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Leaving the Rez and Living the Rez -By Denny Gayton
Some call it the brain drain, some people call it escape, some people call it success. Whatever you want to call leaving the rez, there is always at least one other side to it.
Some Indians go to college and never come home. Some Indians grow up and will do anything to get away. Some of them do it, too. Some people leave and become a success; get a great job, or something else. There are a lot of other ways people leave the rez. No one but you is going to make the rez a better place than the place you grew up in.
Our children, we, live unorganized lives. There are people at home on the rez who aren’t eating or eating enough tonight, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There is abuse at home on the rez, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There are people at home on the rez who have zero trust for the people working at the hospitals they go to, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There are houses falling apart on the rez, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There are companies & corporations, not to mention governments, in planning meetings detailing how to steal what they call your resources away from your people, and there is only one person you can count on to change that.
"Suicide is a reflection of social suffering. The pressures and complexity of life Indigenous people face on a day-to-day basis are astounding. We often navigate personal trauma, communal dysfunction, unresolved grief, family losses, and addictive behaviors, while having to also deal with oppressive and assimilative parts of imposed systems (governance / education) and behaviors (racism / indifference) from a dominant culture."
Last week on the Pine Ridge Rez in Manderson, SD an officer was caught on tape tasering an unarmed, non-violent tribal member 23 times! These abuses of power by the police must cease.
For generations, tribal peoples have witnessed the impact of faceless “persons” — corporations — on the land, water, air and human and environmental health. Though at times consulted, we have not been heard as a real voice in defending our traditional homeland territories. Instead, we have seen and experienced degradation of environmental integrity and destruction of healthy ecosystems. We suffered as our traditional foods and medicines were lost, and our people’s health plunged.
The Lummi, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and all Coast Salish tribes, face devastating proposals that would bring coal by rail from Montana and Wyoming to the West Coast for export overseas. Indeed, the Cherry Point (in our language, Xwe’chi’eXen) proposal poses a tremendous ecological, cultural and socio-economic threat to Pacific Northwest tribes.
Xwe’chi’eXen is a 3,500-year-old village site where many of our ancestors lived and made their final resting places. Today, 60 percent of Lummis have direct ancestral ties to this site. Around it, the Salish Sea supports a Lummi fishing fleet (450 vessels) that feeds and supports tribal families.
Coal exports threaten all of this. We fear the desecration of Xwe’chi’eXen, the first archaeological site to be placed on the Washington State Register of Historic Places. We wonder how Salish Sea fisheries, already impacted by decades of pollution and global warming, will respond to the toxic runoff from the water used for coal piles stored on site. How will Bellingham’s recreational and commercial boaters navigate when more than 400 cape-sized ships, each 1,000 feet long, depart Cherry Point annually — each bearing 287,000 tons of coal? What will happen to the region’s air quality as coal trains bring dust and increase diesel pollution? And of course, any coal burned overseas will come home to our state as mercury pollution in our fish, adding to the perils of climate change.
Already, coal export officials have shown breathtaking disrespect for our heritage. To save time and boost profits, Pacific International Terminals bulldozed what they knew to be a registered archaeological site and drained our wetlands without a permit.
This proposal is not based on economic necessity. The inflated number of jobs promised is an old, old story; one filled with promises made, and broken. At the end of the day there would be far fewer jobs created and many sustainable jobs lost or compromised. The defeat of this madness is our aboriginal duty as the first Americans, but it also speaks to the collective interest of all citizens and — most importantly — as members of the human family who are part of, not masters over, creation. But this is a new day.
To those who would sacrifice the way of life of all peoples of the Pacific Northwest, we say: Take notice. Enough is enough! This summer’s proposed changes to the site design are beside the point. Mitigation is not the issue. We will stop the development of the export terminal and put in its place a plan that honors our shared responsibility to the land and waters of Xwe’chi’eXen and all our relations.
