Education

To move toward a better space and improve, we must educate ourselves on our past, and we must hear the thoughts and experiences of oppressed groups.

Books

Shapes of Native Nonfiction

Black Indian

A Mind Spread Out

Living on Borderlines

Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouth Full

TV and Movies

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Up

Falls Around Her

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Four Sheets to the Wind

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

Podcasts

All My Relations

Coffee with my Ma

Missing and Murdered

New Fire

The Secret Life of Canada

Do Something

When the land that the United States was built on was stolen, the Indigenous people the lived there were displaced, murdered, and disregarded. Our colonization of their land and erasing of their culture has hindered the life, growth, and improvement of Indigenous communities and we must do everything we can to right these wrongs that our ancestors committed and prevent the wrongs that our political leaders and large corporations are currently committing. Here are some ways you can make sure you’re aiding the improvement and protection of Indigenous cultures and communities every day.

Check this website to see which tribe’s land you live on! Research the correct pronunciation of the tribe name(s).

After discovering which tribe’s land you live on, find an organization or group ran by the same tribe and make a donation (consider making a reoccurring donation if you are able).

Now that you are more familiar with the tribe who’s land our ancestors colonized, learn more about that tribe, how they were forcibly removed, the genocide that occurred, and the history of their land. Find any treaties that relate to the land or the people.

Become familiar with the names (be sure you are pronouncing them correctly) of the people who should have legal claim to the land you live on. Donate directly to them, if possible.

Know that the descendants of those same indigenous tribes that were forcibly removed and murdered are still here. Enter every conversation with the knowledge that those indigenous people are all around us.

Know that colonialism is still happening everyday. Do what you can to know where, and do what you can to stop it. We must always protect indigenous people and their land.

No need to beat yourself up for our ancestors’ selfish mistakes. Moving forward, aim to give reparations whenever you can, knowing that you are still benefitting from the ethnic cleansing and displacement that occurred and is still occurring.

When possible, build real and authentic relationships with indigenous people. Be a friend and know that they are working through generational traumas that live in their bodies and will be passed down to their children.

 

Ask what you can do for Indigenous people (reparations don’t always have to be financial— give emotional reparations as well by listening to the thoughts and feelings of indigenous people).

Understand that your history books did not tell the truth. Make an effort to learn the real history of what happened when Christopher Columbus met the Native American people. DO NOT rely on Native people to educate you and your friends. That is your job as an ally.

Thanksgiving was not a celebratory dinner. The colonizers were trying to survive. When they became more equipped for survival, they committed genocide against the people that saved them.

Support grassroots change movements and organizations that are led by indigenous people. Here is a great place to start.

Buy books, choose TV shows and movies, and toys for your family that show people from different races, religions, countries and that teach real American history.

Read up on cultural appropriation in the wellness space. DO NOT buy sage from non-native people. Stop using words like “spirit animal” and “tribe” to describe your friends and groups. Call out cultural appropriation when you see it (be kind when you do this because it is likely they do not understand the harm they are committing).

Instead of calling someone your “spirit animal”, consider calling them your “inner avatar” or your “secret twin”.

When working to dismantle white supremacy of any kind, enter that space with caution. These oppressed peoples do not need you to come in and “fix things”. They have already begun the work, so take their lead. Instead of yelling into the crowd, give the microphone to someone from one of the oppressed cultures you are working with. It’s not about you.

Don’t just show up. Bring something of value to the table. Time, labor, money, resources, etc. all go a long way.

Seek permission before entering a space that was not meant for you. If the event is labeled for allies, that means you. If it is labeled for community, that is not you. Not sure? Just ask!

Write to your city or town government representative to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day like these cities did.

Ensure that your support does not come from your white savior complex.

Talk to the white people you know who aren’t clearly upset by white supremacy. They need to know you see a problem. Call them out, and call them in.

Organizations

Nonprofits need every bit of help they can get to give us the information and resources our communities need. Donating time and skills are just as valuable as donating money to these organizations. Anything helps, even simply spreading the word. It costs nothing to share, follow and like a social post.

Sustainable Native-American-Owned Businesses

Shop and support Native-American-owned businesses by utilizing their services and products. Below are a few of our favorite eco friendly businesses. If you’re not in the position to buy, we’ve also listed a few ways to help businesses without spending money.

B. Yellowtail

SheNative

TPMOCS

Eighth Generation

Quw’utsun’ Made

Native American News

Keep up with Native American news using these online platforms!

Activists and Social Pages Worth Following

Boost your social feeds with Native American activists and pages that are making a difference.

Representative Sharice Davids

When she was sworn into the 116th Congress, Rep. Davids became one of the first two Native American women to serve in congress. Rep. Davids has centered her work in office on putting Kansans first, fighting to limit the influence of special interests and make healthcare more affordable and accessible to everyone.

IG: @REPDAVIDS

Autumn Peltier

Chief water commissioner for @anishinabeknation. Autumn comes from Wikwemikong First Nation/Manitoulin Island and is from Ojibway/Odawa heritage.

IG: @AUTUMN.PELTIER

Anishinabek Nation

The Union of Ontario Indians is the secretariat of the Anishinabek Nation (39 First Nations). Their roots stem to the Three Fires Confederacy.​

IG: @ANISHINABEKNATION

Indigenous Climate Action

ICA is an Indigenous-led organization working to inspire & support Indigenous-led climate action. Their work inspires, connects, and supports Indigenous Peoples, reinforcing our place as leaders in climate change discourse and driving solutions for today and tomorrow. Their work is grounded in four main pathways: Gatherings, Resources and Tools, Amplifying Voices, and Supporting Indigenous Sovereignty.

IG: @INDIGENOUSCLIMATEACTION

Allen

22 year old Allen is a Diné writer from Oglala Lakota/Tohono O’odham.

IG: @LILNATIVEBOY

Media

Get connected and gain perspective by seeing real people and their experiences. Just because something doesn’t directly impact your life, doesn’t mean that it does not exist. Listen to what people from Native American communities have to say.

A Conversation With Native Americans on Race | Op-Docs

The Trail of Tears: They Knew It Was Wrong

What Does “Two-Spirit” Mean? | InQueery | them.

How the US stole thousands of Native American children

Get In Touch

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