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Haven Collective

Friday, February 5th at 8:15 a.m., members of Portland’s Indigenous Community representing the Navajo Nation, Fort Hall (Shoshone Bannock Tribes); Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Klamath Modoc Tribes and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will host an Indigenous Morning Prayer (at Salmon Street Springs) and press conference at City Hall (1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland) before appearing in federal court for charges stemming from their arrests while in attendance at a vigil being held for immigration detainees.

Tribal members will address the violent and retaliatory targeting they have experienced from Federal ICE agents, officers from the Portland Police Bureau and white supremacists during holding the Indigenous religious ceremonies they were holding to advocate for the rights of Oregon’s Immigrant detainees. (SEE VIDEO HERE)

“Keeping vigil for those impacted by family separations is not only our constitutional right, but our duty as a community striving for liberation together. As Indigenous People, we know the lasting impacts of having our community ravaged by the violence of the state. We know the continued trauma the experience of marginalization creates and we are here to keep vigil for those families we know came here looking for better circumstances because of their belief in the so-called American Dream.”

– Oregon Tribal Member

Violence against Indigenous Women is alarmingly high. A study done by the United States Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice shows that four-out-of-five Indigenous Women will experience the trauma of violence in their lifetime and one-in-three will experience it in a 12-month period.

“When you have the Department of Justice, a department of the federal government investigating the ongoing crisis of violence against Indigenous Women while agents of that same federal government are brutalizing Indigenous Women who are exercising their right to freedom of speech and religion, what does that tell you?”

– Oregon Tribal Member

Portland was leading in police brutality and federal occupation during the largest civil right’s movement in global history during this summer’s Black Lives Matter uprising. As the work Black Lives Matter is recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and emboldened white supremacists make coup attempts on the capital, six officers from the Seattle Police Department were found to have attended the insurrection and have yet to face recourse.

It begs the question of what motivates the continued targeting of and retaliation against Indigenous Land and Water Protectors as they continue to fight for their rights and the rights and equality of all people. 

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