A Year End Letter From Winona

Dear Friend,

This past month, I have traveled across Indian Country, meeting with people from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming to the village of Crownpoint, on the Navajo reservation. I have spoken with young mothers from the Athabascan basin of Alberta, who want water which is not poisoned. And I have journeyed to one of our most sacred sites -- Eagle Rock, in the heart of Anishinaabe territory. Our people are courageous, and our people need your support.

What I know is this: If you do not fight, you will have no chance to protect our Mother Earth. And, if we do not begin to adapt to the change in our climate, we will be hungry ten years from now.

Honor the Earth needs your help to continue this work.

In the upcoming year we will continue to support the front lines of the Native environmental movement. We will work as partners with Dine, Havasupai, and other Indigenous peoples fighting uranium mining in the southwest. We will provide support through grants, writing, and our voices to the peoples on the front lines of the struggles against the Tar Sands, and opposing the pipelines proposed to take the dirty oil to markets. We will support the Beaver Lake First Nation in legal challenges to the Tar Sands, and, we will stand with people to protect our sacred sites from desecration.

We will make a difference. We will do this by stopping some of these projects, and we will make a difference, because we will make a positive future. We know that change is made by the hands of individuals, collective action, and prayer. Honor the Earth, now going into our twentieth year, will be a voice, and help bring music, power, media and hope to our communities. We need your support to continue this work. We work on a shoestring budget, and this work requires people and resources. This work needs you.

Join us as we bring voices to the airwaves through our partnership with Niijii Radio (niiiiradio.com) on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. Join us as we work on the front lines of Native and rural communities to restore foods which are able to grow in the hard times ahead: frost resistant, drought resistant, and strong in the wind corn varieties grown by our ancestors. And, join us as we continue to challenge the rogue industries of nuclear and fossil fuel.

We know that our work makes a difference. This year, I was asked to support a struggle to take a sacred site off the auction block -- Pes’la, in the heart of the Paha Sapa, the sacred Black Hills. The auction was to take place a mere two weeks away! I wrote an article which first appeared on our facebook site, then was carried by Indian Country Today. A few days later, the story was picked up by the Huffington Post, the Seattle Times and many national newspapers. All asked the questions as if a sacred site should be sold on the auction. The day before Pe’Sla was to be sold, the auction was cancelled, and with much work, the Lakota people have begun to purchase back their sacred lands from the private seller. We will continue to support this work, as we know that prayers in the most sacred of places are how we continue our existence.

I hope you will allow us to continue this work. And, I hope you will join us this year by donating to Honor the Earth.

Miigwech,

Winona LaDuke
Executive Director

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