Organizations just like the NDN collective — an Indigenous-led group working to construct the collective energy of Indigenous peoples and to advertise justice and fairness for the betterment of all residing beings and the planet — insist that symbols like Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Native American Heritage Month in November and the actions they characterize matter. They assist to develop a story that fuels change and counters makes an attempt to invisibilize and erase the presence and rights to self-determination of Indigenous peoples. Because the NDN Collective said,
“Indigenous persons are combating on your future, too.
… what’s good for Indigenous Peoples is nice for all Peoples.
We battle to honor, defend, and defend the unique homelands of our ancestors, our non-human relations, Water, Sky, and every thing that continues to be.
We battle for Indigenous-led, community-based options, of which our ancestors modeled within the path in the direction of self-determination
We battle for the longer term — the generations who’re inheriting these modern-day issues. Those who will carry this battle to its conclusion. Sturdy, brave, and unapologetically Indigenous.
However our battle just isn’t ours alone, as a result of our future is a shared one. And the detriments that we face on account of colonization, capitalism, and oppression impacts us all.
In order we advocate, take motion, and problem numerous violent and harmful techniques, know that we’re combating on your future too.
One the place our kids, kin, and Mom Earth can thrive in concord as soon as once more.”
We acknowledge Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a time to develop and deepen our dedication to supporting Indigenous resistance and sovereignty and demonstrating solidarity — not simply throughout this designated day however all year long.
For Farm Sanctuary, a corporation offering sanctuary for livestock on ancestral Place of origin, it is vital that we acknowledge the historical past of erasure and violence towards Indigenous peoples and the realities of our present meals system as a legacy of colonization and settler colonial animal agriculture.
Throughout European colonization, livestock-based agriculture was a driving power in growth, and livestock grew to become devices within the displacement of Native peoples from their dwelling territories. We acknowledge this hurt and decide to working towards affirming and honoring the realities of injustice and inequity skilled by tribal communities all through the US via dialogue, training, relationship-building, and collaboration.
As we replicate on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we acknowledge:
The Seneca Nation: In Watkins Glen, New York, Farm Sanctuary operates on the standard land of the Seneca folks, a part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Middle, about two hours from the Watkins Glen sanctuary, is the house of the Seneca Iroquois Nationwide Museum. The museum’s displays share the huge historical past and wealthy tradition and heritage of the Seneca Nation, the most important and westernmost nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, who’re known as “the Keepers of the Western door.”