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Posts published by “Zoltán Grossman”

Cross-cultural movements to protect land and water

Often when Native nations assert their treaty rights and sovereignty, they are confronted with a backlash from their neighbors, who are fearful of losing control of the natural resources. Yet, when both groups are faced with an outside threat to their common environment—such as mines, dams, or an oil pipeline–these…

Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium planned at Evergreen Longhouse on May 4-5

The 2nd annual Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 in The Evergreen State College’s Longhouse Education and Cultural Center (10 am-4:30 pm). The evening’s keynote speakers (7-9 pm) will be key leaders of Native-led alliances to stop oil pipelines: Faith Spotted Eagle…

Quinault Nation builds bridges to stop Grays Harbor oil terminal

(This article is excerpted from the author’s forthcoming book Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands (University of Washington Press / Indigenous Confluences series, May 2017), and draws from interviews with Native and non-Native representatives.) The Bakken Oil Shale Basin centered in North Dakota is…

Rally opposes Port’s oil fracking sands shipments, stands with Standing Rock and Quinault

Olympia community groups drew about 300 people to an October 22 rally to oppose the Port of Olympia’s shipments of oil “fracking sands” to North Dakota. The material enables the extraction of Bakken oil. This is the oil destined for the Dakota Access Pipeline being blocked by the Standing Rock…

The kindness of strangers

The refugees in Budapest and my father’s World War II refugee story Hungary is becoming the Arizona of Europe. It is the main country where war refugees and other immigrants first set foot in the North — in this case the contiguous states of the European Union. Just like in…

The war at home meets the wars abroad

Do you ever get a sense of déjà vu? When you get a creepy feeling that you’ve been there before, or experienced something before? On Saturday, December 13, I was marching in a #BlackLivesMatter march down 4th Avenue in downtown Olympia, Washington, with about 50 other people in the middle…

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