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Indigenous Grounding

An introductory chapter centering Indigenous perspectives and leadership


Indigenous Activism: The Paradox of Colonial Mass Media’s Propaganda and Censorship | Journal of Global Indigeneity

Shannon Rivers, member of the Akimel O’otham people, is an Indigenous Peoples Human Rights activist. Here he speaks on Indigenous movements and the fight for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Author: Shannon Rivers, published 2015.


  • Chief Oren Lyons speaks with other forum attendees listening behind
    Video: Chief Oren Lyons Speaks about Climate Change | 7GenFund

    “Chief Oren Lyons speaks about climate change at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in 2007.” This address given over a decade ago still sends a powerful message. ‘Value change for survival… You’re either going to change your values, or you’re not going to survive.’” [09:56]


A Red New Deal | Jacobin

“Nick Estes (Kul Wicasa) is a cofounder of The Red Nation and is currently the American Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center. The Green New Deal can connect every struggle to climate change. A Red Deal can build on those connections, tying Indigenous liberation to the fight to save the planet.” Author: Nick Estes


  • Artists Supaman and Acosia Red Elk dancing outside with a sunset in the background
    Music Video: "Why"

    Native / Hip Hop song by Christopher Takes The Gun Parrish, aka Supaman, with Acosia Red Elk. Supaman is a member of Apsaalooke Nation who makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. “Why is one man rich and another man poor?...” [04:12]

  • Silhouette of singer, Supaman, overlayed with the image of an Indigenous ancestor
    Music Video: "Godly Warriors"

    Native / Hip Hop song by Christopher Takes The Gun Parrish, aka Supaman, feat. PASSIONATE MC. “Today we have life because of water…” [03:41]

Meet the Teenage Indigenous Hip-Hop Artist Taking on Climate Change | Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone speaks “to Martinez about young people fighting climate change, his Aztec heritage and dancing to Kendrick Lamar.” Author: Coco McPherson, published July 13, 2015


  • Close-up of speaker Chase Iron Eyes presenting on stage at the TEDx event
    Video: The Fight for Water Security | TEDx

    “Chase Iron Eyes outlines the importance of getting involved to secure America's water resources, and the harsh realities of violent, unethical treatment of US Citizens by the government.” Chase Iron Eyes was featured in tUrn Fall 2019. January 23, 2017 [18:17]

Podcast: Indigenous Insights on Healing Land and Sky | Climate One

This podcast addresses stolen land, ecocolonialism, settler-colonial mentality, sustainable self determination, and more. “Climate change isn't just about protecting the natural world; it’s also about protecting our culture and who we are because we've resisted against so many colonial forces for so long.” –Julia Fay Bernal [56:01]


“Business as usual is over. Carbon is over. Oil is over.
We better find something else. We better find some equity.”
– Chief Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation

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