Donald Trump ordered the children of migrants and refugees to be forcefully removed from their parents and placed in concentration camps, resulting in numerous deaths. These atrocities represent a small fraction of an ongoing border crisis fueled by a hyper-capitalist economy historically rooted in genocide and slavery. This panel presents heartbreaking stories about and hopeful solutions to the border crisis from an Indigenous perspective. We will hear first-hand accounts of what it feels like to have a border cut through your ancestral territory, explore ways to reduce the need for migration through traditional economies, and discuss how re-indigenization offers a pathway of hope for migrants after they settle in the U.S.  Hosted by: Cara Romero (Chemehuevi). With: Josue Rivas (Aztec); Nany Zepeda (Maya); Stanley Rodriguez (Kumeyay); Ofelia Rivas (O’odham).

Indigenous Forum

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm



Cara Romero
Program Director
Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program
Josué Rivas
Standing Strong Project
Stanley Rodriguez
Tribal Councilman
Santa Ysabel Tribal Government
Ofelia Rivas
O’odham VOICE Against the WALL
Bioneers 2019 Conference - Seeding the Field: Growing Transformative Movements