On the heels of President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s proclamation formally marking Indigenous Peoples\u0026#039; Day, a coalition of Indigenous and environmental leaders on Sunday delivered a blunt message to the White House: \u0022We don\u0026#039;t need performative proclamations, our communities are dying.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022No proclamations needed until there is justice for the original stewards of these lands.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)—a broad alliance of tribes, Indigenous rights groups, labor organizations, and others—said in a statement that since taking office earlier this year, \u0022Biden has consistently fallen short of protecting the water that sustains all life on Mother Earth and continuously failed to honor our treaties.\u0022\r\n\r\nSpecifically, IEN pointed to the president\u0026#039;s refusal to block Enbridge\u0026#039;s Line 3 replacement project, which Indigenous groups have worked tirelessly to stop for years in the face of brutal police repression and arrests. Oil started flowing through the sprawling pipeline—which could have the equivalent climate impact of 50 new coal-fired power plants—earlier this month, and its opponents have vowed to keep up their legal and on-the-ground fights as the Biden administration continues to defend the tar sands project.\r\n\r\n\u0022If President Biden was committed to honoring the treaties and strengthening sovereignty, he would implement a policy of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent by executive authority and act swiftly to mitigate the climate chaos that has engulfed our communities by ending the anti-Indigenous U.S. legacy of fossil fuel extractivism,\u0022 IEN said. \u0022We have had enough of your empty words. Our communities need clean water, land returned, divestment from the fossil fuel industry, and healing from residential school traumas.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Proclamations don\u0026#039;t erase the police surveillance of Indigenous peoples standing for our land and water, beatings, and imprisonment for those trying to stop pipelines, fracking, [liquefied natural gas], uranium, and other extractive industries from devastating our ecosystems and our bodies and violating our rights,\u0022 the coalition added. \u0022No proclamations needed until there is justice for the original stewards of these lands.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIEN\u0026#039;s statement came just ahead of a five-day \u0022People vs. Fossil Fuels\u0022 mobilization targeting the Biden White House over its inadequate climate policies.\r\n\r\nWhile Biden has promised to listen to the science and treat the climate crisis like an \u0022existential threat,\u0022 he has continued to pursue drilling initiatives that could ramp up U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and intensify planetary warming.\r\n\r\nThis week, according to organizers, thousands of Indigenous people and their allies in the climate movement are expected to descend on the White House and engage in \u0022mass civil disobedience\u0022 to demand that Biden \u0022declare a climate emergency and stop all new fossil fuel projects.\u0022\r\n\r\nOn Monday morning, IEN activists wrote \u0022Expect Us\u0022 on the statue of Andrew Jackson in front of the White House.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Our people are older than the idea of the United States of America. We are the original stewards of this land and will continue to fight for the natural and spiritual knowledge of our Mother who sustains our life-ways,\u0022 IEN said in a statement Monday. \u0022We are the grandchildren of the strong spirits who have survived your residential schools, your pipelines and mines, your reservations and relocation and your forced assimilation and genocide.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We carry the prayers and intentions of our ancestors and are unafraid,\u0022 the group added. \u0022Another world is possible, may all colonizers fall.\u0022\r\n\r\nThis story has been updated to include a new photo and comments from IEN .