American Indian Law Alliance https://aila.ngo Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:11:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://aila.ngo/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cropped-AILA-favicon-1-32x32.png American Indian Law Alliance https://aila.ngo 32 32 143209476 Patagonia Storefront in Support of Onondaga Lake https://aila.ngo/patagonia-storefront-in-support-of-onondaga-lake/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:08:57 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=6141 The post Patagonia Storefront in Support of Onondaga Lake appeared first on American Indian Law Alliance.

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Remembering Esmeralda https://aila.ngo/remembering-esmeralda/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:33:47 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=5837 What a gift to know a giant among humans. Esmerlada— our dear sister and friend; our Elder and teacher has passed on. We know that she can rest now, and no longer will feel pain. For that, we are thankful.…

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What a gift to know a giant among humans.
Esmerlada— our dear sister and friend; our Elder and teacher has passed on. We know that she can rest now, and no longer will feel pain. For that, we are thankful. We are thinking of her husband Waldaba, her daughter Zulane and all her close family and friends all over the world who are mourning her passing.
Esmeralda was a woman of African descent from Panama and she was so proud of her people. She dedicated her life to peoples of African descent and Indigenous Peoples. If you knew her, you know she was an amazing storyteller, always captivating the room with her stories. Esmeralda was incredibly elegant in her style and her way of being. She had a smile that lit up any room. Esmeralda was altruistic, always serving others and assisting in any way she could.
We know the work that Esmeralda devoted her life to—the empowerment of peoples of African descent, the Global South and Indigenous Peoples—continues. We know our movements have been left much stronger due to Esmeralda’s work. She advanced our work at all levels— locally, regionally and globally. Her work with the Southern Diaspora Research & Development Center was deeply impactful, especially in communities of African descent in Central America. She was one of the founding mothers of the Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus and Global Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus.
Esmeralda was always building relationships between Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island/Abya Yala and peoples of African descent. She always honored the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and proudly said that the Onondaga Nation chiefs were her chiefs, too.
For generations to come, we know our work builds upon her foundation and our work is an unbroken continuation of her work, across generations, places and Peoples.
We will miss her so much. We know that Aunt Tonya and Ingrid greeted her. And we know they must be having a wonderful time together.
Thank you for everything Esmeralda. We love you.
~ Betty Lyons, President, American Indian Law Alliance
~ Roger Drew, friend of American Indian Law Alliance
https://aila.ngo

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Christian Domination and the Failure of ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ https://aila.ngo/christian-domination-and-the-failure-of-truth-and-reconciliation/ Tue, 02 Jul 2019 17:18:53 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=4833 A conference in Onondaga Nation Territory, at Syracuse University and Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center, Saturday and Sunday, 17-18 August 2019. This conference continues discussions between religious communities and Indigenous Peoples about the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (DOCD) so that…

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A conference in Onondaga Nation Territory, at Syracuse University and Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center, Saturday and Sunday, 17-18 August 2019.

This conference continues discussions between religious communities and Indigenous Peoples about the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (DOCD) so that real healing can occur. “Truth and Reconciliation” efforts in settler-colonial states have the appearance of resolving the history of conquest and domination but often do not result in a healing of Indigenous Peoples and their lands. Using words like reconciliation, repudiation, domination, discovery, conquest, missionization, colonialism and settler-colonialism, or referring to Indigenous Peoples in the singular or as populations, issues or groups, has consequences. Noam Chomsky, George Lakoff, and Steven Newcomb remind us that word choice matters and, although these concepts appear benign, they actually perpetuate and give cover to a violent past. The Doctrine of Discovery continues to be a matter of urgent concern for Indigenous Peoples around the world. It has emboldened trans-national corporations to further their extraction practices everywhere forcing standoffs and migration of Indigenous Peoples. Our lineup of speakers will address international migration issues and the connection between the Doctrine of Discovery and the destruction of Mother Earth.

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Urgent Action request to UNOHCHR Regional Office for Central America https://aila.ngo/urgent-action-request-to-unhchr-regional-office-for-central-america/ Tue, 07 May 2019 23:05:36 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=4336 Call for Solidarity and Support of Indigenous Peoples NYA•WEÑHA SKÄ•NOÑH: Thank you for being well Below is a letter of concern delivered by the American Indian Law Alliance (aila.ngo) to the UN OHCHR on behalf of our friend and colleague…

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Call for Solidarity and Support of Indigenous Peoples

NYA•WEÑHA SKÄ•NOÑH: Thank you for being well

Below is a letter of concern delivered by the American Indian Law Alliance (aila.ngo) to the UN OHCHR on behalf of our friend and colleague Margot Pérez. The below letter addresses not only her specific case but also the systematic violence and persecution that indigenous peoples face around the the globe. We ask that you join us in taking action and demand that the United Nations act in support of Indigenous Peoples. Please join us in solidarity and support the call to action to end the persecution and oppression of indigenous peoples in Cuzcátlan [El Salvador].

