Washington state finally appointed a Native American justice to the state Supreme Court for the first time, since its founding in 1889. Wow.

The conversation about how to stop systems perpetuating via bias is important. Watch her talk about it:

“We can’t undo all of that, but we can be conscious that it exists,” she said. “The conversation is important.”

Prepare to be woke:

"Montoya-Lewis will join a court that is majority female, with six women and three men, and includes a Latino justice, Steven Gonzalez, and the first openly gay and Asian American justice, Mary Yu.

Washington is one of 11 states, including Oregon, with majority female Supreme Courts, according to the National Center for State Courts."

Inslee first appointed Montoya-Lewis to the Whatcom County Superior Court in 2014. She was subsequently elected to the position. Previously, Montoya-Lewis served as chief judge for the Nooksack, Skagit and Lummi tribes. She has also served as a tribal appellate judge and taught at Western Washington University."



Book Club 2020?

_Unsettling Truths_ is a fantastic read so far; the others I've quoted here (or, as in the Bioneers' efforts to maximize sharing indigenous knowledge, quoted research that quotes other expert writing or language).


From a 1991 Leadership Summit (October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC)

"Environmental justice opposes military occupation, repression and exploitation of lands, peoples and cultures, and other life forms."

Selected quotes from Dina Gilio-Whitaker's books / writings as she discusses some of these principles today ( ~2019)

"Specific to Indigenous peoples, principle eleven claims that "environmental justice must recognize a special legal and natural relationship of Native Peoples to the U.S. government through treaties, agreements, compacts, and covenants affirming sovereignty and self determination."

This is why efforts to reverse the death spiral the human race is currently on must begin with a reorientation to the natural world and other human beings. It cannot generate solely from a different orientation to economics. Re-imagining societies based on sustainability demands that we think relationally and spatially.

I am talking about two different but intertwined concepts here. First, environmental justice for Indigenous peoples must proceed not from a framework of environmental racism, but from a history of colonialism which is maintained in an ongoing structural relationship of domination and paternalism between the US and tribal nations, to which the nations have never consented. This includes but is ultimately beyond racism because colonization begins with ideas of cultural and religious superiority (i.e. the doctrine of Christian discovery), not racial superiority."



TL;DR: The Deepwater Horizion oil disaster was manmade stupidity and as peoples' correct opposition of and right to remove that stupidity.

"Fortunately, in recent years the ideological gaps between Native peoples and environmentalists have been closing as a result of greater dialogue between the groups. Education about how stereotypes harm Native peoples, and about laws that protect tribal sovereignty also contribute to the healing of these rifts. Environmentalists have discovered that in the big picture they have more in common with Native peoples than not, and that working together they build strong alliances that can accomplish their mutual goals. Campaigns like Summer Heat in 2013 brought 350.org together with Idle No More to collectively say “no” to the fossil fuel industry. The movement at Standing Rock was a stunning display of coalition building between diverse groups to protect the water of millions of people in North Dakota. And in Southern California, a victory against the building of a toll road in San Clemente, and more recently, the protection of open space in Newport Beach from a mega-development happened because of smart alliances between environmentalists and Native nations.

"The modern environmental movement, generally recognized as having its origins in 1962 with the publication of Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring, built upon preservation and conservationist principles, and continued the legacy of indigenous erasure. So when Native people asserted their treaty-guaranteed rights to particular cultural practices, they were often met with fierce opposition from environmentalists. [Such] misunderstandings were firmly rooted in tropes of wilderness purity and Native peoples as inactive agents within their environments."


Methods of working with natural materials of the earth have been around for centuries.

An arid desert southwest made for some especially interesting challenges in designing an . The best architects of their time (the 1100's) were anything but primitive in their intelligent use of precious desert water.

Most of this data I have been gathering for years (extensive research for a fictional book that was to be rooted in actual historical context). The research part of novel writing is sometimes arduous, and can itself take decades and yield many surprises along the way.

The first two episodes of this series (2013) on OPB (PDX area PBS station) tonight:

"Pilgrims & Tourists"
"Profit & Loss"
"Fire & Ice"


To swear the oath required of new lawyers in Alberta, the "default Bible" is no longer the only option; newly-minted lawyers can now be sworn with a sacred eagle feather.


"In tribal gynocratic systems a multitude of personality and character types can function positively within the social order because the systems are focused on social responsibility rather than on denial-based social fictions to which human beings are compelled to conform by powerful individuals within the society"

"4. The physical and cultural genocide of American Indian tribes is and was mostly about patriarchal fear of gynocracy. The [insert western Christian denominations] missionaries ... could not tolerate peoples who allowed women to occupy prominent positions and decision-making capacity at every level of society."

