Art by Melanie Cervantes
The Lipan Apache (Nde’), the indigenous peoples of South Texas, are looking for your support in demanding the U.S. government to halt the development and militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in our autonomous homelands.
The Nde’ people recently hosted a gathering with our traditional chiefs, clan heads and allied activists in El Caloboz, Texas to discuss the appropriate human rights framework to demand our rights as indigenous peoples holding distinct land-relationship principles to our ancestral territory.
We need your support by educating about these issues and supporting our community for future actions that will be undertaken to stop border militarization!
¡No mas muro fronterizo! Not one more Inch!
More Information Below:
Ndé Current and on-going actions
The Ndé recently hosted a gathering in El Calaboz with invited Traditional Chiefs, Clan heads, Elders, and allied activists, as well as invited human rights experts from the University of Texas, School of Law, Human Rights clinic.
The main theme: Articulating Indigenous rights and land-relationship principles as distinct and known in El Calaboz and throughout the Texas-Mexico border region; Articulating the appropriate human rights framework of Ndé land-based laws with regard for not diminishing the Indigenous understanding of such rights; and, articulating Ndé histories of struggles with regard to U.S. violations against their human rights.
The Ndé submitted their analysis and voices to the legal ‘Shadow Report’ responses of a body of Indigenous leaders raising key issues and cases against the United States in front of the Human Rights Committee which is reviewing the United State’s obligations to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.
- The Ndé will soon submit their own ‘Shadow Report’ to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination when it reviews the United States in August 2014. This is based on numerous rights violations caused by the U.S. border wall and militarization of the traditional and customary lands of Ndé in the Texas-Mexico border region.
- The Ndé are engaged in self-determination. Key projects related to this on-going process are:
- Healing the Circle: Family empowerment & reclamation—
- Children, Youth, Adult, Elder Gatherings beyond Violent Borders
- Decolonization gatherings
- Language revitalization
- Ceremonial revitalization and dissemination
- Ndé governance in a bifurcated, militarized region
- Ndé Clan genealogies and resurgence
- Decolonial partnerships built upon respect, responsibility, accountability, and reciprocity
- Transitional Justice
- Research and Advocacy
- Indigenous Rights & Human Rights (Emilio Institute for Indigenous and Human Rights, El Calaboz)
- Resource Protection
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