Indigenous and First Nations Rights

2022 National Week of Action for MMIW

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The National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the MMIW Family Advisors are organizing a National Week of Action (April 29-May 5, 2022) to call the nation and the world to action in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Take action by participating in these virtual events, exploring our list of resources, and organizing additional actions in your communities on and around May 5th. Join us in saying ‘enough is enough’—not one more stolen sister.

National Week Events:

12 pm MDT       

Traditional Launch of the National Week of Action

1 pm MDT       

National Briefing: Addressing the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)


1 pm MDT       

Voices Rising: Uplifting Native Hawaiian Women Survivors and Victims Missing or Murdered


1 pm MDT       

Spotlight Alaska and the Crisis of MMIWG 2022


1 pm MDT       

Using International Law to Respond to VAIW and the MMIWG Crisis

May 4 - 8   

Running for Justice: Virtual 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon


10 am MDT             


#MMIWActionNow Twitter Storm

12 pm MDT           


#MMIWActionNow Twitter Chat | View Chat Script

1 pm MDT         


Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women National Day of Action: Uplifting the Voices of MMIW Surviving Families



A “disease of the mind” has set in world leaders and many members of our global community, with their belief that a solution of retaliation and destruction of peoples will bring peace.

In our Prophecies it is told that we are now at the crossroads: Either unite spiritually as a global nation or be faced with chaos, disasters, diseases, and tears from our relatives’ eyes.

We are the only species that is destroying the source of life, meaning Mother Earth, in the name of power, mineral resources, and ownership of land. Using chemicals and methods of warfare that are doing irreversible damage, as Mother Earth is becoming tired and cannot sustain any more impacts of war.

I ask you to join me in this endeavor. Our vision is for the peoples of all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together as one at their Sacred Sites.

Interior Department Renaming Sites With Offensive Native American Names

28 lakes, creeks, rivers and other geographical features in Wisconsin being renamed.

By Wisconsin Public Radio - Apr 7th, 2022 
DOI Secretary Deb Haaland. (Public Domain).

DOI Secretary Deb Haaland. (Public Domain).

The U.S. Department of the Interior is requesting public input on new names for more than 650 geographic features with racially offensive names.


In November, DOI Secretary Deb Haaland signed Secretarial Order 3404 declaring a word that originated as an Algonquin term for “woman” a derogatory name. Its meaning has shifted after centuries of use by white people as an offensive term for Indigenous women.

Melissa Doud, a program director with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council and a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, supports the order.

“It’s such a derogatory and negative thing to call a woman,” Doud said. “We’re resilient people, and it’s only fair to change the name to something that isn’t so racist.”

The federal order outlined steps for removing the term from federal and state lands, one of the steps included forming the Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force.

By March, the task force identified 664 geographical features — such as creeks, lakes, rivers and valleys — across the country that use the term and proposed five new names for each site. The complete list of places and their suggested new names are available as both a PDF and an interactive map.

The 28 sites in Wisconsin span 19 counties.

The federal government will manage the process, but the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is helping to solicit input and will review proposed names to avoid duplicating the names of nearby geographic features.


While the DNR has its own council to handle geographic name changes, DNR Statewide Tribal Liaison Kris Goodwill said the process can be lengthy.


“That process can easily take over a year to get that accomplished. This kind of puts it on a fast track,” Goodwill said.

Under the new order, sites with the word in their title would bypass the state process.

But even before the order, many Wisconsin counties were already trying to eliminate the term.

In 2019, Dane County changed the name of a bay on Monona Lake to Wicawak, the Ho-Chunk word for muskrat. And last year, a lake in Oneida and Vilas counties near the Lac du Flambeau reservation was changed to Amber Lake.

John D. Johnson, Sr., president of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said the old name was a dishonor to Native women.

“Here in Lac du Flambeau — and I can speak for other reservations too — we put our women on a pedestal,” Johnson said. “We appreciate everything they do for us, because if it wasn’t for the woman, none of us would be here, right?”

People had been trying to change the name for more than 20 years, but nothing ever happened, Johnson said.