August 12, 2014
A Northern California campaign to end the use of the racial slur “redskins” as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. will be re-launched November 23rd, 2014 outside the 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara from 10am-6pm.
The campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to end the use of the racial epithet and its hurtful reminder of Indigenous peoples ongoing mistreatment. We also aim to develop institutionalized Indigenous oversight with the NFL to promote healing and restorative justice caused by our exploitation.
The American Indian Movement-West, Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, and others are organizing its largest grassroots demonstration in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Diversity is welcomed, so join our efforts and become a part of history! Endorsements, organizations, volunteers, carpools, & event attendees are needed.
More details underway. The next event-planning meeting is at 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606, 6:30pm on Monday August 18th, 2014.
Contact: Kris Longoria, email@example.com or Tony Gonzales, (415) 557-1492
Excessive Force Claim: 13 officers dispatched to arrest one 15 year old Mexican Girl, by Cindy Gomez-Schempp
On July 25th, 2014 at 11:30 PM a 15 year old Fargo girl says she was the victim of excessive force perpetrated by the Fargo, ND police department while she was charging a cell phone in a family member’s car in front of her older sister’s residence. The 15 year old says that she was approached by two Fargo Police officers who accused her of smoking marijuana and claimed they could smell cannabis. She says she told the officers that she was not smoking marijuana but retrieving her sister’s phone and charger from the car when the officers dragged her from the car and handcuffed her causing excruciating pain to her arms and wrists, which she said were pulled too forcefully and too far up, and to her wrists which she said were handcuffed too tightly causing her circulation to be cut off. The 15 year old girl also stated that during the violent and painful arrest, her head was repeatedly pounded into the hood of the parked car outside her sister’s house, then they wrestled her to the ground with additional officers who arrived on the scene, (4 participating in the arrest and 13 officers in total), hog tied her and put her in the back seat of a squad car. Neighbors and family members who witnesses the arrest expressed concern at the force used to handle this 15 year old girl and confirmed the screams of pain and caused by the treatment she received at the hands of the Fargo Police Department officers.
Watch the video of this young lady’s story and her family here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luw-_xSFyOE&feature=youtu.be
Although the officers initial contact was allegedly due to the smell of marijuana, no officer involved in the arrest claims to have seen this 15 year old smoking, nor was there any urinalysis or blood test performed on her while she was held in detention for 3 days from July 25th to the 27th. The teen also stated that she repeatedly requested to go to the hospital but was not given any medical assistance beyond ice packs, aspirin, and a brief visit by a nurse whose examination consisted of touching her wrists.
The family is just one of many folks living in the Countryside Park mobile home area that expressed concerns of police profiling, and misconduct. Several of the residents expressed concerns of routine “stop and frisk” type contacts with minors in the area, especially where no parents have been contacted and no warrants are issued.
Taking over train tracks to stop coal exports Bakken & tar sands oil today in Seattle
LRI’s Matt Remle @wakiyan7 speaking out against coal exports, bakken & tar sands oil today in Seattle.
Native Lacrosse Chanshayapi, Hochunk, ihanktonwan, Hunkpapa, Oglala, sicangu, Mnicoju, sissetonwan, Anishnabeg
Idle No More ~ Protect the Sacred Washington!
Monday August 11, 2014 from 11 am – 1:30 pm
In solidarity with Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea: With the possibility of coal terminals being built in Longview and on the great Lummi Nation’s sacred burial ground we face unfathomable risk to our health, land, water, and all of life in the Salish Sea. Thousands of coal trains, tar sands/oil trains and tankers would come through Washington State!
The beach we will be at is a sacred gathering place of the Coast Salish people. We will stand in solidarity with all our brothers and sisters as we honor our ancestors, and recommit ourselves as stewards of this land for us and future generations.
Please join us in prayer, song, and light lunch. Bring your drums, rattles, and water from your area for a Water Blessing, canoe landing, jam session, and a symbolic blocking of the trains.