Vine Deloria, Jr Indigenous Studies Symposium

Finally registered for 2017 Vine Deloria Jr Indigenous Studies Symposium, and I’m probably more excited than ever to attend. I have always been extremely inspired and challenged sitting in that space with so many different amazing people. Not just the presenters. This year’s theme is based on Chapter 11 in “The Legal Universe” which addresses the status of Nature in the eyes of the law.

This topic, in and of itself, is profoundly important to me. What I know of the law, which is more than some and not as much as others, leads me to a deep skepticism about how laws are crafted and enforced. Law doesn’t equate to justice. This is a key realization for me. It is unjust, to my mind, to grant standing in a court of law to a corporation, but to deny that same acknowledgment to a tree, or a body of water, or the mountain – all of which are the foundation of a good life for humans and other relatives. But a corporation – an entity created for the sole purpose of perpetuating an economy but which does not make a good foundation for a good life for humans and other relatives.

Don’t misunderstand me – I’m not an anarchist. I do honor the concepts of law. But man crafts his laws without regard for the natural laws. And thereby, we lose our way and forget what is valuable. What matters is lost to the political and economic machinations of human egos.

What I know of natural law, which is more than some and not as much as others, contributes to a perennial hope in my soul. A hope that, someday, we will right our thinking, and that our right thinking will align to right actions, and justice will be given it’s proper place in our interactions.

I’m very excited to be in space, with good people, to talk about things that are important again – and to be encouraged and inspired to keep fighting the good fight.

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Twylia (the 'i' is silent)

~ I am Anishinaabe-kwe with Scottish heritage and Sami DNA. I speak on the behalf of no one but myself. My ancestors inform and guide me. My voice is but one of many who are calling for change. We have much work to do to create a good space for the real human beings who are waiting to be born.

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