The indigenous people of our country are beautiful. The songs, the stories, the languages, and ways of living with the land are beautiful!
We all thrive and are at our best, when we live in the identities for which we were made. We feel safe and at home within the comforts of our own cultural settings. The identities of our country’s First Nations, however, have been perpetually attacked and systematically destroyed ~ their ways of life, their traditions, ceremonies, sacred places and languages. Destroying the very essence of who they are, was our official government motto for many years. “Kill the Indian, save the man” was practiced throughout the boarding school system for several generations.
In the meantime, Native people today continue to face discrimination and bias at every level of society. It is often exceedingly hard for them to successfully live within a country and culture that isn’t their own, while faced with negative stereotypes and a complete lack of awareness as to who they are.
Our mission is to be a voice for the Native people of America!
A voice for the indigenous people of our country, who are largely invisible within the media, church, the government, and mainstream society.
A voice for the ones who have held onto their traditional ways or returned to them, and a voice for the ones who have been consumed by the historical trauma. A voice for the youth seeking to make a better future for themselves, and a voice for the ones who are hopeless enough to take their own lives.
A voice for the ones buried at Wounded Knee, and a voice for the ones buried in unmarked graves at the boarding schools. A voice for heroes like Kintpuash (Captain Jack) of the Modoc or Tȟašúŋke Witkó (Crazy Horse) of the Oglala. A voice for the ones who died during the Sacramento River massacre, or the Round Valley massacre, or the Sand Creek massacre.
Our mission is to educate people on the Native history of our country, and to bring awareness that Native people are still here today, living every day with the aftermath of a genocide that is never talked about.
Our mission is also to partner with local people on reservations throughout the U.S. It is our heart to support the youth and the elders. We want to partner with those among you, who are fighting hard to make a better future for your own people ~ Native-run organizations, teachers, counselors, coaches, etc. We want to listen to you. We want to hear you! We want to learn what the needs are, and find out how we can fit in to support you!