|I am a proud American Indian woman. And today, I’m proud to be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day.
At the National Action Center, in Washington, DC, we’ve joined cities and states across the nation observing Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. Columbus Day commemorates the so-called “discovery” of land already inhabited by native people. We’re proud to instead celebrate the lives of indigenous people, who have endured oppression and discrimination since Columbus first sailed across the Atlantic Ocean.
Today, I hope you’ll take a minute to reflect on just how far native people still need to go to achieve equality–especially women:
I hope you’ll take a minute to take action, too–even if it’s just by starting a conversation with a friend or a neighbor.
American Indian and other indigenous women are leading feminist change in their communities every day; but just as often, they are left out of serious discussions about policy change.
That needs to end now. Feminists know that we can’t separate our gender and racial identities–and that we’ll never move forward if we don’t work together.
For indigenous women’s lives,
The State Board meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month in January, April, September and holds the annual meeting in October.
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