Showing Up for Indigenous Communities with Our Money, Time, and Attention

Our community comes together on Indigenous land–the occupied, unceded territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Snohomish, Lummi, Skagit, and Swinomish. It’s our responsibility to reckon with this reality every day, throughout our personal lives, professional lives, and everything in between. 

However, this acknowledgement is not enough. A continuing priority for GeekGirlCon is to build real, lasting, power-sharing relationships with Indigenous communities. We commit to holding ourselves accountable to this work and doing better. 

Today, Thanksgiving in the United States, is a symbolically relevant day to center conversations about how white and non-Indigenous people perpetuate the ongoing colonization of Indigenous communities. That being said, we must make these conversations–and action–a priority every day. 

Below are some resources for education, taking action, and engaging with Indigenous creators–this is far from a comprehensive list, but rather a place to build from:

Unlearning colonial Thanksgiving myths:

Mashpee Wampanoag

The people harmfully mythologized in our stories about Thanksgiving are currently fighting to defend the status of their Reservation and along with it resources for critical programs. This page describes direct action you can take.

All My Relations podcast: ThanksTaking or ThanksGiving?

The real history of Thanksgiving as told by Wampanoag scholars Paula Peters and Linda Coombs.

Where to start with self-education:

Native Land

Begin your research on what Indigenous land you occupy.

Accomplices Not Allies

Read up on the dangers of the ally industrial complex.

Making Coast Salish Territorial Acknowledgements Matter

Panel discussion about making land acknowledgements a meaningful step towards reconciliation rather than an empty gesture.

“Whose Land?”: Performative Practice and the Analytics of Territory

Article detailing the complexity of the land acknowledgment practice and how it is a meaningless gesture without material action backing it up.

Duwamish sovereignty:

Duwamish Tribe

Here in Seattle, it’s especially important to center the Duwamish because they still do not have federal recognition.

RealRentDuwamish

A clear direct action we can take is paying the Duwamish directly. Setting up regular payments is particularly helpful. Pay rent yourself, then talk to your community and workplace about it as well.

Mutual aid:

Indigenous Mutual Aid 

Directory of Indigenous mutual aid efforts, organizing guides, and decolonial writings.

Camp Mniluzahan

Decolonial effort to provide care to unsheltered folks along Mniluzahan.

Camp Red Sleeves

Anti-colonial effort to care for unsheltered folks on Chiricahua land.

Red Cedar Community Network 

Provides no-barrier meals to folks in the Skykomish River Valley.

Other places to donate:

Native Land Conservancy

Native-led conservation effort with a mission to restore land back to its original state.

Quileute Tribe

The Quileute are currently raising money to move their tribal school out of the tsunami zone.

The NDN COVID-19 Response Project

The NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization that works to build Indigenous power. They are currently raising money to support Indigenous communities, who are being uniquely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indigenous-created media recommendations:

All My Relations

Podcast unpacking different topics relevant to Indigenous communities with a focus on relationships to land, culture, and each other.

Rambler

Travel podcast from an Black Indigenous perspective.

Métis in Space

Podcast discussing science fiction through a decolonial lens.

Indigenous creators to support:

Cherie Dimaline

Author of The Marrow Thieves and Empire of Wild

Darcie Little Badger

Geoscientist & writer

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Plant ecologist, writer, and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 

Rebecca Roanhorse

Author of The Sixth World Series

Natalie Diaz

Author of When My Brother Was an Aztec 

Tanya Tagaq

Throat singer, composer, visual artist, advocate, writer, and public speaker

Terese Marie Mailhot

Author of Heart Berries: A Memoir

Deborah Miranda

Poet and essayist

Susan Power

Author of The Grass Dancer

Leslie Marmon Silko

Author of Ceremony

Marcie Rendon

Author and playwright

Eden Robinson

Author of Son of a Trickster

Layli Long Soldier

Author of the poetry collection Whereas

Johnnie Jae

Founder of A Tribe Called Geek

Matika Wilbur

Creator of Project 562

Adrienne Keene

Creator of Native Appropriations blog

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