Photo: Chili Yazzie: ‘Give Us Our One Day to Say Our Peace’

Photo: Chili Yazzie: ‘Give Us Our One Day to Say Our Peace’

By: 
ICTMN Staff
2/12/16

 

Duane “Chili” Yazzie delivered the keynote address at The Red Nation and University of New Mexico KIVA Club’s march and rally in Albuquerque on October 12, 2015 in celebration of the city’s first Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly known as Columbus Day. Yazzie is the President of the Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Yazzie’s keynote received scant mention in the establishment and alternative presses, including the Indian press.

The crux of his talk was a provocative challenge to Washington and Rome regarding the abolition of the Vatican’s Doctrine of Discovery. With his speech, in part prepared as testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing in September, Yazzie has thrust his people into an ongoing national conversation about the ideological underpinnings of, as he terms it, Columbus’ voyage of “conquest by destruction.”

Read more about his talk, and an interview with him below.

RELATED: Chili Yazzie: ‘Give Us Our One Day to Say Our Peace’

This image was featured in this week’s Indian Country Today Media Network newsletter.

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