"In the centuries since the first attempts at colonization in the 1500s, the invaders have exerted every effort to remove Indian women from every position of authority, to obliterate all records pertaining to gynocratic social systems, and to ensure that no American and few Americans would remember that gynocracy was the primary social of Indian America prior to 1800."

"6. Western studies of American Indian tribal systems are erroneous at base because they view tribalism from the cultural basis of patriarchy and thus either discount, degrade, or conceal gynocratic features or re-contextualize those features so that they will appear patriarchal."

All quotes from _The Sacred Hoop_, a compilation of essays by Paula G. Allen

Lots of new folks to welcome to Ecosteader! I enjoyed reading why you want to join, and am glad you are here.

Please make yourself at home. Feel free to post an intro and some piece of nature that inspires you: park life, wild plants, or plants you're growing for wildlife... as Autumn moves on, there's so much beauty out there.

As I've mentioned before, it was not my original plan to make a server focused on climate-change related things; but that stuff does belong here: to keep track as best we can of what works and to learn from what are obviously intractable mistakes of colonials.

As bad as it gets, there are always small victories as we lend support to relatives. Like you, I want to focus mostly on the good, on what we can build or do better... we can do this.

Part of what we're doing w/ Ecosteader, B Corp is remind people that life other than human matters: The Earth knows about matters of diversity. :micmacaroo:

"The upper part of the circle is divided into two quarters by a black vertical band punctuated by four yellow disks, which honor the four women of the Band (or Tribe), all Micmac Mothers, who promoted the advancement of the Micmac. The upper left quarter shows two black bear claws on a white background, symbolizing strength and the readiness to provide assistance. A black deer looking toward the right stands in upper right quarter on a white background. It represents the gratitude the Micmac feel toward this animal that provides vital assistance to the community with both clothing and food.

Separating the upper from the lower portions of the circle, a center band celebrates the original members of the Aroostook Council.

The triangle in the lower half of the circle stands for the wigwam of the Council's lodge. Inside this triangle, a small white triangle marks the entrance to the wigwam, and three white disks honor the three original women sachems, or Council members.

... the Arrow of Peace - symbol of the arrows used by Micmac hunters to gather sustenance and by Micmac warriors to defend the Band against enemies. Framing the lower half of the circular logo are seven eagle feathers, which represent seven future generations of the Micmac and the seven districts of the Micmac Nation.

One element whose head remains invisible, though its wings and lower body are suggested by the central band and the lower black and white triangles, is the Invisible Thunderbird, representing Strength and Wisdom."



Speaking of messages that can arrive from away: (lest anyone forget about the missing and murdered indigenous) ...

And yet, strong women still get the message out: "Hello, world! It's never too soon to corruption."

What if had been able to democratize without oppression and unnecessary but ultimately destructive foreign intervention?

"You can disagree all you want; that doesn't make her wrong."

"Among other policies, the state denied natives voting rights until 1960, unless they agreed to forgo indigenous status. Canada also forced 150,000 aboriginal children into “residential schools” — state-funded boarding institutions where assimilation into white culture was mandatory. Students were beaten if they spoke in their native tongues, and an unknown number of girls was sterilized. The last of the 130 schools didn’t close until 1996.

Today, Canada’s 1.4 million indigenous people suffer economically — 36 percent of indigenous women live in poverty, for instance, versus 17 percent of their non-indigenous counterparts. One-third of indigenous people between the ages of 25 and 54 have less than a high school education. Substance abuse is a rampant concern; in a 2011 national survey of First Nation adults living on reserves and in northern communities, 83 percent cited it as the biggest threat to aboriginal health. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the non-profit Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), says she once heard domestic abuse in aboriginal households called as normal as keeping “ketchup in the fridge.”"





Anchorage Daily News is reporting, the recall campaign against Gov. Dunleavy is "accelerating". His record on conservation-related issues is absolutely atrocious, as the report cards from 2014 show.

Why weren't his obvious failures to respect Alaskans addressed sooner? Article mentioned he recently spewed some garbage about "potential collaboration," but (as the organizer of the protest stated) he lies.

