How can we, ethically, as a community ask for state recognition of queer marriage, from any U.S. state, when states like Arizona openly endorse white supremacy? I won’t do it.
… Lesbians and gay men have been marrying one another in (and outside of) ceremony for a long time and I have always recognized and taken “pride” in that tradition. And I will follow in those footsteps with my girl. I will commit to her and build a life together because we can. But, I’m not championing same sex marriage laws anymore. Not until brown bodies are recognized as the “American” bodies that we are—Native, Mexican, Black, Cuban, Arab, Filipino, all of us who fall into that category. Because we are all currently suspect until we prove that we belong and are acceptable."
“While the power of the Europeans has continued, I see the other part of the Ghost Dance prophecy coming true today. So-called ‘Hispanics,’ with faces that sure look like Indians to me, are returning to repopulate North America. We cannot always speak to each other because we have learned the languages of different colonial powers. But these Indians have as much right to come and go on our land as the geese when they migrate north and south. No one would dare to ask them for their passports and visas as they cross man made borders.
Instead of seeing ‘Hispanics’ as outsiders who do not belong here, we need to start seeing them as ancestors of the original inhabitants of these lands. They are the living fulfillment of the Ghost Dance prophecy.”
-Chief Billy Redwing Tayac, Piscataway Nation"