Sarah Eagle Heart, of the Oglala Lakota tribe, is a Native American activist, educator, storyteller, and all-around badass. She is also the chief executive of Native Americans In Philanthropy and the first Native American guest on The Mash-Up Americans. She schools us on the Indian boarding school era, how she took down a totally racist Homecoming tradition as a teenager, and why identifying as American is both a point of pride and pain. We also discuss the joys and guilt of a matcha latte.
Editor’s Note: This holiday weekend we’ve put together a special edition of the newsletter to celebrate our Native fam. Happy Indigenous Peoples Day, y’all!TO READ
From mass incarceration to dying languages, Native communities face dire, systematic problems that sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
Our hero Sarah Eagle Heart continues to inspire us with her activism and passion as she continues to bring Native voices to the forefront of the national social justice movement and empower the next generation of Native youths through stories.
via Chronicle of Philanthropy
Funding for Native issues and communities by philanthropic foundations is wayyy lower than it should be, and Native youths are taking the initiative to make the changes that effect them the most.
via Philanthropy News Digest
This Los Angeles-based fashion line, founded by Bethany Yellowtail, features designs inspired by her Apsaalooke (Crow), Tsetsehestahese, and So’taeo’o (Northern Cheyenne) tribal heritage. The B. Yellowtail Collective, meanwhile, features art from indigenous artists primarily from the Great Plains region.
Maria Running Fisher Jones, an intellectual property attorney based in San Francisco, grew up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. The Blackfeet were known as legendary hunters whose moccasins turned black on the bottoms. Her company, TPMOCS, sells adorable, customizable moccasins for kids; sales support initiatives on the reservation.
Dartmouth graduate Jessica Metcalfe, a Turtle Mountain Chippewa, developed Beyond Buckskin, an retailer on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota, as she was researching her dissertation on Native American fashion. The shop sells clothing, accessories, and home goods representing more than 40 Native American and First Nations artists.
The foundation provides critical aid and empowers tribal members to act, positioning this generation of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe to reach their full human potential.
The Native Voice Network consists of more than 30 organizations. It was founded in response to the need for a single national voice on policy issues impacting Native communities.
CNAY strives to bring greater national attention to the issues facing Native American youth while fostering community-driven solutions, with special emphasis on youth suicide prevention.
Dallas is an environmental and social justice activist doing consistent and bold work for Indian Country.
Honor The Earth creates awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities.
The Native Organizers Alliance provides Native community organizing trainings and support for local organizing in Indian Country.
Austin has followed in Los Angeles’ footsteps and renamed Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. “We have a saying that Columbus didn’t discover America, he was lost,” said one council member. Do you hear our slow clap?
via The Austin American-Statesman