can they do that when the government rather gives it away for billions of dollars that I am sure my siblings will not see one penny? Nevertheless, they will face endless harm on their culture and identity because Oak Flat is one less sacred place that will be available for them and their future generations. Just like San Francisco peak, the Verde Valley, and the depletion of the Verde River. Soon enough there will be nothing for my brothers and sisters to have any ties to the land. That pisses me off.

The words on the paper will never be able to scream out the anger and pain I feel. My only hope is that many will see the words and feel the same pain or have felt the same pain and are tired of it. All over indigenous land, which is the entire world, is facing destruction. Day by day inherent knowledge is being lost because elected authoritarian figures feel we need more capitalism and more opportunities to waste our precious minds on entertainment that takes us away from what really matters. Water, air, land, culture, memories, family, our neighbors that is what matters; knowing that I can give birth in a world that honors the stories and knowledge of the land so my future generations can flourish, that is what matters. Yes, Betsey Johnson, Coach, Dolce and Gabana make some nice shit. Yes, going to the movies or concerts are fun. And yes, sitting down watching reality TV with a big bowl of gluttony sounds like a relaxing time. However, that shit won’t last and when there is no more water to power your electricity or no more gas to ship in the latest trends, or no more beautiful natural spots to escape, you will then realize you should have done something sooner.

Lets stand behind the Apaches in their fight for their sacred land and lets all start mobilizing and stand in solidarity with the fighters who are trying their very best to create a sustainable world for all of us. Let’s not compete anymore, let’s not try to prove ourselves anymore, that can only take place when our Earth is not in pain. But we have a crisis here and I am sure if you were facing the same threat to something that means so much to you, I am sure you would want the world on your side. If we come together as one community, I am sure corruption will step back and we can have a successful story just like the movies.

Here is a link to the Saving Oak Flat Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-OAK-FLAT-Campground/202998493114242

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World Wide Web Through Indigenous Lens

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Social media an interesting phenomenon and a force that needs to be acknowledged on a deeper scale rather than the endless possibilities it has to offer. I would like to do a study on the difference between collectivist and individualistic communities effects/behaviors/attitudes on social-networking sites. These two types of societal arrangements have different ways of doing certain acts; such as, producing knowledge and seeking societal change.

Seeing the organization and participation from Indigenous people using FB is surreal. Those red alerts are modern day smoke signals, pokes are literally a virtual poke, and your feed is basically rez gossip. Though there is something more and that is the ability to explore pass the spaces we occupy. From the comfort of our own home we can see what the Sami’s are doing in Sweden and what the Maori’s are doing in New Zealand. Indigenous people are able to come together and mobilize. The collectivist mentality are learning up on the lives around the world, and are becoming concerned with how much colonization has not only effected our own communities but Indigenous communities across the world. 

Activist may be seen as collectivist groups, which can be a political noise to many individualistic people who are more concerned with themselves. Collectivist may be easily seen as activist, and maybe that is because we are; because we choose to care about others over ourselves. That may actually be a great weapon against the colonial governments. And governments want to construe the lines between collectivist communities, indigenous communities, activist communities, and the creation of “terrorist” communities. Especially, with the laws coming out since 9/11. Well I choose to honor my time on this great network and create a community through an indigenous decolonization lens. If that makes me a terrorist than that shows the true intentions of the government and I hope the people of the world will recognize the destruction this system has on life.

Thank you computer and technology for the gift of the World Wide Web. I know you (the computer) are often looked at as a promising gadget for the future and/or a curse on the present. However, it depends on those who use it. I decided to look at my computer as a friend and a companion that has been there for me. But am aware that it is not meant to replace the love and appreciation I have for my family and friends and above all life and the natural orfer. Balance is key and that key can unlock many doors.

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