Tribal Sovereignty and Self Determination

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In this episode of EcoJustice Radio, we interview two Indigenous activists working toward a model of self-determination and a brighter future for the planet through Indigenous prosperity, Manape LaMere and SunRose IronShell. 

Manape Lamere, SunRose IronShell, EcoJustice RadioAfter generations of struggle, the imperative of Indigenous sovereignty over traditional lands and waters has crystallized as a growing movement in the Americas to counter the power of multinational corporations and the governments that enable them.

Native Nation self-determination has proven an effective way to steward and protect resources and develop a sustainable way forward in an era of ecosystem collapse and runaway climate disruption.

As the Wet’suwet’en Chiefs Battle the Coastal GasLink ‘Invasion’ of their unceded lands in British Columbia, communities across Canada and the world protest and shut down trains, ports, and business-as-usual in solidarity –

What is the end game? To protect ecosystems, stop the poisoning of people and their lands and water, and rebuild a notion of Indigenous Sovereignty in a more collaborative world.

We welcome to EcoJustice Radio two people working toward a model of self-determination and a brighter future for the planet through Indigenous prosperity, Manape LaMere and SunRose IronShell. Jack Eidt, co-founder of SoCal 350 and publisher of WilderUtopia.com, does the interview.

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My Conspiracy to be Free (excerpts)
By SunRose IronShell

I will not hold no signs or protest
against your picket line
Death squad come for me
like you’ve been trained to do
Gun me down in the Rosebud,
Gun me down like you did in Wounded Knee
Shoot me in the back at Standing Rock
Because all I want to do is be free
Drink your poison water quick
Before the soil gets too sour
Death squad, where you at?
I refuse to die by your toxic shower

Manape LaMere, who has relinquished his U.S. citizenship and is a government representative of his treaty nation (Sioux) and a representative at the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Manape is one of the seven headsmen of the Oceti Sakowin, which is proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux, meaning Seven Council Fires.

SunRose IronShell, of the Sicangu and Oglala, Lakota Nations, is a designer whose point of view reaches far beyond the realms of mere clothing. Her brand Warrior Status challenges the wearer to think and live as a modern-day warrior.

SunRose on IG https://www.instagram.com/livenwarriorstatus/

Interview by Jack Eidt
Hosted by Jessica Aldridge from SoCal 350 and Adventures in Waste
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
Episode 52

Updated 20 April 2020

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Planners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt