Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras Land Acknowledgement 2019
The Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras is situated on the unceded
territories of the Tohono O’odham nation. The Alianza Indígena
Sin Fronteras acknowledges the 22 Native nations as well as
unrecognized peoples that are the original peoples of what we
call Arizona today. We further acknowledge the 17 Tribal
Nations directly impacted by the U.S.-Mexico border. We also
recognize the interconnectedness of land, people, the
environment, water, animals and plant life, and the rocks and
mountains. They are our relatives and elders and we recognize
their rights and peoplehood. Without them, we would not exist.
Indigenous rights at the US-Mexico border are supported by
statements in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples (UNDRIP). Specifically, Indigenous peoples have the
right to live in a territory of demilitarization, peace and safety in
their lands; to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and
security of person; the right to maintain, protect, and have access
in privacy to their religious and cultural sites; the right to the use
and control of their ceremonial objects; to maintain and
strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their
traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands,
territories, waters, and coastal seas; Indigenous peoples divided
by international borders have the right to maintain and develop
contacts, relations and cooperation, including activities for
spiritual, cultural, political, economic, and social purposes, with
their own members as well as other peoples across borders.
We have walls impacting sovereign Native lands. We of the
Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras support the peoples that have
been divided and impacted by the two nation states of Mexico
and the United States. The uncrossable borders is relatively new.
Even though “the line” existed, Indigenous peoples interacted
with it in a more peaceful, fluid way. Indigenous peoples have
always migrated and moved as part of their development and in
response to their context. Migration and the mobility of
Indigenous peoples is an ancestral way for many Indigenous
peoples within Turtle Island and Abya Yalla.
This land is Indigenous land and, yet again, it is experiencing
death and destruction. Indigenous people are dying on
Indigenous land. Women and children are dying on Indigenous
land. Men, women and children are the victims of violence,
including sexual violence. The hundreds of remains in the desert
represent disrupted spirits and families, who forever will remain
Our Indigenous knowledge derives comes from interconnected
unity with all of life. This land and territories are alive and our
relatives, the plant nation and the star peoples are watching.
There is a greater witness to all of this.
We acknowledge that this violence is impacting all of us,
including the natural world. Land acknowledgment should be
reflected in our daily practices to honor and respect the inherent
interconnectedness of life and the internationally protected
rights of all Indigenous peoples to have peace and security on these lands.
Created on behalf of the Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras. Contributors:
Drs. Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
And AISF Indigenous Rights Advocates:
The AISF Indigenous Rights Advocates Project (2018-2020) is funded by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.
Map of the 22 tribes in the state of Arizona