Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota People’s Law Project, sent a message this morning asking us to spread the news about the need for Indigenous wisdom and leadership for a Green New Deal.
The countdown is on. One week from tomorrow, the Lakota People’s Law Project will proudly join the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. While we’re there, Phyllis Young will join me and the rest of our delegation in meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss next steps for Indigenous participation in the Green New Deal.
Our march is also being supported by the organizers of the women’s march, who will hit the streets the following day. I can’t wait to share the results of our actions with you once we return home. We are building partnerships and coalitions that have so much potential to create meaningful change.
Now is the time to ensure that Native voices are heard loud and clear in the streets of Washington and the halls of power. Following a year when we elected a record number of women — including our first two Native congresswomen — your help is critical to ensure they have all the support they need to enact a truly progressive agenda informed by the traditional knowledge of America’s First Nations.
Wopila — As always, we are grateful for your solidarity!
Chase Iron Eyes
“The water protector movement that started at Standing Rock will find a home in the Green New Deal.”
“So when I saw this, the Green New Deal, I thought, this is amazing, and it will work, because it is a real people’s project.” Madonna Thunder Hawk, Lakota People’s Law Project Tribal Liaison. “It’s got teeth, and it’s got push behind it.”
“We have to take this initiative for the Green New Deal, hit the streets with it, hit every dusty road with it, and go right into the halls of Congress.”
We are asked to write to our Congressional representatives in support of the Green New Deal: https://www.lakotalaw.org/our-actions/native-gnd
Immediate, forceful action to prevent climate change must now be the priority of all responsible elected officials. That’s why I’m asking you to support the Green New Deal—the only proposed plan to reverse greenhouse gas emissions powerful enough to protect our shared world for our children and future generations. The newly resurrected House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming must take seriously the need to preserve our planet while there’s still time. I also ask that you champion input from, and justice for, Native communities in the plan for a Green New Deal.
According to this year’s UN report on climate change, we have just 12 years to act before our climate reaches its tipping point. The scientific community agrees nearly unanimously that human-caused climate change presents the greatest existential threat to humanity’s future.
We need a large-scale federal stimulus plan now that moves us toward 100 percent renewable energy within the next ten years, upgrades our power grid, makes substantial investments in energy efficiency, prioritizes vulnerable communities, and creates jobs in the burgeoning clean energy economy.
Indigenous communities have often suffered the most at the hands of the fossil fuel industry, the primary driver of climate change. Their lands have been stolen and threatened, and their treaties have been violated. In the face of this injustice, respect for the Earth, and the balance of life, has remained central to Indigenous world-views. Now, Native voices must be heard and respected as part of creating a Green New Deal. Their time to lead is now.
I therefore ask that you support the appointment of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. As one of the first two Native American women ever elected to Congress, she can well represent First Nation principles as we find our way through the crisis confronting us. I also ask that you help direct federal spending on renewable infrastructure and job training to Native American reservations, where unemployment rates are twice the national average.
It’s time to adopt a Green New Deal for America that respects and includes Native concerns for the benefit of all.
You can start to get involved tonight by joining a national conference call of the Sunrise Movement which is supporting the Green New Deal. http://bit.ly/gnd-2019
This blog post from last month is about Winona LaDuke also talking about an Indigenous led Green New Deal: https://jeffkisling.com/2018/12/12/indigenous-led-green-new-deal/