December 12, 2016
invisible in the dominate cultures media, history, and education. I now believe it is up
to us to teach there is still power in our words and how we use them with the people
around us. I initially felt my purpose to voice this narrative was in journalism now I am
choosing to become an educator. Education has been viewed as something we only learn
in our youth that adults and people of all races have stopped pursuing real knowledge.
It’s the difference of knowing what is the map, and what is the maze. My sense of urgency
increased with the births of my sons’ and my husband joining the US Navy to support us.
I’m a Xicana from Denver and I’ve been blessed by so many that believed in me I returned
back to school currently for a Master’s in Education and possible Doctorate.
Education reform and support is vital right now on the national front and it’s going to have
to come from us. I do think this is a matter of survival. No balanced culture can exist if we
are not able to think critically of our environment, history, and future generations if we do
not have all perspectives that are impacted, fully represented. Now in the current political
climate I worry knowledge will be the first casualty. I personally feel, it already has been.
I find my son confused when I give him further history on a subject and it conflicts with
what was just taught at school. Granted parents should always be active in their children’s
education, but it’s the same lessons my parents have had to teach me and I remember
the initial shock and confusion of, “why was this story not told?” But I’m an Urban Indian
and so is he, this is the world we live in, and to a certain degree we will always live in two
worlds of understanding. I have to work with in this system that I have right now,
so I’m choosing education, because my goal is to help the future generations after me.
I don’t know how hard of expressing our narrative in education is going to be,
but I’m assuming it is going to last my lifetime.
Indigenous Environmental Network on Army Corps Statement
Cannon Ball, ND - In a letter to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they have not made a final decision on whether to grant Dakota Access an easement to drill under the Missouri River.
In response to the Army Corps’ statement the Indigenous Environmental Network issued the following statement:
“This statement from the Army Corps of Engineers is not a final victory by any means, but is a positive sign. While construction has been delayed under Corps’ land bordering Lake Oahe, Energy Transfer Partners continues to build the Dakota Pipeline elsewhere in Iowa, Illinois and North Dakota.
However, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) remains hopeful and we recognize the Army Corps’ support in exercising the right to hold peaceful demonstrations and also urge Water Protectors to remain non-violent. The Army Corps noted, “we fully support the rights of all Americans to assemble and speak freely.”
IEN will continue to hold the Obama administration to its commitment to prevent environmental injustice and to recognize the rights of Native Nations and its Indigenous Peoples. Furthermore, we will continue to put pressure on the Army Corps and the Obama Administration to not grant the easement, Section 408, for Dakota Access to cross the Missouri River, to rescind the permits given under Nationwide Permit 12 or to order a full environmental impact statement.
We are all a part of a prophecy for humanity to reevaluate the sacredness of this earth. That is what this movement is about. Not granting the easement will be a step in the right direction to respect the original peoples of this country and the life cycles of Mother Earth.”
Thank you for the kind words and support from the community for our award from the San Diego Press Club. Our team of dedicated community journalists has long been engaged in shining a light on our indigenous and often overlooked family.
The website component www.indianvoices.net has been invigorated by the attention and patient supervision of our Social Media Administrator Yvonne-Cher Skye who has diligently worked on guiding the website to reflect not only a comprehensive overview of our unique community but to ensure that our intelligence is shared and utilized by all classes of society in order to work in harmony for the greater good of all people. It is through her diligence and hard work that we are able to capture this attention.
We are appreciative to not only the San Diego Press Club but also to all of the other professional Journalism associations devoted to safe guarding our U. S. Constitutional First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech. Thus preventing us from the fate of all of the broken treaties.
We support the growing independent media community who are creating viable journalistic alternatives to the disinformation created by the corporate-controlled media conglomerates currently manipulating the public psyche.
Thank you for your support as we continue the journey toward a People's Media that reflects Our spirit. - Rose Davis
join us at Sacred Stone Camp.
We need you now!
Dakota Access is going to attempt to complete this pipelne before the ground freezes and
We must stop them.
instead of the safety of the men, women and children peacefully assembled.
They have destroyed 380 Sacred Sites and disrespected generations of people.
If enough of YOU show up to the front lines they will not complete it.
You can help out in many ways!
Mni wiconi Brothers and Sisters!
Water is LIfe!
Until we meet in defense of the water.