Nothing short of land back
I’ve never looked at the Y2Y and reservation maps alongside each other like that. It’s such a great illustration, especially when thinking about previous connectedness before colonization.
Great piece, Chris. Land back feels like just a start …
Thanks. Of course, I missed your perspective in my old white lady mind. Doug Peacock is my friend and I’m almost always in agreement with his ideas. Your piece adds another important layer to this one. I’m shaking my head at my own blindness. This is so much bigger than I knew. Just thanks. Looking forward to meeting you in YNP a couple weeks.
Thanks for this, Chris. Your comparison of protected areas (NPs and Wilderness areas) and reservations is revelatory. You offer a coherent perspective to add to some of my own, less coherent, but related thoughts: How/why we value places/environments/people/ecosystems/etc and how we treat/mistreat them - in the sense that we designate areas for protection/exaltation of things/people, and other areas to relegate/desecrate things/people (i.e. are landfills any less sacred than wilderness??). Also, the land back concept is one I've only recently become aware of, but seems so right on so many levels. Thanks for the links to other articles about it, and for this essay.
Thanks as always for sharing your writing. I’ve been drawn to land back for a while now but I’m having a lot of trouble figuring out how to actually contribute to the goal, aside from stuff like joining protests. I’m trying to just learn as much as I can right now, so I’ll also check out the articles you linked. Land Back seems to address so many social and environmental wrongs - like you said, it’s all linked. Thanks again for posting.
Many years ago on one of my first hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies, my husband and I encountered our first wildlife crossing while driving in Banff National Park. Having never seen the equivalent in the U.S. my first reaction was "This is great! What a wonderful thing!" But then, of course it dawned on me -- this is actually really fucked up. It was one of those moments where we are bedazzled by ingenious, amazing solutions (look at what humans can do if we put our minds to it!) to problems we created in the first place. It's ridiculous, but we fall for it all the time.
I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the shell game. It's easy for me to say "Let's give it back. All of it. To the people, to the wildlife." But what does that really mean for me to say that? I, sitting here in a city in the Midwest, am always tied up in knots about what to do about any of this. So I sit and cry. It's pathetic. I know feeling hopeless helps nothing. But I'm always overcome by paralysis.
Anyway, thanks for putting me in this position. Seriously. I need to work my way out of it, and reading your writing always nudges me--toward what isn't always clear, but I know it's in the right direction.
Thank you for this illuminating piece. I must confess my ignorance. There is so much of which I have been unaware. For example, risking death if venturing off of the reservation. I hope that you and other indigenous people are able to achieve the justice and the compensation that you seek.
Great piece. Thanks for the visuals, the blindingly obvious parallels, and the info on Land Back. If only Interior and stodgy conservation orgs could be restructured from the ground up to reflect the wisdom and ethics that returned the Bison Range to tribal hands.
Yay! I also loved the David Treuer piece. The Y2Y maps are great! Love all these points.
blood quantum...don't even get me started on that. What if everyone had to have a card showing their pedigree? I did write a poem about it. Thank your for continuing to bring things into the light of a larger circle.