Analysis Video Briefs

VIDEO: Indigenous Resistance In An Extraction State

Greg Harman

Marisol Cortez writes this week about various ways people can help the Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of Texas (Esto’k Gna) resist the construction of the border wall in the Rio Grande Valley. I encourage everyone to check that post out and choose one of the four ways listed to support their efforts. In her call to action, Marisol describes the intersectional analysis woven into the work of restoring of native villages, by their nature sites of resistance, in the region.

Reading it reminded me of a conversation I had late last year with my friends, Juan Mancias, tribal chair of the Carrizo-Comecrudo, and Frankie Orona, executive director of the pan-indigenous Society of Native Nations. Their words not only fill in the space between so many gaps that white environmentalism has historically worked to keep at a distance but demonstrate the path beyond mere stewardship, which is our yearned-for full awakening as human beings. Likely, that path is the only viable course capable of reversing our imploding global political and economic order.