Indigenous Settler? Decolonization and the Politics of Exile

interesting piece on the responsibility of those participating in an ongoing occupation, even as a dispossessed indigenous person.

Earth First! Newswire

by Nuunja Kahina / Intercontinental Cry


“Only Hawaiians are Native to Hawai’i. Everyone else is a settler.”
– Haunani-Kay Trask1

What are the obligations of Indigenous people living as settlers on another Indigenous people’s stolen land? I have been wrestling with this question as an Amazigh (Indigenous North African) activist living and working in a settler colony, the United States, on land belonging to other Indigenous nations. Based on the conceptions of colonialism, liberation, and sovereignty that I utilize to understand my own experience, I also understand that I am a settler on occupied Native land. Being a person of color, a Muslim, or an immigrant does not negate one’s settler status in the Americas, as other womenof color and Indigenous women have described. But what if you’re an Indigenous activist yourself, living in exile and unable to return to your own land base? What does that entail…

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  1. #1 by Nuunja on June 24, 2013 - 2:10 am

    Hi Oakland Radicals! Nuunja here, I noticed in your comment over at Earth First that you were looking for how to get in contact with me. You can e-mail me at nuunja[dot]k@gmail[dot]com, I’m definitely interested in continuing the conversation!

    • #2 by Oakland Radicals on June 26, 2013 - 6:58 am

      great! thanks for getting back to me..I will email you soon.

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