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  • “Good To the Last Drop:Water and Oil”Good To the Last Drop:Water and Oil

    In Odanah, WI. on January 5, 2017 my Tribe: the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa passed a formal resolution January 4th, 2017 that established the Tribes decision not to renew its interests in the grant of easement for rights-of-way of Enbridge’s Energy Line 5 crude oil pipeline through the Bad River Reservation. Furthermore, it calls for the decommissioning, and removal of the pipeline from all Bad River lands and watershed transports. Line 5 transports up to 540,000 barrels per day (bpd) of light crude oil. The current line is in disrepair. As of January 2020 Line 5 is still in use (ILLEGALLY) despite the no easement renewal by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe.

  • “Processed: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirits”Processed: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirits
  • “God to the Last Drop: Water”God to the Last Drop: Water

Valaria Tatera

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Valaria Tatera is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who creates social awareness of contemporary Indigenous issues through her art. She has earned an MFA in 3-D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. and B.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Valaria is a respected guest lecturer and panelist whose lectures address Indigenous Rights and Art as Advocacy. She was a finalist in the Mary Nohl Fellowship 2019, finalist in United States Artist Fellowship 2016 and Best in Show category Sculpture at MOWA 2014 and a featured artist at Lakefront Festival of the Arts.

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Valaria Tatera is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who creates social awareness of contemporary Indigenous issues through her art. Issues such as the environment, sovereignty, colonialism and historical trauma are explored through personal themes of self- identity, the cost of forced assimilation and breaking the bonds of learned silence. Common threads running throughout the work investigate the intersections of ethnicity, gender, missing and murdered indigenous women, commerce, and water quality.

www.valariatatera.com

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