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Water Protectors Panel: Divest Fossil Fuels&Protect the Sacred (Feb 23 San Francisco CA)

  • 1089 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

Join Idle No More SF Bay and the youth program at the San Francisco Native American Health Center as we warm heartedly welcome Cheyenne River Water Protectors Joye Braun, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Mabel Ann, Karen Little Wounded and Joseph White Eyes to the Bay Area! We will have a beautiful line up of questions and a report back about previous actions that they have organized or been part of around divestment from banks like US Bank and Wells Fargo. There will be time at the end for Q & A. Bios can be read just below logistics!

This is also an opportunity to learn about the mural painting outside of the Wells Fargo Headquarters the following morning from 10am - 12pm LINK HERE:

Location: 1089 Mission Street San Francisco, Ca 94103
~ Street cleaning 4pm - 6pm
~ One block away from Civic Center Bart Station
~ Parking garage 1 minute walk $15 - $20

**There is limited seating space of 30 to view for the panel. Don't feel discouraged though! There will be a live stream on a projector just downstairs for up to 60 people.

Refreshments will be provided. You are more than welcome to bring a potluck style dish to this event.

Joye Braun

**Joye Braun us a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Frontline Community Organizer with Indigenous Environmental Network. Braun has been a staunch protector and defender of her homelands, first fighting the Keystone XL project, later the first of two campers to camp at Sacred Stone Camp on April 1, 2016 staying until the No DAPL camps were forcibly evicted. She's continued her stand to protect water, land, and the sacred. Braun is a former journalist and freelance photographer. A wife, mother and grandmother she longs for a time when she can sit back and just be grandma and go to wacipi (pow wow) with her grandchildren, until then, she's a water protector and Unci Maka Defender.

Madonna Thunder Hawk

**Madonna Thunder Hawk is Oohenumpa Lakota from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. She is a veteran of every modern Native American struggle from the occupation of Alcatraz to the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee and the ongoing resistance movement of Standing Rock. She is also a long-time
community organizer with a range of experience in American Indian rights protection, cultural preservation, economic development, environmental justice and Lakota social reclamation. She is the central figure in the upcoming feature documentary Warrior Women directed by Elizabeth Castle and supported by Vision Maker Media, ITVS, Sundance Documentary Fund, Firelight Media, Chicken and Egg on the history of Native women's activism in the Red Power Movement. Born and raised on a number of South Dakota reservations, she first
became active in the late 1960s as a member and leader in the American Indian Movement (AIM). In addition to involvement in the national and international arena for Native sovereignty, she anchored much of her organizing at the community level. In the 1970s, she established the "We Will Remember Survival
School" for Indian youth whose parents were facing federal charges or who had been drop-outs or “push-outs” from the educational system. This alternative home/school was part of the National Federation of Native-Controlled Survival Schools that was established during the movement as many alternative schools developed. 
In the mid-70s she traveled internationally to raise awareness and create relationships with indigenous peoples. These trips included Northern Ireland, Libya, Japan, Guatemala, Panama, Western Europe, and Russia. She helped establish the International Indian Treaty Council which brought indigenous issues to Geneva where was a delegate in 1981 and 1983. Thunder Hawk was a co-founder and spokesperson for the Black Hills Alliance, which blocked Union Carbide from mining uranium on sacred Lakota land. She co-founded Women of All Red Nations (WARN) in 1978, organizing a health study of the drinking water on the Pine Ridge reservation. (WARN found the water to be highly radioactive, which led to the establishment of rural water supply system.) Thunder Hawk also helped organize the Black Hills Protection Committee (later the HeSapa Institute) 
whose goal is to protect the many sacred sites within the region's treaty lands. 
In the last three decades, Thunder Hawk had been busy implementing the ideals of self-determination and sovereignty into reservation life. She currently serves as the tribal liaison for the Lakota People's Law Project ( in fighting the illegal removal under the Indian Child Welfare Act of Native children from tribal nations into the state foster care system. She
established the Wasagiya Najin "Grandmothers' Group" on Cheyenne River Reservation to assist in rebuilding kinship networks and supporting the Nation in its efforts to stop the removal of children and build local resources to handle it themselves.

Mabel Ann

**Mabel Ann Eagle Hunter, Great Grandmother. Lakota/Dakota Bands, Great Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Iron Lightning community, Cheyenne River Sioux Reseration. 
Life-long Activist beginning with the takeover of Alcatraz Island 1969.
Founding member of Woman of All Red Nations and The Black Hills Alliance. 
Founding and active member of Was`agiya Najin - Grandmother's Standing Strong.
Member of Oceti Sacowin Camp, Treaty Land, North Dakota.

A Nation Is Not Conquered Until The Hearts of The Women Are on The Ground !

Karen Little Wounded

**Karen Little Wounded, Lahkota name Cokaptiwin (Center of the Camp Woman), member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Sister, Aunt, Mother, Grandmother, Educator and a protector of Unci Maka (Mother Earth). Water Protector and former resident of the Oceti Sakowin Camp and 1851 Treaty Camp of 2016.

Joseph White Eyes

**Hello my name is Joseph White Eyes I come from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. I am 22 years of age. I do both grassroots youth work and Non Profit youth work. I am currently the Keep it in the Ground Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network with my main focus being youth involvement.