Indigenous Peoples’ Week: Why I Care, and What is at Stake

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Thank you for allowing me to share some personal things this week. The truth is that I don’t always know what I’m going to write about when it comes to this blog. The aim was primarily to focus on books and book reviews, but I’ve expanded a bit in recent months. I care about a lot more than just books, and it would be inauthentic to paint a picture of myself as being about just that. So as I’ve started to share more of what matters to me, in addition to adding more book reviews as I can, I know that that might sometimes include things that are controversial. I promise this is not my intent. I do not want this blog to become a place of negativity, but at the same time I can’t just sit and do nothing when I feel that I need to act or say something. So I will continue to do that, and if you remain a reader or a subscriber, my thanks goes out to you times a million.

The reason for all the posts this week is because Indigenous Peoples’ Day is incredibly important. My fiancé is from the Whitemountain Apache Tribe. That’s us, above. His entire family lives on the reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona. We go there all the time to see them, and it’s a really beautiful place. I love it there. But when things like what’s happening in North Dakota start happening, it worries me. If that can happen to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, it can happen to any tribe. And in fact we had a situation not too long ago at Oak Flats here in Arizona.

Though the details differ slightly, (in this case, a copper mining company was set to take over the city of San Carlos in Arizona) the gist of it is the same: the government tries to take Native American land under the premise that it will build something bigger, better, greater for all, (more jobs = more money) and the natives would be left with the short end of the stick; their land taken right out from under them, the sacredness destroyed. No amount of jobs or money should come before that.

This is why I care so much. I may not know the families at Standing Rock but because I know just one family here, in my own state, I’m starting to understand it. The struggles that tribes across the country face are real and they are sometimes serious. But they are hardly ever talked about unless something big, like violence, takes place. I would like to change that. I firmly believe that if more people knew what was going on, more people would care and help. Doing posts like this for Indigenous Peoples’ Week is just one way that I can help, and that’s why I do it.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming next week 🙂

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