The Racist Counter-Revolution of 1776

In the famous June 1772 Somerset case (Somerset v Lewis of 1772, 98 ER 499), the British court ruled that chattel slavery violated English common law. The application of Somerset to the thirteen British colonies would have meant an end to the slave machine that fed the coffers of the Yankee mercantile elite and fueled the wealth of New England (see below) while it created …

Hopi farming: a 2000-year-long agriculture experiment

by radiocafe | Jun 23, 2020 | Activism, Down to Earth, Education, Environment, Food & agriculture, Native & indigenous, Science & health Hopi farmers were practicing regenerative agriculture before it was named. Working with the soil, the weather, the water cycle, seeds, and cultural practices, they fed themselves in the dry land of northern Arizona for millennia. Now the industrial food system has challenged their way of living and farming. We …

“We’re running out of time and options, unless we immediately and fundamentally transform our relationship with Nature” to relationship and respect instead of monetization and extraction. Indigenous Principles of Just Transition

From Cultural Survival – May/June 2020 Proven stewards of global biological and cultural heritage, the Indigenous Peoples have sustained respectful and reciprocal relationships with the natural world without undermining its life-sustaining functions for millennia. Despite the unrelenting assault of the “developed” world on the living planet, more than a quarter of the global land area continues to be traditionally owned, managed, or used …

Envision the Future: Life and Health rather than Domination, Individualism and Exclusion, the DIE culture that has predominated under capitalist and colonial rule, have given way to traditional Hawaiian values of Oluolu (comfort, non-domination, compatibility), Lokahi (group consciousness and effort), and Aloha (inclusiveness, with a sense of humanity, love, caring)

Hawai’i in the year 2035. The story describes life in Hawai’i once it regains sovereignty, which was taken from the Hawaiian people in 1893 with the overthrow and imprisonment of Queen Liliʻuokalani and the subsequent annexation by the United States. In Laenui’s imagination, by 2035, the island nation has not only recovered political independence but also some of the foundational …

Group hopes to see new economy emerge based on Hawaiian values of ʻāina aloha—a deep and abiding love for our communities and natural environments

By Dan Nakaso, Star Advertiser, May 20, 2020 A new group that wants to reboot Hawaii’s tourist-based economy in the era of the new coronavirus announced a four-step plan Tuesday to come up with ideas by August based on Native Hawaiian cultural values. The ‘Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration, which was sent to Gov. David Ige, is the first part of …

How the Earth observation community can learn from Indigenous Peoples and a Lakota worldview. Interview with James Rattling Leaf Sr.

Blog / James Rattling Leaf. Sr. & Diana Mastracci / June 3, 2020 GEO Indigenous Alliance JRL: One overarching term that we use in our everyday life is Mitakuye Oyasin, it means that we are all related. It’s a unifying concept, unifying way of knowing or understanding our place in the universe. These high-level concepts are important because with this framework we …

Watch the Condor and the Eagle

Hosting Host an event MAKA SI TOMNI LAKOTA GREY EAGLE SOCIETY – EVENT INFO: Date and Time Still To Be Determined- This event will support Maka Si Tomni Lakota Grey Eagle Society – committed to peaceful education of all children and a thriving Lakota language and culture, creating a regenerative traditional…MORE INFO A POWER SHIFT NETWORK EVENT – EVENT INFO: …

Quinault tribe’s uphill battle against climate change, plans to move to higher ground, restore the fishery, and diversify its economy

A U.S. tribe’s uphill battle against climate change Reuters | Valerie Volcovici For several years, Fawn Sharp has seen her tribe on the coastline of Washington state lurch from crisis to crisis: rising sea levels have flooded the Quinault Indian Nation’s main village, and its staple sockeye salmon in nearby rivers have all but disappeared – a direct hit to …

Mauna Kea Isn’t Just About a Telescope, It’s About Who Will Decide the Future

By Winona LaDuke, Truthout, March 29, 2020 “You must remember, never cease to act because you fear you may fail…” –Queen Lili’uokalani “The mountain brought us together,” Luana Busby-Neff tells me. It’s 200 days into the prayer vigil and blockade that brought the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to a stop in Hawaii. The 14th giant telescope in Hawaii has been met …