Not all Indigenous people live in their ancestral or political territories This is for a variety of reasons, ranging from forced displacement, to moving away from home to get an education, to personal choice.
Even for Indigenous people, it is important to show respect, reciprocity, and care to the local Native peoples in the place we live. Understanding that, even as Native or Indigenous people, being Native to a specific place is tied to spiritual, cultural, and familial relationships that have taken millennia to develop.
This month, we would like to hear from Indigenous or Native people who do not live in their ancestral/political territories. We want to know: How do you show respect and reciprocity to the local Indigenous
communities where you live?
We also want to hear from Indigenous or Native people who do live in their ancestral/political territories. How do you want other Indigenous or Native people to show respect and reciprocity to your community?
Even if you are Indigenous or Native, taking time to build respectful, trusting relationships with the local Native communities in your area is an essential part of being a strong ally and supporting tribal sovereignty.
We will compile answers over the course of the month and will share soon!