We are a multigenerational, youth-led model by and for indigenous and non-indigenous women based on mentoring relationships and principles of unity, solidarity, justice, sharing, and respect.
Seeding Sovereignty honors the fact that Indigenous sovereignty prioritizes the rights of the Earth, of Plants, Animals and coming generations, and views their role as sovereign people as protectors of all those who cannot speak, of their communities, honoring the life force that moves through everything.
Dominant recorded history (and current dictionary definitions) of sovereignty view life as a hierarchy of service and social cast. It views Mother Earth, her children, the animals and plants as resources to be used to reenforce a system of power and dominion, focused on individuals.
Fossil fuel pipelines are pipelines to many forms of oppression and injustice. We are launching a program for young women to train as drone pilots and a multimedia platform to use their sovereign voices to make connections between generations, issues, and communities.
The spirit of the Standing Rock is being shared in frontline communities that have emerged to fight fossil fuel extraction to protect mni wiconi, the water.
From- the- Field Updates
August 20th Report
Enough was raised for the outdoor basketball court in Wakpala! They are still $8,000 short of having a playground and basketball court for younger kids. The plan is to include picnic tables and create a place where families can comfortably gather, knowing the activity spaces are built so kids can play safely.
August 20th, 2017
Seeding Sovereignty was born at Standing Rock and continues to carry the prayer, intention and fire within our hearts as we were asked to do in the closing ceremony of the Oceti Sakowin Fire, January 2016.
August 6th, 2017
Christine Nobiss Marched to #BootKXL in Lincoln, NE
Note from that day: Art Tanderup a Nebraska farmer on the KXL route spoke Sunday August 6th to a large crowd of hundreds. "The jobs are in clean and energy. The fossil fuel industry is dead!"
Holding Ponca Nation corn he said they've been planting it right in the path of the pipeline. "It's been labeled the seeds of resistance." In the face of a unified threat we are coming together in some vital and powerful ways. -MK #resist KXL
Crow Creek Rider photo: MK Johnson
August 2nd, 2017
Christine interviewed 3rd generation farmer Steve Hickenbottom on his farm in Iowa who had 8 acres taken from him by DAPL through eminent domain. They discussed how this has happened for generations with Indigenous people, and how deeply traumatic that is.
As part of our purpose we are offering this Photo Basics Field Guide free of charge for use by those in camps and front-line communities facing the direct threat of extractive industries. This is part of our collective effort to provide narrative tools to the shared common space and empower bio-regional defenders.