Defund KXL! Seattle Targets Financial Institutions Invested in TransCanada and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Seattle, WA – on Monday March 27th a coalition of Native​ organizers and environmentalists will bring a resolution before the Seattle city council calling on the city to not contract with any financial institution that provides services to TransCanada and the Keystone XL pipeline. Continue reading

#DeFundDAPL Seattle Action Coalition Targets Wells Fargo

Seattle, WA – Last week, 7 Wells Fargo branches were targeted in 10 actions by the #DeFundDAPL Seattle Action Coalition. The coalition has threatened to start disrupting business within Wells Fargo branches throughout the city unless the bank removes its money from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Continue reading

1st anniversary of Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrated*

Congress made the second Monday of October a federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus in 1937.  To all Indigenous, Native, and Fist Nations people, the commemoration of the man responsible for initiating the European colonization of the Americas, which led to hundreds of years of disease, colonial rule and genocidal extermination following the Italian explorer’s accidental trip to the Americas, is just another reminder of the ‘social silence’ we have had to endure as a culture. Continue reading

Seattle Chooses Indigenous Peoples’ Day: the Story behind the Resolution

Last year, Seattle joined Minneapolis as the second major city to pass resolutions renaming the second Monday in October, the Federal holiday Columbus Day, to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Their resolutions, both of which were driven by the Native community, followed the passage of an Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution in Berkeley, CA in 1992 and South Dakota’s passage of Native American Day in 1990.  Filmmaker Dallas Pinkham recently sat down with the organizers behind Seattle’s resolution for a look at how their efforts to establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day came to be. Continue reading

Join the Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2015 Celebration by Kshama Sawant

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2015 – Recognizing the Painful History of the Indian Boarding School Policy

Last year, it was my good fortune to have worked with indigenous community activists on the creation of Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle. By passing this historic resolution, the City of Seattle rejected a celebration of Columbus Day, and honored the history and memory of those who experienced the brutal realities of colonialism and genocide. Continue reading