Quick Reads: Farm Family Returns Land to the Poncas; Zero Tolerance for Colonialism

Two quick reads: Nebraska Farm Family Returns Land to the Ponca Nation, and Zero Tolerance for Colonialism.

Nebraska Farm Family Returns Land to the Ponca Nation

While the nation itself might be far away from concrete acts of repair for acts of genocide and land theft against indigenous peoples, there are some families and institutions making efforts. According to a story reported in Indian Country Today:

In a first-of-its-kind ceremony on June 10th near Neligh, a Nebraska farmer signed a deed returning ancestral tribal land back to the Ponca Tribe — sacred land that lies on the historic Ponca “Trail of Tears.” …

The farm just north of Neligh has been in Art and Helen Tanderup’s family for generations, and the tract of land that was gifted back to the Ponca has for the past five years been used to restore the Ponca Tribe’s sacred corn to the indigenous people’s ancestral homeland …

The government forced the Ponca off of their traditional lands some 137 years ago. The Ponca Nation along with other concerned Nebraskans are working to preserve lands “to establish federal and local protections and an official historical designation for the Ponca Trail of Tears.”

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A few years ago, we wrote about how the Episcopal Church was returning its Cass Lake summer camp to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Zero Tolerance for Colonialism

Responding to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “Zero Tolerance Policy” on immigration, a commission of indigenous peoples announced its own “Zero Tolerance Policy” for Colonialism, according to a June 30 blog in Red Abya Yala (Red America).

Today, this morning in the dawn’s early light, standing before the Northwest Detention Center at Tacoma, Washington in the Traditional Territories of the Nisqually Nation, a commission of Indigenous Peoples presented themselves in the spirit of ceremony and self-determination. …

The Indigenous Peoples returned to their traditional lands in Tacoma to welcome and greet the relatives from the south detained by the force of state power in illegal violation of Treaty Rights, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples Rights, Rights of the Family and the Rights of the Child.  Affirming that “As Indigenous Peoples, we are not immigrants in our own continent,” the delegation shared their vision of a renewed relationship of respect, equality, and self-determination among all peoples of Mother Earth.

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