The last 20 years I have dedicated myself in learning about the ongoing challenges of Native American Indians who are faced with continued oppression and environmental genocide with pollution of tribal land and water resources. In addition when fossil fuel extraction takes place on Indigenous lands, companies bring hundreds of non-native workers, housing them in so called “man camps.” As a direct result of these camps, indigenous women have been targeted for human trafficking, sexual abuse, violence and many of them have gone missing and murdered. Last year alone, nearly 5,600 Native American women were reported missing according to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. I wear a red hand on my face to bring awareness to this untold brutality. Global warming has many negative facets that has to be addressed by all nations worldwide. It is in uniting and finding together sustainable solutions that we can hope to preserve life on this beautiful planet. “Mitakuye oyacin” — We are all related.

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