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Black Lives Matter Solidarity Statement from First Nation Peoples on National Day of Mourning for Indigenous People

November 27, 2015

by Albuquerque Peltier

We the Indigenous people of this land stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and our Black brothers and sisters fighting to end the war on Black people in this country and around the world.

Each day for the remainder of this week, please lend aid to the rally in Washington, D.C., for Leonard Peltier. Call on President Obama to free Leonard Peltier: Call 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414; email President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov/con…/submit-questions-and-comments; post a comment on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/potus/?fref=ts&hc_location=ufi; send a tweet to President Obama: @POTUS; and/or write a letter: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500.

Each day for the remainder of this week, please lend aid to the rally in Washington, D.C., for Leonard Peltier. Call on President Obama to free Leonard Peltier: Call 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414; email President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov/con…/submit-questions-and-comments; post a comment on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/potus/?fref=ts&hc_location=ufi; send a tweet to President Obama: @POTUS; and/or write a letter: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500.

We recognize that the war on Black People is rooted in slavery, which enabled the accumulation of wealth and power needed for the genocide of Native Americans, the founding of the United States and the colonization of countries throughout the world. The suffering and exploitation that plagues all of our communities is rooted in this history of anti-Black racism for the development of capitalism.

We understand that this has contributed to the ethnic genocide of Indigenous peoples throughout the world and the kidnapping and enslavement of Africans.

We acknowledge that the oppression of our people links our struggles, but it is also our desire and constant fight for liberation that truly unites us.

We the Indigenous people of this land stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and our Black brothers and sisters fighting to end the war on Black people in this country and around the world.

Our solidarity with the Black Friday 14 and Black Lives Matter continues a rich history of peoples’ movements and international solidarity in the U.S., which is rooted in the legacy of Black resistance, organizing and leadership. From the struggle to end African slavery to the development of the Black Panther Party, which paved the way for the Red Power Movement that was birthed here on Alcatraz Island and spread across Turtle Island, the Black resistance movement in this country is centuries old and has long provided visionary and groundbreaking leadership for many oppressed communities demanding freedom in the U.S. and abroad.

We believe that the lack of urgency and responsiveness to both Black trans lives and the more than 1,200 Indigenous women who have gone missing is not a coincidence.

Forming a circle around a bonfire at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island last year, people arrive at 4:15 a.m. each “Thanksgiving Day” to commemorate the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz in 1969-71, a protest by the Indians of All Tribes that called attention to the land rights and living conditions of Indians in the United States. – Photo: Pete Kiehart, SF Chronicle

Forming a circle around a bonfire at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island last year, people arrive at 4:15 a.m. each “Thanksgiving Day” to commemorate the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz in 1969-71, a protest by the Indians of All Tribes that called attention to the land rights and living conditions of Indians in the United States. – Photo: Pete Kiehart, SF Chronicle

We believe the poverty and lack of equity that has been imposed on our reservations and in Black communities is not a coincidence.

We believe that the state sanctioned violence on Black and Brown bodies at the hands of law enforcement is not a coincidence.

And we refuse to allow the disparities that result from this intentional oppression on our people to divide our communities.

Just as we know Indigenous Life is Sacred, we know Black Lives Matter.

There is a state of emergency. From British Columbia to Ferguson, from the Amazon forest to Oakland, from Alcatraz Island to Minneapolis, we are demanding our freedom.

As First Nation people, we understand that OUR justice relies on the respect, appreciation and liberation of Black lives. Because if they can’t get it, we definitely won’t be seeing it. ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter!

Albuquerque Peltier at Alcatraz Island

Albuquerque Peltier can be reached on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lpdocchapter.albuquerque/timeline. This message first appeared on the Blackout Collective Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/BlackoutCollective/posts/743321422466958.

2 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter Solidarity Statement from First Nation Peoples on National Day of Mourning for Indigenous People

  1. Zachary RunningWolf

    This is a Bay Area Indigenous Elder Zachary RunningWolf (Blackfeet) and the Bay Area is the Second Largest Indigenous Population only to Oklahoma City, OK.. Traditionally as far as Urban Centers are the Leading in Political Movements like Modern day Black Lives Matter and the 3 1/2 year old OCCUPY 2 DeCOLONIZE in Oakland. The Occupation of Alcaltraz was NOT done by AIM (AMERIKKKLAN INDIAN MOVEMENT) which has been the only ones to speak on KKKPFA (Listener Sponsored, KKKorporate Controlled) which is Controlled by the Masonic Order. The Question that has to be put to these INDIANS is exactly that, How can the American INDIAN Movement and their political arm International INDIAN Treaty Council change the Cleveland Indians Name. The Indigenous Community is NOT controlled by one Group especially ones who don't do ANYTHING. On the Deep end of understanding the Anna Mae Aquash RAPE and Murder continues to Invalidate the REAL Indigenous Values which you NEVER use Rape as a Weapon. Alcaltraz was started by UNA (United Native Americans) and San Francisco State along with Cal Students NOT by AIM when they came one of the Prominent Leaders Richard Oaks (Mohawk) family was attacked his child thrown down three flights of Stairs. AIM has cornored and greedily (Indigenous People view Greed as a Weakness) controlled IFH (Inter-Tribal Friendship House), Alcaltraz and KKKPFA.

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