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From Protests, To the Ballot Box, and Beyond: Building Indigenous Power

November 1, 2020

The 2020 Indigenous Futures Survey is the first ever study, conducted for Indigenous Peoples and led by Indigenous Peoples, aimed at understanding the priorities and needs of Indigenous individuals and communities in the United States. For too long, Indigenous Peoples' voices have been omitted from important conversations, reduced in importance to a mere asterisk on graphs and lumped into an ambiguous category labelled "other". Too often, the goal of research is to learn about Indigenous Peoples. The purpose of the Indigenous Futures Survey is to learn from Indigenous Peoples--how we think about ourselves, what we find important, and what galvanizes us to make change; to give Indigenous Peoples a platform; and to hold politicians, educators, policy makers, and researchers accountable to hear our collective voice and to preclude them from claiming a dearth of data. With 2020 being a national and state election year, the first report from the 2020 Indigenous Futures Study takes a closer look at what motivates voting and political engagement among Indigenous Peoples. We were particularly interested in what issues, experiences, and identities motivate Indigenous People to stand up politically or as the late distinguished Senator John Lewis proclaimed, get in "good trouble." To do this, the report combines statistical findings with quotes from Indigenous People who participated in the survey. What this report clearly reveals is that Indigenous Peoples:Vote and are politically active and engaged in a variety of ways.Feel as though our voices are not being heard, that politicians do not care, and that our individual and community's needs and priorities are not being adequately addressed.Do not trust the U.S. government and are worried about the direction of the country.Prioritize improving mental health, caring for tribal elders, and addressing violence against women, children, girls, and LGBTQ2S+ individuals. 

Becoming Visible: A Landscape Analysis of State Efforts to Provide Native American Education for All

October 1, 2019

Native Americans are unfortunately invisible to many. Most Americans likely have attended or currentlyattend a school where information about Native Americans is either completely absent from theclassroom or relegated to brief mentions, negative information, or inaccurate stereotypes. This resultsin an enduring and damaging narrative regarding Native peoples, tribal nations, and their citizens.Even though some exceptional efforts are happening around the country to bring accurate, culturallyresponsive, tribally specific, and contemporary content about Native Americans into mainstreameducation systems, much work remains to be done.This report is an analysis of the landscape of current state efforts to bring high-quality educationalcontent about Native peoples and communities into all kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) classroomsacross the United States. 

For Our Future: An Advocate’s Guide to Supporting Indigenous Peoples’ Day

July 1, 2019

Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October in the United States, in lieu of Columbus Day. Indigenous Peoples' Day, at its core, aims to celebrate and honor the past, present, and futures of Native peoples throughout the United States and acknowledges the legacy of colonialism, which has devastated Indigenous communities historically and continues to negatively impact them today. More importantly, however, Indigenous Peoples' Day moves beyond the narrative of oppression and honors the histories, cultures, contributions, and resilience of contemporary Native peoples. As of 2019, approximately 5 counties (of 3,142), 121 cities (of the nearly 20,000), 8 universities, and 2 school districts officially celebrate the holiday in lieu of Columbus Day. While more cities and states are working on recognition recognizing the holiday, we still have a long way to go.

Change the Story, Change the Future: Insights and Action Guide

April 1, 2018

Echo Hawk Consulting co-led the largest formative research project ever conducted by, for, and aboutNative peoples - Reclaiming Native Truth*. The research pointed to the invisibility and false narratives thatexist about Native peoples across major sectors of society. It was the first step in launching IllumiNative,a Native-led non-profit, that is using the research as a road map of action to change the narrative aboutNative peoples in pop culture, media, k-12 education, and other critical sectors through the use of highimpact communication campaigns and initiatives. Key insights about the findings follow.We are fighting for a future where the self-determination of Native peoples and tribal sovereignty arerespected and supported; where equity for Native peoples is achieved; where Native communities areflourishing and recognized as vital to the fabric of this country; where Native languages are thrivingand cultural practices are valued; where Native children, families, and communities no longer face thedevastating effects of discrimination and racism; and where Native peoples shape, author, and controltheir own narrative.