Just a reminder on this Indigenous People’s Day that the US military continues to occupy land on Okinawa, a kingdom that was colonized by Japan and subsequently used as a battle site by both Japan and the US until the US eventually started using it as a major base in the Asia-Pacific region.
Beyond horrific incidents such as military exercises gone awry that have led to deaths, US servicemen continue to commit crimes such as theft and sexual violence. There have also been talks of further base construction that would lead to filling in a chunk of the ocean ecosystem Okinawa is known for.
Okinawans are a native group with a unique language and culture (separate from Japan), and have faced waves and waves of colonialism and oppression.
There is much work to be done.