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Here are some words that I think you should read and a question I’m contemplating borne of the impact of these words: why do we allow our water, which is our collective wealth, to be poisoned for the supposed exclusive enrichment of someone else? water_n

From an article titled “Indigenous Mind” by Winona LaDuke

“A Latin American scholar named Eduardo Galeano has written about colonialism in communities like mine. He says: ‘In the colonial alchemy, gold changes to scrap metal and food to poison. We have become painfully aware of the mortality of wealth, which nature bestows and imperialism appropriates.'”

The paragraph in which this quote appears, for greater context.

“The White Earth Reservation is a rich place. And it is our experience that industrial society is not content to leave other peoples’ riches alone. Wealth attracts colonialism; the more a native people has, the more colonisers are apt to covet that wealth and take it away, whether it is gold or, as in our case, pine stands and Red River valley farmland. A Latin American scholar named Eduardo Galeano has written about colonialism in communities like mine. He says: ‘In the colonial alchemy, gold changes to scrap metal and food to poison. We have become painfully award of the mortality of wealth, which nature bestows and imperialism appropriates.’ For us, our wealth was the source of our poverty: industrial society could not leave us be.”

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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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