Asserting Indigenous Sovereignty

My prayers are being answered as Indigenous peoples in the lands called Canada and the United States are asserting their authority. It has long been clear to me that fossil fueled capitalism, which is responsible for the deepening environmental chaos, will not voluntarily stop the rape of Mother Earth.

There were numerous Indigenous led events related to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. My friends in Des Moines, Iowa, have a message related to Christopher Columbus.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Des Moines, Iowa

Indigenous people led, and many were arrested at events related to People Vs Fossil Fuels events last week.

Indigenous leaders released the following statement.

We will no longer allow the U.S. government to separate us from our relationship to the sacred knowledge of Mother Earth and all who depend on her. Her songs have no end, so we must continue the unfinished work of our ancestors who have walked on before us. Because of colonization, our mission has been passed on generation after generation- to protect the sacred. Just as those who walked before us, we continue their song and rise for our youth, for the land, and for the water.  Politicians do not take care of us. Presidents will break their promises but Mother Earth has always given us what we need to thrive. We will not back down until our natural balance is restored.

For the land, for our waters, for our future– we must fight now so our young will thrive. 

You can arrest us, tear gas us, poison us but there will always be more hearts to continue the song until we are all free. 

Indigenous Environmental Network Oct. 14, 2021


The work to stop the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline on Wet’suwet’en lands continues. Investors in the pipeline are warned to stop funding genocide.

On October 17th, Lihkt’samisyu Chiefs Dsta’hyl and Tsebesa took action, decommissioning and seizing construction equipment by the Likht’samisyu Clan in accordance with its laws.

LIHT’SAMISYU TERRITORY – On October 17th, Lihkt’samisyu Chiefs Dsta’hyl and Tsebesa took action as Coastal Gaslink workers continued to trespass on Wet’suwet’en territory in violation of Wet’suwet’en laws and Canada’s own constitution. The Chiefs instructed Coastal Gaslink to remove all equipment from Lihkts’amisyu territory immediately, indicating that otherwise it would be decommissioned and seized by the Likht’samisyu Clan in accordance with its laws.

Full article here:…

Donations can be made to support the struggle of the Lihkts’amisyu clan of the Wet’suwet’en at the groups Go Fund Me page. You may also contribute by e-transfer. E-transfer donations sent to will be deposited into a clan donation account with multiple signers. To find out more, visit, and follow them on Facebook at Twitter at and Instagram at….

In Iowa we held our first vigil to support the Wet’suwet’en in February 2020.

Support for Wet’suwet’en peoples in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb 2020

Last week in Des Moines, after our food distribution work, some of my Mutual Aid friends showed their support for the Wet’suwet’en (using signs from last year’s vigil).

Des Moines, Iowa October 9, 2021

Sleydo’ and our Haudenosaunee relatives discuss impacts of colonization, industry, RCMP and how we are painted by government and media to distract from our true goal of protecting our land and people. Indigenous people understand each other. We all face the same threats. It’s why we stand united with each other. For more information please go to Follow us on: Twitter @Gidimten FB @wetsuwetenstrong IG @yintah_access #AllOutForWedzinKwa



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