"LANDBACK is a movement that has existed for generations
with a long legacy of organizing and sacrifice to get Indigenous Lands back into Indigenous hands.
Currently, there are LANDBACK battles being fought all across Turtle Island, to the north and the South"
Black Lives Matter.
Reading list compiled by curator Alijah Webb
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I am an uninvited guest in Bloomington, Illinois, the ancestral land of Indigenous peoples; most recently the Kickapoo and Myaamia tribes. My ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland and Slovenia and were direct beneficiaries of the genocide and dissettlement of Indigenous peoples. I am a white person living in the United States, a country built by the labor and enslavement of Black and Brown peoples. I acknowledge that rural spaces through which I easily move are welcoming to certain types of peoples, and dangerous for others. I am employed by the state who has often been complicit in the genocide and dissettlement of non-white peoples.
I recognize the problematic ways in which non-white peoples have been dehumanized through comparison with nonhuman animals. Farm animals and agricultural practices have charged histories in this country; horses, cattle, swine, and other domesticated farm species have been used tools of colonization for peoples and land. These histories haunt where I work and live.