First & American Indian Nations Solidarity HUB

After more than 500 years where settlers to our continent have oppressed native peoples, how do settlers and First/American Indian Nations come together to reconcile and rebuild?  For the people using this hub, we begin wherever we are.  We begin by learning and doing and being in relationship -- relationships in solidarity with First/American Indian Nations.

UPCOMING EVENTS.  Check here for events happening around the region. If you are planning events or know of events that others would be interested in, please contact us so we can get added to the calendar.

OUR WORK.   Work with First Nations issues or in indigenous communities takes on a variety of shapes and sizes. Here you will be able to see some of the different ways that we can be in service to First Nations/American Indian communities or work in partnership on issues that impact both Indian and non-Indian communities.  It also means educating our non-Native individuals and communities on the issues in Indian Country and re-evaluating and informing our understanding, then taking action to revise, heal deepen and strengthen our relationship with the Original Peoples on this continent and across the globe.

RESOURCES.  There are several tools we can use to better inform and prepare ourselves to walk in Indian Country. Films, videos, publications, reference materials, etc. are available to help bring us some level of understanding of the historical, social, environmental, economic and cultural aspects of indigenous communities, the issues they face and how we, as non-Indians have contributed to those issues and how we can put forward a genuine effort at reconciliation.

JOIN US! - We need you!

Lummi Hereditary Chief  Tsi'li'xw Bill James, on the beach at Cherry Point, says saving it is to preserve “the tribe’s very way of life.” It’s the site of an ancient Lummi village. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

Nisqually Elder Billy Frank, Jr.

Yakama Elder Virginia Beavert

 

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