Since November is Native American Heritage Month and today is Thanksgiving, we'd like to honor Native American heritage and inspire support of Indigenous causes around the country.
We've put together a list for you!
“The Line 3 Legal Defense Fund provides support to people facing arrest, jail time, and state repression because of their opposition to Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline project.
We are a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that is based out of the Twin Cities. We were founded in 2019 and will continue to operate for as long as is needed. We are so grateful for the risks that water protectors have taken, and so excited to support them! We are flexible and adaptable to the needs of defendants, and will respond to requests on a case by case basis.
We rely on community donations to help as many defendants as possible.”
WHAT IS LINE 3?
In 2014, Canadian pipeline company proposed a pipeline expansion called the Line 3. The expansion would bring nearly a million barrels of tar sands PER DAY from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin.
Enbridge is responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills in the United States. With pipelines, its not a question of *if* they will spill, but *when* will they spill. The proposed project will charge through untouched wetlands and the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples.
You can follow this link to learn more about Line 3 and the Indigenous resistance of it.
IWR is a collective of women “committed Native and Indigenous People’s inherent right to suitable and culturally safe health options through accessible health education, resources and advocacy.”
IWR caters to community organized projects such as:
- Safe and legal abortion
- A full range of contraception
- Safety while incarcerated
- A safe space to work
- Breastfeeding support
- Culturally sensitive prenatal, birth and postpartum care
- Accessible behavioral healthcare and substance use
NICWA workers to keep Native children connected to their community and culture.
“NICWA works to support the safety, health, and spiritual strength of American Indian and Alaska Native children along the broad continuum of their lives. We support tribes in building the capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect through positive systems change at the state, federal, and tribal levels. We are the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian and Alaska Native child welfare.
NICWA is a nonprofit, membership organization based in Portland, Oregon. Our members include tribes, individuals—both Native and non-Native—and private organizations from around the United States concerned with Native child and family issues. Together, our partners, board, and staff work to protect Native children and keep them connected to their family, community, and culture.”
With suppressive laws and right wing violence, Native voting rights are under attack. Four Directions is “advancing equality at the ballot box across Indian Country”
“Four Directions, Inc., believes voting is within our sacred circle when it comes to preserving our way of life. We are committed to full enfranchisement as a crucial way to navigate a stronger future for our Native communities.
An official partner of the Coalition of Large Tribes, Four Directions has become a nationally renowned voting rights leader. The effort began in 2002 when Rosebud Sioux Tribal members Oliver and Barb Semans organized Native voter registration drives on South Dakota’s Indian reservations.”
“Chi-Nations Youth Council was created in 2012 and comprised a diverse group of youth and adults, with a mission to create a supportive, open environment for Native Youth, raise awareness of cultural identity, and promote a healthy lifestyle through arts, activism, and education. We work towards this goal by strengthening the community through avid volunteerism, fundraising, and traditional values.”