I encourage everyone to take a few moments, as the Thanksgiving season winds down, to think about Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, Hanna Harris and the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the U.S. and Canada.
An 18-month investigation by Maren Machles, Carrie Cochran, Angela M. Hill and Suzette Brewer at Newsy revealed the tragic consequences of the cracks in the justice system facing Native women—uncovering the breakdowns between federal and tribal governance that leave survivors with little recourse after experiencing sexual violence.
There is a growing movement of indigenous leaders, led by Native women, building networks of solidarity across tribal communities and using our shared unified power to expand awareness and pass reforms related to the epidemic number of cases of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.
“We’re here for the duration. We have to continue, we have to keep going. We have to lift people up with our thoughts, actions, our work.”
Joy Harjo was named Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress this week, making history as the first Native American to be selected for the post.
Yesterday was National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. But I want to continue the call to lift up Native women whose voices have too long gone unheard.
There’s an array of starting points for allyship with Native women. Ultimately, however, it all begins in rewriting history—and telling a more complicated, difficult and challenging version of the truth.
Actors Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira joined National Domestic Workers Alliance Gender Justice Campaigns Director Monica Ramirez and award-winning producer Nely Galan to talk about the impact of “Roma”—and center Latinas in the narrative.
In the midst of a partial government shutdown, retiring Republican representative Bob Goodlatte used one of his final days in office to block a law addressing a horrifying problem: the disturbingly high number of missing and murdered Native American women in the U.S.
The best-selling poetry anthologies from Native American writers are dated (in this order) 1918, 1996, 1988 and 1984. Heid E. Erdrich set out to expand that timeline, and subvert boundaries, by compiling and editing “New Poets of Native Nations,” out now from Graywolf Press.