Then in 2020, a tribal member who happened to live on what is now Amber Lake approached Johnson about changing the name. They encountered some pushback from local residents, but Johnson said collaboration between the tribe and the lake’s association was key.


“What we did with the Lakes Association was pretty cool because they had come right to our (Tribal) Council room and we had talked together, we collaborated and that’s what needed to be done,” Johnson said.

Together they submitted a formal petition to the Wisconsin Geographic Names Council and about six months later, residents and tribal members had collectively renamed the lake Amber Lake.

Doud said they initially chose the name Ikwe, which means “woman” in Ojibwe, but some residents felt it might be difficult to pronounce. Together they agreed on Amber because of the golden color of the Tamarack trees that surround the lake.

Now communities will have the backing of the federal government to speed up the process. And the movement to remove offensive terms from geographic features will not stop with this one word.

In November, Haaland also signed Secretarial Order 3405, creating a federal advisory committee that will identify and recommend new names for sites that use other racial slurs and derogatory terms. In the past, similar bodies have renamed geographic features that used the N-word or a pejorative term for Japanese people.


The committee has yet to be formed, but Goodwill said it could consider renaming features such as a rapid on the Tomahawk River that has a name that uses a derogatory term for someone who is of mixed race.


“This is a good move for the future. I think it’s overdue,” said Goodwill, who is a member of the Menominee Nation. “I think it goes along with having our first Native American secretary of the Interior.”

Public input on the current list will be accepted until April 25. You can submit comments online, using the docket number DOI-2022-0001. You can also mail your written comments to: Reconciliation of Derogatory Geographic Names, MS-511, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20192. Be sure to include the docket number.

Listen to the WPR report here.

‘A good move for the future’: Federal officials ask for public input in renaming 28 sites with derogatory names in Wisconsin was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.




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Cinematographers: Sarah Littleredfeather, River Akemann & Keri Pickett

ACTION ALERT: The EPA is now telling us that Enbridge's plan to build a pipeline through northern WI stands to permanently damage our water.
"Application and related information that EPA reviewed, we believe that the proposed project “may result in substantial and unacceptable adverse impacts” to the Bad River and the Kakagon- Bad River Sloughs wetland complex ... and may permanently and negatively impact water quality, aquatic life, and native habitat,” the EPA wrote.
PLEASE EMAIL THE WI DNR and tell them to Just Say No to Line 5!
Department of Natural Resources Line 5 EIS Comments (EA/7) 101 South Webster Street, Madison, WI 53707

It’s past time to release Leonard Peltier


By Gerry Adams (for Léargas)

This Christmas take a moment to think about Leonard Peltier.

Leonard was convicted in 1977 of the murder in 1975 of two FBI agents during a confrontation at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Two others who were charged with the murders were found not guilty by reason of self-defence. Peltier has always denied involvement in the two deaths. He has been in prison for almost 45 years.

In the years since then serious and significant questions have arisen over the evidence produced by the prosecution at the trial. A witness who recanted her account claimed she had been forced into making a statement by the FBI. A ballistics expert who linked Peltier’s weapon to the murders was reprimanded by the federal court for lying.

In July this year James H. Reynolds, the former US Attorney General whose office handled the prosecution and appeal in the Leonard Peltier case, appealed for his sentence to be commuted. In a letter to President Joe Biden he said: “With time, and the benefit of hindsight, I have realised that the prosecution and continued incarceration of Mr Peltier was and is unjust.”

In October Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action notice calling for clemency for Leonard Peltier. Amnesty pointed out that “Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned in the USA for over 44 years, some of which was spent in solitary confinement, serving two life sentences for murder despite concerns over the fairness of his trial. He has always maintained his innocence. He is 77 years old and suffers from a number of chronic health ailments, including one that is potentially fatal.”

“In October US Congress members Raúl M. Grijalva, Barbara Lee, Jesús Garcia, Cori Bush, Emanuel Cleaver II, Jared Huffman, Teresa Leger Fernández, Rashida Tlaib, Pramila Jayapal, Betty McCollum, and Melanie Stansbury — wrote a joint letter to you requesting the expedited release of Leonard Peltier from the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Florida and requesting that Mr Peltier be granted clemency.”

