Thousands of Indigenous people took to the streets of Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 18, 2019. Native News Online photo by Darren Thompson
Published January 18, 2019
WASHINGTON — Thousands of American Indians, Alaska Natives and other indigenous peoples from various parts of the world marched in the nation’s capital on Friday, January 18, 2019 for the first Indigenous Peoples March.
They came to bring awareness of the missing women and murdered Indigenous women crisis in Indian Country. They came to bring awareness of the ill-effects of oil pipelines running through Indian Country. They came to bring attention to voter oppression in Indian Country.
Organizers said that the march aimed to raise awareness on issues that affect Indigenous peoples through the world, from missing and murdered Indigenous women to mistreatment of Indigenous peoples at the borders, from police brutality to protecting Indigenous lands.
The demonstration—a grassroots effort coordinated by a coalition of numerous independent organizers, tribes, influencers, activists, celebrities and Indigenous leaders comprising the Indigenous Peoples Movement—will began with an opening prayer at 8 a.m. EST at the Department of the Interior Building.
Rally at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Photo by Mark Charles
They came to pray. Photo by Mark Charles
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), tribal citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, speaks to media. Photo by Mark Charles
Paulette Jordan (Coeur d’Alene), last year’s Idaho’s Democratic party gubernatorial candidate.
Sign demonstrates “their borders were not our borders” many indigenous people believe. Photo by Darren Thompson.
“Water is Life” is a theme of the Indigenous movement. Photo by Darren Thompson
Mark Charles and Darren Thompson reported from Washington, D.C.