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Indigenous leadership

This issue of The MOON celebrates contemporary Indigenous leaders—men and women who are working within their own communities and reaching out to us all to right past wrongs and heal continuing trauma being inflicted on Mother Earth and all our relations. Although Indigenous leaders have always been with us, what strikes me about our current moment in history is that non-Natives at last seem willing to listen, and follow, the […]

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Lyla June | Indigenomics

When the dried kernels burst open, like a love that cannot be silenced, they release a special powder that feeds us and teaches how to think. Her love sounds like dried corn cracking beneath the weight of stone, snapping open like prickly pear blossoms in the summertime. She is teaching us without speaking that you only need two stones to feed a nation. For hours the women would grind corn […]

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Indigenous Leadership

Return of the River tells the inspirational story of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s unshakeable advocacy on behalf of their ancestral home, the Elwha River. It took 100 years and the help of environmentalists, conservationists, the Olympia National Park, and ultimately, common citizens whose minds were changed, to bring down two dams and restore the river—and its legendary salmon runs—to freedom. As one reviewer wrote, “At a time when most […]

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Indigenous leadership

Perhaps many of us are familiar with quotes from Indigenous leaders of the past. There are many worthy ones, some of which The MOON has shared in previous issues (The Earth speaks, for example). What I like about this collection of quotes is that most of them are from contemporary Indigenous leaders–powerfully demonstrating that Indigenous leadership is a current phenomenon. Let’s listen. “Just being born Native, you’re born an activist. […]

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