Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 15, 2022

Nick Estes and Sikowis at Bioneers, Sunday, May 15, 2022

Nick Estes, PhD, cofounder of The Red Nation, and Sikowis, founder of the Great Plains Action Society, today at Bioneers, at San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts and in the virtual conference.

Nick Estes speaks on "The Age of the Water Protector and Climate Chaos" this morning at Bioneers

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Nick Estes, Ph.D. (Kul Wicasa/Lower Brule Sioux), is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and a member of the Oak Lake Writers Society, a group of Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota writers. In 2014, he was a co-founder of The Red Nation in Albuquerque, NM, an organization dedicated to the liberation of Native people from capitalism and colonialism.

He serves on its editorial collective and writes its bi-weekly newsletter. Nick Estes is also the author of Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. 

"Indigenous Pathways to a Regenerative Future." at Bioneers today, Sunday, at 2:45 pm Pacific time. Nick Estes and Sikowis.

Indigenous Peoples already do “green jobs,” integrate cultural values into business activities, and protect 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity. In order to transform our economies through Indigenous-led solutions, we need to uplift movements and stories inspired by Indigenous resistance. To do this, we must change the culture of philanthropy and “impact investing,” which still largely circulates in privileged circles. In this panel, Sikowis (Plains Cree/Saulteaux), Nick Estes (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe), and Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yupik) will discuss colonial-capitalism and how Indigenous-led strategies can offer us a pathway towards an equitable and regenerative future.

Sikowis (aka Christine Nobiss) (Plains Cree/Saulteaux, George Gordon First Nation) grew up in Winnipeg but has been living in Iowa City for 16 years. She is the founder of the Great Plains Action Society, “a collective of Indigenous organizers of the Great Plains working to resist and Indigenize colonial institutions, ideologies, and behaviors.” She speaks, writes and organizes extensively on Indigenous rights, the climate crisis, environmental collapse and colonial capitalism.

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