A Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples at Occupy Wall Street. From left to right: Jen Yazzie (Navajo), Roberto Mukaro Borrero (Taino), Kent Lebsock (Lakota), and Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Lakota). Photo Credit: Alyssa Macy
New York, NY (UCTP Taino News) – As the United States officially celebrated Columbus Day on Monday, indigenous peoples joined thousands of activists to commemorate “Indigenous Peoples Day” at Occupy Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. Representatives of several local, national, and international indigenous organizations and community groups led a “teach-in and then an historic march down to the National Museum of the American Indian. The indigenous representatives also presented an ‘indigenous platform’, which noted that “without addressing justice for indigenous peoples, there can never be a genuine movement for justice and equality in the United States.”
At the “teach-in” speakers from the Owe Aku International Justice Project, First Voices Indigenous Radio, and the United Confederation of Taíno People reminded those gathered that “Columbus was not a Day” as they linked “colonialism and corporate greed” to the struggles of Indigenous Peoples around the world.
Taino and other indigenous peoples lead the march to the National Museum of the American Indian. From left Roman Guaraguarix Perez (Taino), Vivien Guara'naru DuMont (Taino), R. Mukaro Borrero (Taino) and Esperanza Martell (Taino). Photo Credit: Alyssa Macy
Following the teach-in, indigenous community members where honored to lead the evening march of several thousand activists from Liberty Plaza/Zucotti Park to the National Museum of the American Indian and back to “Wall Street”. The indigenous peoples leading the march with drums, guamo (conch shell horn), and songs, were followed directly by a banner calling for the freedom of American Indian political prisoner, Leonard Peliter.
Some of the Mexica and Taino community members at Occupy Wall Street on Oct. 10th. From left to right: Elvira and Hortencia Colorado (Chichimec Otomi), Roman Guaraguarix Perez (Taino), Vanessa Inarunikia Pastrana (Taino), and Raphael Landron (Taino). Photo Credit: Nona Aquan