Better coin in the wishing well might be digging into the anglo history and why the perversions were so deeply embedded in order to work on their ongoing correction today. Our indigenous brothers and sister, in my opinion, should not be considered a “they” left to fight alone for sacred lands. In fact … we CAN change that.
Thank god, some good news!
This is a terrific victory - and I believe it will stand as long as Trump is defeated in November (otherwise he will have time to do the minimum environmental impact statement called for by the judge and/or have the time to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court).
Oh well done. Have waited and watched for this !! The same company traveling around the country making messes and leaving them at last were stopped, once.
Great insights. Thank you.
I can’t help but chime in on a negative note, though, since you mentioned Bolivia.
I lived in Bolivia for more than two years, from the Fall of 2016 to the end of 2018. Yes, the Rights of Nature are indeed affirmed in the Bolivian Constitution. They are overwhelmingly NEGATED, however — denied and disrespected — in contemporary Bolivian CULTURE. They are negated in the dominant, majority culture of every South American nation.
Bolivia’s constitution was drafted between 2006 and 2008. It was ratified by popular vote in 2009. When I first moved to Bolivia, I believed that inclusion and affirmation of the rights of future human generations and other living beings were the results of popular consciousness. I soon realized this was not the case. Bolivia is just as consumeristic as the US — perhaps more so. There is trash all over their parks and all along their roadways. The rivers of the Altiplano (La Paz, Oruro, Potosí) are so contaminated you would become acutely ill if you fell into one of them.
The government under Evo Morales did nothing to discourage consumerism or clean up their rivers. He promoted oil drilling in their national parks. I supported Evo when he was president and still support him now, because he is far better than any of the alternatives. But environmentalist he is not. Nor are Bolivians in general. They have virtually no environmental awareness, outside of small rural communities.
The Bolivian Constitution was ratified because it was promoted by Evo. No one except a handful of insiders actually read it. In those days, Evo was immensely popular. He was a true man of the People. The leading public intellectual behind the actual writing of the constitution was a sociology and philosophy professor named Raúl Prada Alcoreza. He served as an advisor in Evo’s government for about two years. As advisor, he kept insisting that Evo should work harder to enforce the rights of nature (and the various other truly enlightened, innovative features of the new constitution). Evo turned his back on him, turned his back on the constitution, and Professor Prada left the government.
There is no ecological popular culture to support and strengthen the wisdom of Raúl Prada, or of the Bolivian Constitution’s affirmation of the rights of nature. Without an ecological culture, rights of nature enshrined in a constitution are hollow and toothless. There are no environmental lawyers in Bolivia. There are no environmental judges or legislators. There is just an extractive machine driving Bolivia’s economy, which nearly everyone has to participate in, just to survive, to feed their families. The rights of nature in their Constitution have no more power to stem the tide of ecological destruction than does pretty poetry on the wall of a museum.
When words have no power, when the bonds of trust in language that form the heart of culture have been torn to shreds — as they have been throughout Latin America — then provisions in a constitution have zero effect. Read Eduardo Galeano’s masterful book, The Open Veins of Latin America, if you wish to gain a better understanding of the historical-cultural roots of the dysfunction that I have described. It will break your heart. But we must read such books to bear witness to what has happened.
I agree. If you haven’t, I recommend reading “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown. The lies, broken treaties, and murder detailed in that book highlights the infuriatingly absurd notion that we once commonly used the term “Indian Giver” to denote someone as a false giver.
Temporary win for Indigenous before the oligarchs go back to pissing in their drinking water and poisoning their kids. If their land gets too soiled they’ll just move them to a desert or some other hellhole; another problem solved by capitalism.
Don’t try to make Obama into some big hero. I remember how he stood by along with the North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp and did nothing to stop the militarized security forces from torturing the peaceful Water Protectors. The real heroes at Standing Rock were the Water Protectors. Obama was busy making secret plans for his TPP.
That’s the reality, isn’t it? Well said.
Not the human species David, the American white male and his lady other parts. American Blacks haven’t done this, Hawaiians haven’t done this, nor Eskimo’s. The Chinese and Asians in the US have been not decimated anything. O and by the way, Native Americans have fought to stop this scourge. Are they not in “our species”?
Family, LET US NOT HAVE 1 DROP ° OF FEAR.
Brother, My Brother… AnyOne with 1 drop of Indigenous Blood Is a NATIVE
Obama was the first president to step foot on a reservation is something like 100 years. Speak for yourself.
Yes. We do the human animal an injustice when we conflate Homo sapiens with Homo capitalus.
The human animal in its natural state is full of compassion and love. An artist, a poet, a philosopher, a musician…
The human animal under capitalism — the capitalogenic human — is a cruel, amoral monster.
Let us not confuse or conflate the two.
Right. And he was given the name Slow Walking Eagle because he was so full of shit, he couldn’t fly.
Indeed, the good ole days.
My dad was there, he got accepted into the tribe, and afterwards, we went to Little Creek, in Iowa.
“Talk and Log” is what they call it around here. They got er built didn’t they? Anything to get’er done.
It’s not a huge victory. It won’t replace the side of that woman’s arm that was blown off or remove the memory of the dog bites. The woman who got charged with the gun violation whose ‘boyfriend’ was the source of the gun in camp and was a federal plant, she won’t be having that charge removed from her record.
They didn’t win. A win would have seen the cops go back home and the pipeliners relocate the pipeline elsewhere OR not have been allowed to build it at all. That would have been a win.
This is a consolation prize.
I did.'t see what law they broke in the article. Was it their made up law?