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Bringing the Pachamama to the Presidency

An Andean View of Governance: A Different Kind of Acceptance Speech

For those of us who cherish the wellbeing of life on Earth, for those of us who love and long for peace, for those who envision a future that lifts up the peoples of our millenary cultures and all cultures, we celebrate as we enter an era of new possibilities. In the US, we are […]

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Treaty advocates set up tipi shelters for homeless

Police bust camp in Lakota Territory dispute

The legacy of Lakota Territory treaty violation came back to haunt city officials in the freezing wake of South Dakota’s 2020 Native American Day, as #Landback activists defied city ordinance to set up the tipi encampment to shelter homeless people.

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Great Plains historians share hope for future

Conference promotes 'wolakota' – balance and harmony –with good hearts, good minds, good bodies

DEADWOOD, South Dakota – Descendants of both the original residents and the settlers of the Great Plains brought their experience and philosophies to bear on contemporary challenges of race relations at the 28th West River History Conference Oct. 8-10, here in the heart of ancestral Lakota Territory.  “Hope is the only thing that ties us […]

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Standing Rock Water Protectors Sue Police, Security Forces

Class action suit claims law enforcement ‘discriminatory’ in Standing Rock-DAPL conflict

BISMARCK, ND — Law enforcement and private security agencies that employed attack dogs, pepper spray and water cannons against Standing Rock water protectors will have to stand trial next August — not for use of excessive force, but for closing a road. Water protectors have secured an August 2021 jury trial date in their class […]

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Oct. 12: Celebrating Survival In the Shadow of Columbus Day

7 Stories About Native Empowerment for Indigenous Peoples' Day

“There’s nothing to celebrate.” It’s a common refrain every Columbus Day.  The anniversary of October 12 comes and goes and it seems as if things have only gotten progressively worse for Indigenous peoples since the day Christopher Columbus first stepped foot on Native American land.   There’s nothing to celebrate about the 212 documented assassinations of […]

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Rez Connectivity, Human Rights ‘Necessity’

Tribes make headway on rural broadband access

“Having access to reliable connectivity is a necessity, not a luxury anymore,” said Petra Wilson, adding, “It’s going to give tribes control over it.”

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'Command Center' sought for Native homeless amid pandemic

“What has been happening is death to our people:' Monique “Muffie” Mousseaux, Uniting Resilience

RAPID CITY – Participants from numerous grassroots groups tackling life-or-death issues of Native homeless and other community members highly vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic here rallied for an autonomous “command center” at a Sept. 11 gathering outside the civic center. Organizers, speaking with a megaphone, pressured the Rapid City Police Department representative in attendance at […]

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Pandemic and Power on Native Lands

Self-Imposed Isolation of Indigenous Communities Due to COVID-19 Reinforces the Need for Clean Off-Grid Energy Sources

Strengthening the socio-ecological systems of Indigenous communities is an urgent priority for achieving global “sustainable development” and environmental goals. For Indigenous people to remain resilient stewards of ecosystems and culture in the face of anticipated threats like climate change and territorial exploitation, however, as well as unanticipated threats like the COVID-19 pandemic that induced present […]

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Exploring Sovereignty with the Women of Standing Rock

Sovereign Sisters event begins today with live presentations on Zoom

We are inviting all women-folk/femme-folk to join some panels and talking circles by sisters, aunties and grandmas of all nations as we discuss the meaning and practice of sovereignty.

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Covid, Culture and the Codices

An Interview with Mara'akame José 'Katira' Ramírez

This is what is happening, because the Earth is defending herself. The Earth herself is being cleansed.

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Native Women Bikers Rally for Missing and Murdered Sisters

Sturgis Medicine Wheel Ride 2020 honors victims of MMIW crisis 

BEAR BUTTE – About 100 people from all across the land gathered at this native sacred site Aug. 9 to pray and participate in the Sturgis Medicine Wheel Ride 2020 to raise awareness about the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Children and Two-Spirit relatives. Native women motorcyclists led the 70-mile ride from Bear […]

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'Eviction Notice' for the Black Snake

As courts let oil flow, Oyate draws on Ft. Laramie Treaty to eject 'bad men'

Inspired by the indigenous-led Black Hills #Landback demonstration here earlier this summer, the Great Plains Action Society and other non-profits began circulating an “Eviction Notice” to the Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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DAPL Owner Appeals Shutdown Decision

Company cites billions in losses; Sioux Nations insist on environmental assessment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nicole Ducheneaux had it right: As lead counsel on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s case to stop the oil flow of the Dakota Access Pipeline in unceded 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory, she could claim a win when a federal judge recently ordered a shutdown.

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Natives seize Trump stump at Mount Rushmore

Sacred mountain as backdrop for GOP rally draws treaty rights protest  

KEYSTONE, South Dakota – U.S. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign-stop here at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial on the eve of the national Independence Day holiday provoked a rally of some 400 Native Americans and allies, who seized the opportunity to remind him he was trespassing on sacred Black Hills Indian treaty land stolen in violation of the Constitution.

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Tribes nationwide cheer DAPL shutdown

The victory represents one of a superfecta of four wins for water protectors

FT. YATES, North Dakota — Tribal leaders and constituents across Lakota Territory and elsewhere welcomed a hard-won court order on July 6 to shut off the oil flow in the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) within 30 days. “Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported […]

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Still Standing at Standing Rock

Youth activism + legal advocacy spell victory for Water Protectors

After years of legal battle and a historic grassroots resistance, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has achieved a long-sought victory.

