What Reparations Might Look Like for Indigenous Peoples

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The reparations discussion in California is largely centered on how best to repair the continued harm faced by Black communities as a direct result of centuries of white supremacy.

Indigenous peoples are experiencing their own reparations movement. They are demanding truth and reconciliation from the systems responsible for committing mass genocide, and forcibly removing their ancestors from their homelands.

The Indigenous-led environmental, cultural and political movement Land Back aims to place Indigenous land back into Indigenous hands. For many Indigenous communities, reclaiming sovereign rights and decision-making power over stolen lands offers cultural stability.

Learn more about this movement and its potential benefits to all in the Above the Noise episode Land Back: The Indigenous Fight to Reclaim Stolen Lands.

Cheyenne Bearfoot is a Chiricahua Apache photographer and media creator with a background in film and digital media. Her personal work emphasizes decolonizing media via the digital space by calling attention to issues that continue to affect Indigenous peoples today. She is currently an engagement producer for KQED's YouTube series Above the Noise.