Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

Some Resources and Actions to Support Native Peoples

Dear Friends,
 
To stay informed about what’s happening in Native communities, here are a couple websites with excellent and timely news coverage: Indian Country Today and Indianz.Com
 
May 5:   National Day of Action on behalf of Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls — Several organizations offer online resources:
  •  National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center offers a pre-recorded webinar  National Day of Action  There are a number of other general ways one can participate: see the list on the NIWRC site day of honoring in 2017; and  demand change at the tribal, federal and state levels.
  •  The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC):  Register for our event to learn about MMIWG: the history of the movement, the frustrating issues of jurisdiction, the beautiful advocates in Indian Country working to combat this epidemic.
  • The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW): The murder of Indigenous women is 10 times higher than for the population at large; concern is great for this reality.
May 7: Learn how you can lobby your Congressional representatives on behalf of Native communities. 
COVID-19 is hitting Native communities hard, exacerbating centuries of injustice and inequality. For a half-hour update on how Native communities are faring during this crisis, please tune into a conversation with Friends Committee on National Legislation’s lead lobbyist for Native American policy, Kerri Colfer, and FCNL general secretary Diane Randall, this Thursday May 7  at 4-4:30 pm EASTERN time. Learn how you can lobby your Congressional representatives on behalf of Native communities.
Also on COVID-19: For an interesting look at how Indigenous peoples all around the world are employing traditional Indigenous knowledge to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, see: https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/indigenous-peoples-turning-traditional-knowledge-covid-19-response  
Through May 7:  The Mashpee Wampanoag are asking for prayers, letters, petitions and other acts of solidarity to prevent the Trump administration from taking away their land. On Thursday, May 7  they will present their case to the US District Court in Washington DC. 
From the Mashpee Wampanoag Solidarity Handbook: 
During the Obama administration, Mashpee Wampanoag peoples were finally given official tribal lands after many centuries of struggle. Local citizens in Taunton, Massachusetts sued the Dept. of the Interior for giving them this land in trust because they didn’t want a Native casino in their backyard (although they were working on creating their own casinos nearby). The citizens succeeded in suing the DOI decision to give Mashpee Wampanoag lands and the Trump Admin is working to take these lands away. This was based on a semantic technicality within the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. Now Mashpee peoples are trying to challenge this decision by saying that this semantic technicality is not relevant and continues to fight in the courts to protect their lands. This is the last 321 acres that this great nation owns, the same community who saved the Pilgrims 400 years ago. Let’s work hard to protect their last foothold they have left.  
Sign the petition here.
Read a good background article here:
See a PBS report on the Wampanoags’ efforts to revive their language here
Thank you for acting in solidarity with Native peoples in your own community and around the world. We would love to hear how you’re doing that! Please reply to paulaRpalmer@gmail.com.
With much appreciation and prayers for your health and safety,
Paula