Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 12, 2021

Apache Naelyn Pike: Women as Life Givers, Surviving the Extinction Plan

Apache Naelyn Pike

Maintaining the Balance: Women are the Life Givers Holding the Earth in Balance, Apache Naelyn Pike at Bioneers

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Apache Naelyn Pike, 22, brought this powerful message: "When we are born, then they know that their plan for our extinction failed."

This fact is empowering, Naelyn said during a panel today of four women speaking on "Nature, Justice and Women's Leadership: A Strategic Trio for Effective Change," at the Bioneers Conference.

Naelyn said this is a time of urgency for youths and future generations of children depend on their learning and knowing.

"Either we stand up or we don't survive," Naelyn said during the webcast. Naelyn is Chiricahua Apache and lives on San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona. She is a longtime defender of sacred Oak Flat from copper mining and the granddaughter of Wendsler Nosie, founder of Apache Stronghold.

Naelyn pointed out that Indigenous Peoples are the stewards of the land and are a force that can create real change.

Apache respect and honor the role of women and celebrate how this is the foundation of the balance of the earth.

Apache celebrate a young woman's coming of age with the Sunrise Ceremony.

Naelyn said this is a celebration of the ability to give life, and it is proof that the plan for the extinction of Native people did not succeed.

Naelyn said Apache believe in the balance of women and men and she appreciates being in a family where men and women show this respect.

Recognizing the roles of her grandmothers, mother and aunts, she said, "They show me what it mean to be a woman."

"I see their strength."

Naelyn pointed out that there is no separation in the sacredness of life and the relationship to the land.

She said during the ongoing federal court case to protect sacred Oak Flat from copper mining, a U.S. Attorney, a woman, said land and religion are not the same.

Naelyn said this is counter to Apache belief, because land and religion can not be separated. The original stewards of the land must heal and protect the land, she said.

Naelyn pointed out that the United States government was responsible for the murder and genocide of Native people. The U.S. government's laws, treaties and policies can not be trusted.

"We can not put our hope in politicians."

Nina Simons
Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons introduced Naelyn, pointing out that Naelyn testified before Congress at the age of thirteen. Simons said she respects Naelyn for her honesty, perseverance and courage.

Simons opened the panel with the issues of gender and the leadership role of women, and the quest for justice in this time of corporate capitalism, gender bias and the ongoing distraction and denial during this time of climate emergency.

Osprey Orielle Lake

Speaking live on today's panel from COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, Osprey Orielle Lake, founder of WECAN International, described the failure of the UN Climate Summit.

Osprey described the lack of women in leadership at COP26 and how world leaders were there to protect their pocketbooks and corporations and maintain the system of fossil fuel economies.

"We need to dismantle that. We are here to disrupt that."

Osprey quoted an Ecuadorian Indigenous woman at COP26: "We women can do anything. We are the descendants of the jaguar. We can do anything!"

"It is the time of women rising.” said Osprey, founder,
 Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International

Amisha Ghadiali

Amisha Ghadiali, UK-based intuitive therapist and host of the podcast, 'The Future Is Beautiful,' described women's fierce protective nature. She remembered how safe she felt walking at night in the village where she lived the previous year, a contrast to the dangers of a woman walking at night in the city.

Amisha described world leaders falling asleep at COP26 and flying off in their planes to meet with fossil fuel companies.

"We don't have time to wait for anyone to invite us in."

Register after panel presentations and watch the sessions on demand.
Bioneers Virtual Conference, Nov. 11 -- 13, 2021

Meet the Women

Activist and Fighter for Indigenous Rights | Apache Stronghold

Naelyn Pike, 22, is a renowned young Chiricahua Apache activist and lifelong fighter for Indigenous Rights who follows in the footsteps of her grandfather who founded the Apache Stronghold to protect their people’s sacred sites and rights. At age 13 Pike was the youngest Indigenous girl to testify before Congress. Today she continues to battle corporations and political leaders whose actions damage the Earth as she fights for environmental sustainability and Indigenous rights at the local, state, and national levels.

Podcast Host | The Future Is Beautiful

Amisha Ghadiali, a facilitator, speaker and writer with extensive backgrounds in sustainable fashion, socially conscious entrepreneurship, activism, meditation and yoga, is host of the globally-acclaimed podcast The Future Is Beautiful. She has led many retreats, workshops and rituals around the world, and designed programs such as: The Heart of Transformation, Wild Grace, and a residential fellowship in community facilitation leadership. She also hosts an online membership community—Presence: for Creative, Connected and Courageous Living; and works one-to-one in her Presence Leadership Mentoring program.

Founder and Executive Director | Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International

Osprey Orielle Lake, founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, works with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a democratized energy future. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.

Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist | Bioneers

Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and most recently wrote Nature, Culture & The Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership. An award-winning social entrepreneur, Nina teaches and speaks internationally, and previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla.

Panel Nature + Justice + Women’s Leadership: A Strategic Trio for Effective Change

As ecological destruction, climate destabilization, the global pandemic, and all forms of historical and current injustice are converging to initiate a near-death experience for our species, join a group of wise women to discuss why the combination of honoring, respecting and learning from nature, being motivated by a deep quest for justice, and cultivating the leadership of women can provide a potent, three-pronged strategic path for getting us to a world we want. With: Osprey Orielle Lake, founder/Executive Director, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, author of Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature; Amisha Ghadiali, a UK-based intuitive therapist, meditation and yoga teacher, host and founder of the podcast and community, The Future Is Beautiful, and author of Intuition; Naelyn Pike, renowned young Chiricahua Apache activist. Hosted by: Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers.

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News

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