In an act of international solidarity between indigenous peoples, the Sami parliament in Norway has persuaded the country’s second largest pension fund to withdraw its money from companies linked to a controversial oil project backed by Donald Trump.
The project to build the 1,900km Dakota Access oil pipeline across six US states has prompted massive protests from Native American activists at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
This week, after lobbying by the Sami parliament, Norway’s local authority pension fund KLP announced it would sell of shares worth $58m in companies building the pipeline.
Vibeke Larsen, president of the Sami parliament, said the pension fund announced the move when she arrived at a meeting in Oslo to discuss Dakota Access.
“We feel a strong solidarity with other indigenous people in other parts of the world, so we are doing our part in Norway by putting pressure on the pension funds,” she told the Guardian.
The Sami – sometimes called Lapps in English – are an indigenous people living in the Arctic area of Sápmi in the far north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia’s Kola peninsula.
This is so ridiculous!
Why mainstream media don’t cover the DAPL protests? This is too important to send it to the back! But the press only covers what they are told to cover by their owners. It is not news, but propaganda.
This just proves the fact than the media is corrupt and venal!
Please, just don’t give up to bring the truth to the public!
was a writer and political activist belonging to the Sioux tribe of Native
Americans. The many books she wrote on her identity and struggle to reconcile
the majority culture with her traditional heritage were among the first works
to bring Native American stories to a wide readership in the United States.
As a child, she was taken away from her reservation and educated in a
Quaker institution, where the distress caused by the denial of her origins
paved the path to a lifetime of activism. She was responsible for translating
old legends of her tribe into English, therefore making them accessible to a
wide audience. Among other endeavours, in 1926 she founded the National Council
of American Indians, which aimed to unite tribes and advance their rights, as
well as attempting to secure full citizenship for its members.
Siva Saubel (1920-2011) was a Native American scholar who
dedicated her life and career to the effort of preserving the language, culture,
and history of the Cahuilla people, to which she belonged. She was one of the
most renowned and respected Native American leaders in the state of California.
Worried that the native people were only
learning English and forgetting their own language, she made various efforts to
maintain it, such as the publication of a reference grammar, a dictionary, and
a textbook of Cahuilla. She also opened a reservation museum in Banning,
California for the purpose of exhibiting her numerous historical artifacts. She
was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal by the University of California – the highest
honour the institution has to offer.
Naelyn Pike is an incredible teen activist for indigenous and environmental rights and a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona. She has protested with Apache-Stronghold to defend sacred land and protect her cultural identity. Earlier this year, she won the Youth Ambassador Spotlight and is officially recognized as a Champion for Change by the Center for Native American Youth.
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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Winona LaDuke draws on her experience as a leading Native-American activist in her talk about indigenous economic thinking for the 7th generation.
Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations, and is the mother of three children. She is also the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups.
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. Author of now six books, including The Militarization of Indian Country (2011), Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005), the non-fiction book All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999, South End Press), and a novel – Last Standing Woman (1997, Voyager Press). She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves, as co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network, a North American and Pacific indigenous women’s organization. In 1994, Winona was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1998, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year for her work with Honor the Earth.
At Progressive Field in Cleveland, opening day for the Cleveland Indians saw an 8-4 loss to Detroit and a boisterous protest staged by Native American activists and allies against the franchise’s continued use of mascaot Chief Wahoo.
150 activists, advocates and even a City Council member showed up to
demonstrate April 10. “We are people, not your mascot!” some chanted.
“Change the logo, change the name!”
Hundreds of Native Americans and activists protest against Dakota Access pipeline outside White House
Opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline brought their protest to the capital city of Washington on Friday (10 March) after a federal judge declined to halt the construction of the final section of the project.
According to reports, hundreds of activists and Native Americans rallied outside President Donald Trump’s International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue and also staged a demonstration in front of the White House, the Guardian reported.
Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, who was also protesting, said that the developer of the project Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has to ultimately pay for disregarding the tribes’ religious beliefs.
“We have not lost this battle. Nothing will ever go right for those corporations. It’s only a matter of time before it will fall flat on its face,” Goldtooth was quoted as saying by the USA Today.
Some of the protesters dressed in traditional Native American clothing danced and prayed outside the presidential house in what is believed to be a show of solidarity against the government and its decisions.
Protesters were also carrying a black inflatable tube representing an oil pipeline, which was painted with the words: “No pipeline”.
LeeAnn Eastman, who has long protested on the Standing Rock reservation against the pipeline with activists, said she did not expect to change Trump’s mind about the project.
“We know he has closed his heart and his mind to us as he did the rest of the nation. We’re still praying for him – but it seems like we’ll have to go about this another way,” she said.
Friday’s demonstration was among several protests in the last one year against the $3.7bn (£2.94bn) Dakota access pipeline that runs beneath Lake Oahe.
The project is designed to transport crude oil from North Dakota into Illinois. It will also run through the states of South Dakota and Iowa. The 1,170-mile pipeline crosses 50 counties and three major rivers.
The project, when complete, is expected to transport about 470,000 barrels of crude oil in a day.
However, Native Americans and environmentalists have long argued that the line would ruin their scared sites and contaminate their drinking water.
Students staged a “die-in” at the Brown University campus Friday as part of a campaign urging the school to do more to honor Native Americans. Activists want the school to observe an annual #IndigenousPeoplesDay.