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Eduar­do Galeano in his mas­ter­work, The Open Veins of Latin Amer­i­ca wrote that 500 years ago Euro­pean set­tler colo­nial­ists came to this hemi­sphere and sank their teeth” into the throats of Indi­an civ­i­liza­tions. You know the sto­ry. Geno­cide. Land was stolen. Bro­ken promis­es and bro­ken treaties. Sur­vivors exiled to inhos­pitable reser­va­tions. In recent years indige­nous peo­ple are orga­niz­ing and assert­ing their rights. Stand­ing Rock in North Dako­ta was a key moment where some 200 nations came togeth­er to resist the Key­stone XL pipeline. New terms entered the lex­i­con of resis­tance such as water pro­tec­tors and stew­ards of the land. Key­stone and oth­er strug­gles con­tin­ue as does cor­po­rate capitalism’s mono­ma­ni­a­cal dri­ve for prof­its regard­less of the cost to Moth­er Nature and indige­nous peo­ples. Chief Seat­tle once said, The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth.”