"Solidarity, Not Charity." 10 Indigenous Collectives to Support for Native American Heritage Month - Voices For Power

"Solidarity, Not Charity." 10 Indigenous Collectives to Support for Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to honor and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Indigenous peoples and to take action against the settler-colonialist violence that established what we call the United States.

We must honor Native and Indigenous people by providing direct resources and support, fighting for land reparations, and pushing for liberation from colonial forces that stole Indigenous lands and enacted genocides against Indigenous people.

"Solidarity, Not Charity." Indigenous Collectives to Support for Native American Heritage Month

 

Starting in the 1990s, U.S. federal government has recognized the month of November Native American Heritage Month to honor Native and Indigenous people.

Native American Heritage Month is a time to honor and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (so-called North America), and to take action against the settler-colonialist violence that established what we call the United States.

We must honor Native and Indigenous people by providing direct resources and support, fighting for land reparations, and pushing for liberation from colonial forces that stole Indigenous lands and enacted genocides against Indigenous people.

In order to build the future we want to see, we must work to reverse the harm caused by U.S. colonialist policies and uplift, advocate with, and center indigenous voices. One very important way to be in solidarity with Native and Indigenous justice is through donating directly to collectives and efforts centered on Indigenous liberation.

Below is a non-exhaustive, running list of indigenous-centered organizations you can donate to. We’ll continue to update this list; please reach out to us if you have any questions or additions!

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1. Indigenous Women Rising

“Indigenous Women Rising is committed to honoring Native & Indigenous People’s inherent right to equitable and culturally safe health options through accessible health education, resources, and advocacy.”

Indigenous Women Rising is also a partner to the New Mexico Civic Engagement Table/Center for Civic Policy in the State Voices network!

Donation Link: https://www.iwrising.org/abortion-fund
Website: https://www.iwrising.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IWRising
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IWRising/

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2. Buffalo Project

“The Buffalo Project is a Changemaker Initiative fellowship program that promotes healthy expressions of masculinity and emotion among men, using indigenous ideals in non-indigenous spaces."

Donation Link: https://www.gofundme.com/the-buffalo-project
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/brothersleadingopenness/

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3. Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band

"The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedomen Band (MCIFB) is operated by the descendants of Creek Indian Freedmen (Black Indians); designated as Freedmen by the Dawes Commission in the late 1800s"

Donation Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/039justice-for-black-creeksquot-aka-creek-freedmen
Website: http://www.1866creekfreedmen.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MCIFB1866Treaty
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MuscogeeCreekIndianFreedmenBand/

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4. Kumeyaay Defense Against the Wall

"Kumeyaay community members and allies are fighting to preserve sacred and unceded lands of the Kumeyaay Nation being encroached on by the construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Together Kumeyaay leaders and organizers are fighting to meet the needs of the Kumeyaay people disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and ensure the self-determination of Kumeyaay Nation sovereignty."

Donation Link: donate via PayPal!
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kumeyaaydefenseagainstthewall/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kumeyaayprotest

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5. Western Native Voice 

“Established in 2011, Western Native Voice (WNV) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to increase Native American participation and engagement in voting and self-determination. We work to nurture and empower new native leaders and impact policies affecting Native Americans through community organizing, education, leadership and advocacy.”

Western Native Voice is also a partner to Montana Voices in the State Voices network!

Donation Link: https://app.cheerfulgiving.com/c/wnv-covid-19-relief-fund
Website: https://westernnativevoice.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wnativevoice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westernnativevoice/ 

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6. MRG Foundation

“MRG is guided by the wisdom of people in the community as the most strategic way to allocate their resources. MRG Foundation’s grantmaking has been led by Grantmaking Committees comprised of individuals directly involved in developing genuine solutions to the difficult issues facing their communities; community organizers and changemakers who are rooted in the communities we serve, who come from all parts of the state, and who reflect the rich diversity of Oregon. MRG Foundation plays a critical role in supporting Oregon’s progressive movement and funding emerging issues."

Donation Link: https://www.mrgfoundation.org/general-fund-main-donation-page/
Website: https://www.mrgfoundation.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrgfoundation
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrgfoundation/

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7. Protect Native Elders

“In Native culture, elders are the keepers of all wisdom and knowledge of our people. Without them, we lose some of the very things that make us who we are.” Operating in consultation with tribal command centers, Protect Native Elders uses a rapid response model that enables them to directly deliver to facilities and first responders in emerging COVID-19 hotspots. Protect Native Elders’ distribution began in the Southwestern nations of Navajo, Zuni, and Apache, and we have since expanded our reach to Pacific Northwest groups like the Spokane Tribe of Indians, the Sioux nations in the Dakotas, and Ramapough Lenape in New York and New Jersey.

Donation Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/protect-native-elders
Website: https://protectnativeelders.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EldersNative
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectNativeElders
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/protectnativeelders/

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8. Wabanaki Public Health 

“Wabanaki Public Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Tribal community members through connection, prevention and collaboration.”

Donation Link: donate via PayPal!
Website: http://wabanakipublichealth.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WabanakiPublicHealth/

9. Indigenous Collectives in Montana

Our Montana State Table, Montana Voices, has put together this resource list of Indigenous and Native organizations in Montana to donate to!

This list includes Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, Crow Language Consortium, Indian People's Action, MT BIPOC Mutual Aid, Mahchiwminahnahtik Chippewa and Cree Language Revitalization, Montana Native Vote, Nakona and Dakota Language & Culture Program, The Piegan Institute, and People's Partner for Community Development. It's a living list and will continue to be updated!

You can also sign up to learn more about Native and Indigenous justice in Montana through their Whisper Courses. Sign up here.

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10. Indigenous Mutual Aid

Indigenous Mutual Aid is an information and support network that exists to inspire and empower autonomous Indigenous relief organizing in response to COVID-19.

“As our communities have a deep history with organizing to support each other in times of crisis, we already have many existing Mutual Aid models to draw from.
 This looks like a small crew coordinating their relatives or friends to chop wood and distribute to elders. It looks like traditional medicine herbal clinics or sexual health supply distribution. It looks like community water hauling efforts or large scale supply runs to ensure elders have enough to make it through harsh winters. Basically any time individuals and groups in our communities have taken direct action (not through politicians or indirect means) and supported others, not for their own self-interests but out of love for their people, this is what we call ‘mutual aid.’”

Donation Link: https://www.indigenousmutualaid.org/donate/
Website: https://www.indigenousmutualaid.org/

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As we fight for BIPOC political power, it is so important that we acknowledge whose land we’re fighting on. Indigenous people have historically been disappeared, displaced, and systemically underinvested in. And though Native peoples are resilient, we must recognize that because of oppression, Indigenous communities face higher rates of poverty, lack of healthcare, lack of housing, and lack of other resources.

These issues have only been exacerbated by COVID-19. According to the CDC, “laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 among American Indian and Alaskan Native persons was 3.5 times that among non-Hispanic white persons.” Giving directly to Indigenous and Native people is one way to support BIPOC political power.

To learn about the real history of U.S. colonization of Indigenous lands look at these articles and organizations. And be sure to visit https://native-land.ca/ today and plug in your zip code to learn more about the Native people that exist and have existed on the land you occupy.

Let's all support Native and Indigenous organizing year round. Reach out to us with any additional Indigenous justice initiative you'd like to add to the list!

 

Featured image: Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group
"Honor Our Voice" Artwork: Dale Deforest for the Freedom Arts Collaborative

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