[act-ma] Fwd: Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society Unsettle Boston events 4/9 and 4/10

Salma salmamilia at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 06:49:24 PDT 2015

The Tetuwan Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society is coming to Unsettle
Boston! Join us in welcoming Canupa Gluha Mani, Ana Oian Amets (bios
below), and their families to Boston for two provocative evenings of music,
discussion, and resistance. They will address topics of Lakota
independence, decolonization skills, and resisting the settler state!

*Lakota Strong Heart Independence & Decolonization Events:*
*Thursday, April 9th from 6:30pm - 9:30PM*
At Encuentro 5 <http://encuentro5.org/home/directions>: 9A Hamilton Place,
Boston, MA 02108
Close to the Park Street T-Stop and Suffolk Law School. A block away from
Downtown Crossing T-Stop.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/800950049960126/
The event is free and donations will be offered in gratitude to our guests.
There will be a potluck and we appreciate any food contributions.
Ecuentro 5 is not wheelchair accessible.

*Friday, April 10th from 8 - 10PM*
At Old Oak Dojo <http://oldoakdojo.com/contact-us/>: 14 Chestnut
Place, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Due to limited space at this event, *please RSVP
to keith.clougherty at smfa.edu
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to let us know that you are coming and how many people you are reserving
space for.

Please don't park on Chestnut Place.  See below for details on public
transportation and parking options near the Old Oak Dojo:

The Old Oak Dojo is located in Jamaica Plain at 14 Chestnut Place, a tiny
street of Chestnut Avenue near Spring Park. 14 Chestnut is the second
house, at the end of the road. Please come to the top of the driveway. The
Old Oak Dojo is behind the house.

The Dojo is a 5-minute walk from the Stonybrook T station on the Orange
Line. There *is no parking available on Chestnut Place. If you must drive,
there are a few visitor spots on Chestnut Avenue.*

Thanks and looking forward to being together on Friday!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/628730090605235/
This event will be similar to the event on April 9th.
There is space for 20 seats and 20 sitting on the floor or standing.
*The Dojo is wheelchair accessible.*

*Community Debrief:*
*Thursday, **April 16th from 6:30 - 8:30PM*
Location TBA
A Community Debrief <https://www.facebook.com/events/768861103232858/> is
scheduled to create a space to build community for continuing the work of
decolonization locally. This debrief is for folks who attended either event
to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

These events are open to the public. Help us get the word out to the Boston
community by sharing the event with your networks, inviting your friends on
facebook, sending emails, and distributing flyers, everything helps!

Thank you for your support.

Love and Solidarity,
Susan Barney, Kelly Chudler, Keith Clougherty and Andrea Nagel

Canupa Gluha Mani
Canupa Gluha Mani is a fluent Lakota language speaker, cultural knowledge
keeper, and Itacan headman of Cante Tenza - the traditional Strong Heart
Warrior Society of the Lakota nation on Pine Ridge. He is also Lead
Representative of the Tetuwan Oglala Judicial Council. At the age of 9 he
was involved in the militant takeover of Mount Rushmore, and at 12, he
fought in the 1973 Occupation of Wounded Knee. He has since led the 2000
and 2009 takeovers of the Red Cloud Government Building to fight corruption
in Oglala Sioux tribal government. in 2011, he led elders in a 34 day
occupation of the Porcupine Elderly Meals building to protest elderly abuse
sparking crisis management from the White House. He was the traditional
voice alongside Russell Means and is contemporary with many of the more
famous AIM leaders. He annually leads the blockade to shut down alcohol
sales in White Clay, Nebraska and has led numerous protests of grassroots
people to stem the devastating tide of illegal drugs and alcohol on Pine
Ridge. He frequently visits prisons and conferences to advocate for Native
rights within the system.  In 2007, he was the only member of the Lakota
delegation to Washington DC to destroy his BIA identification and withdraw
from treaties with the United States government. Since then, the formation
of an Independent Lakota Nation has grown and is prepared to assert
sovereign jurisdiction over traditional Lakota territory. Each year he
leads the collection and free distribution of shoes, winter coats, school
supplies, food, and other support to Oglala Lakota elders, children and

The film "Red Cry" was created by The Strong Heart Lakota Solidarity
Project. The documentary chronicles the lives of Lakota Elders and Oyate
(people) in the face of ongoing genocide against the Lakota by government
and corporate interests: Red Cry | Official Release | 2013

Ana Oian Amets
Nire izena Ana Oian Amets da, esan english Naomi Archer. I’ve been
decolonizing for over 13 years– reawakening connection to the lifeway of my
Iladurrak Aquitainian (proto-Basque) ancestors from the area known as
southwest France. I’m also grateful for my ancestors from northern France,
County Donegal in Ireland, and the Rhine River valley.

My decolonization process has been an amazing journey every day. I’ve been
asked to confront the history and present-day impacts of my European people
on lands not our own.  I’ve felt the loss of my own history and ancestors.
And I’ve been challenged to find heart and my true self through immersion
in Indigenous resistance struggles as an adopted member of the Lakota Cante
Tenza Warrior Society and Independent Lakota Nation, coordinator for the
Lakota Solidarity Project, and former co-founder of  the Four Directions
Solidarity Network. I've been honored to work for human rights and social
justice for more than 20 years.

Decolonization has created opportunities for deep listening to Native
elders and activists, to explore Indigenous thought and philosophy with my
Indigenous relatives of different nations, and to return back to the places
of my ancestors to walk and listen to Amalur – Mother Earth.

As a consequence of these experiences, I’ve been humbled by the invitation
to share decolonization practices in North America and Europe for groups
and classes including at Haskell Indian Nations University,  Thunder
Mountain Lenape Nation, Slavic Sorbian people (Germany), 2010 U.S. Social
Forum in Detroit, National Conference on Organized Resistance, 2013 Tear
Down the Walls National Gathering, and the 2013 Wild Roots/Feral Futures

To collect and share experiences and skills for decolonization, ancestral
recovery, and unsettling settler privilege, I created and manage the
Awakening the Horse People blog (awakeningthehorse.wordpress.com).


- Salma

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