Native Organizers Alliance community organizing training 2017

This past week I attended the Native Organizers Alliance annual training in Kyle, SD. I made a lot of great relationships in this training. I went into this training hoping to learn how to be a better community organizer. Not only did I learn how to better my community, I came out of the training with a better sense of who I am as a person.

Role playing

Role playing

            For myself, one of the most impactful parts of this training was the discussion we had about LGBTQ+/2-spirit roles in our communities. I identify as 2-spirit and I felt very respected when Judith Leblanc and Faith Spotted Eagle asked Lauren & me to facilitate the discussion of the topic. In this discussion, we talked about some roles 2-spirits play in our own communities, the differences between LGBTQ+ and 2-Spirits, and ways to support 2-spirits.

We also learned about indigenous mindfulness, indigenous sovereignty, sacred organizing principals, healing from historical trauma, power mapping, direct action training, and sooo much more! This training was far more than community organizing, I learned coping mechanisms, steps to resolving trauma and ways to practice self-care! 

Healing from trauma

Healing from trauma


I learned so much from this training that I will definitely take back to my community. I came out of this training with a better sense of who I am as a youth organizer. I'm super excited to take everything that I learned and incorporate it into my organizing. I'm very honored to have participated in this year's NOA training! Thank you Native Organizers Alliance and Thunder Valley CDC!

Thank you Judith Leblanc, Faith Spotted Eagle, Andrew Ironshell, Shelly Means, Robert Chanate, Nick Tilsen, Guy! 

Participants and facilitators. 2017.

Participants and facilitators. 2017.

DAPL Makes Way for Precision Access LLC in Iowa

DAPL Makes Way for Precision Access LLC in Iowa

DAPL Makes Way for Precision Access LLC in Iowa

By Christine Nobiss
August 5th, 2017

A New Pipeline in Iowa

This is a staging area in Boone County, Iowa where DAPL had their equipment and debris but now is being used by Precision Pipeline LLC to build a 13 mile natural gas line to Des Moines. 

The problem with the staging areas used by the pipelines is that the areas where the equipment and material is held is often completely desecrated. For instance, they start by scraping off the topsoil so that they can get down to more compact clay and or rock so that their machines can easily drive in and out of the area. Of course, when they replace said soil after they have finished with the area the natural stratification of the soil is disturbed and any original native plants and grasses will most likely be taken over by weeds. 

Little Creek Camp Update

Little Creek Camp Update

By Christine Nobiss.
"With some sadness and a little relief I want to make the official announcement that #LittleCreekCamp is taking a break. The reasons are many, but mostly, myself and the key people in this camp are burnt out. Not only that, but the population has been declining and we could not keep up the pace of trying to engage in social and environmental justice causes and simultaneously build a sustainable community.  The weather in Iowa at this time of year is extremely hot and humid which makes things difficult in terms of our emotional and physical  states. This is a good time to take a break and think about what we can do here in the future."

Make Mahwah Great Again

Make Mahwah Great Again

July 27th, 2017

Make Mawah Great Again*
In today's two court sessions regarding the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp both cases were re-scheduled for reasons that raised a number of questions, and not just because they were delivered by the Honorable Dennis G. Harraka JMC very quietly, at high rates of speed (no recording devices aloud).
 

*Actual slogan of the Township of Mahwah

Propagation

Propagation

In the February 2017 Tiger Swan reports, leaked by the Intercept, there is a constant reference to "propaganda" being used within the Water Protector movement. They apply this to independent media reports, thousands of first-person accounts with documentation of human rights abuses, and quotes of Indigenous speakers, writers, and Medicine People that raise the spirits of supporters. They use the term to contextualize the framing of Indigenous people and all those who support them as terrorists.

We Can Still Stop DAPL in Iowa!

We Can Still Stop DAPL in Iowa!

According to the Little Creek Camp website:

"9 land owners and the Sierra Club are suing the Iowa Utilities Board over the abuse or misuse of eminent domain. The suit has been appealed and the case is going to the Iowa Supreme Court. No date has been set yet. The court case is hearing arguments on wether the Dakota Access Pipeline meets the test of public necessity. If the land owners and Sierra Club wins, the Iowa Utilities Board could be required to revoke the permit and re-route around the state of Iowa..."

Just Transition Already!

Just Transition Already!

Brilliant Move

A solar array is being assembled right in the path of the KXL Pipeline, raising some interesting and new points about why we all keep gathering to oppose these pipelines. What does true Energy Independence look like? By placing the solution for transition in the way these multibillion dollar corporations and their private military force (fully endorsed and enabled by this administration) will be forced to take out a truly sustainable community based solution to energy or stand down. Chances are they'll have to continue trying to dominate the situation, but they're going to look like fools in the process.

Independence

Independence
Every human being is a raindrop. And when enough of the raindrops become clear and coherent they then become the power of the storm.
- John Trudell
A son of Mexico by his Mother & Santee Dakota by his Father

 

No matter what is used to dominate us, our homes these lands, and the futures for all children, we are becoming coherent about the truth of LIFE. When you hear the fireworks tonight, remember the power of the storm we are when we work together. We are independent in one thing truly, the intention we live by and the choices we make each day.