“It is important because the second Monday in October is officially recognized nationally and even internationally as Columbus Day. As countless people have pointed out over the past decades of trying to abolish Columbus Day, it is a holiday created to celebrate the genocide of Native people. This is experienced by Native people as a violent event that has not ended. We still live under a sort of colonialism here, at least in the United States.” -Melanie Yazzie (Diné) From "T
"I want to have conversations with my relatives, not battles. Let’s save our ferocity for decolonizing, and give our compassion and patience to one another. I want to be part of a strong, deep California Indian future. I’m not saying we can’t disagree or engage in critical thinking, even argue back and forth - but haven’t we built all the mission walls we ever want to build?" --Deborah A. Miranda (Esselen/Chumash) From "Being California Indian in a Post-Canonization World"