Indigenous Peoples’ Day – EverydayOrganizations
This week, as every week, we’re writing to you from the traditional lands and village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tualatin Kapaluya, Molalla, bands of Chinook, and many other Tribes and peoples that have made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers since time immemorial. Today, Indigenous folks from over 380 tribes live and thrive in the place we now call Portland; here, colonization and Indigenous resistance both persist into the present.
Every day is Indigenous People’s Day when we’re residing on and benefitting from stolen land. The climate justice movement in particular owes so much to Indigenous leaders and communities, who both live on the front lines of the climate crisis and lead the fight against its root causes. From Standing Rock to Wet’suwet’en Territory to the Klamath Tribes to O’Odham Jewed, Indigenous land and water defenders have long stood as the first line of defense against the greatest harms of the extractive economy.
Land defense doesn’t stop with pipelines. Around the world, when Indigenous communities manage land, forests, and resources, carbon sequestration and conservation outcomes improve. As we work to end the climate crisis, we can’t stop at keeping fossil fuels in the ground: we must be just as invested in keeping land in Indigenous hands, and in returning that which has already been stolen.
Wondering what you can do to take action in solidarity beyond Indigenous People’s Day? Here’s some places to start:
- Read the LANDBACK Manifesto; learn more and join the national campaign to get land back into Indigenous hands.
- Offer mutual aid to Fires Igniting the Spirit; donate supplies or funds to support long term housing and stability for Indigenous communities across the Pacific Northwest and in South Dakota.
- Donate to the Chúush Fund; support the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in restoring their access to clean water.
- Contribute to the Defend O’odham Land Bail Fund; support O’odham activists resisting the construction of the U.S./Mexico border wall across their homelands.
- Support the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA); fund community services and advocacy for Indigenous individuals and families in Portland.