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An Indigenous Led Regenerative Economy

During this era of climate change, humanity needs a worldwide shift in consciousness that will move the global market economy from extractive to regenerative-. Worldwide, it is time to insist that governments, corporate conglomerates, i.e., the elite and ruling classes make systematic changes that will allow for a renaissance where Indigenous stewardship of our planet can move to the forefront. There is an essential need to actualize Indigenous Peoples’ socio-economic and holistic worldviews. Indigenous visionaries and culture bearers need to be heard so we can usher in a regenerative economy. Here in the occupied land now called Iowa, a collective of Indigenous organizers is insisting that Big-Ag stop making our state its sacrifice zone.

CURRENT CAMPAIGN

We strive to do it all here at Indigenous Iowa. We work on many initiatives to improve the environment and the lives of others and are very proud of the work we do. Learn about our initiatives, and what we are working on every day in order to promote change.

Iowa is a strategic political state because it is host to the first contest of the presidential primaries. It’s why, when given the opportunity to encourage Indigenous voting in this state we saw a great opportunity to empower our people’s voice. However, we believe in abolishing border imperialism and so instead of focusing on the colonial settler imposed state of Iowa we decided to base our voting initiative on an Ioway made map that depicts their own history between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. We encourage Indigenous people to vote based on ecological and ancestral boundaries with the intent of dismantling oppressive borders and decolonizing the vote

--which is why we began the Riverland Native Voter Project.

 

Indigenous voting campaigns in Iowa are unique. Most importantly, the impact could be powerful based on 1) the strategic place it holds due to the fact that it is host to the first contest of the presidential primary season; 2) Twenty-eight First Nations still have ancestral land ties here; 3) Iowa is Big-Ag's sacrifice zone and so it is the most biologically colonized state in the country. Big-Ag is taking family farms and, politically, this issue has huge voting potential here if framed right; 4) We hope to unite the POC and immigrant population through Indigenous ties to the land, and; 5) This campaign will reach people outside of Iowa based on our ancestral territorial boundaries. Essentially, we will entice people to vote based on our own "borders"; 6) We will integrate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into our platform, which is key to getting our work nationally and internationally recognized.

 

Empowered Indigenous voices will decolonize the political system. Voting based on ancestral boundaries will abolish border imperialism. This is the Riverland Native Voter Project.

 

Empower your voice. Decolonize the system. Go vote!

 

We are proud to partner with Seeding Sovereignty on this project.

For more Info, go to: facebook.com/RiverlandNativeVoterProject

Riverland Native Voter Project

Little Creek Camp

We strive to do it all here at Indigenous Iowa. We work on many initiatives to improve the environment and the lives of others and are very proud of the work we do. Learn about our initiatives, and what we are working on every day in order to promote change.

First Nation - Farmer Climate Unity March

September 1 – 8, 2018

Landowners who had their property taken by force for the Dakota Access Pipeline have joined with the Iowa Sierra Club in a lawsuit against the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). They allege that the IUB illegally allowed Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) to use eminent domain to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. Their case is strong and has potentially historic significance.

To raise awareness of the importance of this lawsuit, Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa are partnering with the Sierra Club Iowa Chapter and Seeding Sovereignty to organize an eight-day, 90-mile march. Fifty marchers will set out from the IUB’s headquarters in Des Moines on Saturday, September 1. They’ll follow the general route of the pipeline through Story, Boone and Webster counties and arrive in Fort Dodge on September 8 for an action at the conclusion of the March.

Little Creek Camp

 

We established Little Creek Camp which was a peaceful, environmentally progressive "think tank" rooted in indigenous thought and practice. It ran from February - August 2017. 

 

LLC Vision Statement Written at the Camp 

The vision of Little Creek is multifaceted, but with one holistic goal: decolonization. Colonization is the act of exploiting the land and in the process mitigating the Indigenous population through assimilation and annihilation. Worldwide colonization has produced a world of subjugated human beings, a commodified society, and climate change. During this current wave of colonization, all injustices have converged into the issue of global climate change. The Christian ideology that god gave man dominion over the Earth has been woven deeply in the human psyche; from this hubris, humans have exploited the Earth and each other. Globalized markets and modern bureaucratic states developed side by side, and for each other’s benefit, from a common source--from the systems of slavery that gave birth to the industrial revolution. Little Creek water protectors are aware of this problematic reality and strive to change it through our environmentally progressive "think tank" which is rooted in indigenous thought and practice. It is time to empower the Indigenous worldview and listen to what our ancestors said about caring for our earth like a mother. We do this by:

 

  1. Continuing the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa by campaigning locally and educating the public about the court case of landowners/Sierra Club vs. Iowa Utilities Board. The goal is to inform Iowans about the many levels of corruption surrounding the construction of DAPL in this state and empower them to voice their opinion to the Iowa Supreme Court.

  2. Addressing local struggles in the state of Iowa such as Monsanto, Industrial runoff, pig farms, deportation, immigrant exploitation, LGBTQ struggles, police brutality, and other social and environmental injustice issues.

  3. Dismantling Imperial Colonialism: resisting the current colonized administration and economy. Building a global resistance movement.

  4. Building a sustainable community that provides an example of how to change the economy through indigenous, sustainable living practices.

  5. Being prayerful and peaceful and respecting our sacred fire so we may help people heal from the atrocities of Standing Rock and/or any other issues that need tending. The work that we carry out is part of the healing, along with prayer, sweat and ceremony.

NoDAPL - Iowa

We work with many organizations in Iowa, such as the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, 100 Grannies, Mississippi Stand and Bold Iowa in order to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline. We are committed to preserving our sacred sites, the landscape and the health of the land and waterways here in Iowa.

NoDAPL - Standing Rock

Many members of our organization regularly traveled to the camps in North Dakota to deliver supplies and volunteer their time in order to help the NoDAPL movement. Our group constantly fundraised, collected supplies, spoke and wrote on behalf of both Standing Rock and Mississippi Stand camps. We are still involved in the movement through divestment campaigns, climate marches and ongoing educational events.

Indigenous Peoples Day

On October 10th, we joined the UIOWA Native American Student Association in order to educate the public about the false history of Columbus Day and why it should be renamed Indigenous Peoples Day. We also discussed the the pipeline which is a result of the colonialist mentality. A video of the event is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlD-TfEhsLA

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