Today, we invite you to join us in intentionally celebrating Indigenous Peopleâ€™s Day, an action that should not be confined to this day, October 11th, but rather, something we should all strive to incorporate into our daily lives.
We aim to use this statement to continue to uplift the stewards of the land we in the NADA office currently work from (Arapaho and Cheyenne Tribal Nations). We invite you to acknowledge the stewards of the land you currently reside on and to learn about local Indigenous peopleâ€™s resistance to the devastation of U.S. colonization past and present. Indigenous peopleâ€™s resistance and culture are not something of the past, but rather are very much of the present.
We join in the celebration of the win that President Biden is the first U.S. president to acknowledge Indigenous Peopleâ€™s Day. We also acknowledge that this action did not involve abolishing Columbus Day. This symbolic gesture demonstrates the incomplete resolution of the contradiction between US Indigenous people and the US government today.
Though our NADA work may be treating (health) symptoms, we also know that it has roots in this continentâ€™s radical social movements, movements that ask us to look at the systemic origins behind present conditions.
We strive to stay educated on the present day demands of Indigenous movements and highlight the following for you to deepen your personal research on and identify local actions to show your support of the Indigenous peoples around you:
- Do you know the stewards of the land you live on? Learn about the people and treaties specific to where you live.
- Uplift & support Indigenous Water Projectors like the campaign to Stop the Line 3 Pipeline
- Save the Date for our November Membership CafÃ© featuring Indigenous leaders from the NADA community – November 17 at 10am MT/12pm ET