In the U.S., Indigenous Peoples’ Day evolved as an alternative to «Invasion Day» – Columbus Day – which celebrated Columbus’ arrival in the New World on October 12th 1492 and the beginning of the colonization of North America.
Native Americans protested honoring a man who had enabled their genocide and forced assimilation.
Across North America today, Indigenous struggles against mines and oil pipelines that are projected to run through their communities’ sacred sites or water sources are still ongoing. They call on the government to «Honor the Treaties!and to acknowledge that «Water is Life!»
Among them are the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), that endangers the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation on the Missouri river.
Line 3 is a proposed pipeline expansion to carry a million barrels of tar sands daily from Canada to Wisconsin. The Canadian company Enbridge, responsible for the largest oil spill on U.S. soil…
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