“On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Texas Democrats stand in harmony with the primary peoples of this land, and acknowledge the numerous vital contributions Indigenous peoples have made and proceed to make, in Texas and past.
“For greater than 5 centuries, Indigenous peoples have confronted genocide and systematic makes an attempt at erasure via colonialism. Their survival is a feat of resilience and resistance. As of late, we honor that resilience, grieve the ones wrongs, and stand with Indigenous peoples throughout our nation who proceed to construct thriving international locations. I’m extremely joyful that this 12 months, President Biden has become the first president to federally observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in popularity that Indigenous peoples have formed our previous and can proceed to form our long term.
“As of late, Indigenous peoples are nonetheless dealing with assaults. At the moment, a lawsuit that threatens to dismantle the Indian Child Welfare Act is headed to the Ideally suited Courtroom — as a result of a case that originated with a Texas Republican pass judgement on. That is shameful. The Indian Kid Welfare Act is a key software permitting Indigenous peoples to give protection to their youngsters, cultures, and communities via making sure that once Indigenous children finish up within the foster care gadget, a concern is put on ensuring the ones children stay inside of their circle of relatives or their group.
“In each the US and Canada, ripping children from their households to be followed into white households or despatched to boarding faculties — and stripped in their language, circle of relatives, and tradition — used to be a core tactic within the systematic destruction of Indigenous communities during the last two centuries. This 12 months has introduced a counting on that historical past throughout North The usa, as over the summer time, Canada grappled with the horrific discovery of mass graves of Indigenous youngsters related to its Indigenous boarding faculties. This Republican effort to dismantle protections for Indigenous children is a right away continuation of the ones genocidal assimilation insurance policies. Texas Democrats urge the Ideally suited Courtroom to do the proper factor, uphold the Indian Kid Welfare Act, and reinforce Indigenous peoples’ efforts to give protection to their children and their communities.
“Texas Democrats honor Indigenous cultures, peoples, and their resistance — during previous centuries, and lately. In this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, I beg all Texans to face with, and be informed extra about, the peoples and cultures local to the land we name house.”