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Trashing Tribal Land

John Simpson | United States

A Disgrace: After the melting of a recent snowfall, this act of disgrace became apparent.

For thousands of years, the Nisqually Tribe inhabited over two million acres of land on the southern end of Puget Sound in Washington State.  In 1854, the Nisqually were relocated to 1,280 acres of land - otherwise known as The Nisqually Reservation.  Over time, the Nisqually have reacquired over 3,500 acres; however, the problem of dumping either deliberately or through the hopelessness of homeless individuals are combining to devalue the land and - most important - the heritage of the Nisqually Tribe.

These images feature no humans - only the results of those humans who desecrate tribal lands.

For four months I walked on a portion of the Nisqually Tribe's ancestral lands.  During this time, I noted numerous and growing instances of both wanton dumping and the refuse left behind by homeless persons living with little hope. It should be noted, however, that most of the dumping was done by individuals coming onto reservation lands.  In a sense, my images represents the discarded bits and pieces of lives of people who have no connection to, or respect for, tribal land.  Recently, I photographed what you see here.  For me to remain silent on these admittedly small instances of pollution is to be complicit in the desecration of the Nisqually Tribe's lands.

John Simpson


(253) 414-4678

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