native-resistance

Last night at Standing Rock, the police were using concussion grenades among their “nonlethal” weapon arsenal. Sophia Wilanski was hit with one of these grenades and was flown to a hospital for emergency surgery. She ended up losing her arm. A woman lost her arm in a peaceful protest. A peaceful protest for the right to have clean fucking water. A WOMAN LOST HER ARM FIGHTING FOR CLEAN WATER. 

[Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada] argues that ‘any time Hawaiians—or any other native people, for that matter—come out in force to push for more respect for our culture and language or to protect our places from this kind of destruction, we are dismissed as relics of the past, unable to hack it in the modern world with our antiquated traditions and practices.
—  David Malie, Science, Time, and Mauna a Wākea: The Thirty-Meter Telescope’s Capitalist-Colonialist Violence, Part II

These are the 37 banks that are funding and supporting DAPL.

Women’s March is calling for people to cancel their accounts and credit lines with these creditors in opposition to their support of harming, oppressing, and stealing from Native Americans.

DAPL BANKS:

Wells Fargo

Citibank (CitiGroup)

JPMorgan Chase

PNC Bank

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

HSBC Bank

Bank of America

Deutsche Bank

BNP Paribas

SunTrust

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Mizuho Bank

TD Securities

Credit Agricole

Intesa SanPaolo

ING Bank

Natixis

BayernLB

BBVA Securities

DNB Capital

ICBC London

SMBC Nikko Securities

Societe Generale

Royal Bank of Scotland
ABN Amro Capital

Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)

Citizens Bank

Comerica Bank

U.S. Bank

Barclays

Compass Bank

Credit Suisse

DNB Capital/ASA

Sumitomo Mitsui Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

UBS

theguardian.com
Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using 'same model as Standing Rock'
The Two Rivers camp, protesting the Trans-Pecos pipeline, is the latest sign that the Standing Rock movement is inspiring indigenous-led activism across the US
By Sam Levin

Also give it up to the Unist'ot'en Camp!

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This entire thread by @sydnerain on twitter is SO IMPORTANT but here are some particularly important points to consider. The women’s march provided so many opportunities for women to listen to each other, to listen to women of colour and to see why intersectionality is important. This isn’t the beginning of the protest for some of us.

@takingbackourculture
@indigenouswomenrising

I stand with the Muslim people, who have showed me nothing but absolute kindness and grace for my entire life.

I stand with Mexican people, who have brought a beautiful culture and perspective into our country.

I stand with the LGBT community, who have taught me so much about accepting others, while also giving me a chance to find myself.

I stand with my black brothers and sisters, who have been taught to hate themselves for who they are, but defy the fuck out of it anyway.

I stand with women, who desire and deserve to choose their own life path , and should able to be free to be themselves in the way they see fit.

I stand with the Native American communities, who have suffered at the hands of this nation’s people but still have the strength ask for peace and understanding.

I stand with the scientific community, who are desperately trying to save and advance our planet when so many want to turn a blind eye for profit.


There are so many amazing groups represented in this country. So many people who are intelligent, and funny, and kind, and human, regardless of who they are and how they identify. I stand with each and every group, trying to find their own way in this world.

However. Let me be clear.

I STAND AGAINST THE HATE THAT HAS REARED ITS DISGUSTING HEAD. I STAND AGAINST THE DISMISSAL OF HUMAN BEINGS, THE BELIEF THAT ANY HUMAN IS ILLEGAL, THE PERCEIVED SUPERIORITY THAT THE OPPRESSERS HAVE.

And to those people who assume that we, the powerful people of America, will take this lying down or complacently, think again. Because we will fight. We will be knocking on your door every fucking day, reminding you, showing you, demanding you to see that we exist, and we are just as worthy to receive any pleasure in life than they are. Do you know why so many people are willing to give their all? Because that’s what is right. And I’m not. Fucking. Ok. With. Any. Of. This.

So get ready. Because here we fucking come.
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Update: DAPL workers put up a razor-wire fence to keep Native Americans out of their own ancient burial grounds.

