Native Americans in Philanthropy Statement on Orlando

Dear Relatives,

Native Americans in Philanthropy send our deepest condolences to our LGBTQ and two-spirit relatives impacted by the recent attack in Orlando, Florida. The shocking act of violence on June 12th ending 49 innocent lives is the one of the worst mass shootings in the U.S. since the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. We join with the nation in honoring the lives of the fallen, most of whom were Latinx, and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.

We strongly believe in a just and equitable society, in which all lives are valued regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexuality or economic status. Our country faces an epidemic of violence, and we join with organizations across the country in condemning all violence, bigotry and hate-filled rhetoric.

Native people believe we are all related and have high regard for the LGBTQ community and two-spirit people. Many tribal nations believe two-spirit people have gifts to offer the community at large and we mourn the fact that these 49 individuals (some of whom were friends, relatives and supporters of their LGBTQ loved ones) will no longer be able to share their gifts with America.

We invite you to review and share the resources for funders prepared by our friends at Funders for LGBTQ Issues in the aftermath of Orlando.

Native Americans in Philanthropy will continue to support those serving the LGBTQ community and is committed to working with other philanthropic, nonprofit and tribal leaders to ensure that we never have to endure a day of violence like this again.

Wopila (deep gratitude),
Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO
Native Americans in Philanthropy

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