Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project

by Seeding Sovereignty
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Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project
Save the Stories: A QTBIPOC Storytelling Project


It's been a while! We sincerely hope you’ve been keeping well. This Native American Heritage Month we reflected on all that you made possible during incredibly challenging pandemic times. You helped sustain us at a time of great uncertainy. We hope that you too, were able to reflect this past month and acknowledged all that you made possible. 

As an update and thanks, we want to share that your donations helped us distribute PPE to more than 250,000 Indigenous relatives, sent Elders critical food supplies, provided isolated youths with books, and distributed food and care packages to unsheltered relatives. Your Covid support reached from the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Navajo Nation, and the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico to Indigenous communities across the United States, Canada and even remote villages in the Ecuadorian Amazon when a second wave hit! 

Before the pandemic and its many months of mutual aid, you supported youth-driven, narrative-shifting, skill-building storytelling. The frontline stories of Kanaka Maoli Mahu warriors fighting to protect Mauna Kea and Haudenosaunee youth resisting Nestlé’s water theft in their homelands live in our hearts, and in the stories you enabled. Sadly, Ladonna Bravebull Allard, a beacon of change, a warrior for her people, a leader at Standing Rock, and relative to us, has since become our beloved ancestor. Her lessons and stories live on, too. We thank you for believing in us!

Our learnings have been many, and we want to grow the programming your contibutions nurtured.

We are excited to share 3 new youth-led GlobalGiving campaigns with you - an incredible community of 517 donors who together raised $41,487.00 (!!) over 3 very full and challenging years. Today your donations will go even further with the bonus dollars and match amounts for new recurring donors from GlobalGiving for these 24 hours.

Please join us as we grow today and through December as the holiday season is extra hard on our communities.

The Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota empowers and cares for Indigenous youth who face extreme poverty and high rates of suicide and chronic addiction. Please consider helping us meet our $10,000 goal to get 50 skateboards to isolated youths on Pine Ridge this holiday season and fund mental wellness programming for Indigenous youths fighting epidemic rates of depression, suicide, addiction, joblessness, and poverty.

After the summer's historic floods in Appalachia, we launched our project to Fund Drones for Appalachia Flood Victim Recovery. The aftermath of these climate-induced floods has left communities reeling, homeless, and needing aid to rebuild their lives. Please help us raise $10,000 to send drones and training for impacted community youths to conduct searches and distribute critically needed drinking water, blankets, water and formula to famlies who lost everything before winter's cold and to prepare for the predictable climate catastrophes this Spring.

In response to the ongoing attack on reproductive choice, our new Fund Access to QTBIPOC Abortion and Care project provides essential skills, healing care and critical funds to build networks for QTBIPOC young people to support themselves and their communities.  Let's raise $10,000 before December to fund access to abortions, and seed local abortion doula collectives. We believe that all people should have access to abortions and tools as compassionate informed abortion companions.

We invite you to share your generosity with these new critical projects. Please share these opportunities to make a difference with your families, co-workers, and friends. Our work is grassroots and community funded, and it is our sincere wish that you know how much you matter and make possible. Every dollar counts.

In deep gratitude and wishes for health, safety and peace this time of year!

The Team at Seeding Sovereignty 

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Dear relatives,

With quarantines still in effect across many tribal nations who experienced exponential losses during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to thank you for all that we have accomplished together so far.

With your support of this storyteller initiative’s many months of mutual aid service, digital storytelling, and community building, we have been able to tell the stories of Kanaka Maoli Mahu warriors fighting to Protect Mauna Kea, Haudenosaunee youth resisting Nestlé’s water theft in their homelands, Two Spirit, Trans, and Queer organizers leading mutual aid initiatives during COVID-19, Indigenous feminist organizers across Turtle Island, Ladonna Bravebull Allard, a beacon of change, a warrior for her people and now a beloved ancestor, and more.

As we  move beyond the pandemic and its ongoing limitations to in person gathering, we have decided to transition our storytelling programming and are thrilled to introduce the next phase of our work!

Please join me in supporting a new critical Seeding Sovereignty effort to support storytelling and grassroots work on the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. 

Stay tuned for more information!

Thanks to each of you, Seeding Sovereignty will continue to tell stories and support the voices of those who speak for themselves, their people, and their territories. What we have accomplished together will always make me proud and I thank you all for allowing me the chance to guide something so powerful and necessary.

Until we meet down the road and in deep gratitude,

Eryn Wise

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Dearest kin - 

Since I last wrote to you, fires have ravaged much of the world which heartbreakingly included some of the Jicarilla Apache Nation's homelands -- where we have done much of our work in the last year. Thankfully the fire is now 85% contained but this climate crisis-induced devastation, the expansion of the Delta variant within the 21 tribes of New Mexico, and a recent school shooting in the neighborhood where most of our work has taken place in downtown Albuquerque have prevented us from safely gathering in person. 

Many of the youth who, in 2020 intended to be interns, have since become frontline fighters against fracking and pipeline expansion in various tribal territories across the country. Our goal as a project is to support the storytelling of these young people and land/lifeway stewards but to also support these folks with the ability to safeguard themselves and their stories through multiple digital documenting and legal defense safety trainings in addition to the planned multimedia training. As seen in Standing Rock in 2016, many journalists, photographers, videographers, and legal witnesses in 2021 are being targeted in frontline spaces for bearing witness and documenting the truth. It is our sincerest hope as a collective and mine as someone who has survived being attacked for witnessing injustice that our kin be prepared, protected, and allowed to safely continuing to raise their voices through multimedia. 