Calls for Leonard Peltier’s release have also been supported by international figures, including the late Nelson Mandela, former Irish President Mary Robinson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Join us in urging compassion and clemency for Leonard Peltier. Write to:
President Joseph Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500, USA.

Native Lives Matter

Native Lives Matter goes beyond police brutality to also include social and environmental injustice, MMIW, and protection of women & water. Discussion and bringing about awareness of the police brutality and Injustice occurring within Indian Country and working towards solutions.
Inspire and support the activist movement of Native Lives Matter to be the catalyst of change and create longstanding solutions within our law enforcement & judicial systems.
Direct Action
Standing in support and advocate for the families and victims who have experienced, police brutality loss of family and injustice.
Standing in solidarity to honor ancestors of the past in remembrance & memorials.
Solidarity with Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, 2 Spirit Thursday, May 5, 2022

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#VAWA -VAWA Law: Protections and rights to prosecute non-natives who abuse our Women on Tribal Lands. End the Violence Against Women, End the Sexual Assault against Indigenous Native Women.
Native Lives Matter Coalition-consists of multiple groups and organizations that support in collaboration.
Women Of The White Buffalo
Feature documentary film and ‘Leica’ sponsored photography of the Native American Lakota Nation. Produced by Deborah Anderson Creative. 
Delacina Chief Eagle is one of the women featured in the soon to be released feature documentary film Women Of The White Buffalo.
Save the date! This powerful and important feature documentary film is coming out April 12th!!

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The South Shore of Lake Superior and Line 5: Impacts

Shut Down Line 5 - Protect the Water!

Menominee Indian Tribe No Back 40 Mine

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, is indigenous to what is now known as Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. By the early 1800’s, the start of the treaty era, the Menominee occupied a land base estimated at 10 million acres; however, through a series of seven treaties entered into with the United States Government during the 1800’s, the Tribe witnessed its land base erode to little more than 235,000 acres today.

Our sacred place of origin exists within our 1836 treaty territory, at the mouth of the Menominee River which is located in the border cities of Menominee, MI and Marinette, WI. It was here, a mere 60 miles east of our present Menominee Indian Reservation, where our five main clans: ancestral Bear, Eagle, Wolf, Moose and Crane were transformed into human form and thus became the first Menominee.

As a result of our undeniable ties and long occupation of the Menominee River area, we have numerous sacred sites and burial mounds up and down the Menominee River, including the area of the proposed Back Forty Mine. Much like our brothers and sister in the NODAPL movement we also know that water is essential to life. The Menominee River is, in fact, the very origin of life for the Menominee people. It also provides life to Michigan and Wisconsin residents and the natural wildlife within the Great Lakes ecosystem. The harmful threats to this area and all who depend on it far outweigh the corporate interests of a Canadian exploratory company and justify the denial of the necessary permits for the proposed mine.

The Menominee Nation is steadfast in its opposition to the proposed mine and its commitment to preserving the Menominee River. We ask you to stand in solidarity with us as we continue our fight to protect our place of origin, our sacred sites, the wildlife, water and environment for future generations.


White Mesa Mill - header(Alastair Lee Bitsóí | The Salt Lake Tribune) White Mesa residents and anti-uranium activists march, pray and sing as part of the annual spiritual walk in protest of the White Mesa Mill, Oct. 9, 2021.

This group is to help white Mesa community fight!! Against the uranium mill that's only 3miles from the rez line.. This stuff has got in to the water.. They want to expand the mill where there is sacred burial sites, please all I ask is for your support.

EPA faults uranium processor for not keeping Superfund waste covered

Energy Fuels Resources barred from accepting some radioactive material after federal authorities conclude the White Mesa facility has not been properly storing dangerous waste.

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A national campaign to clean up thousands of toxic abandoned uranium mines throughout the U.S. that poison our the air, land & water.
Irresponsible corporations and negligent government agencies have abandoned thousands of toxic uranium mines throughout the US. These hazardous abandoned uranium mines poison our air, land and water. Currently no laws require clean up of these dangerous sites. Together we can safeguard our health and environment.

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  • Pamela Richard
    published this page 2022-01-18 12:34:22 -0600