[News] Frontline Indigenous Leaders Occupy the Bureau of Indian Affairs in D.C. for the First Time Since the 1970's

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The Indigenous Environmental Network 


*October 14, 2021*
Jennifer K. Falcon, Indigenous Environmental Network,
303-242-1119 jennifer at ienearth.org
Jamie Henn, jamie at fossilfree.media

*Frontline Indigenous Leaders Occupy the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 
D.C. for the First Time Since the 1970's*

WASHINGTON D.C- Frontline Indigenous leaders from various fossil fuel 
fights from across Turtle Island have occupied the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs in Washington D.C. for the first time since the 1970’s. On March 
16th, 1970, the first occupation of a Bureau of Indian Affairs 
happened in Littleton, Colorado and led to the Indian Hiring Preference 
and set off a chain of occupations that ended in Washington D.C. 

For the last week, there has been a historic surge of Indigenous 
resistance in the D.C. area starting on Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 
where “Expect Us” 
written on the Andrew Jackson statue outside of the White House ahead of 
130 Indigenous leaders and allies 
arrested outside of the White House on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Despite 
a proclamation declaring October 11th Indigenous Peoples’ Day,Indigenous 
leaders were met with police violence 
lrad was used on Indigenous matriarchs and youth being arrested on the 
White House fence.

This was followed on Tuesday by two Water Protectorsdemanding Biden Stop 
Line 3 climbing the flagpole 
the Army Corp North Atlantic Division Office,  replac 
it with a “Free Informed and Prior Consent” flag that read “Consultation 
is not Consent.”

The Indigenous leaders issued this statement:

*/We will no longer allow the U.S. government to separate us from our 
relationship to the sacred knowledge of Mother Earth and all who depend 
on her. Her songs have no end, so we must continue the unfinished work 
of our ancestors who have walked on before us. Because of colonization, 
our mission has been passed on generation after generation- to protect 
the sacred. Just as those who walked before us, we continue their song 
and rise for our youth, for the land, and for the water. Politicians do 
not take care of us. Presidents will break their promises but Mother 
Earth has always given us what we need to thrive. We will not back down 
until our natural balance is restored./*

*/For the land, for our waters, for our future-- we must fight now so 
our young will thrive. /*

*/You can arrest us, tear gas us, poison us but there will always be 
more hearts to continue the song until we are all free. /*

*/Another world is possible./*

*/Our demands for the President of the United States are:/*
*/-Abolition of the Bureau of Indian Affairs./*
*/-Restoration of 110 million acres (450,000 km2) of land taken away 
from Native Nations /*
*/--Bring Home Our Children Buried At Your Residential Schools/*
*/-Restoration of treaty-making (ended by Congress in 1871)./*
*/-Establishment of a treaty commission to make new treaties (with 
sovereign Native Nations)./*
*/-Land Back/*
*/-Water Back/*
*/-Honor the Treaties/*
*/-No new leases for oil and gas or extractive industry on public lands/*
*/-Free, Prior, and Informed Consent/*
*/-Reclaim and affirm health, housing, employment, economic development, 
and education for all Indigenous people./*
*/-Restoration of terminated rights./*
*/-Repeal of state jurisdiction on Native Nations./*
*/-Federal protection for offenses against Indians./*


Established in 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network is an 
international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal 
grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous 
communities. I EN’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities 
and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred 
sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our 
people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable 
/Learn more here: ienearth.org 

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