Please take a moment to sign the petition started by TONATIERRA on Action Network.

Or if you have the time to email or send a letter to the the Regional Office for Central America of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Here is the email address: pregionaloffice@ohchr.org

Below is a copy of the letter sent by the American Indian Law Alliance for you to use as a template if you need assistance. for those emailing a letter it would be wonderful if you could cc: aila@aila.ngo and
tonal@tonatierra.org.

Thank you,

Gaeñ hia uh/Betty Lyons


Letter To:
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – Central America
Attn: Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria
House of the United Nations,
Temporary offices:

City of Knowledge, Building 104 – Innova 104
Offices 17
Panama City, Panama

 

Dear Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria,

We send you this urgent request for your immediate response and action in the protection of our Indigenous sister Margot Pérez, leader and spokesperson for the Network of the Smiling Jaguar of Indigenous Peoples in El Salvador. Ms. Margot Perez is from the western zone of El Salvador in Nahuizalco. She is an advocate for our Indigenous Peoples and a protector of sacred elements such as lands and rivers that we all depend upon for life.

Ms. Margot Perez has had to flee her home community of Nahuizalco and is now in hiding, and in grave danger for her life. Reports are that the military police in Nahuizalco had been harassing Jose Alfredo Hernandez, brother-in-law to Margot Perez. The military police have been extorting him for money and demanding that he reveal the whereabouts of Nano Margo Perez.

When he did not submit, Jose Alfredo Hernandez was shot five times and murdered by military police on May 3rd, 2019.

At this moment, Maria Magdalena Perez (wife of Jose Alfredo Hernandez) is also in immediate danger and exposure as well as her three children Wendy Magdalena, Estefany Gabriela, and Soe Valentina.

The assassins who killed Jose Alfredo Hernandez on May 3rd are known killers at the service of the corrupt local authorities who have been operating with impunity in El Salvador since the Matanza of ’32.

Hired assassins have threatened Margot Perez at the service of the hydroelectric power plants. The protection of life and the protection of people must be a priority for the state, but in this case, we only see a failed, blind, deaf and mute state. Therefore, we condemn the persecution of Margot Pérez and the cowardly murder of her brother-in-law José Alfredo Hernández, which occurred on May 3rd, 2019, in the city of Nahuizalco, El Salvador.

WE MAKE AN URGENT CALL FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE AND ATTENTION TO THIS GRAVE CONCERN OF IMMEDIATE DANGER TO OUR RELATIVES AND ASK THAT YOU COMMISSION A FACT-FINDING OBSERVATORY MISSION TO NAHUIZALCO, EL SALVADOR IMMEDIATELY TO PREVENT FURTHER VIOLENCE AND LOSS OF LIFE.

We reject the inoperative conduct of the state authorities and their indifference to these facts.

We call for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights investigate and help us clarify these facts on the ground to bring to justice the intellectual and material authors of these criminal acts.

Please contact me at the earliest possible moment to confirm receipt of this message and coordinate a swift and effective response by your office.

Sincerely yours,

 

Gaeñ hia uh/Betty Lyons
Executive Director
American Indian Law Alliance
www.aila.ngo

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Doctrine of Discovery and Colonial Terrorism https://aila.ngo/doctrine-of-discovery-and-colonial-terrorism/ Fri, 26 Apr 2019 18:38:44 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=4209 The truth, while spoken, never dies. It is a flame that may rest, smouldering in our bones. Perhaps for generations Yet in these very lines it will rekindle We are the flame that never died on battlegrounds of old And…

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The truth, while spoken, never dies.
It is a flame that may rest, smouldering in our bones.
Perhaps for generations
Yet in these very lines it will rekindle
We are the flame that never died on battlegrounds of old
And for as long as I breathe my story
I am not vanquished
I am my fallen ancestors, risen again, each time our tale is told
Still here today, a laughing, dancing, love-making testament
against any notion of conquest,
Speaking our truth, singing of those who slipped between the privileged pages of history
Loving new generations into being
New bearers of the flame
That never dies.

The Doctrine of Discovery and Colonial Terrorism: A Dialogue Between Sovereign Women, Weaving Indigenous Truths Across Time and Space.

