Category Archives: Indigenous Women

Women’s delegation to International Women’s Gathering in Chiapas

thumbnail_jan20pic“Revolutionary struggles cannot achieve collective liberation for all people without addressing patriarchy, nor can women’s freedom be disentangled from racial, economic, & social justice.” -Victoria Law

The Zapatista women will host the First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle in Chiapas, Mexico from March 7-11, 2018. A delegation of women from all walks of life, racial, social-economic, and cultural backgrounds strongly feel that we could learn much from our Zapatista sisters. Their indigenous perspectives and willingness to decolonize and reshape the political landscape into something that works for all people speaks to us as we look at the challenges we face in the US and Canada. Read the rest of this entry

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Chile: Lies, dam lies and a Mapuche activist murdered

It has taken nearly a year-and-a-half of fighting the authorities, and a second autopsy, to confirm what the family of Macarena Valdés Muñoz already knew – she was hanged after her death. There was no suicide. 

On the afternoon of Monday August 22nd, 2016 Macarena, a Mapuche environmental activist fighting against the construction of a mini-hydroelectric dam near and over her property in Newen-Tranguil, near Liquine, Los Rios, was found hanged in her home aged 32. A noose was round her neck and for the coroner the situation was obvious: “Death by suffocation and hanging” – a suicide with a technical explanation that baffled her family. Read the rest of this entry

Red Fawn Fallis to be sentenced in spring

DAPL red fawn bwby Jack Dura,

Half the gallery stood up when Red Fawn Fallis entered a federal courtroom in Bismarck Monday morning.

Handcuffed and wearing orange and white stripes, she sat with her three attorneys before District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland appeared to discuss details of the plea agreement she signed Sunday. Read the rest of this entry

Two Native women arrested after locking DFO offices

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Tsastilqualus is arrested by Saanich police, Jan 18, 2018.

via Facebook, January 18, 2018

Tsastilqualus Ambers Umbas and Shawna Green have been arrested for refusing to remove themselves from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) office, situated on unceded WSANEC territories (near Victoria, BC). Read the rest of this entry

Stonewalled by federal court, Red Fawn Fallis changes plea

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Red Fawn Fallis

by C.S. Hagen, High Plains Reader, January 16th, 2018

FARGO – Red Fawn Fallis, the woman charged with firing a handgun during the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, changed her plea Tuesday to guilty after federal prosecutors agreed to drop one of her charges. Read the rest of this entry

Zapatista women convoke International Women’s Gathering

Communiqué of the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee, General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army Read the rest of this entry

Meet the brave women patrolling Regina’s toughest neighbourhood

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Some of the White Pony Lodge volunteers return from a Friday evening patrol. (David Gutnick/CBC)

By David Gutnick, CBC News, January 7, 2018

It’s 6 p.m. on a cold Friday evening. Outside, the temperature hovers around -20 C.

Eight women sit in a circle in a bare-bones office in a nondescript building on 5th Avenue in downtown Regina, smack in the middle of a neighbourhood called North Central. Eleven thousand residents live in the surrounding blocks, in rundown apartment buildings and small houses on tiny lots, squeezed in between two sets of railway tracks. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous Grandmother Faces Arrest for Protecting Wild Salmon

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Tsastilqualus at the Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp in Victoria, BC.

Fish Farms Out Now, Dec 18, 2017

Tsastliqualus Ambers, a sixty-five year old Ma’amtagila grandmother and Indigenous rights activist from Yalis ( Alert Bay) faces potential arrest tomorrow on the 67th day of the indigenous-led, all-women’s Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp occupation outside of government offices complicit in the demise of the traditional salmon food fishery of her peoples. Read the rest of this entry

5 Years after Idle No More, founders still speaking out

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Idle No More rally in Ottawa, Dec 21, 2012.

CBC talks with Nina Wilson, Jessica Gordon, Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdam about movement that changed Canada

By Lenard Monkman, Brandi Morin, CBC News, Dec 10, 2017

It’s been five years since Idle No More was elevated into the Canadian conscious.

Through the work of social media and in particular the hashtag #IdleNoMore, Indigenous peoples we’re able to connect with each other and mobilize in cities and towns across the country. Read the rest of this entry

Nicco Montano, UFC’s First Navajo Champion, Sends Message of Hope (TUF 26 Finale)

After Nicco Montano captured the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, she recounted her time in the fighter house on the show and how her upbringing on a Navajo reservation helped develop the resolve she needed to be one of the lowest ranked fighters on the show, but still overcome the odds and defeat the Top 3 seeds to win the title.