We are in the process of upgrading software and the SDN website will be temporarily unavailable for a few hours on Monday morning EST. Once the software is upgraded, this notice will no longer appear and the site will be back to normal. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Image 1 of 9

Trashing Tribal Land

John Simpson | United States

Shopping Cart to Nowhere: The four-wheeled symbol of homelessness, this cart found its way on tribal lands before being abandoned.

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.

For two 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.  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.

Content loading...

Make Comment/View Comments