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Matt Remle (Hunkpapa Lakota) – is a community organizer, educator, father and writer. His Lakota name is Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Charging Thunder).
Matt is an editor and writer for Last Real Indians and LRInspire.com. Through LRInspire he runs an on-line Lakota language program for people to learn to speak the Lakota language. To further promote the learning of the Lakota language he has run evening classes for community members.
Matt Remle is also the co-founder of Mazaska Talks, a community group focused on helping Tribe’s and cities to divest from Wall Street Banks.
Matt has been involved with community organizing around social and environmental justice issues since the 1990’s, including organizing around WA State’s raising the minimum wage initiative, against the WTO when it met in Seattle, opposing the Iraq War, supporting efforts to free Leonard Peltier, against the Patriot Act, and more.
From 2000-2004, he was the lead organizer for the Seattle based Community Coalition for Environmental Justice (CCEJ), which addressed the adverse impacts of the siting of toxic and hazardous waste facilities in Seattle’s low-income and communities of color. CCEJ led successful campaigns at shutting down a medical waste incinerator located in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood and the closing of Long Painting’s paint and sand blasting facility located several feet from residential homes in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood.
In 2012, he drafted a resolution and lobbied the Washington State Board of Education to end the use of Native American race based mascots in the state’s k-12 public schools. The WSBE passed the resolution in 2012.
In 2014, he wrote a resolutions for both the city of Seattle and Seattle School Board to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Since then, he has worked with several communities around the country in drafting and supporting efforts to abolish-Columbus Day in their jurisdictions.
The same year, he worked with others in getting the Marysville School District to adopt and mandate the teaching of the Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum, a Native focused curriculum developed the State’s tribes to bring the correct history of the regions tribes into the public schools, as well as, teach about current tribal issues, tribal governance and tribal sovereignty. The curriculum is now mandated for all WA State public schools.
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