Makoce Ikikcupi (Land Recovery) is a reparative justice project intended to recover a land-base for Dakota people in Dakota homeland. Oyate Nipi Kte is currently the fiscal agent for this project. For further information, visit: http://makocewaste.wordpress.com/makoce-ikikcupi-land-recovery/.
Makoce Ikikcupi (Land Recovery)
“Please know that I am joining the movement in my home state of Minnesota for truth-telling, taking down the symbols of white supremacy, and reparative justice. The true story is one of Dakota genocide, forced removal and land theft for the continuing benefit of the white settlers and their descendants. As one of these descendants and hopefully a white ally, I pledge myself to the cause of decolonization for the colonized and the colonizer alike in the hope of a future of real peace based on justice for all of us.”
“My tax bill for the 2nd installment of 2011 property taxes arrived today. Because I do not recognize Hennepin County as the legitimate authority to whom I should be paying taxes for the right to “own” property on this stolen land, I would very much like to pay an equal amount to an organization that represents the actual legitimate holders of this land.”
“Our house contributes regularly to Oyate Nipi Kte’s land project, and we consider our donation a monthly expense that we call “back rent”. We feel strongly that Dakota reclamation of Minnesota lands is vital. It is a step towards reparations with Dakota people, decolonization, and a small gesture towards creating a just world. To that end we are not only honored to contribute, but see it as our duty.”
“To the family of my loving partner as we seek justice and the true meaning of allyship.”
–James Utt & Julia Schumacher
“After learning about the history of Dakota genocide and the genocidal practices that the U.S. government continues to enact against the indigenous peoples of this land base, I decided to do something about it. As a settler colonizer of Dakota lands, I’m making a monthly contribution to this organization as “back pay” or “rent.” I hope you folks living in MN will consider doing the same. Every little bit counts. Let’s do our part to help the Dakota nation get their land back!”
–SooJin Pate, Ph.D.
On behalf of the Makoce Ikikcupi (Land Recovery) Project, I would like to thank all of you for your commitment to social justice and your interest in the challenges facing Dakota people of the 21st century.
As Dakota people, we consider Minisota Makoce (Land Where the Waters Reflect the Skies) to be our ancient homeland and we were the first human beings to call this place home. Yet, in the last two centuries, Dakota people have been systematically dispossessed of our homeland and we currently reside on about .01 % (about one-hundredth of one percent) of our original land base within the borders of what is now the State of Minnesota. As a consequence, the vast majority of our people still live in exile.
Oyate Nipi Kte is committed to restoring a land base for Dakota people through the Makoce Ikikcupi project so that we may begin to bring some of our relatives home, re-establish our spiritual and physical relationship with our homeland, and ensure the ongoing existence of our People. Our cultural survival depends on it.
We live in an age when our language sits on the brink of extinction. Our last fluent speakers of Dakota language in Minnesota number less than ten and are now all over the age of 70. The link to our knowledge about our cultural traditions is quickly fading. If we do not implement a way of living in which our language is tied to our daily activities, our language will die and we will lose valuable survival knowledge.
Further, in the coming months and years, as the globe continues to warm, the environment continues to be desecrated by industrial civilization, and cheap oil becomes more and more scarce, all populations must consider their future food security. Our physical survival depends on it.
Our dream, then, is to establish a land base in which Dakota people may establish new communities within our homeland based on sustainability and adherence to our ancient ways of being. We hope they will be lands on which we can resume traditional practices of wild-ricing, sugar-bushing, hunting, and foraging, where we can grow our traditional gardens, reconstitute our traditional forms of governance, practice our spirituality, educate our children, and throughout all these activities, speak our language.
We appreciate your support of this dream. Wopida unkenic’iyapi! We give you thanks!
Founder and former Executive Director of Oyate Nipi Kte & Project Leader for Makoce Ikikcupi
For further information, contact me at email@example.com. Tax-deductable donations may be sent to Oyate Nipi Kte at 165 Jordan Drive, #19, Granite Falls, MN 56241.
To Donate to the Makoce Ikikcupi Project, visit: http://www.razoo.com/story/Oyate-Nipi-Kte