This Friday, March 10, Native Nations from all over the country and their allies will march in Washington DC to show support for Standing Rock and Native movements everywhere. In honor of the “Native Nations Rise” march, today’s workout focuses on indigenous resistance.
Your 5 minute workout is to watch Indigenous Rising Media’s one-minute video about the upcoming march in DC. Then, share it with your social media friends—as you may have noticed, there’s a lot going on right now, and it’s important to make sure that the Native Nations march gets the attention it deserves. Suggested hashtags include #NativeNationsRise, #RiseWithStandingRock, and #NoDAPL.
As the Indigenous Uprising video emphasizes, Native Nations Rise isn’t solely focused on Standing Rock and the #NoDAPL movement. Take 10 minutes to learn about one of these other ongoing movements dedicated to American Indian and Alaskan Native land and environmental struggles.
Chich’il Biłdagoteel (Oak Flat) / San Carlos Apache / Arizona - A sacred site, Chich’il Biłdagoteel, or “Oak Flat,” had been protected as part of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. However, an add-on provision to a 2014 military spending bill handed over Oak Flat to a mining company in exchange for some of its private lands. Learn more about the politics of this land swap, as well as the Apache Stronghold’s 3-year fight to save Oak Flat, here, here, here, and here.
Greater Chaco Canyon / Navajo / New Mexico - Chaco Canyon is a National Historical Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, houses some of the oldest pueblo ruins in North America, and is a spiritual home to many Navajo. However, 91% of the lands immediately around Chaco Canyon are leased to oil and gas companies. Representatives of the All Pueblo Council of Governors are pushing for the federal government to undertake formal tribal consultation before issuing any more leases. Find out more here and here.
Gulf of Mexico / United Houma Nation; tribes of the First Peoples’ Conservation Council / Louisiana - Several tribes in Louisiana face a unique set of challenges: they are being denied the rights and privileges of federal recognition, and they face vanishing wetlands partially caused by offshore drilling. Lacking federal recognition is moreover an obstacle to suing oil and gas companies for the cost of relocation. Further reading/viewing can be found here, here, here, and here.
The Arctic / Gwich’in / Alaska and Northern Canada - Drilling in the Arctic has long been a contentious issue, and for years, Republicans have wanted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. The Gwich’in people have been vocal in their opposition; learn more here and here.
Now that you’ve become more informed about present-day indigenous resistance movements, it’s time for you to take action:
Chich’il Biłdagoteel - Follow the Apache Stronghold on Twitter at @ProtectOakFlat. Also follow Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) at @RepRaulGrijalva, and be on the lookout for him to reintroduce the “Save Oak Flat Act” in the House in 2017. Sign this Apache Stronghold-endorsed petition.
Greater Chaco Canyon - HM 70, “Protection of Chaco Canyon Landscape,” is a bill currently making its way through the New Mexico Legislature, and calls upon the federal government to “desist from any leasing or issuance of permits without prior tribal consultation in the greater Chaco landscape.” If you live in New Mexico, contact your state representative and voice your support for HM 70.
Gulf of Mexico - The United Houma Nation is collecting signatures on a petition supporting their federal recognition; add yours.
The Arctic - Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has introduced S. 49, the “Alaska Oil and Gas Production Act,” a bill that opens up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. The bill is currently in the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Don’t make calls at this point; we recommend watching this bill to see if other Republicans are planning to act on it. You can do this by signing up for alerts on S. 49 through GovTrack.
And of course, let’s not forget about....
Standing Rock - If you bank with a company that funds the Dakota Access Pipeline and haven’t yet moved your money, it’s not too late. Learn about the #DeFundDAPL campaign, and get that money moving.
Native Nations Rise - If you’re in DC or can travel, all Natives and allies are welcome to participate in Friday’s march, beginning at 443 G St. NW at 10am.
It’s a rarity for us, but today’s Second Wind is a TV series. Viceland’s Rise, from Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin) and Sarain Fox (Anishinabe), tells the story of indigenous resistance across the Americas.