new england settlers

Fights against pipelines and all extractive industries in the Americas began long before the Dakota Access struggle, and they will continue long after, too.

Our struggles are deadly serious. We are fighting for water, for life, for future generations. It is no exaggeration to say that our beautiful planet, our only planet, is in danger of dying. And we are running out of time.

The fundamental right to clean water flows through many communities and many struggles right now. The people of Flint, Mich., are still suffering. Water is continuing to be shut off in Detroit and Baltimore and other cities, predominantly in Black neighborhoods. Migrants in border colonias, and farm workers and people in rural Black communities, all deal with unsafe water. On the Navajo reservation, 40 percent of people do not have drinkable water, and there is uranium even in the little babies’ bodies there. More than 100 Native Nations in Canada do not have drinkable water.

“Water Is Life” is not just a slogan. Defending our planet is not a “bougie” white thing, although it can certainly feel that way looking at many environmental nongovernmental organizations. Poor people, Indigenous peoples, people of color are most impacted by environmental devastation. This is OUR struggle.

—  Mahtowin Munro of the United American Indians of New England

“YANKEE”- The root of the term is uncertain. In 1758, British General James Wolfe made the earliest recorded use of the word Yankee to refer to people from what was to become the United States, referring to the New England soldiers under his command as Yankees

Unknown location. Unidentified Union volunteer with shouldered rifle and bayonet in photographer’s studio

The term “Yankee” and its contracted form “Yank” have several interrelated meanings, all referring to people from the United States. Its various senses depend on the scope of context. Most broadly:

  • Outside the United States, “Yank” is used informally to refer to any American, including Southerners.
  • Within the United States, it usually refers to people from the north, largely those from the northeast, but especially those with New England cultural ties, such as descendants from colonial New England settlers, wherever they live. Its sense is more cultural than literally geographic. The speech dialect of New England speech dialect of New England is called “Yankee” or “Yankee dialect." Within New England itself, the term "Yankee” refers specifically to old-stock New Englanders of English descent.
  • Within Southern American English, “Yankee” refers to Northerners, or those from the regions of the Union side of the Civil War.

The informal British and Irish English "Yank" is especially popular among Britons and Australians and sometimes carries pejorative overtones. The Southern American English “Yankee” is typically uncontracted and at least mildly pejorative, although less vehemently so as time passes from the Civil War.

I respect these people so much. They worked so hard to settle our land here. The craftsmanship of the houses and barns that they built was so high quality some of their precious homes still stand today. <3

 (As someone who is part native american wish that they had been more intelligent about the way they treated the natives but …they were not. sadly we must also remember this part to the story of our country, in our world today, and have the upmost understanding and respect for ALL people . We all live on ONE PLANET. We are ALL EQUAL)

You Probably Learned A Glossed-Over Version Of Native American History In School, Research Says

Even as families around the country prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving – a holiday based around supposed good relations between New England settlers and a Native American tribe – new research reveals the extent to which Native American history is largely left out of American classrooms.