Louise Miranda Ramirez has fought to protect her ancestral lands and cultural sites for most of her 60-plus-year lifetime. “It’s so hard to save our lands and ancestors when we’re living in areas with people who make lots of money and don’t care about us,” says Ramirez, the tribal chairwoman of the Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation, […]
The on-going battle for Hawaiian sovereignty took a turn recently when the federal government released a rule that could recognize native Hawaiians as a federally recognized tribe. This could give Hawaiians the same status as indigenous communities on the mainland have had. A process called Na’i Aupuni that promised a pathway for self-determination began a […]
In 2001, the late Russell Means of the Oglala Sioux nation visited Hawaiʻi where he shared his grandfather’s words regarding the impact federal recognition has had on indigenous peoples. “Grandson, all of this land someday will not be yours. That’s the reality of federal recognition. Someday, none of this will be yours. Welcome to America.” […]
After decades struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a non-federally recognized Ohlone tribe and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration. When this life-altering event fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path – to establish the […]
Adam Crepelle, a citizen of the United Houma Nation, writes about the tribe’s history, and its ongoing struggle to be officially recognized by the United States government. This article originally appeared on bridgethegulfproject.org I am a citizen of the United Houma Nation (UHN), Louisiana’s largest Indian tribe with over 17,000 citizens. Residing along the Gulf […]
The following article was written by Arthur Manuel, and published in The First Nations Strategic Bulletin (see below) Human Rights: Recognition and Coexistence of Aboriginal Land Rights in Canada In order to better understand the federal Comprehensive Claims Policy, the British Columbia Treaty Process, Negotiation Loan Funding, the Agreements-in-Principles and the 3 initialed Final Agreements […]
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