The environmental justice movement has received more traction as community advocates and leaders have utilized this phrase to describe their movements for the protection of Mother Earth. However, it is important to address something that stays prevalent in many communities—anti-blackness. This article will dive into the anti-blackness that exists among Native and Indigenous communities, and how it has shaped the environmental-justice movement in Indian Country. It will revisit the history of Environmental Justice in the United States and how it is important to ensure that anti-blackness is addressed among environmental justice advocates.

Environmental justice movements have been present among Indigenous…

Latin America is comprised of settler states that continue to uphold anti-black and anti-indigenous sentiments and racism. As a result, many Indigenous and African/Black influences are often left out of the Latin American discourse—that continues to center and uphold colonial imperial ideologies. Of course this definitely includes staple cuisines that have become internationally recognized and associated with Latin American countries. In this article, we will discuss the traditions of one of the most common drinks that we associate with Latin American cuisine—horchata.

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We are mostly aware of the Mexican horchata which is made similar to what is now marketed as…

Indigenous voices are often ignored in the environmental discourse as a result of post colonialism tools that are embedded in today’s societies. We often times prioritize economics revenue over cultural values and principles. As a result, we are managing our natural resources through a capitalism lens, that is more considered more important than kinships or relationships with our surrounding environment.

Indigenous peoples across the globe are still facing violent and harmful assimilation tactics that governmental systems are implementing in their settler states. The recent Amazon fires are a current example of these assimilation tactics that the government of Brazil is…

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We write this letter as Maya Peoples, activists, and scholars who have been historically displaced from our ancestral homelands and countries to publicly denounce the United States, Mexican and Guatemalan governments for their inhumane treatment and oppressive policies toward our people. In particular, we express our outrage against the outright disregard of our Maya children and youth seeking asylum and refuge in the United States. Since December 2018, five Maya children have died under the custody of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the U.S.-Mexico …

The story I wrote—How the Chican@ Discourse Silences Indigenous Peoples from Mexico + Central Americans—was not received well by many Chican@s who continue to hold on to past patriarchal, anti-black, homophobic Chican@ discourses and scholarly work. Yes the Chican@ movement has fought for Chican@ rights and that was not being denied in the article. Yes the Chican@ movement has led to more opportunities (including at the university level) for many Chican@s and that was not questioned in the article I wrote. I acknowledge that I serve as a graduate assistant for a Chican@ class, because as graduate students that is…

This is the first time I teach Chican@ studies as a graduate assistant. I had only taken one Chican@ studies course in my undergrad at UC Berkeley and it was related to art in the LGBTQ community, not the common themes and topics embedded in the Chican@ discourse. I always avoided Chican@ studies because it is a pedagogy that teaches Mexicans that they are indigenous, while ignoring to mention that there is a difference between being indigenous and indigenous descendants. It also ignores to mention that there are tribes and indigenous communities still fighting for their equity, lives, and inclusion…

As an indigenous scientist, I walk a fine line that balances the indigenous scientific knowledge I was raised with and the western scientific knowledge I was trained with. I cannot lose sight of my culture as I dive deeper into higher academia and pursue my doctorate degree. I understand that there is a structure I must follow as a scientist in order to get publications and build the validity that I can conduct independent research. However, the more I immerse into higher academia, the more I realize that indigenous science is not validated or protected as western science. While we…

I once sat a meeting where a professor was expressing his rage for not receiving enough narratives to conclude his project/research regarding indigenous peoples.

What was wrong with his rage?

As an academic who bases her work on what is considered scientific research, I understand first hand the frustration that arises when we do not have enough data to draw conclusions from. We want our experiment to start producing results so that we can begin publishing and wrapping up our work. As scientists and engineers, we have to input the work in order for our experiments to start producing data. …

By: Jessica Hernandez

Phone calls, paperwork, investigation

My heart is not ready ❤

Interrogations, interviews, conversations

My heart is not ready ❤

One months, two months, three months

My heart is not ready ❤

Christmas, New Year’s, Birthdays

My heart is not ready ❤

Ashes, urn, death certificate

My heart is not ready ❤

Funeral, burial, ceremony

My heart is not ready ❤

Rest in peace uncle

My heart is still not ready to say goodbye ❤

As indigenous peoples, our lives are surrounded by our traditional foods. For some of us that means having bison, salmon, corn, geoduck, etc. present at our gatherings or dinners. However, our indigenous kinships with our traditional foods also revolves around our rituals, prayers, or songs. We are taught to respect Mother Earth and thank her for the food she provides to us. We are also taught to honor and respect our elders—as they are the keepers of our knowledge and traditions. Unfortunately, as we live in this Anthropocene era, our accessibility to our traditional foods is declining and jeopardized.

Jessica Hernandez, MS, MMA

Binnizá (Zapotec) & Ch’orti’ Mayab | Indigenous Scientist & Scholar | Indigenizing the Environmental Discourse

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