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Joining Hearts & Hands: From Movie to Movement

The Condor & The Eagle seizes the moment after a phenomenal premiere and online launch. What comes next?

“It’s mind blowing to us that 3,770 people registered for this event and more than 40,000 joined us online for the panel discussion,” said film co-director Clement Guerra. “This event connected us from North to South in a powerful and historic collective moment for the climate justice struggle.”

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The Condor & The Eagle: Portrait of a Movement

Reflections on colonialism, racism, pipelines and more from codirector Clement Guerra

“If taking a pen and writing a book would have been more effective than making a movie, that’s what we would have done,” said Clement Guerra, director of The Condor & The Eagle, a documentary about four indigenous women leaders in a transcontinental adventure, from the boreal forests of Canada to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, reflecting the indigenous struggle to protect land and water.

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No More Sacrificed Communities

How an Environmental Justice Documentary Is Building Solidarity in the Midst of the Racial and Health Crisis

A soon-to-be-released feature film exemplifies how independent media initiatives can be powerful tools for social and environmental justice organizing. Challenging the isolation and impotence that many are feeling in the face of the current health and racial crises, the internationally acclaimed documentary The Condor & The Eagle and its impact campaign “No More Sacrificed Communities” bring us […]

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A Natural Alliance: Science + Indigenous Wisdom

The powerful alliance between integrated science and traditional food systems

The longest running successful experiments in sustainable human land use are found within the collectively held lands of traditional communities, who have lived for generations in balance with the ecosystems of their ancestral territories. Looking to Indigenous socio-ecological systems, traditional knowledge, and integrated interpretations of what “nature” is and how to live in balance with the natural […]

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Spinning a Lifeline in Zapotec lands

The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt communities all over Mexico. But a network of Indigenous artisans is finding a way to survive during the shutdown.

High up in the southern sierra of Mexico’s state of Oaxaca, an innovative nonprofit business inspired by Mohandas Gandhi is helping Indigenous Zapotec families to weather the economic storm that COVID-19 has brought to the Mexican countryside. San Sebastian Rio Hondo, a Zapotec highland village like many others, has traditionally supplemented its agrarian way of […]

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After the Fires

Minneapolis community unites after flames destroy Indigenous youth building: ‘This will be what defines us’

Flames destroyed the MIGIZI native youth education building, but not its spirit.

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Reflections from Mapuche Territory

The end of wingkalandia (colonialism) is approaching: Moira Millán

Moira Millán, author, activist and traditional Mapuche weychafe (warrior, guardian) has been living the quarantine in the isolation of her remote lof (community) in the Patagonian mountains, a community slowly being built on stolen land that she and her people have reclaimed. To send this piece she had to face roadblocks, hide from spying neighbors, […]

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Live from Huichol Country: Susana Valadez & Friends

Community institution opens its virtual doors to the public as it plants seeds of change

UPDATE: Zoom Into the Huichol Center was a huge success with thousands joining from across the globe as Founder Susana Valadez and her team reported live from the Center’s remote headquarters in Mexico’s Western Sierra Madre. Susana shared with us the ways in which Covid-19 is transforming the continued operation of the Huichol Center, an […]

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From Beads to Seeds at the Huichol Center

40-year-old institution confronts pandemic, economic downturn with permaculture and ingenuity

Last year’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination seemed like the moment Susana Valadez had worked for her whole life. The founder of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival had spent the past four decades weaving together with painstaking care the components of an organization that provided the Wixárika people with culturally relevant employment and training, a […]

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'The Condor and The Eagle' Takes Flight

Epic film takes journey through a continental movement

From the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to the oil fields of Texas, to the Ecuadorian Amazon, The Condor & the Eagle tells the story of the collective struggle of the Indigenous peoples of North and South America in their fight to preserve their communities and to protect the Earth from climate change. It took […]

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Lakota leaders defy governor’s order to remove Covid-19 checkpoints

Pine Ridge Matriarch’s Mother’s Day message: 'This is our land, so you cannot say anything!'

Pine Ridge Matriarch’s Mother’s Day message: ‘This is our land, so you cannot say anything!’

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KXL Pipeline loses permit, but construction goes on

10 U.S. states join tribes for moratorium during pandemic

Ten U.S. states and the federal District of Columbia joined tribal government opposition to the KXL oil pipeline construction on May 7, calling for a moratorium on all permits for fossil-fuel infrastructure projects during the Covid-19 pandemic. The request follows an outcry in Indian country over ongoing Keystone XL Pipeline construction despite the most recent […]

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#StayAtHome with new Indigenous Media Library

Selections and reflections from the Voices of Amerikua 100+ collection of free Indigenous films, games and other media projects

The free 100+ entry Voices of Amerikua Indigenous Film Library was born when #StayAtHome mandates began rolling out across the globe, and Mexican media producer and activist Iván Sawyer García began getting inquiries from friends and readers: Do you have any recommendations for indigenous films we can watch while we are sheltering in place? As a matter of fact he did — as founder of the bilingual collaborative documentary and multimedia lab Voices of Amerikua, indigenous films and media projects are his life.

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