  • Tuesday 30 April, 2019.
  • 6:30PM
  • ORA Gallery
  • 51, 7th Avenue, New York, New York.
  • ↗︎ Facebook Event

Like the rings of a tree, the record of our people, our indigenous truth, is carried in the bones of indigenous women, which we bear forth with every birth onto our lands. Our bodies bear the testament of colonial invasion by empires both state and corporate and the stories continue through the bloodlines of indigenous survivors. While settler colonial governments present terrorist atrocities as aberrations, carried out by others – we carry the truth that terrorists atrocities began with the arrival of colonialism and continue everyday in the violent systems upheld by settler colonial governments. In this dialogue between Sovereign Women held amongst Māori and Pacific artworks on the Doctrine of Discovery, Indigenous truths will be woven from the past to the present with a vision to the future and across continents between Māori and Haudenosaunee Nations.

Panelists:

  • Betty Lyons (Onondaga, Snipe Clan)
  • Beverly Jacobs (Kanienkehaka, Bear Clan)
  • Dawn Martin-Hill (Mohawk, Wolf Clan)
  • Tina Ngata (Māori, Ngati Porou)

 

 

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Spring Social with Silver Cloud Singers https://aila.ngo/spring-social-with-silver-cloud-singers/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 18:43:26 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=4075 Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective, LaMaMa Indigenous Initiative, And American Indian Law Alliance present: Spring Social Host Drum: SilverCloud Singers (NYC) Come and enjoy an evening of Free Food, Socializing, Singing and Dancing, Games, 50/50 Raffle and Door Prizes Location: The…

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Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective, LaMaMa Indigenous Initiative, And
American Indian Law Alliance
present:

Spring Social

Host Drum: SilverCloud Singers (NYC)

Come and enjoy an evening of Free Food, Socializing, Singing and Dancing, Games, 50/50 Raffle and Door Prizes

Location: The Carriage House

225 East 67th Street Between 2nd and 3rd ave,
New York, NY 10065

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM-10:00pm

For more information contact safeharborsic@gmail.com or call 551-208-2844

Sponsors:

⤓ Download the Spring Social Flyer as a PDF

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Indigenous Women of the Americas Protecting Mother Earth https://aila.ngo/indigenous-women-of-the-americas-protecting-mother-earth/ Tue, 09 Apr 2019 18:28:28 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=4050 Join us for – ‘Indigenous Women of the Americas Protecting Mother Earth: Struggles and Climate Change Solutions, 2019′ – to be presented at the United Nations Church Center in New York City on Tuesday April 23rd, from 5:00 to 8:00…

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Join us for – ‘Indigenous Women of the Americas Protecting Mother Earth: Struggles and Climate Change Solutions, 2019′ – to be presented at the United Nations Church Center in New York City on Tuesday April 23rd, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

This public event, organized and facilitated by WECAN International, is being held in parallel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues happening in NYC at this time, with the expressed purpose of ensuring that the vital voices of Indigenous women leaders are heard by the public, media and government representatives during the formal UN processes.

Outstanding Indigenous women presenters of North and South America will speak out against the environmentally and socially destructive activities and policies threatening their homelands, and present the visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable future for their communities and the Earth. Their diverse struggles and solutions will be contextualized within a frame of rapid climate change, fossil fuel extraction, attacks and criminalization against Indigenous women land defenders, biologic and cultural diversity protection, changing destructive economic frameworks, forest protection, and community-led solutions – demonstrating just why honoring Indigenous rights and knowledge is so essential for the survival and well-being of us all.

Speakers:

  • Betty Lyons, (Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan)
    President & Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance (AILA),Indigenous and environmental activist, and citizen of the Onondaga Nation, Turtle Island, USA.
  • Sônia Bone Guajajara, Executive Coordinator for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). Sônia Guajajara comes from the Araribóia Indigenous Land, of the Guajajara people, Brazil.
  • Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo) is the founder and co-director of the Divest Invest Protect campaign. She is an indigenous human rights lawyer and a commissioner on the Navajo Human Rights Commission, Turtle Island, USA.
  • Catalina Chumpi (Shuar), Coordinator of the Organization of Indigenous Women of Pastaza Province (COMNAP) and member of “Amazonian Women Defenders Against Extraction”, Ecuadorian Amazon.
    *With translation and comments by Leila Salazar Lopez, Executive Director Amazon Watch
  • LaDonna Brave Bull Allard (Lakota) Historian, member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and founder/landowner of Sacred Stone Camp, Turtle Island, USA.
  • Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation) Just Transition Director, Indigenous Climate Action, Canada.
  • Event Organizer and Moderator: Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International

Registration requested but not required.Thank you!

