Preparing for a prayerful protest. For all those across Indian country today- those who gather for Wednesday prayer meetings , sweat lodges, meeting teepees, those who may still be praying under this new moon, at your dinner tables or in your cars-- we ask that you pray for our Kiowa people. We ask that you pray for all our native people as we stand for those who can't. The real organizers of this event are a group of Kiowa elders--most women. Ranging from 85-75. We invite you all, your little ones--it's their future--- your youth-- it's their present-- our men in the prime of life to watch over us all . Especially our elders, they are precious heritage keepers, builders they gave life, for life. Like our Mother Earth, we enjoy the giving, we must offer protecting, honoring, respecting. Please pray for us. We pray, I hear them pray for you. -And all our relations. #kiowaroamer#consentnotconsultation#SaveOurSovereignty#meditation#prayer#spiritualawakening
Wow. I went to put white board -soon to be "protest signs" in the trunk and had to smile. My life in a snapshot. Regalia from dancing this weekend, blankets, the ever 'ready' yoga mats. My passions in life. Buried in their somewhere is a comfy pillow. A wise elder, my grandma used to always say, "I can sleep when I'm dead". Life is to be lived. I believe in our sovereignty and standing up for the rights and standard of living of our First American People, our tribal people. I believe in our culture and customs. I believe in healing and empowering through meditation and movement, through prayer. (Pray-then move your feet). My modern-day travois told its own tale today. #kiowaroamer#family#meditation#nativeamerican#sovereign#consentnotconsultation#healedpeoplehealpeople#SaveOurSovereigntySOS
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For thousands of years, the Tohono O’odham (meaning “Desert People”) inhabited what is today southern Arizona and the northern state of Sonora in Mexico. But the O’odham were there long before either Mexico or the U.S. existed as nations. After the Mexican-American War, the international boundary between the U.S. and Mexico was drawn at the Gila River, just north of the O’odham ancestral lands. But the Gadsden Purchase in 1854 redrew the border right through O’odham territory. The O’odham were never consulted. Yhe aftermath of 9/11, O’odham living on the U.S. reservation were forced to deal with the unintended consequences of a militarized border: Border Patrol agents harass and treat them as undocumented migrants on their sovereign land. Their desert landscape and wildlife get clobbered by migrants, traffickers and federal law enforcement. They return home to find cars stolen, houses ransacked by desperate migrants. Migrants who far too often don’t survive the desert elements. It’s also not uncommon for tribal members to be lured by fast cash into working as coyotes or mules for the Mexican cartels, ending up in jail themselves. But less attention is paid to the grave impact the same border has on O’odham in Mexico, who’ve become second-class citizens within their own tribe.The Tohono O’odham Nation (pronounced TOHN-oh AUTH-um) is a sovereign government and federally recognized Indian nation that claims 25,000 members. Their reservation established in 1917 is the second largest in the U.S. and spans 2.8 million acres, about the size of Connecticut. The southern boundary includes 75 miles of the U.S.-Mexico international border. Estimates vary on how many Tohono O’odham live in Mexico. According to the 2000 national census and subsequent report by Mexico’s National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, 363 O’odham were living in Sonora, Mexico. However, that tally included only families in which someone in the household spoke the O’odham language. Just a few generations ago, almost every O’odham, whether in the U.S. or Mexico, spoke O’odham. Now only 24 families do.
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN! Post Trauma Care for Water Protectors and Native communities affected by loss and injustice. This alcohol-free flower essence formula helps to clear patterns of PTSD; soothe shock; help alleviate nightmares and flashbacks; reestablish connection with the body in times of disassociation; and ease general stress and anxiety. Flower essences are the spirit of the plant held in sacred water and is safe for all to take. This spirit medicine is available as supplies last at no cost through me and Standing Rock Indian Health Services (shipments on the way). #standingrock#cheyenneriversioux#nodapl#consentnotconsultation#ptsd#floweressences#mniwiconihealthclinic
On March 10th, 2017 The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with indigenous groups from around the world, marched from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters to Trump International Hotel where they erected a teepee and performed ceremonies before marching on to the White House.
Thousands of Native Nations and supporters, led by the @standingrock tribe, rose together as a show of solidarity against a federal government that had long pushed aside tribal concerns on a range of environmental, economic, and social issues.
I’m honored to have marched D.C with Standing Rock and other natives tribes across this country. DAPL has been confirmed and native tribes needs, rights and treaties have been ignored- breaking environmental justice laws and treaty rights. The Standing Rock movement is bigger than one tribe. These indigenous tribes aren’t asking for anything more than clean water and respect for their homelands and treaties- for themselves, their communities and for ALL Americans throughout this country and generations to come.
The resistance is here, it’s alive and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Taking part in the movement has reminded me so much of all the men and women who came before me that allowed us to progress and fight the oppression that once existed, and sadly still exists. It’s not easy speaking out; it’s tiring, scary, sad and at times overwhelming but the power of LOVE wins. It always wins. 🏽 #dapl#takethemeeting#consentnotconsultation#nativenationsrise#resist#whereisthelove
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There was a time in the not-so-distant past when young native children were ripped away from their families and forced to attend boarding schools with the purpose of disenfranchising them from their culture. It wasn't even until the Freedom of Religion Act in the 70s that Native American people could even have the freedom to practice their spirituality. •
But today is a new day. And yesterday was #nativenationsrise, where over 5,000 Native Nations and allies marched direct to the capital to stand up for their rights, for the protection of #motherearth, and for #consentnotconsultation for environmentally devastating projects like #dapl and #kxl. @undocumedia@reclaimyourpower
We are all one. We are all stewards of this earth. We all need clean water to drink. We all need clean air to breathe. Our future deserves a safe and healthy place to live. Climate change is real, it is human induced, and it can be halted if we choose to fight. Feelings of resistance at yesterday's march were strong (and we shut down a major road during rush hour). This movement is so much bigger than the climate or environment, it's giving a voice to Native American communities, it's making history. #MniWiconi#WaterISlife#noDAPL#TakeTheMeeting#ConsentNotConsultation#NativeNationsRise#denvercanyounot : Amanda Arlington