Heart of Decolonization Gathering – Moved to 2016

August 3, 2015
We are disappointed to announce we are unable to hold the Heart of Decolonization gathering in 2015. We are rescheduling for the summer of 2016 and will be looking for other ways to network with you until that time.  We apologize for any inconvenience this is causing.

Currently, the Independent Lakota Nation is working to build international support for asserting sovereign jurisdiction over traditional Lakota territory.  We are working with the United Nations, other nations, and organizations to build support for this and other related activities.  The 2015 Heart of Decolonization gathering will simply occur too soon in this process given the speed at which things are unfolding and our resources need to go in that direction right now.

So while we are disappointed, some exciting decolonizing developments are happening and we hope you will share this excitement with us!

If you would like to keep in contact over the coming months to build a stronger network of decolonizing and solidarity settlers, visit our Contact Page and let us know!

New Support Page

Since the blog has been going, we have received a ton of great feedback from both individuals and groups. We are grateful and honored to know our resources are being used in individual transformation as well as discussed by university classes, community groups, and organizations.  We have also provided skill-shares to hundreds of people in cities across Turtle Island. As a result, many people have expressed their interest in supporting the work by donating for using posters and to help fund additional skill-shares and We Belong Printdecolonization gatherings.

For those who want to offer donations – please visit our new Support Page. It has a secure PayPal link for grassroots, crowd-funded support.

We’ve also created three new art posters – including the one here – as gifts for those making donations. Please check them out and if you feel moved, support the important work we are doing with both settler and Native groups undertaking movements towards decolonization and independence.  Thank you!

New Skill-Shares Offered

DSC04400We’ve updated our Skill-Share page with two new offerings and to reflect these skill-shares are offered as a part of the Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society. Participants will receive a certificate from Cante Tenza acknowledging their participation.   Let’s make an event happen in your community!

We are offering:

  • Decolonization for White Settlers Intensive
  • Decolonization & Ancestral Recovery
  • Decolonization & Independence with Lakota warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani
  • Indigenous solidarity
  • Returning to Ourselves: Decolonizing LGBTQI

Check out all the details on the Skill-Shares page!

Or contact Ana with questions or to schedule an event in your community!

Decolonization Gathering in Lakota Territory

HeartofDecolonizationSAVE THE DATE!
September 4-6, 2015
Independent Lakota Territory
Hosted by the Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye (Strong Heart Warrior Society)

This unique gathering is intended to bring together a diverse group of decolonizing people under observation of Native warriors and activists. In particular, we are focusing on those non-Native persons in positions of leadership, teaching, or mentoring others in movements of decolonization. Over the three days, we hope to engage in conversations that will create understanding, build relationship, and ensure accountability in the critical movements to return Indigenous lands and lifeway.

Fill out the online application if you wish to attend and get more details here.

Essay: Decolonizing the “Primitive Skills” Movement

An important look at the “primative skills” and “rewilding” communities.

On Stolen Land

Decolonizing the “Primitive Skills” Movement

A note: I use the word “primitive skills” as a catchall for traditional, indigenous, ancestral, and earth-based skills and technologies, because it is the term widely used in the movement I speak of in this essay. However using the word “primitive” is problematic, as it implies that the technology of industrial civilization is more “advanced” than these older technologies, and ignores the fact that many of these technologies are part of living traditional cultures.

People in modern America choose to practice “primitive”, also called ancestral or earth-based skills, for a number of reasons. Many oppose the modern lifestyle, are critical of capitalism and civilization and mourn the ways it has disconnected us as humans from the earth. Many recognize that Indigenous ways of being represent a picture of humans living in harmony with nature, a truly sustainable way of life, finding food, shelter, and every…

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