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Celebrating Native Fathers (nativehope.org)

A community is only as strong as its mothers and fathers. The heritage of Native Americans is rich in community and family bonds. In the Lakota culture, the word thióšpaye encompasses the conviction that family is made up of immediate blood relatives and extends to all those within their tribal clan. The abundance of a family is the measure of your wealth and creates the very foundation of one's life. This weekend, we're sharing some thoughts about Native men who are strong fathers and...

New fund to plant seeds of reparations for California’s Native American communities (calmatters.org)

IN SUMMARY A racial equity organization launched a new $500,000 fund to help Indigenous Californians record the state’s history of colonial violence. Leaders are partnering with the state’s Truth & Healing Council, which will produce a report. A racial equity organization is announcing a new fund that will help Native American communities preserve tribal history and further California’s effort to atone for its history of violence and wrongdoing against Native Americans. The Decolonizing...

Strategies to support Indigenous early childhood development programs through technical assistance (childtrends.org)

In response to a Request for Information from the Federal Administration for Children and Families on the technical assistance (TA) needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities providing early childhood programs and services, Child Trends experts offered several strategies for TA providers to meet these needs: Invest in TA efforts that support the implementation and coordination of early childhood programs in Indigenous communities. Increase TA provider capacity around...

On Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day victims' families say a solution to the crisis is not on the horizon [cnn.com]

By Nicole Chavez, Photo: Darlene Gomez, CNN US, May 5, 2022 Shawna Toya was eager to carry on her ancestor's legacy of pottery making in New Mexico when her mother's cellphone rang about 3:45 a.m. and the "worst call" came in last year. "Oh no, it can't be... I just talked to her. You have the wrong person," Geraldine Toya recalls telling a police officer. Her 40-year-old daughter Shawna was found dead on July 31, 2021 inside her SUV at a park in Albuquerque. A few hours earlier, the family...

The Indigenous Collective Using Tattoos to Rise Above Colonialism (yesmagazine.org)

Thunderbird Woman was the image that caught my eye at the Standing Rock water protector camps. As an Ojibwe woman, I immediately realized that the depiction was an example of my ancestors’ ancient spirit writings, or symbols, recorded on birch bark scrolls and on rock faces along the Great Lakes long before Europeans landed in America. Thunderbird Woman, with her winged arms outstretched, seemed to float on the canvases at Standing Rock, portraying a cosmology in which dynamic spiritual...

Pope Meets With Groups Requesting Apology for Indigenous Schools [nytimes.com]

By Elisabetta Povoledo and Ian Austen, Photo: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters, The New York Times, March 28, 2022 Pope Francis on Monday held his first Vatican meeting with Indigenous groups from Canada who were seeking his apology over the Roman Catholic Church’s involvement in a system of boarding schools that abused Indigenous children for over 100 years. The meeting, with two of Canada’s three largest Indigenous groups, suggests that the pope, who had declined to apologize over the matter,...

Schatz, Murkowski applaud Senate passage of historic tribal provisions in Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization (indiancountrytoday.com)

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, released the following statements on inclusion of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA) in a bipartisan appropriations deal. The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. “Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022’s tribal provisions will restore justice for Native...

Tune in Tomorrow for new PACEs Connection History. Culture. Trauma. podcast featuring Women of the PACEs Movement: Agnes Woodward

Hosted by PACES Connection CEO Ingrid Cockhren In consideration of Women's History month, the entire month of March will be dedicated to the women creating a legacy in the worldwide PACEs movement. In this episode, we will talk with Agnes Woodward. Agnes is using her knowledge of historical trauma and the healing power of the arts to raise awareness of the adversity indigenous women face and how they can also heal themselves, their families and future generations. About Agnes Woodward:...

The ACF Indigenous Programs Conference

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 2022 Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Indigenous Programs Conference! This exciting event will be held virtually via Zoom, starting Tuesday, March 22 through Thursday, March 24, 2022 , with each day starting at 1:30 PM (EST) and ending at 7:30 PM (EST). Below, you will find a copy of the agenda to review the full list of plenary, workshop, and networking sessions. Event Overview & Agenda The meeting will include outstanding Native...

The Routledge International Handbook of Indigenous Resilience released on 12.31.21.

"The Routledge International Handbook of Indigenous Resilience", released on 12.31.21, is a textbook available for colleges and universities around the world. This handbook provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge strengths-based resource. Considering Indigenous resilience in many forms: cultural, spiritual, and governance traditions are being revitalized in others to reclaim aspects of culture that has been outlawed, suppresses, and undermined. The handbook is divided into five sections; *...

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