Is a series of protests held at desecrated burial sites around the greater San Francisco, Ca. Bay area. On Black Friday, 2015. Representatives of many indigenous tribal nations, including Ohlone, Apache, Tongan, and local activists all races, gathered in protest at The Bay Street shopping mall, in Emeryville, Ca. As is done there annually in their continued resistance to the theft of their lands, pollution of theirs waters and environments, and the continued desecration of ancient burial grounds, and monuments.
Natives existing, embracing our cultures, defending our lands, learning our languages, practicing our traditions, natives SURVIVING is native resistance. We resist genocide by existing. And that’s just the beginning.
“From November 1969 to June
1971 a coalition of American Indian students and urban Indians, calling
themselves ‘Indians of All Tribes’, occupied Alcatraz Island off the
coast of San Francisco as a call to resistance against US domination of
native peoples and land. The coalition publicized the occupation through
a widely distributed newsletter and a radio show broadcast in multiple
cities. This action sparked years of Native resistance, including the
1972 takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Headquarters in Washington
D.C. and the re-occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973.”
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.
Native resistance to European colonisation
began during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, from 1519 to
1521. Conquistador Hernan Cortés was quick to exploit frictions between
peripheral states and the Aztec government, creating a formidable
alliance between the Spanish and Tlaxcalan militaries. On arrival in the
Aztec capital Tenochtitlan Cortés was welcomed by Moctezuma II, while
the Aztec population felt uneasy about his prolonged residence. During
their stay in the city, an Aztec noble named Qualpopoca defeated a
provocative Spanish army in the city of Nauhtla. Cortés responded by
taking Moctezuma hostage and keeping him as a puppet ruler.
months later a conquistador massacred a group of nobles during the
Festival of Toxcatl – Aztecs retaliated and “furiously hurled their
javelins” at the Spanish, according to an Aztec account. The next
conflict followed Moctezuma’s death: Cortés and his troops attempted to
flee the city, but encountered fierce opposition. Resistance against the
Spanish/Tlaxcalan alliance continued in battles and skirmishes until
the Spanish lay siege to Tenochtitlan in 1521. The final days saw urban
warfare on the streets of Tenochtitlan as the Aztecs fought to halt a
Spanish advance. The Aztec Empire eventually surrendered on 13 August
1521, following the virtual destruction of the capital city.
This information is a part of the online exhibition “American Indian
Histories and Cultures,” a collaborative collection by Adam Matthew and
the Newberry. The exhibit can be viewed at: http://www.aihc.amdigital.co.uk/Home/index
It is not a ‘simple’ (I use this term sarcastically) war of racism, which is the struggle of other Peoples of Color living here, although we also fight racism. This continent is morally and legally our land, since no treaty has been observed…Logically, then, we remain at war in a unique way–not for a piece of the 'white pie,’ but because we do not agree that there is a pie at all.
“Produced in 2010, Indigenas Digitais recounts the experiences of Indios Online, a network of Pataxo Hahahae, Kariri-Xocó, Tupinambá, Pankararé and other Indigenous Peoples in Brazil that strives to provide communities with access to information and promote intercultural dialogue.
Dispelling the myth that Indigenous people somehow forfeit their identity by using communication technologies, Indigenas Digitais demonstrates how Indigenous Peoples are utilizing mobile phones, cameras, camcorders, computers and the internet to empower their struggles for rights and promote better days for their communities.”
Two hundred feet from the border of the Pine Ridge reservation lies the unincorporated town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, technically on Lakota treaty land. With a population of just twelve people, Whiteclay is tiny by any standards. Yet, its four bars manage to make four million dollars a year, primarily from residents of the neighboring Pine Ridge Reservation, where alcohol is strictly prohibited. The Oglala Sioux Tribe Criminal Offenses Code makes it a crime to manufacture, transport, sell, or possess alcohol anywhere within the borders of the reservation, where public or private intoxication is also penalized.
Pine Ridge has been a dry reservation for generations. When the 70,000 square miles became a reservation in 1881, it also was named Prisoner of War Camp #334. The government agent responsible for it had cautioned of “introduction of intoxicating liquor from the whiskey ranches established just over the Nebraska line.” In a feeble preventative attempt, the U.S. government inserted a 50-mile buffer zone between Pine Ridge and the Nebraska border, with the supposed intent to “prevent renegade whites from selling guns, knives and alcohol to Indians living on the reservation.” In 1904, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt canceled the buffer zone (and gave the demarcated land to the state of Nebraska) and alcohol dealers moved in several months later.
Alcohol wasn’t a problem for American Indians until colonial settlers brought it to the Americas. This form of colonization has only grown worse. Now, indigenous people experience 5 times the national rate of fatal liver disease and cirrhosis. Alcohol-related ailments are 60% greater in Indian Health Service hospitals than what is seen in average U.S. hospitals. In Pine Ridge, the rate of alcoholism is one of the highest in the U.S. Because folks on the reservation face so much oppression and poverty, many become depressed and turn to alcohol. As a direct result of alcohol, the reservation experiences a high mortality rate; 1 in 4 infants is born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; the suicide rate is twice the national rate, and that of teen suicide is 4 times the national rate. On reservations across the country, Native women are nearly 3 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other women in the U.S., with 80% of their perpetrators being white men.
First Nations activists hold their ground, blockading rail headed to chemical and refining plants through what’s been dubbed “Chemical Valley”
Sarnia Blockade Enters Day 7
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
First Nations protesters blocking a CN Rail line in Sarnia, Ont. for a seventh day Thursday are vowing not to leave until long after Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.
The week-old blockade is currently blocking a rail line that runs through Aamjiwnaang to several chemical and refining plants in what’s been dubbed Chemical Valley. A court injunction has been issued to end the blockade, but Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley has said that so long as the demonstration is peaceful, police won’t interfere.
Plain says the blockade doesn`t affect the agriculture industry not does it impact the public.
“The rail line where we are standing is illegally on our property. They don’t have a permit to cross our road, and they need a permit from both the band and Indian Affairs Canada,” Plain explained. “That’s why we’ve chosen that spot to take our stand.”