Roberto Lujan | What it means to be Native
‘I understood in the closed community of Alpine,TX of fences but no matter what I would look out at the horizons and mountains. I knew that they were there for us even though we were fenced in. I tapped into that appreciation which led me into venturing out into this region. When I learned of this pipeline and realized that others had an appreciation for this land, I thought of what Malcolm X has said ‘The chickens have come home to roost’ and that this is now about all of us.
Some landowners have said ‘I’ve been here 5 generations’.. but it doesn’t matter, its being taken away. I wonder how this story will end. It’ll probably end similar to where i am. Not long ago, my grandfather used to own that, my people used to be part of that. We can associate it with these surroundings but its now all going away within the last frontier of West Texas.’ – Roberto Lujan