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"At the time when the earth kisses the sky in a vibrant, holy expression, she secured her turquoise jewelry and wrapped moccasins to her feet and stepped out of the hogan to begin her first of many runs to become a Diné woman. The first step was the easiest since she had mentally prepared herself for the long trek ahead knowing that the entirety of her focus should be on prayer, humility, balance, beauty, family, and mediation.

She put one foot in front of the other and could feel the earth caressing her feet with each step. The wind whispered into her ears and breathed into her lungs encouraging her to move forward for the sake of longevity and vitality. Fatigue eventually set in but the thought of life, balance, beauty, and family kept her going. The passing of the southwest desert landscape in her peripheral vision was steeped with life that reaffirmed her relation to the interconnectedness to the earth mother as she ran to confirm her newly established role as a Diné woman in a humble way. As she was running, she mediated, reflected, prayed, and restored her thoughts to place of beauty to demonstrate balance and harmony.

Unfortunately, the serenity was rudely interrupted by the chugging and turning of the numerous mechanical structures used to suck vital minerals and natural resources from the earth by oil and gas companies in the San Juan Basin which encompasses Dinétah. These foreign bodies did not understand the lasting damage that they the procedure would cause to the earth mother; nor, did they foresee the adverse implications that it would have for the future generations still to come.

All she could do on her run was ignore the smell and the sound as she did time and time again so that she could try to focus on her prayers, humility, balance, beauty, and family.

But, how could she when these obstructions in her backyard stood as constant reminders of the existence of colonial systematic oppression aiding to the environmental racism and degradation of Diné continuity?”

@lastrealindians - check it out

More photo’s can be found at https://www.facebook.com/doodafracking.nn 

— 4 months ago with 25 notes

Entry submitted by keioshiahp - (http://keioshiahp.tumblr.com

"At the time when the earth kisses the sky in a vibrant, holy expression, she secured her turquoise jewelry and wrapped moccasins to her feet and stepped out of the hogan to begin her first of many runs to become a Diné woman. The first step was the easiest since she had mentally prepared herself for the long trek ahead knowing that the entirety of her focus should be on prayer, humility, balance, beauty, family, and mediation.

She put one foot in front of the other and could feel the earth caressing her feet with each step. The wind whispered into her ears and breathed into her lungs encouraging her to move forward for the sake of longevity and vitality. Fatigue eventually set in but the thought of life, balance, beauty, and family kept her going. The passing of the southwest desert landscape in her peripheral vision was steeped with life that reaffirmed her relation to the interconnectedness to the earth mother as she ran to confirm her newly established role as a Diné woman in a humble way. As she was running, she mediated, reflected, prayed, and restored her thoughts to place of beauty to demonstrate balance and harmony.

Unfortunately, the serenity was rudely interrupted by the chugging and turning of the numerous mechanical structures used to suck vital minerals and natural resources from the earth by oil and gas companies in the San Juan Basin which encompasses Dinétah. These foreign bodies did not understand the lasting damage that they the procedure would cause to the earth mother; nor, did they foresee the adverse implications that it would have for the future generations still to come.

All she could do on her run was ignore the smell and the sound as she did time and time again so that she could try to focus on her prayers, humility, balance, beauty, and family.

But, how could she when these obstructions in her backyard stood as constant reminders of the existence of colonial systematic oppression aiding to the environmental racism and degradation of Diné continuity?”

@lastrealindians - check it out

More photo’s can be found at https://www.facebook.com/doodafracking.nn 

— 4 months ago with 25 notes
#doodafracking  #NoKXL  #FrackOff  #HydraulicFracturing  #Fracking  #Indigenous  #Navajo  #Diné  #NavajoNation  #NativeWomenBodyPolitics  #IdleNoMore  #SpokenWord  #Creative  #Violence  #Injustice  #LastRealIndians 

lastrealindians:

Chick-fil-A Uses ‘Tomahawk Chop’ to Profit off Racism Perpetuated by Native Mascots, By Danielle Miller

If you didn’t already boycott Chick-fil-A for their anti gay statements now you may have even more of a reason for their racism against Native Americans. Chick-Fil-A created a giant robotic cow (40 feet high and 15,000 pounds) next to a giant coke bottle with a picture of a tomahawk. The cow’s arm moves to do the “tomahawk dance” but it looks more like a nazi gesture. A simple search on google shows plenty of pictures and videos of the cow; it wears signs with different messages such as:  “Chopping makes hungree 4 chikin” “Chop on chikin luverz chop on” “Chop burgerz outta yer diet”.

