AMERICA'S THANKSGIVING

From time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples have held feast day celebrations; Ceremonies of thanksgiving in honor of the sacred gift of life. Everyday we give thanks to the creator. Everyday is thanksgiving.

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DENNIS BANKS (1937 - 2017)

“It’s meritorious that a 5 year old Ojibwa boy, born on Leech Lake Indian Reservation, torn from the arms of his mother by United States federal forces, brutalized in BIA Boarding Schools, and imprisoned in a broken justice system, would transform persecution into a movement that continues to birth new generations of resistance for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Mother Earth.” — Robby Romero

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY 2018

Bonnie Raitt joins Robby Romero on Robby’s classic Prayer Song 10 October 1992 at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, Ca. In 1992, when the Bay Area Indian Alliance convinced the city council of Berkeley, California to declare 12 October a “Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples”, Berkeley became the first city in the United States to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, setting a precedent for other cities and states to follow. 

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CRAZY HORSE (ca. 1840 – 1877)

On this day in Lakota History, 5 September 1877, Oglala Lakota mystic warrior Tȟašúŋke Witkó ('His-Horse-Is-Crazy' or 'His-Horse-Is-Spirited'), famously known as Crazy Horse, was murdered at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. With a collection of controversy and all the mystery surrounding the life and death of Crazy Horse, one thing is clear, Crazy Horse posed a great threat to the United States ambition to brutally destroy Native Peoples.

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ON THIS DAY IN APACHE HISTORY

It was 4 September 1886, in the Apache Territories of the Southwest known as Skeleton Canyon, when the great Apache warrior Goyaałé (Geronimo) last surrendered to United States forces. After nearly three decades of resistance to protect Apache homelands, Goyaałé would be the last Indigenous warrior to formally surrender to the United States.

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INDIGENOUS YOUTH LEADING THE WAY

Youth hold the power to shift the dynamics of the world. If we want change, we must provide leadership support for youth in making change possible. Indigenous youth in particular continue to face racism and discrimination and are marginalized in society, but when they have a sense of belonging and a strong cultural identity they become resilient, powerful individuals. They have immersed roots through their ancestral lineage, wisdom, and intelligence. They are the future leaders for their communities. It is critical to restore leadership from the erosion of their traditional knowledge practices and habitat so that they can begin to create a more sustainable interdependent system for the coming generations.

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TREATY RIDE 2018

On the 150th Anniversary of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty, 29 April 2018, Robby Romero joined a historic Treaty Ride through 1851 Treaty Land. Treaty Riders rode more than 400 miles on horseback through the grasslands, badlands, and prairies of the Great Northern Plains into Fort Laramie to challenge the US Government and its Congress to #RightTheWrong and #Honor1851Treaty.

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MOTHER EARTH DAY 2018

The Taos Environmental Film Festival, in partnership with the UNM-Taos Digital Media Arts program, presents a special Mother Earth Day Celebration at the UNM-Taos Bataan Hall from 11am to 1pm showcasing a collection of music pictures from musician and filmmaker, Robby Romero.

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