While the pandemic hasn't allowed us the ability to meet in person, we are looking at offices in Tiwa Territory that might allow us to connect with our community in a closed environment that observes COVID safety and cleaning protocols. When space is secured we plan to bring our interns in pairs for closed training and documenting. Additionally, after seeing the current state of needs within our community circles in Albuquerque, we are continuing to expand our mutual aid efforts with support from Suay Sew Shop to teach our interns how to make minor repairs to clothing for redistribution to any relations in need including our unsheltered kin that we see on a now monthly basis (due to the rise in Delta variant cases). 

We appreciate your love, support, and community care during this time. We're holding steady and hope you all remember that there is always light to shine. 

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Dear relatives, 

We have been in gratitude these last few months since speaking to see that many of you have continued committing your support to QTBIPOC storytelling. It is humbling to see your notes, offerings, and acts of financial investments in what is we continue to do daily: share lived experiences as people of the earth. 

As many may be aware, Indigenous nations are leading in national vaccination efforts and as such, we're proud and so thankful to report that nearly our entire collective has been fully vaccinated. We are grateful after surviving one of the deadliest seasons of our lives to know that there is some semblance of peace that can be provided to our people who have lost so much due to this pandemic and wildly inappropriate inaction by federal, state, and local governments.

Yesterday we took time to honor our Trans, nonbinary, Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming, and gender gradient kin as we always do, but with special intention to hear our beautiful land steward Mayam speak on Trans Day of Visibility and their work as a Black Trans farmer. We are currently transitioning our work to be more in person and look forward to the spring as Seeding Sovereignty's work has expanded to include a farm and garden led that may potentially host students seeking to do extracurricular work outside! It's been an honor for us to follow the story of Mayam and other Queer and Trans relations within and beyond Tiwa Territory, this last year and we're excited to begin launching our videos and upcoming work this summer. 

I have also recently transitioned from my role as Seeding Sovereignty's communications and digital director and Save the Stories project director to co-director for our organization. I look forward to continuing to not only making spaces for QTBIPOC kin to share their stories but to also help Seeding Sovereignty tell ours for years to come. Without the continued belief in BIPOC from across Turtle Island, we could not have come this far. 

Dawa'ae, iheedn, and thank you for creating the room for us to invest in folks who deserve to be seen, feel heard, and know that their dreams are being made possible by community. Our liberation is grounded in the knowledge that we carry you all with us across the threshold.

Please continue to take care of yourselves, drink water, and know we're out here ready to come back to a town near you as soon as it's safe again. In gratitude, 

Eryn Wise 


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Gu'wa'tsii/hello relatives - 

We don't need to tell you that this year has been an incredibly wild ride. Some moments have felt entirely surreal and in our moments of clarity, we've been completely overwhelmed by the support that each of you have given us. What began for us at the beginning of the year as an attempt to fund 5 jobs for LGBTQIA+ youth interns expanded to an out-of-state move mid-pandemic to better serve the communities we serve that were being hardest hit by COVID-19. 

Kin, we are so sorry if you've lost anyone this year and we send smoke for their spirits and journeys back to the ancestors. We lost too many this year to intentional negligence and flagrant disregard for human life. No words will ever replace those we've lost or fill the hole in our hearts after losing them. 

To our healthcare professionals, care providers, first responders, educators, essential workers, parents, and providers of every kind: THANK YOU. We don't think you've heard it enough, and after being on the ground distributing supplies firsthand, we see you. 

Our crew has been steadily documenting this last year to continue storytelling through digital media and oral tradition, but our community needs have grown exponentially. As project leader, I've decided to fully shift our program to not only support community storytelling and LGBTQIA+ jobs, but to expand to further supporting our collective's ongoing commitment to mutual aid and longterm community care. 

We're preparing for 2021 and what we've seen as the greatest needs in our community are BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. Our people need homes. They need food. They need jobs and resources to succeed. What hurts the most is that throughout this entire pandemic, the people we've seen hurting the most have been the people of the global majority. Our Indigenous and Black kin, relatives of many diasporas, and those migrating and burgeoning beyond colonial borders. While we can't immediately provide every service or materialize housing in the way we'd like, we can start small. 

We've been consistently partnering with local organizations to provide community care kits throughout the summer, fall, and winter, and now we're looking to expand our ability to feed through kinship work with queer and Trans farmers. It's our fervent hope that restoring the land will help us not only better feed community through it, but allow us to build kinship ties that create networks of neighbors willing to help and uplift one another.

We specifically aim to amplify the work of our LGBTQIA+ relations to honor our original goals of this project, and continue learning through their leadership. Our program is ever-growing, multifaceted, and committed first and foremost to community care during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. 

To everyone who's been with us for this journey and is still down to ride for Indigequeers, Trans kin, and gender gradiant/nonbinary and non-conforming kin: dawaa'ae/thank you from the bottom of my/our hearts. I regularly hear from kin we reach out to that they don't feel deserving of the support we aim to offer and y'all, I'm gonna kick scarcity mindset's butt in 2021 because there WILL be enough for us all. 

We love and appreciate you. Stay hydrated and keep leaning on your kin. We're gonna carry us through. 

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Seeding Sovereignty

Location: Brooklyn, NY - USA
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Twitter: @seedsovereignty
Project Leader:
Eryn Wise
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico United States

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