I am personally ambivalent regarding Mr. Bundy’s specific claims to grazing lands and cattle grazing in Nevada. I feel certain there are environmental issues with cattle grazing practices in an arid region. As an Alaska Native and American Indian (descended from two distinct tribes) I would also be very sympathetic to any current indigenous claims to the land in question; but I am not aware of any.
I have seen two different reactions to the situation through social media from fellow Natives. The first has been unabashed support for anyone fighting the Feds. We have our own history of armed standoffs with government forces. Consequently, our organizations have been the target of intense repression by COINTELPRO and law enforcement. Additionally, a number of incidents, from entrapment of indigenous trappers to raids on hemp farms in sovereign territory have put the native population at odds with the Feds; nevermind the centuries of conflict between the United States and Native tribes.
Mike Fay | National Geographic Explorer in Residence – via Juneau Empire
Eleven of Southeast Alaska’s 19 federally recognized Tribes met in Craig, Prince of Wales at the Craig Tribal House in late March to join together in protecting their way of life from the impacts of transboundary mining projects underway in the Canadian headwaters of Alaska’s major rivers. The Tribal summit was sponsored by the Organized Village of Kasaan and resulted in a new Unified Tribal Transboundary Mining Workgroup.
More information at the Juneau Empire.
Our tribes, lands, and eco-systems straddle colonially imposed borders.
Forgive me if I fail to shed a tear.
The US flag burns at the Braves home opening game on April 9, 2014
I am presenting at the Alternative Sovereignties Conference at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Friday, May 9 – Erb Memorial Union
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Contesting Absence, Creating Presence – Maple Room
- Linda Fuller, “Indigenous Resistances: Modes, Visions, and Accomplishments”
- James Daria, “Land, Territory, and Autonomy: The Creation and Suppression of the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, Mexico.”
- Vince Rinehart, “Self-Constructing Tlingit Sovereignty”
- Celeste Pedri-Spade, “Nametoo (Anishinabemowin for “there is evidence that he/she was/is present”)”
I will be discussing ideas around what a true tribal nation looks like and how we can rebuild them today, using the construction of a de facto Tlingit Nation as an example. What were our tribes? They were networks of decentralized, autonomous clans, bands and villages that practiced a form of polycentric tribal law and common resource ownership. In the Tlingit world clans are everything. At the root of our societal breakdown and colonization is the destruction of our clans and the imposition of settler institutions. Rebuild our clans and sovereignty follows.
Courtesy of Tlingit Readers Inc.; produced by the late Andrew Hope III
Regarding tropical rain forests, but it still goes to show you that the ecological/environmental engine that is our world is extremely complex and interconnected.
Related: How many salmon come from Lingít Aaní and allied AK Native Territory?