I find myself re-reading this for inspiration only because working from within my home community, we have several organizations and members of the “ally” community who wish to help and in some fashion, I interrogate myself and ask, “Are they really?” Take a look at this read by my Dine brother, Klee Benally from the Indigenous Action Media based out of Flagstaff, AZ. Great segue into conversations with allies who wish to join in and “help” Indigenous communities. Take a gander and read more on Accomplices Not Allies: An Indigenous Perspective and Provocation Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex.
An intro quote from the author, “This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements. Don’t construe this as being for “white young middle class allies”, just for paid activists, non-profits, or as a friend said, “downwardly-mobile anarchists or students.” There are many so-called “allies” in the migrant rights struggle who support “comprehensive immigration reform” which furthers militarization of Indigenous lands.“