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A Belated Good Indigenous Peoples’ Day to All of Us

During the days of Occupy encampments and General Assemblies across the land, many people, especially black and First Americans, advocated  changing their groups’ names to either ‘DeColonize’ or UnOccupy’ to remind us all that this is a stolen land, and that from their points of view, they and their traditional home territories had already been ‘Occupied’.   Their re-colonization writ large was underway, and growing stronger every day, as the third-worlders in our nation were reaping ever more of the hideous results of corporatization, capitalism, and neoliberalism by way downward economic pressures and toxic poisoning of their land, water, and air.  That almost all of us are now in that boat with them is increasingly crucial to acknowledge, as is the burgeoning sense that we are all related in  brother- and sisterhood, and indeed are composed of the same stardust.

For your related reading and viewing pleasure:

Kshama Sawant on the Establishment of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

After weeks of collaboration with Indigenous Rights activists, on Monday, October 6th, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously in favor of Resolution 31538, declaring the second Monday in October “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the City of Seattle. It was an honor to work with activists to draft the legislation, and to sponsor it. Check out the video of my speech and the transcript below.

Other cities that celebrate Indigenous People’s Day:

Minneapolis (as of this year)

Berkeley has since 1992.

On Columbus Day, UNM Students Organize “Indigenous People’s Resistance Tour of the University of New Mexico” at La Jicarita (wonderful photos, including this one:

From Owen McCormack at Truth-out, ‘Columbus Day and the Sanitization of History’.

Nick Estes’ review of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

‘American Holocaust of Native American Indians‘ (Full Documentary) is on youtube (about 30 minutes).


When the Earth is dying, there shall arise a new tribe of all colors and creeds. This tribe shall be called The Warriors of the Rainbow and it will
put it’s faith in actions not words.

~ Hopi Prophecy

Love as you’re able, peace when you can manage it, and Solidarity!

 And last but certainly not least, from Canadian-American Cree Buffy Sainte Marie:

(cross-posted at Café

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