Yesterday, NDN Collective released a memo highlighting the intersections between, root causes of, and immediate steps towards ending both the climate and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives (MMIWR+) crises.
You can read the memo in full here.
The memo was sent earlier last week to key members of the Biden administration, asking for immediate action around the issue using the solutions outlined in the memo, which include:
- Guarantee true free, prior and informed consent for Indigenous communities;
- Stricter protocols and penalties for industries whose workforce contributes to the MMIWR+ epidemic;
- Involvement of victims, families, and advocates in creating solutions;
- Passage of the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act; strengthening of Savannah’s Act and the Not Invisible Act
- Ensure parity in funding opportunities and advance appropriations for tribal nations;
- Provide funding and resources to urban Native organizations;
- Stronger partnerships between U.S. government and Indigenous leaders
“For centuries Indigenous people have dealt with the very real and horrific consequences of extraction and violence inflicted against our people and to the land. Time and time again Indigenous people and Tribal Nations take the lead on providing healing for our people and land following destructive and violent incidents. NDN’s Climate Justice and Racial Equity campaigns are doing exactly this, they are doing the work to advocate, to resource, and to create and amplify the healing solutions our communities deserve. It is the United States Government and the Biden Administration’s turn to take responsibility and to take the long-overdue steps needed to provide protection of our people, the land, and our sovereign rights.”
- Korina Barry, Managing Director of NDN Action
“Because they remain beholden to extractive industry the Federal government continues to ignore the clear and ugly connection between these industries exacerbating the climate crisis and the epidemic of our sisters and relatives being stolen. While attending high school I lived directly off of a major highway used for industry transportation, that was known for Indigenous women and girls being disappeared from. I know from direct experience how unsafe it is to live in a community that is hosting transient workers, who view Indigenous women as disposable. In order to bring both of these crises to a halt our communities need to be listened to and our directive taken.”
- Kailea Frederick, Climate Justice Organizer
“This extractive mentality is not new, we see this dating back to first contact when our women and the land were seen as resources for the taking. The depth to which these intertwined issues exist today can only be met with healing just as deep. The US Government and the current Biden Administration need to be more intentional and direct with their messaging and actions. This includes directing funding to Indigenous communities and organizations already doing the work as well as a definitive stance on denouncing fossil fuel and extractive industries.”
- Caitlyn Shoulder, Racial Equity Organizer
“They trespass our bodies like they trespass the land.” The obvious connection between extractive industries and our missing and murdered relatives is not a secret. We have been screaming at the top of our lungs that until there is bold change made at the federal level, the murder and exploitation of our relatives will continue. Now is the time to listen to the lived experiences of Indigenous people in guiding our Nation towards effective solutions that include the voices of the victims and the families affected by fossil fuel industries.”
- Sunny Red Bear, Director of Racial Equity
About NDN Collective
NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.