INDIGENOUS JUSTICE: THE NAVAJO NATION SITUATION
Event: Film: Broken Rainbow, Friday, June 15th , 6:30-8 PM, First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (across from Harvard T stop).
1985 documentary film about the government-enforced relocation of thousands of Navajo Native Americans from their ancestral homes in Arizona. The Navajo were relocated to aid mining speculation in a process that began in the 1970s and continues to this day. The film is narrated by Martin Sheen. The title song was written by Laura Nyro. Buffy Sainte-Marie … Translator Voice (voice) Burgess Meredith … Historical Voices (voice) Won Oscar/. This provides good background for Monday’s teach in.
Watch the Movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W5z8OgMfXXc
One of the positive hallmarks of the Occupy movement is recognition of the reality of indigenous peoples and indigenous rights.
The United Nations Indigenous Forum recently concluded discussions of the falsity of the “Discovery Doctrine,” and discussions of the pretexts of Europe in the theft of lands and liberties in the Americas are relevant to the Occupy movement:
How is it that the same discourses of conquest that were, and are, sued to dominate indigenous peoples are also being used to dominate and exclude the 99% from effective power?
The situation of Navajos, who have treaties with Spain, Mexico and the United States but who have a dependent international state, is relevant to us all. We need to discuss their situation to better understand our own.