By Isabella Zizi
Isabella Zizi is Northern Cheyenne, Muskogee Creek and enrolled Three Affiliated Tribes. Isabella attended the first of four Convening of the 4 Winds as a signatory of the Indigenous Women Defending Mother Earth Treaty, helping to organize the Equinox prayer march to ConocoPhillips.
I was very fortunate to participate in the first Convening of the Four Winds hosted by the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, supported by Movement Rights and partners. The Convening was held over two days on Ponca territory during the autumn equinox. More than 100 participants traveled from the region and beyond, representing the struggles from their communities or tribal territories such as cap and trade, desecration of sacred sites, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), refineries, fracking and pipelines. We all shared a common goal: the protection of water.
After the event, Dr. Crystal Cavalier said,
"This event was packed full of traditional ecological knowledge, especially around protecting the Rights of Rivers. The highlight of the event for me was when we marched to ConocoPhillips HQ, and the rain blessed us with her gentle reminder that WATER IS LIFE. I want to thank Grandmother Casey and the relatives of the Ponca Nation for inviting us into their territory."
I am still in awe with the knowledge I was able to bring home to Richmond, California. I continue to reflect on the beautiful and powerful convening of Indigenous peoples and climate justice allies.