Resilience Blog Posts

Last month, AIPI co-authored an open letter with other American Indian Service Constituencies at ASU affirming our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

In the letter, which is available in its entirety on our blog, we join calls for justice and equity for people of color; we acknowledge the realities of historic and systemic injustice that those in the Black community and other people of color face on a regular basis; and we call for an end to normalized racist practices that pervade our society. 

Our hope is that the attention currently being given to race and injustice on a national level will inspire substantive positive changes in both our systems...

Ittifatpoli (Chickasaw: "talking about things that matter")

It’s pretty much official: America is in the midst of a seismic cultural revolution. So I ask you, what are you doing to embrace the change? How are you challenging yourself and your beliefs? I’ll tell you about my process if you challenge yours.

George Floyd’s death was the straw that broke the camel’s back. As Black Lives Matter protests continue, glimpses of meaningful responses have begun to emerge. Mississippi is changing its flag, the last to have a confederate symbol on it. NASCAR has banned the confederate flag at events and the only black driver has a car emblazoned with BLM...

Written by American Indian Service Constituencies at ASU

Our offices and programs, which represent and serve many tribal communities in the United States and across the globe, stand in solidarity with Black, African American, Afro Indigenous, and Afro Caribbean peoples. We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Dion Johnson, to name but a few. We acknowledge that these murders are a direct response to the larger structural and institutional racism. 

We recognize that the protests and civil discontent are the results of both the moment and the historical arc of racial injustice that has been simmering. This is a time for having hard conversations with...

For one remote Alaska Native village, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a return to tribal traditions and a deeper appreciation for their homelands. One hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, sits a Gwich’in village with a population nearing 200. While isolation was a reality before the pandemic, survival in the ‘new normal’ has required some adjustments. Supply flights into the village have become less frequent, meaning those within the community have been forced to ask more of its members, young and old, to ensure its population has enough to eat. The community has turned to traditional knowledge and resources for sustenance. Recently, the village council designated several tribal...

[UPDATE]

This post was originally published June 8, 2020. Yesterday, August 4, Christina won her primary election in Kansas! Now running unopposed, she will become the youngest member of the Kansas State Legislature and only the third Native American in its history! Congratulations, Christina!


 

The American Indian Policy Institute is proud to see that Christina Haswood, a former AIPI staff member, is now running for public office in Kansas. 

Haswood (@HaswoodForKS) is running for the Kansas House of Representatives in District 10, which includes Baldwin City and southeast Lawrence. Haswood, Diné, was born and raised in Lawrence, where she attended Lawrence High School and Haskell Indian Nations University. She later attended Arizona...

As protests across the country continue to demand justice for George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, many Native Americans are joining the efforts. Earlier this week, Congresswomen Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk, KS-03) and Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo, NM-01), the first two Native American women to serve in Congress, released a statement in solidarity with the African American community. “Though we will never know the experience of being Black in America, we know that Indian Country stands in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters—committed to fighting for justice and channeling our frustration into meaningful action and change. Together we can build a more equitable...

Ittifatpoli (Chickasaw: "talking about things that matter")

As we start June of 2020, AIPI and many in our country are still (months later) working remotely and taking great care to not expose ourselves, our families, our communities to COVID-19.  We watched our students graduate from afar and are greatly proud of them, but cannot even give them a hug. We watched the first Americans in nine years go to the International Space Station via an American made rocket and space capsule. Yet when they entered the space station, they awkwardly received hugs from those already aboard, and we realized those astronauts haven’t hugged anyone, any more than the rest of the...

Illuminatives and NDN Collective: Native Americans & Covid-19 Town Hall (May 1, 2020) 

Illuminatives, in partnership with NDN Collective and Indian Country Today, hosted the Native Americans & COVID-19 Town Hall on April 30. The multi-panel discussion covered the impact of COVID-19 on health in Indian Country, tribal governments and economies, and the disproportionate impacts on native peoples and communities of color. Panelists also discussed resilience and community building in the time of COVID-19 and “pathways forward for resilience, health and transformative change.” One of the main takeaways of the town hall meeting is that we, meaning Indian Country and the United States as a whole, cannot return to life...

Indian Country’s resilience was on display again last week. Despite uniquely adverse times, state and tribal governments and partners alike continue to find ways to donate money and resources to those in need. Many of these stories are highlighted below, along with opportunities to contribute, if you are able. 

The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund continues to raise money rapidly, as the fund has now surpassed $1.1 million. Last week, Jason Momoa, a Native Hawaiian famous for his roles in Game of Thrones and Aquaman, sent a massive truck carrying 28 pallets with more than 1,500 cases of water to Tuba City. The water was donated...

Tribal governments throughout Indian Country continue to generously donate supplies and resources to aid their communities through the challenges presented by COVID-19. Today, we are happy to bring you many examples of this generosity in the face of adversity. If you would like to join donation efforts, more opportunities to contribute are included below. 

Since schools in North Dakota were closed on March 16, the Standing Rock district has been distributing sack lunches to students and families at the schools or delivering them through the neighborhoods in school buses. Last Friday, The Muscogee (Creek) Nation partnered with Walmart to offer emergency food assistance to any citizens in...

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