Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities


Statement of Purpose:

As new movements emerge and become evermore relevant across Indian Country, I believe that it is important to address and document these movements and their themes in academic scholarship. Namely, the #Landback, Indigenous Data Sovereignty, and Indigenous Data Governance movements are significant. Proof of this significance lies within their purposes and the very fact that there is a lack of conversation regarding this discourse in the scholarly world. Therefore, the purpose of this essay is to increase this discourse by exploring and discussing Indigenous activism, land reclamation, resurgence, sovereignty, and #Landback in the context of the So’taa’eo/Tsetsêhesêstâhase/Tsitsistas (Northern Cheyenne) Nation. I believe that through these movements the Northern Cheyenne people and other Indigenous nations have the opportunity to resurge, (re)enforce, and reclaim their sovereignty, on levels that concern the health and well-being of these nations – including that of humans, plants, and animal relatives. Lastly, on a more personal note, this essay was created in my interest to bring light to the persistence and resistance work that my people and nation continuously and consistently practice – that ultimately enables them to reject the broken promises of the coal and mining industry.

Author Biography

Kómenåhé'e (Pure Woman), Kaelene Spang (she/her), from Black Lodge (otherwise known as Lame Deer, MT on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation), is a senior American Studies major and Environmental Studies minor at Macalester College. Kaelene hopes to build on her research in the American Studies capstone through a graduate program pertaining to the Environment/Ecology after graduation.

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