Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 29, 2023

Jacob Johns Shot at Onate Prayerful Protest Undergoing Surgery

Jacob Johns Shot at Onate Prayerful Protest Undergoing  Surgery

"All our morning prayers for our protector who put his life on the life for women, children, and our speakers. He will go into another surgery this morning. We are praying for a strong and steadfast recovery." -- Nick Estes, The Red Nation

Update Saturday: Man charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the shooting of Jacob Johns, Hopi and Akimel O'odham. The shooter fled the scene and was apprehended. Johns is undergoing multiple surgeries.

The Red Nation said, "On September 28, 2023, community and organizers gathered to have a peaceful and prayerful action in celebration that the Juan De Oñate statue would not be erected in Española, New Mexico. This celebration was violently interrupted by an agitator (later identified as Ryan Martinez) who tried to charge toward the speaker and crowd, who were mostly women and children. He was kept back by Native protectors and he then pulled a gun shooting a relative in the chest. He fled and was apprehended in Pojoaque. The relative who was shot is in the hospital and undergoing multiple surgeries. Please keep him and his family in your prayers."

By Carlos Martinez
Censored News

Indigenous climate activist, artist, musician, and father Jacob Johns was shot in the chest this morning, Sept 28.2023, during a No Juan de Oñate statue peaceful protest in Tewa territory (more commonly known as Española, New Mexico). Jacob put his body between women and children when the shooter charged towards the altar. He was air-lifted to a hospital in Albuquerque and had surgery. The shooter, who was wearing a red MAGA hat, is in custody of tribal police. We ask everyone to please pray with us that he survives this surgery and that doctors have the strength and wisdom to help him.

Jacob, who is Hopi and Akimel O'odham, has dedicated his life to Indigenous and climate justice. He is a skilled muralist and speaker, and specializes in non-violent, peaceful “artivism”. He has a teenage daughter, Lily, she and his other family are currently flying from Washington State to Albuquerque New Mexico to be by his side.

This inspirational man has put his life on the line over and over again to make a better world for his fellow humans, and now he and his family need your support to recover from this terrible hate crime. As you can imagine, being a climate activist is not lucrative work to readily afford major life-saving surgery. We are humbly requesting your donations to help cover his recovery, his medical bills, and to help support his family needs during what will likely be a very lengthy recovery period. This comes just two months before Jacob will be leading an Indigenous Wisdom Keepers Delegation at COP28 to advocate for Indigenous solutions to climate change. Please pray with us for his recovery and donate if you can.

Links to Jacob's work are below:
- Free The Vote Mural:
-COP28 Indigenous Wisdom Keeper Delegation

Native Shot at Prayerful Onate Protest

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