Day of Mourning: Take Action and Support Indigenous Grantees Today and Always
Indigenous communities are mourning. They are mourning the loss of their people, land, culture, and resources. For more than 500 years, settler-colonial systems have worked to divide, exploit, and conquer the most marginalized groups of people. And still, today, we live in the consequence of violent colonization, evidenced by the disproportionately high rates of COVID-19 infections and mortality rates in Native communities.1
You and I both know it’s up to us to make choices that move us towards a more vibrant, aligned world. A world where we are in right relationship with each other and the planet.
At Resist, we know this shift is possible when we take leadership from Native peoples and support those fighting to radically heal and reimagine a more abundant and interconnected world. As we all turn in on this National Day of Mourning and join in their grief, we also invite you to meet this moment with action.
Support the transformative work our grantees are doing today and every day in the name of sovereignty, dignity, freedom, and the health of our planet.
Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas2 works for the betterment and welfare of the Carrizo/Comecrudo People, maintaining connections through ceremony, traditions, and language. They stand together to resist assaults on their ancestral lands coming in the form of land clearing and barrier construction, the waiving of laws that are designed to protect the burials and remains of their ancestors and religious practices, and the violation of First Amendment rights.
After tirelessly campaigning against a contract to import American shale gas from the Rio Grande LNG export terminal planned in Texas, Carrizo Comecrudo and their comrades claimed victory as negotiations ceased between the gas company and corporations involved. Support their efforts here.
Organizing a collective of Black LGBTQI healers and students to create an Afro-indigenous healthcare system, Liberation Medicine School3 is bringing to fruition a decolonial medicinal teaching program dedicated to the healing needs of the Black trans and queer community. They create programs, pathways, and healing spaces where Black LGBTQI folks can pool together the different expertise they have about Black indigenous medicine. Currently, they’re raising funds to acquire a physical space where they can ground their work, donate to this crucial effort here.
Manidoo Ogitigaan4 offers community members a platform to share Indigenous knowledge in a multi-generational setting. They work with local Native artists, language speakers, food sovereignty activists, grandmas, grandpas, and youth to build the health and well-being of their peoples, while preserving and revitalizing the Anishinaabeg way of life for future generations. They have responded to the COVID-19 crisis through community planning, food distributions, supplying PPE, using traditional medicines, and other means of assistance. Help support their response efforts here.
Native Stories5 is an audio content platform developed to strengthen Native Hawaiian identity by preserving, practicing, and perpetuating Native Hawaiian culture and wisdom by way of oral traditions of (digital) storytelling. By creating a resource for pilina – connection – to place, they hope to activate new perspectives that inspire individuals to embrace their kuleana – responsibility – for the land. Since 2017, Native Stories has developed a digitally accessible free mobile application; mapped and pinned over 60 place-based stories onto the statewide map, created three self-guided walking tours; and recorded, produced, and published 80 podcasts stories and series to their audio platform, linking thousands of listeners to history and cultural fragments of the past. Support the birth of an abundance of stories here.
Disrupting the problematic present-day media representations of Indigenous people, Sunlight Media Collective6 documents Indigenous issues, educates the public, and offers media to aid movements for Native sovereignty, particularly in what we now call Maine. Organized by Indigenous and non-Indigenous media makers and activists, including Wabanaki tribal members, they present stories affecting Wabanaki people with an emphasis on the intersection between environmental issues and tribal rights.
A recent project documents the restoration of land stewardship, where the Penobscot people receive 735 acres of #LandBack7 in what is currently known as Williamsburg Township. Donate here to help them tell more stories.
For 53 years Resist has been supporting Indigenous communities at the frontlines of justice movements all across the country. Join us in supporting the communities leading the charge today.
p.s. For those of us who are able to survive (and even thrive) during this time, your gift (no matter the size) helps support organizations who are power-building and imagining their world anew. Invest in the new world today.
(5) Native Stories