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Hawaiian Resistance to Mauna Kea Telescopes

Hawaiians have been resisting efforts to place telescopes in the summit of Mauna Kea, a sacred site. Below are some websites with more information about this resistance.

Short Video:

Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope: The mountain is among the most sacred sites inHawaiian cosmology. By Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat  Jul 24, 2019, 12:30pm EDT

The Politics of Statehood in Hawai‘i and the Urgency of Non-Statist Decolonization BY J. KĒHAULANI KAUANUI ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2019

Protecting Maunakea Is a Mission Grounded in Tradition: The womxn and nonbinary folx of Hawai’i are protecting this sacred space against police forces and governmental influences

Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua Sep 5

Hundreds of Astronomers Denounce Arrest of Native Hawaiians Protesting Thirty Meter Telescope-Yessenia Funes

7/18/19 3:05PM

Why Everyone Should Support the Telescope Construction Blockade: The project is proceeding on faulty legal grounds, compelling concerned citizens to take the law into their own hands.

Protectors of Mauna Kea Are Fighting Colonialism, Not Science: While proposals to compromise might appear fair, protectors say, they dismiss the historical context in Hawaii of colonialism and the usurpation of Indigenous land that continues today. By Julianne Tveten

To amplify the messages of Kanaka Maoli protectors demonstrating their profound love of ‘āina (land), the University of Minnesota Press is sharing an article published in volume 4, issue 2 of Native American and Indigenous Studies. Written by Iokepa Salazar, assistant professor at the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College. Salazar is currently working on a book manuscript on the TMT controversy.—JASON WEIDEMANN, Editorial Director, University of Minnesota Press