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Indigenous Sacred Land Is Being Destroyed Due to Border Wall Construction

As President Donald Trump nears the last year of his first term, his border wall is nowhere near completion. The construction of the border, however, continues on — even if the portions that are complete are falling. So, while construction crews proceed to build the border wall, a new report shows that a national monument will be…

TSA Agent Pulls On Indigenous Activist’s Braids

When Tara Houska, a climate change and indigenous rights activist,  was traveling through Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport to return home to Bemidji, Minnesota, she said that a TSA agent pulled her braids behind her shoulders and said “giddy up,” using them like reins. She then tweeted about the response, writing: “My hair is part of my…

30 Things You May Not Know About the Indigenous Cultures of Latin America

Indigenous culture is important, and often ignored part of Latinx identity. There are foods we eat, words we speak, and customs we follow to this day that we don’t even know are Native American in origin. While it is hard to pinpoint your Indigenous ancestry to a particular group, it’s still cool to learn about…

Sol Ceh Moo is First Woman to Win Indigenous Literature Award

During the awards ceremony at Mexico’s Guadalajara International Book Fair (November 30 to December 8), Maya writer Marisol “Sol” Ceh Moo became the first woman to receive the Indigenous Literature of the Americas Award. Since the 2013 inception of the award, a Mexican male writer has won every year and Ceh Moo writes in Spanish,…

Vogue Makes History with Indigenous Trans Woman on Cover

For the first time in its more than 100 years in publication, Vogue México featured an Indigenous muxe on its cover with Estrella Vázquez, a 37-year-old indigenous Zapotec muxe dressed in a traditional huipil for their December issue.”Muxe”  is a term associated with trans women or gender-nonconforming derived from the word “mujer” and Juchitán, Oaxaca…

15 Indigenous Organizations You Can Give Back to for Thanksgiving

November is rightfully Native American Heritage Month, a.k.a. Native American Indian Heritage Month. Instead of buying into the lie that is the “Thanksgiving story,” we invite you to take this month to learn more about Native Americans, their history and culture, and of course, to give back. A perfect opportunity to do this is on…

15 Instances Where Indigenous Style Has Been Appropriated and Uncredited

Whether you understand it fully or not, cultural appropriation is a real thing and a real problem. The Cambridge Dictionary, defines it as “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.” And a lot of times, it is…

Columbus Day Will Be Indigenous People’s Day in D.C. This Year and It’s About Time

As of this coming Monday, Washington D.C. will now recognize October 14 as Indigenous People’s Day instead of Columbus Day under a bill the D.C. council approved on Tuesday. The new legislation recognizes, acknowledges, and celebrates the contributions of Native Americans while challenging the idea that Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. More and more states and…

7 Positive Representations of Indigenous Communities We’re Proud of

The indigenous community has historically been overlooked and dehumanized but now more than ever they are getting the attention and respect they deserve. With icons like Yalitza Aparicio and activists like Amazonian female Chief Nazaré bringing the indigenous community front and center, their work is getting international attention. But these women are just two examples…

Yalitza Aparicio Named UN’s Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples

In the year that Yalitza Aparicio entered the spotlight, she has given people much more than her talent. As the star of Roma, the 25-year-old actress and Academy Award nominee shed light on domestic workers. The former school teacher also put the beautiful city of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, on the map and more importantly, informed the…

Vogue Mexico Honors Indigenous Women for Its 20th Anniversary Cover

For the past twenty years, Vogue México y Latinoamérica has brought high fashion to the masses — but only recently have they made a dramatic and poignant shift. Late last year, they put Roma actress, Yalitza Aparicio, on the cover of its magazine, and the response was palpable. Now, on the magazine’s 20th-anniversary cover, they are…