This year, October 11th is Native American Day/Indigenous PeoplesDay (also called Indigenous Peoples Day in California – and separate from Native American Heritage Day, which is in November)!
This holiday celebrates the Indigenous peoples of North America – and is celebrated in various localities in the United States. Beginning as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day (considering his brutal treatment of Native Americans) and looks to promote Native American culture while commemorating the history of Native American peoples.
One issue our Native American's are having is with missing women and coverage in the media. This organization "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA" helps family of killed and missing women cope and gives them resources to push on.
"MMIW USA’s number one mission is to bring our missing home and help the families of the murdered cope and support them through the process of grief. We give them hands-on support and guidance and if we don’t have the answers, we get the answers so that these families do not feel abandoned and alone in this struggle like so many have before them. Our broader goal is to eradicate this problem so that the future generations thrive. We are doing that through education of the threats that they face and self-defense. We just started a monthly program to do just that. It is called Staying Sacred and we educate and have self-defense lessons at every meeting. Our strength lies in the fact that every single one of the staff and volunteers have been assaulted or trafficked and our passion is to be the kind of organization that we needed growing up and beyond".
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