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“Un-Settling Occupation” OWS Stands With Indigenous Americans
Janice Richards, Oglala Sioux , activist and educator
Firewolf Nelson-Wong, Dine, AIM member and activist
Joseph, indigenous activist
Christopher Hedges, journalist, activist
Raymond Two Hawks, Narragansett Nation, Rhode Island
On the 121st anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee,
indigenous people connected the colonial occupation of Manhattan
to Occupy Wall Street - an occupation of already occupied land.
They gathered in order to initiate an open dialogue with OWS, to
raise local and national awareness of ongoing Native struggles,
and to recognize that the injustices and inequalities we currently
confront are the bricks and mortar of conquest and settler
colonialism. Un-settling “occupation” called upon OWS in its
yearnings to voice the experiences of the 99% to make space for
those most marginalized. As stated during the evening, let us
pass the mic, turn up the volume, listen to Native voices, and
break down the culture of domination – and find roads which we
can walk down together
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