For These Indigenous Artists ‘Land Back’ Is Both A Political Message And A Fundraising Opportunity

When Katy Grable Gonzalez, 29, beads the words “Land Back” into a pair of earrings to sell she is simultaneously referencing three different land reclamation movements fought by her relatives. On her father’s side, the Yaqui are fighting against a border wall between the Mexican state of Sonora and the Southwestern United States and Native Hawaiians are resisting the construction of a telescope on sacred mountain Maunakea. On her mother’s side, the Huichol have clashed with the Mexican government over mining and drilling operations on their sacred lands.

When the earrings are sold, Grable Gonzalez donates the majority of the proceeds to organizations on the frontlines of the movements for Black lives and Indigenous sovereignty, as well as to the Navajo Nation COVID relief fund. She also transfers funds directly to individuals in need of

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