Submitted by Cherri Foytlin
This is my full speech from the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday, March 9, in commemoration of the 50th Commemoration of Bloody Sunday. Due to time constraints, the original was cut down to one minute, so I am sharing my full thoughts here.
Good afternoon! My name is Cherri Foytlin, I am the mother of six beautiful children, and I live in Rayne, Louisiana.
I would like to first recognize the land with which we are now standing as Muskogee Creek lands. I would like to remind you that the country known as the United States of America began with acts of genocide and that the blood of people of color spilled on this ground began 283 years ago. Violence in Selma against people of color did not begin or end 50 years ago – Selma is now!Read more
City Council President Rey Garduño Supports Initiative To Abolish Columbus Day In The City Of Albuquerque
Albuquerque N.M.—An Albuquerque-based group called The Red Nation and about 100 area supporters, including City Council President Rey Garduno, gathered downtown despite freezing cold weather and record-setting snowfall to call on the city to abolish Columbus Day. The coalition of local community organizations, city officials, faith groups, and Native community members also gathered to pay homage to the 42nd Anniversary of Wounded Knee when the American Indian Movement, allies, and Oglala Lakota Nation staged a 71-day armed takeover of the village of Wounded Knee in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.Read more
Welcome to #INMroots number three! The goal of the #INMroots newsletter is to share news stories that promote Indigenous rights and sovereignty and the protection of land and water. The newsletter will share our stories and actions, and honour resistance, while celebrating the world that we are protecting.
We are all invited to add to this newsletter. Post your story now! The deadline for the next newsletter is midnight on Sunday March 1st. We will accept all submissions that are connected to Indigenous and environmental issues as long as they do not condone or promote violence or lateral violence or include hate speech.
The next newsletter will be published on Monday March 9th, so check your inboxes! If you see a news story worth sharing on your social media networks, please tag #INMroots
Protect Oak Flat Today and Everyday
WHEREAS, the U.S. Congress did pass the Southeastern Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act as part of the national defense budget; and
WHEREAS, this Act takes away Oak Flat, a most holy and spiritual area known to us as Chich'il Bildagoteel and gives it to Resolution Copper, a foreign mining conglomerate;
WHEREAS, today, we are gathered to protect Oak Flat, because we want the world to know that we are here to pray for Oak Flat, and that through the power of our prayers and the strength of our purpose we hope that Congress will realize the error of its ways and repeal the Act;
WHEREAS, today, I call upon everyone and all nations - tribes, natives and indigenous people - to join with us to commence our fight to take back Oak Flat;Read more
Don Montgrand reads Northern Dene Alliance Statement from the Holding the Line Camp The Northern Saskatchewan Trappers Association Annual General Meeting was held in Prince Albert on February 17 -18, 2015. Members of the Holding the Line Camp were given an opportunity to explain their position and reason for making a stand for the last 102 days north of LaLoche. Don Montgrand read the statement from the Camp which he wrapped up with, “We should be one working together and I’m asking for the support. We’re still on the highway over there.” Overall he said they received 100% support from the trappers from all over the north. People gave them encouragement for doing the right thing and told them never to give up. The new President of the Northern Saskatchewan Trappers Association, Adam Ochares, has promised to pay the Camp a visit in the spring.
Brought together and supported by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, the Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA Mentors, Elders, and Grandparents Support Circle is an effort to increase access to identity-affirming culture and support.
What we do:
The Circle aims to share information about community and cultural activities, including ceremonies, gatherings, events and workshops, to provide peer support and help facilitate access to culture in ways that are safe and affirming of our identities.
Photos by Thunder Currier
Welcome to the second Idle No More grassroots newsletter which will now be called #INMroots! Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas for the newsletter name.
The goal of the #INMroots newsletter is to share news stories that promote Indigenous rights and sovereignty and the protection of land and water. The newsletter will share our stories, actions, and honour resistance while celebrating the world that we are protecting.Read more
Thanks to Bobby Fuentes for these great pics!
Northern Dene Trappers Alliance Vows to Stand Vigil Indefinitely
On January 29 -31, 2015 about 150 people participated in the Big Meeting held in the Trapper’s tent beside Highway #955. Conspicuously absent were the local leaders and representatives of the Saskatchewan Government. Richard Turkheim of Government Relations sent a tersely worded letter late in the day January 28, 2015 stating they are only willing “to meet with representatives of your group” under their terms behind closed doors not at the roadside camp. The only leader who accepted the invitation to attend was Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the AMC who spoke clearly that “each time one man or woman is raised up above another it creates imbalance and violence.”Read more