Chick-fil-A is a company that has proudly presented its Christian values.  Chick-fil-A’s tomahawk cow is highly problematic when you consider the history of religious violence Christianity has had with Native Americans, the attempted termination of Native American cultures, as well as attempted extermination of Native Americans was committed in the name of Christianity.

This modern perpetuation of stereotypes continues to be an act of cultural conquest as well as a strategy to dehumanize Native Americans to justify other acts of economic conquest. Native mascots, as well as dances like the tomahawk chant, continue to contribute to these issues and do nothing but perpetuate ignorance and racism.

I do not even want to entertain the “honor” argument on this issue, but it will be addressed since that is the most frequent excuse for racism against natives in sports. In no way do I see how the tomahawk chant could be an honor to Natives. It references the history of scalping and perpetuates false savage stereotypes. The act of even perpetuating stereotypes, and such a graphic dance and chant, is primitive and beyond disrespectful.

The fact that children are witnessing these atrocities is unacceptable.  Fake tomahawks are being sold at games. What a way to market racism and violence to children and sports fans.

— 8 months ago with 3137 notes
keioshiahpeter:

If you are in the Tuba City area, be sure to check out the public hearing by Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Board to address gender violence in Dinétah! 

Make our voices heard! #indigenouswomen #violenceagainstwomen #public hearing #navajonation #diné #dinétah #asdzaan #breakthesilence #humanrights

keioshiahpeter:

If you are in the Tuba City area, be sure to check out the public hearing by Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Board to address gender violence in Dinétah!

Make our voices heard! #indigenouswomen #violenceagainstwomen #public hearing #navajonation #diné #dinétah #asdzaan #breakthesilence #humanrights

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— 8 months ago with 1 note
keioshiahpeter:

Do not define Native Women’s beauty by European standards. Repost from @natives_we_are_one 👍😁✊✌️

keioshiahpeter:

Do not define Native Women’s beauty by European standards. Repost from @natives_we_are_one 👍😁✊✌️

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— 8 months ago with 12 notes
keioshiahpeter:

Do not define Native Women’s beauty by European standards. Repost from @natives_we_are_one 👍😁✊✌️

keioshiahpeter:

Do not define Native Women’s beauty by European standards. Repost from @natives_we_are_one 👍😁✊✌️

(Source: keioshiahp)

— 8 months ago with 12 notes
Oil Boom Increases Sexual Violence Among Native Women in the Dakotas

The economic benefits that come from the oil boom are excellent advantages that can help communities financially, but at what cost to our people? There are numerous disadvantages that affect our strength as a Native Nations and communities as a whole such as the numerous environmental, safety, and health hazards including the rise in crime and sexual violence that often accompanies the practice.

In the last year, there has been a resurgence of empowerment and resistance from tribes in the Dakotas to inform their tribal nations about the negative consequences of hydraulic fracking and the influx of crime that poses as a threat to the safety of the collective. The focus of this blog is to highlight the plight that oil boom has had in the rise of sexual violence against Native women and the collective sovereignty of Tribes. This is not the first time that an oil boom has had an adverse impact to Native Nations and most likely will not be the last. But through awareness, we have the power to inform and build nationhood to combat the effects of hydraulic fracking.

— 8 months ago
#sexualviolence  #violenceagainstwomen  #fracking  #HydraulicFracking  #doodafracking  #OilBoom  #TransCanada  #KeystoneXLPipeline  #Nationhood  #NorthDakota  #SouthDakota  #Drillingtechnologies  #Frackingtechnologies  #frackingstudy  #globalenergy  #watercontamination  #saveourwater  #NofrackingonNativelands  #stopfracking 
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Surging oil and natural gas production brought on by hydraulic fracturing is lifting the U.S. economy by lowering energy costs for consumers and manufacturers, according an industry-funded report.

In 2012, the energy boom supported 2.1 million jobs, added almost $75 billion in federal and state revenues, contributed $283 billion to the gross domestic product and lifted household income by more than $1,200, according to the report released today from IHS CERA.

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(Source: bloomberg.com)

— 8 months ago
#bloomberg  #oilboom  #energyboom  #Naturalgasproduction  #HydraulicFracking  #Jobs 
North Dakota fracking regulations →
North Dakota’s Bakken shale oil play is roughly the size of West Virginia. Perpetual projections of its total recoverable reserves have proven to be grossly underestimated, as new drilling uncovers more and more crude.
With current estimates topped at 7.4 billion barrels, North Dakota sits behind Texas as the #2 producing oil-giant in the States. But unlike other formidably energy-rich states, little discussion is had about the regulatory atmosphere of the fracking industry in North Dakota.
— 8 months ago
#Frackingregulations  #Northdakota  #frackwire  #oilboom  #energyboom  #jobs  #fracking  #hydraulicfracking  #economicbenefitsoffracking