My statement: "We Stand resolute in our support for Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes in their fight to protect Indigenous rights and our planet. Their battle is on behalf of all of us who share this planet. As the fight against placing corporate interests above health, safety, and well-being of entire communities and the quest to end the assault against the earth we share, moves forward. We stand with these Nations and the millions who have supported them, in solidarity. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes battle for justice, and responsible stewardship of lives and resources, is on behalf of us all. The fight is not over and will continue to generate awareness and push for alternative, clean renewable just solutions. We support Standing Rock and Cheyenne River, 100 percent." •
After great news last week, #StandingRock and #CheyenneRiver came back to DC for a status hearing vs Army Corps yesterday. This is a crucial victory but gives the Tribe's and #WaterProtectors another opportunity to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. @rising_hearts collaborated with Indigenous Environmental Network, the Hip Hop Caucus and Earth Justice, to bring water protectors and allies together outside of the court house to support Standing Rock and Cheyenne River. Great turnout and great organizing by all to make this happen. Thanks to all who came and watched. The fight isn't over! Mni Wiconi, water is life. 🏽
Pc: @ycredhouse I love her style!!! Her little ribbon dress is too cute. Check out her frozen themed dress on their account. ADORABLE! #indigedollcutekid share your cute kids with that hashtag! #indigedoll
Thankful for all the courageous efforts by natives, activists, lawyers, and volunteers to #standup for people and planet before profits. #nodapl#waterislife Justice for the Lakota People. #NativeNationsRise A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled that the Trump administration failed to follow proper environmental procedures when it granted approval to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project. Art: @thewolfmaria
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“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites one family. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. The earth is sacred and men and animals are but one part of it. Treat the earth with respect so that it lasts for centuries to come and is a place of wonder and beauty for our children.” ~ extract from Chief Seattle. • #NoDAPL#NativeNationsRise #MniWiconi#WaterIslife
Standing Rock received a win in their court case!
Coming to the end of our Key West adventure... I always adore returning to this slice of paradise, but it's the love and support no matter how long we're away that makes being here feel more like home than anywhere else! Thank you Key West fam for allowing us to share "Your Way Back to Me," and to The Studios of Key West for lending your beautiful venue! So many talented incredible people in this photo, definitely another unforgettable evening. #documentary#yourwaybacktome#nativenationsrise#family#keywest#islandlife
Today's photo is from my day at the march on D.C. with #NativeNationsRise - I'm posting this because the movers are here, my house is upside-down, and I'm hiding in the bathroom eating an anxiety-donut
I'm so excited to leave Virginia, but I thought it was a good idea to reflect on some of the great things that living here brought me. I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to join a movement with my people, to connect with, empower & raise the voices of my fellow Indigenous people. While this chapter is coming to an end, I look forward to writing the next together!
Yaw^ko to all the wonderful Indigenous people I have crossed paths with here, online and in person. You've really had such an impact.
art by water protector Haastin d wero, new mexico...
Video Repost from @indigenousrising
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.
"Native Nations Rise"
Native Nations Rise
Here's the story: It all started with a group of passionate people concerned about their community's future after the election. We all came from a variety of backgrounds, fighting for various causes. This lead to our understanding of food injustice in our community and the degradation of the environment (our Mother Earth ). We began #guerillagardening at an empty lot, with a vision of providing healthy food and native habitat restoration. Unfortunately, "authorities" came and kicked us out -- they decided they wanted to spend $1 million on building a parking lot. We then went to the city of LA to speak out our concerns. Though our original plan got denied, to our surprise a city rep came and spoke with us and offered a NEW location for us to work on and turn into a community garden project 🏾 Now here we are, hoping to gain support in our vision. Regardless of what political philosophies we have, we are nothing without a healthy and thriving environment. If we don't heal our own habitat, what future are we leaving for our children? What burdens and battles are we leaving them to solve or endure? It's irresponsible. We are alive today because of the battles and injustices our ancestors persevered through. We must honor that and show gratitude through the work that we do while we're alive. It is up to us to plant the seeds of change now. Say with me, "We don't own the land, the land owns us." When we allow mistreatment of the land, we allow for the mistreatment of people and all of life. Climate change is a reflection of humanity's abusive ways and systematic oppression. But we can heal the colonial damage through the knowledge of native plants (Traditional Ecological Knowledge). Heal the soul wounds. Heal our relationship with the land and each other, as the human race. It's as simple as respecting the soil you walk on. (Psst. You can start on your own lawn!!). #grownativeplants#decolonize#losangeles#california#climatechange#traditionalecologicalknowledge#indigenous#environment#nativenationsrise