From Fall 2014
For the past year I have been in conversation with Ndé (Lipan Apache) Land Defenders whose traditional territories have been encroached upon by the U.S government, historically through the construction of the border wall, and contemporaneously through the ever increasing militarization of the border via the Department of Homeland Security. These actions by the U.S. government trample the sovereign rights of the Ndé over their land as well as creating an intersection of discriminatory “immigration laws” that target Indigenous populations from the South. I stand in solidarity with their organizing efforts which are many.
A Native woman with long graying hair stands in front of a tall, dark red fence. She holds two ears of corn, maize, and wears a traditional blouse, jewelry, including a necklace with an image of a medicine wheel. Above the scene, large sans-serif text states, “Not one more inch! Take down this wall!” Below the scene, text states, “Stand with Ndé Land Defenders. Demand the U.S. return Lipan Apache lands and recognize indigenous rights and sovereignty.”