Violence on Indigenous Lands is Violence on Indigenous Bodies and Futures
Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples have experienced the connection between land and body. This connection has sustained many ways of life, teachings, and values. The disconnection of those relations through the removal of Indigenous Peoples from their ancestral homes and its impact on Indigenous bodies, spirituality, identity, and culture is evident in the long history of these violently forced changes. There is still much to be discussed in understanding that violence against Indigenous lands is also a threat of violence to Indigenous women, families, and communities. The interconnected link between Indigenous lands and women and families is the core of Indigenous prosperity and future. If one is threatened, so is the other.
This webinar focuses on how Land/Environmental violence specifically impacts maternal and reproductive health, spiritual well-being, and emotional safety. Our presenter will describe the experiences and impacts their community and neighboring communities have endured and are still experiencing due to land violence. Our presenter will also share how Indigenous culture, teachings, and activism are a guide for a pathway to healing, health, birth sovereignty, and justice.
About the Presenter
Beata Tsosie-Peña Beata Tsosie
Beata Tsosie-Peña is from Santa Clara Pueblo and El Rito, NM. She is certified as an Educator, a Birthworker, and in Indigenous Sustainable Design (permaculture). She led the creation of the Española Healing Foods Oasis demonstration garden and Seed Library during her time with the local nonprofit, Tewa Women United, and is currently helping to support the Traditional Native American Farmers Association and Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute. She is a Pueblo representative for the New Mexico Governor’s task force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives, serving a third term. She has been working to address impacts and advocate for environmental and reproductive health and justice for over a decade. She is the Organizational Director for Breath of My Heart Birthplace in traditional Kha’p’o Owingeh territory in Española, NM.