Listening to Indigenous Communities
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"An apology or an acknowledgement is one thing, but what are you going to do next?”
-President Robert Larsen of the Lower Sioux Indian Community
Colonization, systemic racism, and violence has forcibly removed and marginalized the voices of Indigenous communities around the world. The environmental and social violence seen throughout the world embody the destructive nature of colonialism and capitalism and show the consequence of silencing the voices and wisdom of Indigenous Communities.
As we work to heal our communities and our Earth, we must center and be guided by the voices of Indigenous leaders. If their land was not forcibly taken from them, we would not be facing the environmental crises we are.
Check out resources and ideas below for some ways to get started and learn about the people native to the land where you live here. If you have recommended resources to be added to this collection, please email us.
We have included here some of our favorite books for learning about the history of Native Peoples in the United States and how they have been the foundation of the environmental justice movement for centuries. The books are linked to online local bookshops for learning more about each title and purchasing.
For more reading options, check out this comprehensive list of recommendations from First Nations Development Institute.