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This fight never ended and it never will: On the politics of native sovereignty.


When we fail to recognize the sovereign authority of native nations, we are unwittingly acquiescing to the enduring history of native genocide and erasure - and that's something we really have to sit with. If we don't recognize the rights and claims of native peoples, we are in some ways continuing erase their enduring presence, and their enduring political struggle.

Writer Julian Brave NoiseCat explores the politics of native sovereignty in the pipeline era, and connects the state's intrusion and repression at Standing Rock to a longer, global history of exploitation of native lands and trampling of indigenous self-rule, a history that is still present, and the site of battles to come.

Julian wrote the commentary Law Enforcement is Still Used as a Colonial Tool In Indian Country for the Marshall Project and the Guardian opinion piece Indigenous sovereignty is on the rise. Can it shape the course of history?

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Julian Brave NoiseCat

Julian Brave NoiseCat is the vice president of policy and strategy for Data for Progress, a fellow at the Type Media Center, and a member of the Secwepemc and St'at'imc Nations.


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