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Indigenous People’s Day and Current Indigenous Land Struggles

This morning, Cat Brooks speaks with Corina Gould and Chris Oakes about indigenous village sites around the Bay Area and the spiritual, social, and legal issues that emerge out of European colonialism in the US. Corina Gould is a Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone woman, born and raised in ancient village of Huichin now known as Oakland, CA. She is the Co-Founder and a lead organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run group that works on Indigenous peoples’ issues. In April 2011, Corrina joined Johnella LaRose, Wounded Knee De Ocampo, and a committee of allies, to bring together dedicated warriors for a spiritual encampment at Sogorea Te, a 15 acre sacred site in Vallejo CA. Christopher Oakes is a member of Indian People Organizing for Change and a registered member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

During the second hour Rachel Heaton, a Muckleshoot Tribal Member of the Muckleshoot Nation in Washington State. Rachel speaks with Cat Brooks about ongoing efforts in the wake of NoDAPL. Rachel is a member of the Seattle NoDAPL Coalition ‘Mazaska Talks’ that led the successful efforts to divest the City of Seattle from Wells Fargo.

Brian Tiekert speaks with John Curl, Author of Indigenous People’s Day: A Handbook for Activists and Documentary History, about the local history of the first Indigenous People’s Day, its first celebration in Berkeley California, and the push to replace a celebration of violent settler colonialism with a day that recognizes the first and primary occupants of what is now America.

 

  • John Curl, Author of Indigenous People’s Day: A Handbook for Activists and Documentary History, and one of the original organizers of the first Indigenous People’s Day in Berkeley, CA
  • Corina Gould is a Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone woman, born and raised in ancient village of Huichin now known as Oakland, CA. She is the Co-Founder and a lead organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run group that works on Indigenous peoples’ issues.
  • Christopher Oakes is a member of Indian People Organizing for Change and a registered member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
  • Rachel Heaton, a Muckleshoot Tribal Member of the Muckleshoot Nation in Washington State. Rachel is a member of the Seattle NoDAPL Coalition ‘Mazaska Talks’ that led the successful efforts to divest the City of Seattle from Wells Fargo.

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