Sacred Land Threatened by Fracking

Project: Bridging Nations, Building Strength in Native American Southwest

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park, 4,600 square-miles of Anasazi ruins, and other archeological remains of structures over 1,000 years old, is nestled in the San Juan Basin in the four-corners area of New Mexico. It has long been a sacred place for the Navajo, Pueblo and Hopi people.

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization has considered it a World Heritage site and says it’s:

“remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings and its distinctive architecture – it has an ancient urban ceremonial centre that is unlike anything constructed before or since.”

However, it is now threatened by fracking permits in the nearby area, and local citizens and Native American advocacy groups are suing the US Bureau of Land Management and the Department of the Interior, saying the fracking permits are violates the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

You can read the whole article here.

Resistance of Indigenous Women Stretches from North to South

Project: Shedding Light on Environmental Violence in North America

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Resistance of the the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam. Source: ESCRIBANA, CONAMUIP & Telesurtv.net
Resistance of the the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam.
Source: ESCRIBANA, CONAMUIP & Telesurtv.net

Across the Americas, the plight of Native people, and women in particular, continues to be ignored.

From North to South, the systematic state discrimination against women excludes their participation in politics, discourages their participation in movements through the threat of violence, and belittles not only their political demands but also their very lives.

1,200 indigenous women have been murdered or disappeared in the last 30 years in Canada, but the government still refuses to launch a national investigation. In Mexico, 7 indigenous women are killed every day and 400 more were disappeared in the central state, just in 2014. Guatemala and El Salvador have the highest rates of femicide in the world, and women are still struggling to gain justice from the atrocities that occurred during the regions’ civil wars. But women are refusing to be disappeared, targeted, murdered and attacked. They are rising up, organizing, educating and expanding their search for justice outside their immediate communities.

Indigenous women’s resistance -rooted in community, future generations, and ancestral struggles for land and livelihood – is a feminist resistance, but it is also fundamentally anti-capitalist and anti-imperial, demanding respect and protection of not only women’s bodies, but also of land, water, mother earth, culture and community. 

You can read the entirety of the article here.

Keystone XL Pipeline: The Effects on the Environment and Indigenous People

Project: Coordinating Advocacy to Protect Native Lands and Rights

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“I urge our allies to stand with Native people, heed our call for systemic change to how we create and utilize energy and the policies that regulate both, support our right to self-determination, and join our movement to protect the territorial integrity and sacredness of Mother Earth.”                    

 –Dallas Goldtooth

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Dallas Goldtooth, the Keystone XL Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, wrote a fantastic article concerning the devastating effects the 1,179 mile long oil pipeline would have on drinking water, tar sand development, carbon emissions, and especially the indigenous people. As an Oceti Sakowin, he cannot remain silent with the possibility of his people’s traditional knowledge and teachings totally being disregarded. WEA’s comments to the State Department on the Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline, along with the collective effort of indigenous people, helped to delay the approval of the pipeline project.

WEA’s New Partnership to Address Environmental Violence

Project: Shedding Light on Environmental Violence in North America

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We are so proud to be in partnership with The Native Youth Sexual Health Network on a community-based research and advocacy initiative to address the environmental violence Indigenous women and  youth face as a result of extreme extraction.

Everything that impacts the land in turn impacts our bodies.

Visit the link below to learn more about this initiative, how it aims to address the impacts of extractive industries on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of Indigenous communities, how you can get involved or share your knowledge, or other ways you can support.

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Benefit Concert to Support the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and their Efforts

Project: Coordinating Advocacy to Protect Native Lands and Rights

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Where will you be tomorrow night?

Please join us at the Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland, CA for Wintu Ch’aawa, a benefit concert to honor and support the Winnemem Wintu Tribe as they continue their efforts to protect their culture, lifeways, and sacred lands from the Shasta Dam raise. The evening will feature Redstar, Michael Preston, Almas Fronterizas, an art auction and surprise guests!

WEA, along with Idle No More Hawaiʻi and Warriors Rising, is proud to be among the organizations and individuals co-sponsoring this event.

Please share far and wide, and we hope to see you there!

Ticket are $15 sliding scale. Space is limited, so buy your tickets soon, and thank you in advance for your support!

For more information: g.daniel.rodriguez@gmail.com

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