Not in New York? You can live-stream this event on WECAN’s Facebook page.

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Nuclear Reactors are not “Green” https://aila.ngo/nuclear-reactors-are-not-green/ Wed, 27 Mar 2019 21:24:21 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=3897 A Red Paper by Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force and American Indian Law Alliance. As we work together to attempt to save the Mother Earth from climate chaos, it is important not to be mis-lead by false claims. We…

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A Red Paper by Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force and American Indian Law Alliance.
As we work together to attempt to save the Mother Earth from climate chaos, it is important not to be mis-lead by false claims. We were told that fracked gas [methane] was a “bridge fuel”, as were to transition to renewable energy generations. We learned that fracking was a bridge to nowhere and that fracked gas is actually worse than burning coal, due to the extreme impacts of methane on climate change. Today, New York State and Bill Gates have taken the position that nuclear reactor generated electricity is “green”; but we know this is false, short sighted and once again, fails to account for the entire life cycle of the uranium/nuclear reactor industry.One of the voices that has here-to-fore been excluded from this discussion is that of Indigenous peoples. On December 15, 2018, the Onondaga Nation, joined by the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force and the American Indian Law Alliance, filed a motion to join, as Amici Curiae,1  the state court challenge to Governor Cuomo’s 2015 “Clean Energy Standard”, which used the false claim of “clean” nuclear energy to meet his goal of 50 % clean power production for the state by 2030.This red paper is largely taken from the text of the Nation’s General Counsel’s Affirmation in support of that Amici motion, but the legal text that was necessary to meet the standards for such motion has been removed, to make it more readable and hopefully, more useable. 

 

For more see the attached Nuclear Reactors are Not Green Red Paper (46 page PDF)


Footnotes

  1. Amicus curiae means “friend of the court” and it is a limited appearance in law suits–not joining as a full party, but raising facts and arguments about issues which other parties have failed to bring to the court.↩

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Imposed Borders https://aila.ngo/imposed-borders/ Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:57:43 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=3788 Imposed Borders of Colonialism: Violence against Indigenous Women, Indigenous Girls and Mother Earth Friday, March 15, 2019 12:30 pm Location: 4 West 43rd Street, Manhattan (43rd St. between 5th & 6th Ave.) Room: Gallery Official side event of the UN…

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Imposed Borders of Colonialism: Violence against Indigenous Women, Indigenous Girls and Mother Earth

  • Friday, March 15, 2019
  • 12:30 pm
  • Location: 4 West 43rd Street, Manhattan (43rd St. between 5th & 6th Ave.)
  • Room: Gallery

Official side event of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
The panel will discuss the interconnectedness of the effects of imposed borders on Indigenous women and girls and the effects this has on our Mother Earth.

Speakers: Evie Reyes-Aguirre (Izkaloteka Mexica Aztec) Community Organizer and Advocate, Tonatierra, Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation) Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance, Haydeé Giron Sánchez (Nahuat Nation) President of Techantit Cultural Center Los Angeles, California, Tupac Enrique Acosta (Izkaloteka) Founder and Coordinator of Tonatierra.

Sponsors: American Indian Law Alliance; Tonatierra; Indigenous Values Initiative; Southern Diaspora Research & Development Center; and Flying Eagle Woman Fund.

Questions? Email: AILAUnitedNations@gmail.com

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Spectrum News Coverage of the Vigil Against Violence at the border https://aila.ngo/spectrum-news-coverage-of-the-vigil-against-violence-at-the-border/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:31:23 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=2517 “It seems like it’s getting worse and our country is divided on the whole issue,” said Sidney Hill, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Tadodaho. “We feel that it’s our duty to support these people and their struggles, if it’s just acknowledgment, if it’s…

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“It seems like it’s getting worse and our country is divided on the whole issue,” said Sidney Hill, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Tadodaho. “We feel that it’s our duty to support these people and their struggles, if it’s just acknowledgment, if it’s helping out and let them tell us what we can do.”

Spectrum News.

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Betty Lyons to Speak at Iona College https://aila.ngo/betty-lyons-to-speak-at-iona-college/ Sun, 04 Nov 2018 17:50:14 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=2267 Thursday, November 8 at 12:00pm: AILA’s President Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation) will offer the keynote address at Iona College’s annual Week of the Peacemaker. The title of her keynote address is: “We Know Our Relatives: Indigenous Nations Rejecting Colonial Borders.”…

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Thursday, November 8 at 12:00pm: AILA’s President Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation) will offer the keynote address at Iona College’s annual Week of the Peacemaker.

