There is a problem with the way we relate to the land and to each other. Dallas Goldtooth and LJ Amsterdam joined us for a conversation at the intersections of environmental justice, feminism, indigenous rights, activism, and ritual.
“We still have the capability and the capacity to dream big. To dream for something better for our next seven generations … to have those complicated conversations about why are we here, who we are representing, and what we are bringing to this space. ” Dallas Goldtooth
About the Speakers
Dallas Goldtooth is a the Keep it in the Ground Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He is a Dakota cultural/language teacher and co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group, The 1491s. He is also a poet, traditional artist, powwow emcee, and comedian. Many learned of Dallas’ work because of his leadership at Standing Rock.
LJ is a trainer, dancer, and youth organizer born and based in occupied Lenape territory (NYC). For the past decade, she has created making-spaces and mobilizing-spaces for young people to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. LJ also has extensive experience in working in solidarity with Indigenous communities, and in 2016, she was invited to lead what-she-calls “come correct” trainings at Oceti Sakowin in Standing Rock. Subsequently, she co-founded Standing Rock Solidarity Network to disseminate decolonization resources for non-Native people wanting to support Native struggles. A longtime trainer, LJ trains in direct action tactics, de-escalation, and community safety strategies, concentrating on prison abolition and anti-militarist struggles. She is currently a staff member of The Ruckus Society.
Auburn Conversations are sponsored by the May and Samuel Rudin Foundation.