The Black Lives Matter social justice movement called attention to just how unbalanced public awareness and recognition is for Native American issues. Native people and their allies took to the streets, toppling statues and monuments that civic leaders long ago established to promote a decidedly white, colonialist—sometimes racist—viewpoint. Now elected officials are pondering what to do with statues of Christopher Columbus, Father Junipero Serra, and others. Meanwhile the number of places recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day is growing and getting more organized.
Carrie Wood (Navajo) – member of Three Sisters Collective
Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai (Diné) – Arizona senator representing the 7th district
René Oswaldo González Pizarro (Ayuuk) – a member of the Colmix Collective
Jennifer Marley (San Ildefonso) – member of the Red Nation and Ph.D student at the University of New Mexico
Break 1 music: Unconquered (song) Injunuity (artist) Unconquered (album)
Break 2 music: Tanokumbia (feat. El Dusty & Black Bear) (song) The Halluci Nation (artist) Tanokumbia (feat. El Dusty & Black Bear) (single)