Restoring Native Sovereignty

"What could be more restorative than giving tribes the opportunity to participate in the management of lands their ancestors were removed from?"

-Carleton Bowekaty, lieutenant governor of the Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico.

Europeans came to this land, laid claim to it, and established a government and legal system to protect our claims against the original inhabitants. The article below documents a modern seizure of Navajo lands and herds. Many living still witnessed this violent removal of Navajo from their traditional homes and lands.

It's important to acknowledge this violence and seek to make reparations. One way we could honor indigenous peoples is to give their governments authority to manage public lands from which they were removed.

The Utah Navajos Relocation in the 1950s: Life Along the San Juan River

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