Indigenous Resistance

Save Texas Schools 11,000 March and Rally at Texas Capitol

After a 9 hour drive through the night from El Paso to Austin, my new friend and carpool buddy Avina Gutierrez (from a long line of Chicano Activists, daughter of cofounders of Raza Unida Party in Crystal City and fierce student activist at UTEP) arrived just in time for the Rally at the State Capitol to Save Texas Schools.

Round dance Highway with the Cuch Sisters!

Today I left home agian and drove up north to the Unitah and Ouray Reservation in Utah. There I meet up with my Northern Ute Fam Bam and we drove up further north to Idaho. We soaked in the Lava Hot Springs, which was amazing. There I laid under the sky and felt the warmness of the waters and steam. Tomorrow is the day we drive back down to the Salt Lake City Indian Center to go to a rounddance and I am so excited! YES!

Through Libya's Eyes Without Corporate Media Lies

Thousands of Indians, Egyptians, Chinese, Filipinos, Turks, Germans, English, Italians, Malaysians, Koreans and a host of other nationalities are lining up at the borders and the airport to leave Libya. It begs the question: What were they doing in Libya in the first place? Unemployment figures, according to the Western media and Al Jazeera, are at 30 percent. If this is so, then why all these foreign workers?

Spring is Coming! Time for Ute Beardance with Nicole Burch!

So Today, I decided to pick up my mentee Nicole from school and take her out to eat at the Casino. I told her about Indigenous Peoples Media Proje  at PNNt, and she asked if she could talk about the Ute Beardance and since I am such a round dance queen I asked if she could talk about Round dance as well.

La Mujer Obrera: Afternoon with Cemelli y Ameyalli

Today back in El Paso,  I had lunch with my childhood friend Jackie who works at La Mujer Obrera (which translates The Woman Worker). La Mujer Obrera is a space/center/organization which holds a special place in my heart. It is a place where no matter what I always learn something new from the women who are there.

Indigenous people don't say goodbye...

Today Rachel left to go back home to do some organizing around childcare and pregnancy. She got home safely, and in two weeks we will meet in the east coast and do some Indigenous Peoples Highway work there, and might even go into Canada. We will both be speakers at a conference at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Mari for the next two weeks will be at a round dance in Utah and go to Florida with her sister. 

Mari and Rachel will both be documenting their everyday lives the two weeks they are apart physically but spiritually unified. 

Driving back down south to Southern Ute Lands

This morning we woke up and dropped off melisa at her job, Azteca, a mexican supermarket. It was the first time I heard party music inside a grocery store, which was awesome! Then we left denver since it started to snow... We sang lots of songs, talked, and had some deep conversations about life with many breakthroughs!

Tocabe - An American Indian Eatery in Denver, CO

Today was a late start from the weekend of transformation... so we went to Tocabe and a free direct impact workshop they had this night. Had some great exercises... now back to Tocabe...

Tocabe is an American Indian Eatery where you can get frybread, and stuffed frybread. The stuffed fry bread is shaped like a calazone and is something i eat every time I go to Denver. We ordered the stuffed fry bread with the shredded bison. Rachel said, "The Meat is very juicy, and fresh."

Denver Art Museum -American Indian Exhibit

On this Saturday, I (Mari) went to The Denver Art Museum and was guided by Mat from the Center (see previous blog) and it was free first saturday! I saw so many things that inspired me but the most that stuck with me was seeing a old Ute bear dance growler. I also loved seeing the seminole patchwork as it reminding me about my upcoming trip to Florida!


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