"“The governor’s violation of separation of powers and misuse of state funds, and the impacts of his misguided, ill-advised attempts to decrease government spending in Alaska were all a part of CIRI’s wake-up call.” Minich says CIRI is one of the state’s economic “powerhouses,” and it supports removing the governor from office in order to head off what it believes are disastrous policies for residents and the business community. Like most Alaska Native Corporations, CIRI rarely wades so openly into contentious political fights.

“Are we being good corporate citizens if we stand by in silence while this administration takes actions that are in opposition of our values and of our culture? Our answer to these questions was a resounding: no,” she said."


"A coalition of Native organizations, including United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Gwichin Steering Comittee, Native Peoples Action, Orutsararmiut Native Council, and Native Movement, are calling on Alaskan Native leadership to move with urgency to address climate change and stop harmful projects. This year’s AFN theme, “Good Government: Alaskan Driven,” encourages a conversation about tribal sovereignty as a solution for our people’s well-being. rights are the remedy for this crisis."


Photos from today's events: first 3 at Pacific University International Day of Peace and Climate Justice. Last photo scraped from other social media, showing downtown PDX protests.

While it was interesting to learn that the University's $700K+ salaried administrators continue to ignore the requests of students to bring back the compost program, use more sustainable products in foodservice and cafeterias, etc., it was more interesting to hear that none of those administrators showed up to the biggest climate strike in Earth's history! Just one lone 20 year Environmental Science teacher got behind the microphone.

That being said, while more than 3/4 of the protesters I marched with today were half my age, it was still great to hear the words "indigenous people" and "first nations." ... And the acknowledgement that the land the campus sits on today was originally stewarded by the Tualatin Kalapuyas, people "forcibly relocated southward to the reservation of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde."

"The survival of Native societies depended on the acquisition of resources and the means of subsistence. They needed mobility, cooperation, seasonal adaptation, and spirituality based on a reverence for natural resources and social traditions. Conversely, the value systems and teaching tools of Euro-Americans focused on individualism, competition, established communities, private landownership, and the acquisition of natural resources for power and profit. Consequently, formal Indian education policies and curriculums often exacerbated existing cultural conflicts."

Sources of quotations: oregonencyclopedia.org/article

Source: pacificu.edu/about/media/tragi

The Internet has quite a bit of experience with globally-coordinating things, eh? So many countries on board with :


27th of September, "On the anniversary of Silent Spring"

If Rachel Carson is what it took for white people to wake up and start thinking about the environment like people have been for thousands of years, good on her.



"The Cherokee Nation announced Thursday that it intends to appoint a delegate to the US House of Representatives, asserting for the first time a right promised to the tribe in a nearly 200-year-old treaty with the federal government.

The Cherokee Nation's right to appoint a delegate stems from the same treaty that the US government used to forcibly remove the tribe from its ancestral lands.

As a result of the 1835 Treaty of New Echota, the were ultimately made to leave their homes in the Southeast for present-day Oklahoma in exchange for money and other compensation. Nearly 4,000 citizens of the tribe died of disease, starvation and exhaustion on the journey now known as the Trail of Tears.
A delegate in the House of Representatives was one of the ways the US government promised to compensate the Cherokee Nation."


representatives in the House is one step, but we still need equally-allocated footing in the Senate.

A few scenes from the protests in downtown this morning.

Many stores shut their doors completely. I didn't realize that this was the weekend it was all going down... I just wanted to go get a new collar for the kitty from Saturday Market. 🐈

A helicopter and drones overhead; helmets, cops and colorful people everywhere.

Stuck around one of the stages long enough to hear from an speaker reminding everyone that at that waterfront space, where two rivers meet, people historically congregated to share food and medicine.

The BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico... seems like so long ago, doesn't it? I'll never forget those heartbreaking images of seabirds laden with petrol, whose homes were ruined by the seafloor drillers.

Shortly after that ship blew up in 2010, some people tried to remind anybody who would listen that _that_ method of rapacious energy extraction is not what the Creator intended for humans to use on Mother Earth: youtu.be/eAlRwi9mnwA?t=3946

Also of importance from earlier in the video: a principle of the original intention: clan mothers can IMPEACH the equivalent of what our Supreme Court justices are today. If we had them, we would not be in this mess.

The D. Trump-branded Evil rearing its hideous face again, back with even more malevolent plans to scourge and defile and to wreak more disaster, suffering, and destruction.

"WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday made public its rollback of a major offshore-drilling safety regulation, significantly weakening an Obama-era rule that was put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 people and sent 4.9 million barrels of oil gushing into the sea, causing the worst oil spill in American history."

Source: nytimes.com/2019/05/02/climate


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