We know that building a new economic system is no small matter. It is everyone’s work, and it will require countless steps, large and small, in the direction of justice. One step is fully and joyfully supporting work, ideas, and solutions that emerge from folks most impacted by the current system. This is a step you can take today by contributing to the JESF. This fund is currently supporting nine projects (see below) that are a combination of nonprofit organizations, social impact projects, start-up small businesses, healers and facilitators that are collaborating as a community of practice to shift power to communities most impacted by oppression, as well as to collectively leverage and share resources.
Schaghticoke First Nations Tribe
We are seeking to reclaim a piece of our ancestral land and develop a Decolonization and Trauma Program for Native Communities.
Schaghticoke First Nations (SFN) is based in the Hudson Valley of NY, where we share a history dating back to 1676. The word Schaghticoke means the mingling of waters and signifies the merging of tribes post colonization. For thousands of years much of the Northeast was inhabited by Algonquin Nations, yet nearly all of our land was stolen -- sold off by our white, so-called “Overseers.” Today all we have left is an uninhabitable mountainside. Thus the majority of SFN’s 370 Tribal Members have been economically displaced -- diasporic -- and it takes quite a lot of resources for us to get together to organize for the reclamation of our home and heritage.
We are in the early stages of working together to purchase back a piece of our ancestral land to build a Schaghticoke Conservation and Cultural Center. Our Center will serve to address the intergenerational trauma of Native people struggling with the dance between indigenous and modern society. It will be a central location from which we can organize around the issues that plague our community: economic, racial, and Native oppression, cultural colonization, rampant addiction, PTSD and the desecration of our land. Our Center will be a place for our tribes people, other Native peoples and allies to learn about the natural world, indigenous knowledge and themselves.
Our program areas include: Youth Leadership, Mahican Language Reclamation, Alternatives to Addiction, Inter-Tribal Collaboration, and climate actions against pipelines and a fracked gas refinery. Language, art, stories, music, food and dance invigorate all that we do and each summer SFN hosts a Unity Gathering. We work in partnership with the United Confederation of Taino People, the Ramapough Lenape Tribal Nation, the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe as well as many other tribes and nations. SFN also plays a leadership role in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and are new affiliates of the International Indian Treaty Council.
We are also designing a Decolonization & Trauma Program for Native Communities in partnership with Relational Uprising. Most all Native people in the US have significant trauma histories stemming from generations of poverty, racism, cultural and ecological displacement. Additionally, half of SFN also identifies as Black and struggles with the pain of multiple dislocations. Using relational somatics and storytelling, we will support Native peoples to heal together as we fortify ourselves to lead our common struggle for survival in this time of the Seventh Fire.
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