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My people don’t need to be saved, we want to be respected! by Rachel Heaton

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured

I’ve always thought from the get go when outsiders/non-natives are coming into our community’s… there should be a protocol in place… like an orientation, or even bigger than that. I believe that if one is going to work or volunteer in American Indian communities, then 1. You must have the heart for it, not everyone from the outside can handle Indian Country. My people have suffered hundreds of years of trauma and still live the effects of it in our communities. So if you aren’t coming to our lands with a genuine heart and the want to really understand our people, then you aren’t ready to help us. 2....

Open Letter to Water Protectors: Support Leonard Peltier by Jean Roach

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured

Dear Water Protectors, Relatives and Friends: Let me introduce myself. My name is Jean Roach, of the Mnicoujou Lakota from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. I am a board member of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC). I am also a survivor of the “1975 Oglala Firefight.” I have introduced myself to many representatives who have been to Standing Rock in support of our fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). There are many Leonard Peltier Supporters staying at the Standing Rock camp called Oceti Sakowin. We support Leonard Peltier as a “Political Prisoner” and his bid for Executive Clemency, Justice and Freedom. We are asking all Water...

Court Sides with Quinault Nation: Call for Further Review of Proposed Oil Terminals

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured

This morning the state Supreme Court unanimously sided with the Quinault Indian Nation and forced further review of two proposed expanded oil terminals in Grays Harbor. The question was whether the expanded terminals on the harbor would be covered under the Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA). You can read the entire ruling here. Quinault has been battling oil transportation through Grays Harbor for years: “Tribal and commercial fisheries, tourism and the best razor clams anywhere are among the many ways Grays Harbor, our rivers and coastline set the table for local food, jobs and our economy. There’s nothing more important to our future prosperity and way of life than...

Coalition Against Coal Terminals Celebrate Major Victories

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Featured

Last week, a coalition of Tribes, environmentalist, and climate justice activist celebrated two major victories over Big Coal in Washington State. Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, announced two major blows to the coal industry. First, Commissioner Goldmark rejected a request from Northwest Alloys to sublease the state’s aquatic lands to Millennium Bulk Terminals for a proposed coal export terminal project. If built, the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal would have become the largest coal export terminal in North America. The terminal would have been built in Longview, WA along the Columbia River. The project was opposed by regional Tribe’s due to the coal trains and proposed terminals...

Mass DefundDAPL Action held to get Seattle to Divest from Wells Fargo

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Featured

“We’re taking it to where it hurts–that money!” ~Matt Remle (Lakota) On January 5th, a mass action and rally was held at the Wells Fargo Center in Seattle, WA to protest the banks finical banking of the Dakota Access pipeline. The action included organizing numerous Wells Fargo account holders to close their accounts and demand to talk to the branch manager to tell them why they were closing their accounts. One long time Wells Fargo member closed her million dollar account. As people closed their accounts drummers occupied the lobby leading Wells Fargo to shut down and the Seattle Police to lock down the entire Wells Fargo Center. The...

American Hypocrisy by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Featured

THIS 14 YEAR OLD BLACK BOY WAS SAVAGELY BEATEN TO DEATH FOR ‘WHISTLING AT A WHITE WOMAN’, AND HIS TWO WHITE MEN MURDERERS WHO LAUGHED ABOUT IT WERE ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES IN YOUR LAW COURTS! AMERICA you are not ‘blessed by God’, you have committed too much EVIL on the face of the Earth, you are more likely to be ‘cursed by Satan’…if you really want to see yourselves in a Christian context. You just cannot ‘get away’ with all the wickedness your forefathers (and some of you are still doing today with protection from the powers that be – like getting off with racial crimes or getting...

Top Prosecutor in Leonard Peltier Case Calls for Clemency

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Featured

Last month, a letter in support of clemency for federal prisoner Leonard Peltier was sent to President Obama by former United States Attorney James H. Reynolds. Supporters believe that Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in 1977 for the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Imprisoned for over 41 years, Peltier has the support of Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. Over 50 Members of Congress and others—including Judge Gerald Heaney (8th Circuit Court of Appeals) who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier’s appeals—have all called for his immediate release. As noted in his letter to...

The Loud, the Meek, and the Nobodies by Maleaha Brings Plenty

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Featured

Hello. My name is Nobody and I am mute. Not selectively mute, I should add. I lost my voice and not by choice. It gradually began to fade. I used to have a voice strong enough to fill an opera house without a microphone. I used to be able to sing and laugh and yell, but now I can only whisper. What happened to my voice? Other people took it from me. The louder others began to sing and laugh and yell, the quieter my voice became. The more people came into my life, the less I could talk. They began to continuously shout and more of them came....

Native Prisoners Rights Advocacy Group Opposes New Youth Detention Facility

Posted by on Dec 24, 2016 in Featured

On December 22nd, the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) approved a permit for the construction of a new $210 million youth detention center. The controversial new King County’s Children and Family Justice Center, which would increase the capacity to detain youth, has drawn fierce opposition from the area’s communities of color and from regional Tribal leaders, including the Native American prisoner rights advocacy group, Huy. In a letter to the Seattle City Council Huy, which is chaired by Gabe Galanda, highlighted the disproportionate rates in which Native youth are incarcerated. “Native youth are the most vulnerable group of children in the United States. Over a...

Divest Now! Joint Statement Regarding the Next Stage in the Fight Against Dakota Access Pipeline by Gyasi Ross & Matt Remle

Posted by on Dec 24, 2016 in Featured

“We don’t need any bricks and bottles. We don’t need any Molotov cocktails. We just need to go around to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say, “God sent us by here, to say to you that you’re not treating his children right. And we’ve come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda fair treatment, where God’s children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. Divestment—What It Is. When people with...

My Time at Standing Rock by Michael Moynihan

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Featured

I did not journey across the country to learn anything, I ventured to stand in solidarity with our Native relatives, but while I was at Standing Rock in the Oceti Sakowin Camp, I was taught and learned much. One of the first things I learned was how vast the camp is. I do not know what I thought I would see, but I was not expecting to see an entire valley filled with tents, teepees, campers, vehicles and people. I have been part of many demonstrations in opposition to unjust exploitation of peoples and planet, but I have never been part of anything like Standing Rock. There were thousands...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution Adopted by the Kent School District

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Featured

On December 14th, the Kent School Board in Kent, WA voted to adopt a resolution naming the second Monday in October, the Federal holiday Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Theresa Lockrem, KSD Native American Academic and Cultural Liaison, who supported the proposed resolution stated, “Native Americans, because of the traumatic history surrounding Columbus Day and the massacre of their people at the hands of Columbus et. al, cannot accept the day to honor him. Instead, highlighting the [Indigenous] First Peoples’ of this land has been a long overdue acknowledgement. In keeping with the spirit of this sentiment, the KSD School Board voted to accept the resolution to recognize and...

Seattle Moves Closer to Divestment from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Featured

Seattle, WA – On Monday December 12th, the Seattle City Council moved closure towards divestment from Wells Fargo due, in part, to its financial backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. The council heard testimony regarding a proposed new banking ordinance that seeks to guide the City to contract with socially responsible banking institutions. Additionally, the ordinance would end the City’s multi-billion contract with Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo currently manages depository services for more than $3 billion of the City’s money. In a procedural vote, the council agreed to move forward with the legislation and sent it to its Finance Committee who will began hearings on the legislation in January....