Stand in Solidarity and Protect Gwandaii Goodlit

Stand in Solidarity and Protect Gwandaii Goodlit

On December 10 & 11 Carl Moore (Chairman) and Dave John (Treasurer) Headed to Washington DC to stand in solidarity with the Gwich’In Nation, Their Ancestral lands, including the coastal plain ( “Iizhik Gwats’ an Gwandaii Goodlit” / “the sacred place where life begins” of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Northeast Alaska. The coastal plain provides a sheltered calving grounds for the Porcupine caribou herd that has sustained the Gwich’In people since time immemorial. The Trump Administration is launching an aggressive oil and gas leasing schedule to attempt to auction off the fragile coastal plain for destructive drilling.

Read the story as The Tour Heads to Utah.

The Gwich’In Nation are among many Indigenous leaders fighting this Administration’s reckless “energy dominance” agenda.
This agenda furthers the destructive legacy of colonization in the United States. When our fights are picked off one at a time, we are discounted. We are stronger together. Tribes and our allies nationwide are standing together to unite against the Trump Administration’s attack on our human rights.

Other Nations and Organizations that stood in solidarity with the Gwich’In Nation that attended.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Navajo Nation, Lummi Nation, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Muisca Tribe, Pokanoket Tribe, Senrca Nation, Corrizo/ Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Oglala Lakota, Ponka Nation, Ahtna Dene, Native Nations, FANG, Utah Dine Bikeya, Indigenous Environmental Network, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders, Society of Native Nations, L’eau est la vie camp and of course Pandos.
For more info: www.gwichinsteeringcommittee.org

Pandos Jennifer Boyce Shares Insight About MMIW+ At Westminster College Panel

Pandos Jennifer Boyce Shares Insight About MMIW+ At Westminster College Panel

Salt Lake City Weekly discussing the Urban Indian Health Instute Report, insight, and figures from the Center for Disease Control. Read the entire article on City Weekly.

“Boyce’s family history wasn’t the only part of the Westminster panel. Students also conversed about the role of privilege in white Americans’ understandings of U.S. history. Before concluding the talk, Boyce took back the mic and left the young people with a few parting thoughts. “We can continue this conversation beyond this room. Because that is what needs to happen,” she said. “This needs to be cared about before we can try and get a huge database or legislation overnight to fix the problem. We have to want to fix it first.”

After stepping down from the podium, Boyce told City Weekly this sort of outreach is critical to MMIW’s work. Bridges must be built so that vulnerable members of an already-historically exploited group can be protected. “We can’t do everything on our own, with just Natives working on this,” Boyce said. “It needs to stop. In order for something to stop, you have to at least know about it, or know that it’s happening.”

Conversations like the one at Westminster College are an important part of both the healing process and in stopping the scourge, Boyce says. The stakes are high—violence against women has global economic consequences, to say nothing of the moral imperative of alleviating the tribulations of millions of people. “Unless we start addressing this issue or accepting the fact that is an issue, then we will reap the consequences of being complicit,” Boyce says. “It will come back to us in some way or another.”

Boyce thinks it can be difficult for people to grasp the enormity and scale of such violence and suffering—she says it’s tough for people who aren’t Native American to accept such horror is a reality for many people living in cities and reservations throughout the U.S. “It’s a big ask,” she says, but merely acknowledging this violence means a lot. “Every time someone has said, ‘Wow that’s hard, that’s a hard thing,'” they accept that it’s true. That actually takes some of the weight off my shoulders. That makes it lighter.”

 

 

Pandos at University of Utah PowWow Raising Awareness for MMIW+

Pandos at University of Utah PowWow Raising Awareness for MMIW+

Cassandra Begay and Carol Surveyor bring awareness to the University of Utah. Read more in the Daily Chronicle to read the full story.

“These stories are really hard to process, to hear about and to have happen in our communities, to our families, to our sisters, to our cousins, to our aunties,” Pechanga said. “For me, dancing in honor of them is a way to heal my own heart and strengthen myself and strengthen my community. I dance for those who can’t.”

U Pow Wow Honors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

This Isn’t Just an Indigenous Issue; It’s a Human Right’s Issue

“You don’t really know about things unless you go to the grocery store and run into someone,” says PANDOS Education Chair Rose Yazzie, a Diné elementary teacher. “You only heard about it through word of mouth.” Yazzie now lives in West Valley City, but taught on the Navajo Nation when 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike was abducted and murdered there in 2016. That, Yazzie says, pushed residents into action on social media channels during the search.

“People woke up,” she says.

Read more in the City Weekly article.

Pandos Presents Bears Ears Documentary Film Preview

Pandos Presents Bears Ears Documentary Film Preview

Attend a special pre-screening of our Bears Ears documentary Borders, and stay for a discussion to follow the screening. You will also get a preview of our First Annual “Defend the Sacred” Pow Wow, coming up in September. You will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, with proceeds to benefit the Pow Wow fund.

