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
Photo REUTERS/Marcus Constantino
Indian Country Times
A train carrying crude rom the Bakken oil fields has derailed in West Virginia causing major fires, evacuations and contamination of waters due to train cars falling into nearby rivers.
For Further Read on the Indian Country Times Story and Watch the Video HERE
CHANTLACA From the fight to Save the Sacred Oak Flat of the Apache Peoples to the search of justice in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero- Mexico: A conversation on the basis of the colonial settler states violent machinations of immoral and illegal expropriation of natural resources and territory, and the efforts of the Nations of Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala the Great Turtle Island [the Americas] mobilizing to collectively address the theological justifications of 522 years of colonization upon arrival in Philadelphia of the visitor from the Vatican State on September 26, 2015: Pope Francis.
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
Water Walks & Healing Walks Listing 2015
This listing is not complete and is being updated regularly as we receive more information. If you know of any Water Walks or Healing Walks not listed here, please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include organizer contact info and relevant links, groups, photos and or videos.
“As women, we are carriers of the water. We carry life for the people. So when we carry that water, we are telling people that we will go any lengths for the water. We’ll probably even give our lives for the water if we have to. We may at some point have to die for the water, and we don’t want that,” Josephine Mandamin - Grandmother, WaterWalker
BIG MOUNTAIN DINEH RESISTANCE, STILL A CORNERSTONE
By NaBahe (Bahe) Keediniihii (Katenay)
Big Mountain, Dinehtah (Navajo Lands) January 31, 2015 – In this remote high desert which is mostly covered with juniper and pinon pine forest in northeastern Arizona lays a region known as Black Mesa. The region was once so pristine but in the 1960s, Peabody Energy acquired leases to begin mining, building highways and massive industrial infrastructures, and extracting an ancient aquifer. Dineh (means The Peoples) who inhabited the region and who kept an ancient form of eco-conscious practices were now confronted with destructive and political upheavals. Traditional and non-English speaking Dineh were soon notified that “a Law” was made that will divide these territories and one half of it will go to Dineh’s close neighbor, the Hopis. Immediate concern and oppositions grew among Dineh and traditional Hopis, but this also exposed that major utility companies who served sprawling southwest cities were behind the lobbying and financial power that boost the U. S. Congress’s passage of the “Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act of 1974.”
Submitted by the walkers of Nihígaal Bee Iina
On February 1st 2015, the walkers of Nihígaal Bee Iina (pronounced ni-hi-gahl beh ee-nah, meaning "Our Journey for Existence") completed their quest to walk over 200 miles in the name of their children, land and ancestors. The walk was in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of The Long Walk, whereby over 9,500 Diné (Navajo) were marched at gunpoint for hundreds of miles into Bosque Redondo—a concentration camp they would stay for four years. Only 7,304 survived the internment to return back to Diné Tah, the original Navajo homeland. In addition to honoring the resilience of their ancestors, the walkers also set out to raise awareness about issues surrounding oil and gas extraction in Diné Tah. Ultimately, the group walked the entire span from Dził Naa’oodiłii (Huerfano Mounatin) to Tsoodził (Mount Taylor) in 26 days, a total of 225 miles.Read more
Photo By Carina Dominguez/Cronkite News
San Carlos Apache Tribe commenced on a 40 mile march in protest recent Public Land giveaway by the government to Resolution Copper, a mining company that plans to do underground mining in the area. The two day march was to address their anger to the land giveaway but to bring awareness of the cultural significance of lands that is part of the proposed mining development.
Read the Tucson Sentinel Full Story Here
by Stell Simonton - Aljazeera America
TERREBONNE PARISH, Louisiana — Streams of oil slid into the bayous of southeastern Louisiana after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010, damaging the marsh grasses, the wildlife and the livelihood of the 17,000-member Houma tribe.
The pollution also weakened the marshes, accelerating the rapid disappearance of coastal land that is taking the Houma Indians’ culture with it.Read more
by Lyla Johnston
At dawn on January 6, 2015, a group of young Diné (Navajo) women and their supporters gathered at sunrise near the fire department at the base of Dził Na’oodiłii (Huerfano Mountain). From there the group embarked on a 200-mile trek through eastern New Mexico—a tribute to the 150thanniversary of the tragic “Long Walk.” Throughout this journey they have been raising awareness about the historical and present day challenges faced by Diné people and inspiring hopeful solutions to address these issues.
Idle No More Communications volunteers have been in contact with some of the walkers and will feature images and reflections from their powerful walk in the next grassroots newsletter. Keep reading to learn more about the beginning of their journey.Read more