Indigenous communities are leading worldwide push to recognize legal ‘personhood’ rights of rivers, lakes and mountains

By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours 3 Apr 2021 Montreal, Canada – Jean-Charles Pietacho says the belief that nature is a living thing that must be respected, has been at the heart of the Innu people’s way of life for generations. But now, that idea has been applied in a new way as the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit in February recognised the Magpie River, a 300km …

Ending settler colonialism and capitalism and returning Indigenous lands are all possible—and necessary

Much environmental framing misses the point about capitalism and Indigenous sovereignty. In this era of catastrophic climate change, why is it easier for some to imagine the end of fossil fuels than settler colonialism? To imagine green economies, carbon-free wind and solar energy, and electric, bullet-train utopias but not the return of Indigenous lands? Why is it easier to imagine the …

White allies, let’s be honest: acting for Indigenous territorial empowerment is essential

Excerpt from Kyle Pwys Whyte… https://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/decolonize/2018/04/03/white-allies-lets-be-honest-about-decolonization (Thinking that) lifting up Indigenous wisdom and spirituality constitutes action….does not necessarily confront ongoing territorial dispossession and risks to health, economic vitality, lives, psychological well-being, and cultural integrity that Indigenous people experience. This is why scholars Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang say decolonization is not a metaphor. Yet, the empathetic responsibility to support …

7 Things I Learned by Collaborating with Indigenous Wisdom Keepers

By NATASHA DEGANELLO GIRAUDIE on Yes Mag, June 4, 2021 PRODUCTION STILL FROM THE FILM “ONE WORD SAWALMEM” I first met Indigenous wisdom keepers as a child. After days of off-road driving to the Gran Sabana in Venezuela, we had arrived at the ancestral lands of the Pemón people, where they still lived. “Go fill up your thermoses with water from …

The Eternal Fantasy of a Racially Virtuous America

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, March 22, 2021, The New Republic, How partisans on all sides overlook the brutal legacies of white supremacy SOURCE IMAGERY, INCLUDING “THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER” LYRICS: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS (X4) “The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us … history is literally present in all that we do.”—James Baldwin, 1965 In …

Indigenous elders are teaching me the lesson of abundant generosity

Apr 5, 2021 by Claire Lucas, NCRonline.org, Spirituality When everything is a reason to be grateful, nothing ever truly belongs to us alone. This boundless and abundant generosity arises not out from obligation, but out of the acknowledgment that because everything is touched by the Creator, nothing is ever truly owned for oneself. (Claire Lucas) When I was an undergraduate student …

North Dakota is requiring all schools to teach Native American history, culture, and treaty rights

Native News Online, curriculum on Native American history.” By Darren Thompson, April 9, 2021 BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill that requires all North Dakota schools to teach Native American history, culture, and treaty rights passed the North Dakota state senate on Tuesday, April 6 in a 72-21 vote. The bill calls for “requiring all elementary and secondary public and nonpublic schools in …

Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession

Entangled Pasts: Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession, Cambridge University Press, 29 October 2019, Margaret A. Nash, Article Land-grant colleges were created in the mid-nineteenth century when the federal government took and then sold off public lands and allowed states to use that money to create colleges. The land that was sold to support colleges was available only because of …