Dear Mitakyapi (“Relatives” in the Lakota language and is a traditional greeting),
Cante Waste ya Nape Ciyu zape ye (“I shake your hand with a good heart”). It’s been a busy few months for Native Americans in Philanthropy. We have been working hard to create an amazing program for our 2018 National Philanthropy Institute on June 13-15 on the Santa Ana Pueblo outside of Albuquerque, NM. The theme: “Movement of Movements: The healing worldview of Indigenous Peoples.” I am grateful for the dedicated partnership of our staff, board and planning committee who have created an amazing program that we hope many of you will be able to participate in.
In the meantime, we were blessed with a number of opportunities to educate and share Native voices in new spaces with advocacy leaders from across America as well as the general public. Some highlights include:
On May 5th, I, along with NAP’s staff joined Tongva and other indigenous leaders on the stage for the opening ceremony of United State of Women, which was held in Los Angeles, CA. The opening ceremony, honored Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and acknowledged the land the event was being held on as belonging to the Tongvan people, sent a powerful message across America about making visible the invisible and acknowledging omitted history. We were honored to share the stage with our sister Michelle Obama and the dozens of other female powerful culture and advocacy leaders as well as the many thousands of allies who participated in Los Angeles and online.
NAP was named as an official partner of an ambitious animated virtual-reality short from Boabab Studios entitled, Crow: The Legend. The free project, inspired by the Native American folktale of the origin of the crow, features a cast led by minorities and women including Oprah Winfrey, John Legend and yours truly. It’s been so powerful to see this age-old tale which highlights indigenous worldview and wisdom, shared with audiences across the world through the transformative storytelling power of this new medium. We will also share more soon on additional partnerships that came out of this relationship.
And even if you will not be able to join us in person at National Philanthropy Institute, we still need your support to protect the health and sustainability of our families and communities. Please consider becoming a member or giving a donation that will help to ensure that Native Americans in Philanthropy can continue to advocate for Native communities and priorities and follow in the footsteps of our ancestors, the original resistance.
Wopila (deep gratitude),
Sarah Eagle Heart
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