Pandos has been working hard since September 2016 to fight for Indigenous rights and Environmental Rights. Your financial support would be greatly appreciated. You can help us fulfill our mission and help promote cultural understanding and education while bidding on beautiful works of art during this silent auction. We will also have speakers during this event letting the public know about PANDOS and what issues we have been working on and what events we are planning for the near future. This is a free event to enter.

Speakers for the evening:
Carl Moore
Lindsay Beebe
Dave John
Carol Surveyor

Thank You, Outdoor Adventure River Specialist for Supporting Indigenous Youth Education

Thank You, Outdoor Adventure River Specialist for Supporting Indigenous Youth Education

OARS the Outdoor Adventure River Specialist has graciously donated a multi day rafting trip to start on August 1st, 2017. This trip will be for 25 Native American Youth. Our aim is to get youth representation from 7 different tribes in Utah. Native youth will gain cultural understanding, a sense of accomplishment, environmental stewardship, and make long lasting friendships.

If you would like to help us plan this once in a lifetime trip for these teens, please join us at our organizing meeting on Sunday, June 18th from 2-4pm at the SLC downtown library in Conference room A.

Prayerful Resistance for White Mesa

Prayerful Resistance for White Mesa

Join us for the White Mesa Spiritual Walk, fighting against uranium pollution that is affecting the health and wellbeing of the Ute people in White Mesa.

Attend June 7th from 6-8pm at Kafeneio Coffeehouse to hear from members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe that live in the White Mesa area. They will be discussing the impact of the Uranium Mill on their communities. We will also be making posters to hold during the White Mesa Public Hearing which will take place on June 8th. Please bring potser boards, markers, old signs to be reused if you have any. No paint please. For more info go to HaulNo.org

There will be a public hearing on June 8th to discuss concerns regarding the White Mesa Uranium Mill and how the pollution from it affects the surrounding Native sacred lands, Drinking water, and air purity. Please come out to show your support for the White Mesa community and for the Environment.

The public hearing is scheduled on June 8, 2017 at the
DEQ Computer Training Room, Room 2125
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City Utah

12:30pm-1pm: Join Pandos outside of the Utah Dept of Environmental Quality to Hold Signs against the White Mesa Uranium Mill and to have Prayerful Resistance
1-5pm: Public Hearing

To submit questions for the public hearing, they must be sent in by May 29th, 2017. Please email the questions to Director Scott Anderson at standerson@utah.gov
go to https://www.haulno.org/ for more information

Protect Sacred Land White Mesa

Protect Sacred Land White Mesa

If you were moved by the struggle at Standing Rock and now want to help a similar fight for justice right here in our Utah lands, come learn about the White Mesa Mill and Canyon Mine and how it will impact the First Nations communities living around it as well as how it will pollute our sacred sites.

​Join PANDOS on Tuesday May 2nd from 6:30-8pm at the Downtown SLC Library in Conference Room #4 on the 4th floor. We are honored to be able to have Yolanda Bad Back joining us from the White Mesa Ute Tribe to inform the SLC community about the risks of uranium pollution to the White Mesa and surrounding areas. Please support Native Sovereignty and Environmental Protection. For more information go to https://www.haulno.org/

March for Climate Justice

March for Climate Justice

Saturday, April 29, in Salt Lake City its time to March for climate, justice, and clean energy jobs.
#UTclimatemarch #PeoplesClimate #ClimateMarch
Climate change is being ignored by this administration. Utah People’s Climate March stands with the worldwide march happening April 29, 2017, marking the 100th day of the Trump administration, whose policies have already targeted:

-Shrinking public lands / monuments
-EPA dissolution, Scott Pruitt appointment grant freezes, etc.
-Climate data being pulled from
government websites
-Climate change committee dissolution

We stand with the voices that aren’t often heard when climate change is brought up, specifically indigenous and minority communities and peoples all over the world that more closely depend on the environment for drinking water, agriculture, spiritual practices, and their overall way of life.

Come show your support for real climate reform and demanding change as we march from the Salt Lake City Public Library to the Governor’s Mansion to demand that Governor Herbert take climate change seriously. We will deliver to him the student-written Resolution on Climate Change that was summarily IGNORED by the Utah Legislature this session. We will demand action.

Folklore in Honor of Water

Folklore in Honor of Water

PANDOS was in awe of the support from the attendees and the talent of the participants of the Folklore in Honor of Water event.

With thanks to the amazing groups representing cultures and traditional dance, music, and storytelling from all around the world:
India
Brazil
Dine´
Hopi
Hawaii
Samoa
Tonga
Poland
Ukraine
And many others
we had a fun and educational experience for our attendees and
we’re happy to announce that, thanks to the outpouring of support from the community and all of the performers, the funds raised have allowed us to pay for our 501(c)3 registration!