RIGHTS, AND JUSTICE
IN THE USA
Our goal is to promote awareness and uplift Indigenous voices so our organization and other advocates can get more involved to directly aid in the fight for these rights. The Indigenous and First Nations people in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and abroad, who were the first people to live on and name Turtle Island before colonial settlers arrived from Europe, stamping the name America on their lands, have faced a multitude of cultural, systemic, environmental, treaty violations, and sexual and physical violence. Many of these issues are a result of big capitalist corporations with unsustainable goals destroying our environment with oil pipelines that poison our waterways. The disregard for Indigenous lives by non-Native people, corporations and the governments is unacceptable. The federal, state, and local laws create a maze of justice
There are 574 federally recognized tribes and 66 state recognized tribes in the U.S.. There has been major infringement for centuries on the treaties of their tribal lands. This is caused by people with malicious intent using loopholes in the laws in place to commit violence against Indigenous peoples, their culture, their land and environment.
The Real History of Indian Residential and Boarding Schools
September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day, an annual day of awareness and remembrance of the harm inflicted upon Indigenous children and their families through federal government and church controlled residential school systems. Phyllis Webstad, a Secwepemc and First Nations woman, and author of The Orange Shirt Story, was one out of many Indigenous children in the U.S. and Canada forced to attend a missionary-led school in the 1970’s. At only 6 years old, and excited to be attending school, her grandmother bought