Crow & Lummi, Dirty Coal & Clean Fishing
- Winona LaDuke
“The tide is out and the table is set…” Justin Finkbonner gestures to the straits on the edge of the Lummi reservation. This is the place where the Lummi people have gathered their food for a millennium. It is a fragile and bountiful ecosystem, part of the Salish Sea, newly corrected in it’s naming by cartographers. When the tide goes out, the Lummi fishing people go to their boats—one of the largest fishing fleets in any Indigenous community. They feed their families, and they fish for their economy.Read more
Neil Young, The Calgary Address:Read more
"Lakota are united with our relatives and allies up north. We must stop this kxl from entering the territory our ancestors loved, lived on for thousands of generations, and gave their greatest gift of all to defend, their lives." -Debra White Plume, Owe Aku InternationalRead more
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1/21/2014 Honor the Earth grants $120,000 to Indigenous grassroots organizations across North America
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Honor the Earth, in collaboration with the Headwaters Fund, the Indigo Girls, Medicine for the People, and a number of individual and institutional donors, are pleased to announce grants of $120,000 to Indigenous grassroots organizations across North America. We are tremendously grateful to our Board of Directors, and our donors for making it all possible. In this grant cycle, we’ve been able to support organizations working in restorative agriculture, honoring traditional cultural practices, protection of sacred sites, and in opposition to destruction of water, land and life.Read more
“This is land that has been in my family for decades. It is prime Red River valley agriculture land. It was handed down to me by my mother and father when they passed away, and I’m intending to hand it down to my children when I pass away …. My wife and I have …told our children that we will pass this on. Of course if 225,000 barrels of oil bursts through this thing, that certainly is the end of this family legacy. “
James Botsford, North Dakota landownerRead more
There’s a beauty in the breath of horses, fall mornings’ breath seen in the air, and the smell and sound of horses. We rode horses from the Headwaters of the Mississippi along the proposed route of a new oil pipeline that would cross the reservation. It was the third of a series of rides on oil pipeline routes.
especially grateful, as on November 25, the Minnesota federal court, recognized that Anishinaabe people have a right to continue that covenant with the Creator to live that Anishinaabe life.
I am thankful to the Anishinaabeg men , who were hauled into state court charged with buying and selling walleyes from lakes on the Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations. Those men had their charges dismissed. I am thankful to these men and to our ancestors, who negotiated complex treaty agreements with the US government in l837, l842, l855 and l867.In the US constitution, treaties are the supreme law of the land. They are agreements between all of our ancestors..Read more
We did a study on the White Earth Reservation in 2008 where we interviewed about 200 households, and asked people where they shopped, when they did. We found that our community spent around eight million dollars a year on food purchases for households and tribal programs. Seven million of those dollars went off reservation to companies like Walmart, Food Service of America, and Sysco. On top of that, the money we spent on reservation was largely sucked up by convenience stores, where we purchased really cool stuff like pop, chips, microwavable pizzas, and baked goods.
So, what are the consequences of this?Read more
“Seems like people don’t want to stick around another thousand years.” —Mike Wiggins, Tribal Chairman of the Bad River Band of Anishinaabe, on the proposed GTAC taconite mine, which will impact the watershed of the Bad River.
Let’s say that is not true. Let’s say that we are people who want to live in a way that restores our relationship with Mother Earth. We want to live in small, medium, and large communities, with a low fossil fuel impact on the world.Read more