he dead don’t bury themselves. This is one of the first lessons that every student of archaeology must learn. A grave is never evidence of some Pompeii moment, a freeze-frame of someone as they were in life. It shows how that person was treated in death and by posterity.
YUMA – Preston Arrow-weed raises his rattle, crafted from an empty tin can, pebbles and a wooden handle, as he leads another in a series of songs that describe the lands, waters and ecology of the lower Colorado River Valley.
The apology marked the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest and 200 years of Mexican independence from Spain.
In downtown Nelson, British Columbia, just outside of Nelson City Hall, about a dozen red dresses currently hang from the tree branches leading up to the main building: off-the-shoulder maxidresses, minidresses, and long-sleeve styles. Their bright red hues certainly stand out against the stark, industrial surroundings.
First Nations-Métis singer-songwriter, producer, and rapper Joey Stylez is not only a musician. He’s also an activist, fashion designer, and visual artist. His newest album, , is the soundtrack for a film by Dark Shawn. Stylez recently shared his thoughts on this project with the Georgia Straight.
MAR 8, 2021 – Tulsan Joy Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – digs deep into the indigenous red earth in her first new recording in a decade, “I Pray for My Enemies.”
For Indigenous people in the area, the battle to preserve the land represents the latest front in a long and seemingly endless war. “By protecting treaty rights, we are protecting the land, we are protecting the mountains, we are protecting the wildlife,” says Latasha Calf Robe, a community organiser with the Blood Tribe. “Because these fights never end. If it’s coal mines one day, it’s pipelines the next day, and then it’s logging.”
To the east of the Bluebird Valley ranch, the grasslands of the Canadian prairies extend beyond the horizon. To the west, the fields rise, and then sharply erupt into the Rocky Mountains.
Saint Paul, MN – Around 600 people gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota, on January 29, calling on President Biden to revoke permits for the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline project. The protest billed as ‘Protect the Water, Revoke the Permits’ started at Kellogg Park and marched into downtown to the local Army Corps of […]
Mexican indigenous resistance
ur latest Guardian documentary tells the story of Lupita, a courageous young Tzotzil-Maya woman at the forefront of a Mexican indigenous movement. Over twenty years after Lupita lost her family in the Acteal massacre in southern Mexico, she has become a spokesperson for her people and for a new generation of Mayan activists.
Great interview here
Resilient Integrity by Anil Prasad Copyright © 2021 Anil Prasad. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s contributions to the worlds of music and activism are critical and profound. Across her seven-decade career, the singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist has made generations think deeply about and reassess their perspectives on the problems faced by Indigenous peoples of the Americas.
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
We’re just a few weeks away from the presidential inauguration and an historic milestone. If confirmed, Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico will be the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history. She’s been selected to lead the Department of the Interior. That’s the agency that oversees the country’s natural resources, national parks and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. So in honor of this historic moment and to start the new year off right, we thought it would be a good chance to learn more about the native nations experience.
And for that, we’ve called Aaron Carapella. He’s the creator of Tribal Nations Maps. That’s a site dedicated to mapping the lands that Native Americans lived on prior to European settlement. And he’s recently launched a section of the site to highlight children’s books focused on characters and stories rooted in the Native American experience. And he’s with us now.
Fallis, a tribal citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was a water protector at Standing Rock during the resistance to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. She was arrested on Oct. 27, 2016 at an incident at Standing Rock. She was one of more than 140 people arrested in a violent clash with law enforcement led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department on that day.
On July 11, 2018 Red Fawn was sentenced to 57 months pursuant to the terms of a non-cooperating plea agreement accepted by the court on January 22, 2018. In exchange for a guilty plea to the charge of Civil Disorder and Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, the charge of Discharge of a Firearm in Relation to a Felony Crime of Violence was dismissed. Had Fallis gone to trial and been convicted of this charge, she’d have faced a minimum of 10 years and risked up to life in prison. She was sentenced to 18 months on the Civil Disorder charge and to a concurrent term of 57 months on the Possession charge.
COLONISERS HAVE ALWAYS BROUGHT DISEASE
But because of Cheyenne River’s lawsuit against the Trump administration, and because people’ve sent 28,000 emails to SD Governor Kristi Noem and federal agencies, our COVID checkpoints are still up and running. 🔥
The investigation by the Public Accountability Initiative, a nonprofit corporate and government accountability research institute, and its research database project LittleSis, details how police foundations in cities such as Seattle, Chicago, Washington, New Orleans and Salt Lake City are partially funded by household names such as Chevron, Shell and Wells Fargo.
Big corporations accused of driving environmental and health inequalities in black and brown communities through toxic and climate-changing pollution are also funding powerful police groups in major US cities, according to a new investigation.
Standing Rock Indigenous Water Protector Sues North Dakota Police for Abuse of Civil Rights – Last Real Indians
On February 22, 2017, Eric W. Poemoceah was peacefully demonstrating against DAPL. He was unarmed, facing a group of about 30 militarized law enforcement officers clad in riot gear, with about 15 feet between him and the group of officers.
And so yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of the Turtle Island Radio Show 😎
In that time I’ve made 80 shows, I’ve played 588 artists and 1174 tracks and had around 2500 plays on mixcloud.
I’ve played music from the 1920s up to the present day all made by indigenous Turtle Islanders and their accomplices .
A big shout to all the artists for the amazing music they have produced over the years, the radio stations who played the show and to all who have helped and encouraged me. Too many to mention here but you know who you are.
And so on with the next chapter, really exciting news coming soon!