8th Annual Welling Court Project Queens
Portrait of Christine Nobiss, Founder of Indigenous Iowa & Little Creek Water Defender Camp
Little Creek Camp Founded by Indigenous Iowa
Vision We strive to implement a sustainable community rooted in indigenous thought and practice. Through this way of life we hope to create a mindset that nurtures progressive thought and action that will bring change to Iowa. Beyond the continued fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa, we are a think tank dedicated to action for social and environmental justice. This camp is a hub for all organizations and individuals in Iowa that want to resist the new administration, modify this system of governance and encourage a new economy; an economy for the people that is built on renewables and a sustainable way of life.
A Few Points - We still have plans to combat DAPL By bringing attention to the court case wherein 14 Iowa citizens and the Sierra Club are suing the Iowa Utilities Board over their abuse of eminent domain. - Traditional indigenous agricultural practices and diet, governance systems, philosophical ideologies and living habits will be used to promote sustainability and self-sufficiency. - Personal and professional development will be promoted through various teaching and educational resources, including traditional indigenous, grassroots and academic teachers. - We will involve ourselves in the movements and events of other organizations in the state that are like minded. - We promote Indigenous-minded wellness of the mind, body and soul. There will be a sweat lodge, a Women's and Men’s council and a traditional healing center. - We are peaceful and prayerful protectors of our Earth Mother and her children.
Kalief was only 16 years old when he was picked up on the streets in Harlem; accused of stealing someone's backpack, even though he didn't have the backpack and was innocent. He maintained his innocence thru 3 years of being incarcerated at Riker's island, much of that time he was held in solitary confinement. Kalief was given the choice to plead guilty and be released on probation; but he stood up for his right to remain innocent because he was innocent. This is how the system gets it's hands on the youth, they set their bail too high and then essentially bribe them with their freedom in order to be released.
The essence of the problem is within the systemic racism that incarcerates black, native & latino youth at disproportionately higher rates. a full 80% of youth aged 16-17 are non-white.
It is the vestiges of slavery which now exists within our prison industrial complex. Kids are indoctrinated into this life at an early age in the school to prison pipeline.
Kalief should have never been locked up in an adult prison. He ought never have been picked up at all for a crime he didn't commit. Being kept in solitary for over 2 years permanently damaged him emotionally. This led to his severe depression when he finally did get out of that hell. He was still in Hell because it was inside his head. He chose escape, tragically, through suicide.
much love to his family for the recent loss of their Mom Venida Browder.
Today there are many in the same position that Kalief was in, still in solitary; still being held in adult prisons.