Dear whitesplainers and others who feel compelled to caution NDN’s in this moment that the struggle isn’t over. First of all, REALLY?! Second of all, choosing this moment to lead with such comments is an affront to everyone who fought long and hard for this victory, who have put their lives on the line for the recognition of NDN sovereignty, to protect water, and for all things living. Third, it denies the intelligence and agency of NDNs. We don’t need you to tell us that the “war isn’t over.” We get it. Chairman Archambault is an informed, steadfast, and fearless leader. NDNs everywhere understand that the federal government can’t be trusted. NO ONE has said they are leaving the camps. So take this moment to stand down. #NoDAPL #Ready2Unfriend #WhosNext? #ThisRedGirlisOnFire
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Sandy Grande (via FB)

This is incredibly important right now. Don’t condescend to inform indigenous peoples of their battles. We are well aware of how settler colonial nation-states work. In the words of my friend and tremendous ogichidaakwe: the black snake is injured but it is not dead. #noDAPL

The past 24 hours have been a lot to digest for many people of color, so to the folks today who are hurting or confused in the wake of this election, I send warmth and love. You are not alone. What feels like the triumph of hate, greed, and oppression yesterday does not mark the beginning of the end, it marks the beginning of a renewed commitment to the very old struggle for equality and justice.

Malcolm X once noted that people act when they get angry, and so they did. White America, which overwhelming voted for Trump, got angry about Natives resisting theft and genocide, about Latinos reclaiming the border, about Black people claiming humanity, so they empowered a fascistic demagogue full of hate. For those intimately aware of U.S. history, this was less shock and more reopening of old wounds.

But for those of us in pursuit of a brighter world, we should never forget that we have our own anger, our own resilience, and we are full of hope still. It is time we mobilized it. There is an old saying in activist circles who have long fought for the end of oppression: “Don’t mourn, organize.” It is imperative that from young to old, across all racialized and gendered lines, we do both.

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Tweet: Non-native ppls “interest” in Native ppl, entering our spaces, speaking about how “beautiful” we are…always rubs me the wrong way.

Tweet: Their faux concern about our visibility, representation, overall obsession with our physicality is fucking creepy.

Tweet: They remove sources of our issues but love spreading images of Indigenous resistance. It’s fetishistic.

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April 2 2016 - Warriors from several tribes have built a camp in the path of the planned Dakota access pipeline to block its’construction. The pipeline would endanger the Missouri river and the communities and ecosystems connected to it. [video]

npr.org
Trump To Give Green Light To Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines
The pipelines had been blocked by the Obama administration, and President Trump's actions are expected to reignite the energy vs. environment debate.

No words right now except for maybe FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK.

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The grim legacy of America’s treatment of its native peoples is explored in detail in this documentary. Filmmakers Yellow Thunder Woman and Robin Davey take the perspective that if one is to define “genocide” as the a deliberate effort by a government to exterminate a people, then the United States is clearly guilty of the crime given their actions against America’s indigenous population over the past 300 years. Davey and Thunder Woman back up their argument with footage detailing the economic marginalization of American Indians, the consistent violation of legal agreements reached with native tribes, the mismanagement and consistent neglect of Indian reservations, the brutalization of Native Americans as they were segregated onto flinty soil and forced to live under substandard conditions, and the refusal of the mass media to report stories of suicide and Columbine-style school shootings among reservation youth. The Canary Effect was screened in competition at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Sunrise Ceremony:  Preserving The Culture.

Alcatraz Island, Ca. 2015

One of the most beautiful things about sunrise ceremony is seeing the youth. Whether it’s the young Pomo boys braving the cold, to dress and dance as the men do. No shirts, pants, or shoes. No variations to the dances to accommodate them… Or the young Aztecas, who are visibly tired, having been awake since the first boat landed at 4:00am, but taking no breaks. Or the young ones who aren’t dancing at all, but standing in the circle at full attention. Taking it all in… They are recording and reenacting their (and other tribes’) cultural heritage. And it is a sight to behold.

Denmark is the only case we know of in which the Nazis met with open native resistance, [and] the result seems to have been that those exposed to it changed their minds. They themselves apparently no longer looked upon the extermination of a whole people as a matter of course. They had met resistance based on principle, and their ‘toughness’ had melted like butter in the sun" 

- Hannah Arendt, “Eichmann in Jerusalem”

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