Blog posts : "Indigenous Women Poor Women Refugee Women"

Learn About '7 Weeks of Action for 7 Generations'

“7 Weeks of Action for 7 Generations” 
Campaign Launches to Every Corner of Indian Country
Calling for the Passage of the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) formally launched a national m…

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The U.S. Immigration Debate

We include here an informative article published on Aug. 3, 2022 by Claire Klobucista,  Amelia Cheatham, and Diana Roy recounting the complex issues around immigration in the U.S.


  • Immigrants have long made up a significant portion of the U.S. population. In 2020, they composed …

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Pope Francis Apologizes to Canadian Native Americans

Excitement, Then Ambivalence, For the Pope’s Visit to Quebec

Pope’s Canada Visit Highlights Complex Relationship Between Catholicism and Indigenous Cultures…

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Unsolved Disappearance of Indigenous Women Is Based in Racism

Since 1900, 165 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women have been reported in California. There are thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) across the United States. For many years, authorities overlooked the crisis but now families and community members are dem…

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Polish Citizens Reach Out to Assist Ukrainians Fleeing War

"The Russian invasion of Ukraine is in its tenth day. Ruined buildings, schools and institutions, collapsed bridges, destroyed villages. We see photos that show how much destruction the Russian invasion left behind in Ukraine. Mariupol is 'encircled and mercilessly attacked' by Russian forces. At th…

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Rethinking U.S. National Holidays

The Native Organizers Alliance (NOA) is guided by traditional values, helping to build the organizing capacity of tribes, organizers, and community groups for transformational policy change. NOA is a traditionally organized, ever-growing circle of Native-led movements, communities, and groups. It …

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Minnesota Forms Nation's First State Office on Missing, Murdered Indigenous People

Native American women make up less than 1 percent of the Minnesota’s population, but homicide rates for Native women were seven times higher than for white women between 1990 and 2016.

The state’s newly-passed public safety budget included funding to create the first state office in the nation …

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Illuminatives' Three Year Anniversary

In June 2018 IllumiNative was born from unprecedented research that showed invisibility is the modern form of racism against Native peoples and a primary threat to Native lives and livelihood. We were founded to build power for Native peoples to dismantle invisibility and the racism it fuels by amp…

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Native American Boarding Schools

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) expressed deep gratitude for the leadership of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who announced on June 22, 2021 the Department of Interior Federal Indian Boarding School Truth Initiative. This marks the first major federal inve…

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Boarding School Healing Webinar Series

May 5th - National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Women, Girls, and 2-Spirit Relatives

Native women face the highest rates of violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault of any group in the United States. On May 5, 2021 President Biden signed an official proclamation bringing attention to the issue. (…

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Haaland Confirmed by Senate as First Native American to Lead Interior

On March 15, 2021 Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior Department by a 51-to-40 vote in the Senate, making her the first American Indian to lead an agency that manages a vast portfolio of federal land and the oil and mineral wealth that lies beneath it.


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Moral Policy Agenda to Heal America: The Poor People's Jubilee Platform

The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform is organized into five sections: 

Part I. Establish Justice and End Systemic Racism: The Right to Democracy and Equal Protection Under the Law 

Part II. Promote the General Welfare: The Right to Welfare and an Adequate Standard of Living

Part III. Ensure Dom…

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Not all Native Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.

The first National Day of Mourning was held on Thanksgiving in 1970. One of the original goals of the National Day of Mourning was to find a connection and peace between Natives and non-Natives. The original speech of Frank "Gray Hawk" James, one-time leader of the Wampanoag Tribe, ended on a …

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Human Rights and VAWA

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948. Annually we celebrate this important ‘Human Rights Day’. 

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.…

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Urge Biden to Appoint a Native American Woman to Head the U.S. Department of the Interior

In 2018, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) became one of the first two Native women ever elected to Congress. Deb has been a fierce advocate and organizer in Indian Country for decades. Now she could make history again — this time as the first Native person ever to lead the Department of the Interior.


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Learn More About Exploitation of Native American Women

Webinar: Indigenous Survivors Speak Out


Colonization, Homelessness, and the Prostitution and Sex Trafficking of Native Women

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Indigenous Futures Survey Results

Native peoples have burst into the consciousness of many Americans over the course of the last year. From the organizing power against racist Native sports mascots, major victories against oil pipelines that undermine Tribal sovereignty, and the McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme Court decision that affirme…

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Remaking the Economy -- Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Justice

Listen to the webinar:


Jean Schafer

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How Human Trafficking Intersects with Native American Women

Watch this video ( to see how Native American women become victimized in human trafficking. Too many are subsequently missing, murdered -- but never forgotten!

Also, take advantage of learning more about the trafficking of indigenous persons at thi…

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