The title of her keynote address is: “We Know Our Relatives: Indigenous Nations Rejecting Colonial Borders.”

Location: Iona College, Murphy Auditorium 715 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Everyone is invited to attend this free event.

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Statement on Cuomo wanting to add Columbus statue to historic registers https://aila.ngo/statement-on-cuomo-wanting-to-add-columbus-statue-to-historic-registers/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 20:39:23 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=2133 Statement by Gaen hia uh, Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan), President & Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance: “Governor Cuomo, in calling for adding the statue of Christopher Columbus to the State Register of Historic Places, and…

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Statement by Gaen hia uh, Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan), President & Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance:

“Governor Cuomo, in calling for adding the statue of Christopher Columbus to the State Register of Historic Places, and calling for its inclusion on the National Register, has once again demonstrated his unwillingness to listen to the legitimate concerns of more than 100,000 Indigenous peoples living within the borders of New York State, and many millions more living within the borders of the United States.

The statue of Christopher Columbus is indeed a ‘powerful symbol,’ one that represents his crucial role in inaugurating a systematic campaign of genocide, enslavement, exploitation of children and the taking of countless lands from the millions of Indigenous peoples who originated and lived here when the European explorers first arrived to the so-called ‘New World.’ Columbus’ diary demonstrates these degradations are core to what he believed and did.

Perhaps we should not be surprised since the Governor has been willfully insensitive to the concerns Indigenous peoples and our neighbors in upstate New York have expressed at the state’s failure to deal with the environmental disaster that still afflicts our sacred Onondaga Lake and other part of our natural world after more than a century of exploitation of our environment.

The Governor’s willful intent to keep promoting Columbus after knowing the death, destruction and domination his voyage brought upon these lands and Indigenous peoples is unconscionable and outrageous. The irony is that this is a move we would see come from the Trump administration who issued a statement glorifying Columbus yesterday. We continue to see that human rights too often get overlooked in the political realities of an election year.

The Governor should look to the more than 90 cities, counties and other governmental jurisdictions that have renamed Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day, a call to justice and honor that would have honored him and the people of New York. The Governor has not met with the Onondaga Nation nor the Haudenosaunee Confederacy; that would be a truly historic action to begin the process of healing the wounds afflicting our land, our peoples and our spirit that were set off by Columbus’ voyage 524 years ago.”

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Happy Indigenous People’s Day https://aila.ngo/happy-indigenous-peoples-day/ Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:07:50 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=2131 Happy Indigenous People’s Day. That is what people are saying today in 90 cities and counties large and small across the country today, ranging from Los Angeles and Phoenix to Ithaca.  This is not Columbus Day, NY Daily News Op-Ed…

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Happy Indigenous People’s Day.
That is what people are saying today in 90 cities and counties large and small across the country today, ranging from Los Angeles and Phoenix to Ithaca.

 This is not Columbus Day, NY Daily News Op-Ed by Betty Lyons

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NYT article on the Cicadas return to Onondaga Nation https://aila.ngo/nyt-article-on-the-cicadas-return-to-onondaga-nation/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:02:52 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=2128  A Story of Survival Revived by the Cicadas’ Loud (and Crunchy) Return  

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 A Story of Survival Revived by the Cicadas’ Loud (and Crunchy) Return

 

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Op-Ed: Dreamers must be protected – as Indigenous Peoples were not https://aila.ngo/op-ed-dreamers-must-protected-indigenous-peoples-not/ Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:25:13 +0000 https://aila.ngo/?p=966 We want to share this new op-ed, “Dreamers Must be Protected – as Indigenous Peoples Were Not,” by Betty Lyons, President of the American Indian Law Alliance, which was published today in The Guardian. Please share and post this op-ed…

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We want to share this new op-ed, “Dreamers Must be Protected – as Indigenous Peoples Were Not,” by Betty Lyons, President of the American Indian Law Alliance, which was published today in The Guardian.
Please share and post this op-ed on social media. We’re using the hashtag: #HumanRightsCannotBeDeferred.

For us, DACA is not an immigration crisis. It is a human rights crisis. And human rights cannot be deferred. Every day approximately 122 people lose DACA protection. This cruel policy immorally punishes and traumatizes innocent young people and their families.As Indigenous Peoples, we know our history and we know our relatives. Many so-called “undocumented” people are in fact Indigenous Peoples, children of Original Nations with a millennial history of travel across the continent to trade and engage in ceremonial obligations at sacred sites of their traditional territories before the US existed.

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