Are You Indigenous or Colonized

for the next seven generations?

PANEL DISCUSSION OF INDIGENOUS WOMXN

Facilitated by Renee Millard-Chacon

Session & Speaker Overview

How are YOU really facing the social justice and climate justice issues? What is an Indigenous perspective and Colonized perspective as we battle modern realities with an historical context?

 

Panelists

  • Renee Millard-Chacon, Spirit of the Sun
  • Debora Montoya, Xicana Civil Rights Advocate, Public Educator, Social Scientist
  • Shaina Oliver, Moms Clean Air Force
  • Micaela Iron Shell-Dominguez, International Indigenous Youth Council and Womxn of the Mountain

 

Debora Montoya is a Xicana, indigeous civil rights advocate. Debora is a social scientist and has served as a public school educator for 30 years.

Renee Millard-Chacon is a writer, teacher, Danzante Azteca, Xicana activist, and most importantly the mother of two sons. Renee is an indigenous mother fighting for future generations and am committed to relating climate justice to social justice.

 

Addressing where communities have been targeted and isolated with pollution and corruption is critical in addressing the climate crisis. Issues of environmental racism and exploitation of resources and land have notoriously left local indigenous womxn and children at risk to exploitation or worse.

 

In 2019, Renee worked with 350 Colorado to address how womxn and children are often trafficked in these same areas affected by exploitative practices, such as fossil fuel development. In a collective effort with the International Indigenous Youth Council, they presented an art installation on 16th Street Mall in Denver to highlight Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn, Black Womxn, and Migrant Womxn by hanging red and black dresses individually dedicated to a womxn missing or deceased. During the strike with Greta Thunberg, they painted handprints over the mouths of hundreds of individuals to continue to bring attention to these silenced individuals.

 

It should never be okay to hurt local poor and rural communities who can not legally represent and protect themselves from corporations over consumption and wasteful methods of extraction of raw materials. If it's not okay to harm YOUR community, it shouldn’t be okay to harm ANY community, which means it should not be done to OUR Earth.

 

Renee provides fee-based cultural and allyship trainings for groups and organizations. 

 

Renee's mantra is: Until We Win/ Hasta la Victoria!

Shaina Oliver is a tribal affiliate of the Navajo Nation, and a mother of four boys. Descendants of the genocide known as the Long Walk of the Navajo. As well,  she's a parent leader organizer for American Indian Academy of Denver. Shaina is an Indigenous Peoples' Rights Field Organizer for Moms Clean Air Force. And she lives in Denver with her family and has been an vocal advocate for Indigenous Peoples Rights at public hearings fighting for clean air , water, lands, and a sustainable future.

 

 The Colorado River is the bloodline of the southwest, 22 tribal nations, seven states, and over 40 million people rely on this river. These rivers were apart of oral history of many tribes. Including, two of our sacred mountains are in the state of Colorado. Which is a state that has excluded Dineh people, along with the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Pueblo, Apache, and the hopi people from ancestral rights over lands. 

Micaela Iron Shell-Dominguez is a Sicangu Lakota and Chicana that was born and raised in the Mile High City aka Denver, Colorado and the Director of Operations and Secretary for the International Indigenous Youth Council and co-founder of Womxn from the Mountain. 

 

She is a womxn of many traits and loves to live life to the fullest. She was raised by a strong line of matriarchs. From her great-grandmother to her grandmother, to her mother, and herself. She was shown the power when strong womxn work together and empower one another. 

 

Micaela works to bring womxn of all backgrounds together in a way that allows them to empower each other, and create strong matriarchal bonds for future generations. Her continued pursuit is to help spread awareness and stop the violence of our womxn and our two-spirit people have endured for centuries.

 

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