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Statement from occupation at Bureau of Indian Affairs central office


October 15, 2021

Indigenous activists and allies take part in an occupation at the headquarters of the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., on October 14, 2021. Photo: Jennifer Falcon / Indigenous Environmental Network

The following is the text of an October 14, 2021, statement from a group of people who entered the central office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. The central office is located at the headquarters of the Department of the Interior in the nation's capital.

We will no longer allow the U.S. government to separate us from our relationship to the sacred knowledge of Mother Earth and all who depend on her. Her songs have no end, so we must continue the unfinished work of our ancestors who have walked on before us.

Because of colonization, our mission has been passed on generation after generation - to protect the sacred. Just as those who walked before us, we continue their song and rise for our youth, for the land, and for the water. Politicians do not take care of us. Presidents will break their promises but Mother Earth has always given us what we need to thrive. We will not back down until our natural balance is restored.


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