Standing Rock is a well-organized, small city and will be impossible to evacuate

CANNON BALL, ND - The first thing you notice once you enter Oceti Sakowin Camp, close to the front lines of the showdown at Standing Rock, is that the “camp” is now a small city, housing some 8,000 people. That includes indigenous people, activists, visitors and media, all camping in the snow in below freezing temperatures. The indigenous people of Standing Rock have expanded the camp and have meticulously organized a massive operation running solely on donations, volunteer work and the spirit of the Sioux people and the visitors who’ve come to protect the water with them.

Many structures are so strongly built that you can walk on the rooftops. Notably, there is a school that has been teaching a class of Lakota youth as a home school resource center since August, which is planning an expansion.

That some refer to Standing Rock as their “home” is not hyperbole; for many Sioux, their home at Standing Rock is now a permanent residence. As you look around the small city, one thing becomes clear: Short of a small military invasion, requiring demolition and significant force, an evacuation is simply not realistic.

On Facebook, where incoming supporters share information, there’s a new rumor nearly every day of what is and isn’t happening at the camp. Some claimed that police shut down access to all supplies from the outside, but supply routes are still open. Some believed drones had been banned, but drones are in the air. However, alcohol, drugs and weapons of any kind are banned from camp. Security check through supplies, confiscating contraband like alcohol when it comes through.

It is unclear when the next action will be, but every morning there is a schedule for Oceti Sakowin Camp, with notices posted, whiteboards updated and signs put up in meeting halls and port-a-potties with new requests and announcements. Action meetings are at 8 a.m., mandatory orientation is at 9 a.m. Before dawn, a group leaves from one of the sacred fires for prayer. White allies are told to attend at least one of these prayers to pay respect. White allies are also recommended to attend to one of the many decolonization education sessions that are held at the dome every other night at 6 p.m.

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anonymous asked:

Out of curiosity, why is something considered anti-black but when directed against natives, it is considered "upholding white supremacy." Why is it not anti-native, in combination to colonialist and white supremacist? Is it because anti-native is not an established theory? Native and indigenous people are persecuted globally in every culture, shouldn't there be a specific term? Love your blog by the way, I have learned so much, and appreciate your dedication to education and decolonization.

Because anti-Blackness is a term that was coined to describe an entire body of work and theory based on this axis of oppression. When Natives (meaning here Amerindigenous people) say “anti-Native”, they’re not coining it independently but because of exposure to the terms ‘anti-Black’ and ‘anti-Blackness’. This is profiting directly off the labor and work of Black theorizers, and directly manifests repercussions (violence) against Black folks. 

Most importantly, this violence is the same pattern of violence which is faced by all Indigenous peoples worldwide, not just Amerindigenous folks. This is in contrast to Black peoples globally, because they are all denigrated and face unified violence, based on a “code” of phenotypic features white people have stereotyped as ‘Blackness’.  

Violence against Black peoples is arbitrary, universal, not exclusive to white people, and dedicated to forcing them into continued enslavement, terrorization, and suffering. Indigenous Black folks, African peoples being one example, face colonialism as well as anti-Blackness. 

The term ‘Native’ is not used the same globally and it is also not used universally. The specific violence, in which Indigenous peoples are disappeared and supplanted, and face worldwide, is colonialism (and genocide). 

You do not get cookies for learning an endangered language; it is a personal endeavour, a difficult one because of the lack of resources, but a personal one nonetheless. You are not keeping that language alive because the ones who can keep the language alive are those that are encouraging language education, decolonization, and native populations speaking their language at all possible generations.

If I learn Ainu, then I am not keeping Ainu alive–the Ainu people in Japan who are encouraging the preservation of the Ainu language, however, are. This is an important distinction.

Me dressed in my traditional Navajo clothing in my ancestral homelands of Coppermine, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation The great Navajo Chief Ch’il Haajiin (Manuelito) once said “My grandchild, education is the ladder. Tell our people to take it.” I hope to be able to accomplish this with my Yale degree

The most powerful weapon to destroy a people’s resistance is to erase their history. Colonial powers learned this early on in their conquest of indigenous peoples, that if they could control the narrative of a people’s history, or erase it altogether, they could then control the thought process by which people would exist and come to know the world. And so the process of “teaching” a complex system of normalized indoctrination began; that is, the task of erasing the histories of millions of peoples, creating instead a pseudo-monolithic whole by dismembering or compressing a thousand narratives into one. Expanded to all of America’s oppressed peoples, this has meant the exclusion or tokenizing of our stories to ensure our ways of thinking and knowing are weeded out, or marginalized in one way or another, because they do not (have never) conform(ed) to colonial standards.

Thus, today a single value system remains dominant: A philosophy of knowing derived from logical and mathematical treatments of people, which holds the exclusive source of all legitimate knowledge as that which can be measured empirically. In the hands of oppressors this philosophy of knowing objectifies people, dehumanizing them into “things” to be analyzed and (based off that analysis) dictated to the when, what, why and how of living. It presupposes itself as the authoritative avenue by which ALL people could ever legitimately know or operate in the world.

Extremely disappointing, though not surprising, that the posts about Ferguson have reduced on Tumbler by 80% on my dash. To be a Social Justice Warrior, a Feminist or a Human Rights Advocate you can not support issues only when they are popular. You MUST continue to speak about it even as others lose interest- in fact, especially then. It is so important that we are not fair weather activists. It is obvious that this side of tumbler needs to engage in a greater level of critical self reflection, decolonization and education. For those of us privileged to have safe spaces it is a moral imperative that we maintain the focus on Ferguson and not allow this to fade away. Black lives matter and it should matter not just to the Black community. It should matter to all of us. It should matter to us even if we are not from or living in America because we should realize that we do not live single issue lives. That all politics are connected and the oppression of a Black community in one part of the world is a reflection and an extension of oppressions of Black communities back in our own backyards.  That we should ALL have a stake in eradicating racism, because continuation of racism reduces our collective humanity.