November is Native American Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures of Native people. It is also a time to rectify harm and to advocate for equity.
From 1778 to 1871, the United States government entered into more than 500 treaties with sovereign tribes; these treaties have been violated or broken by the US government. Native Americans and First Nations Peoples still fight for their treaty rights in federal courts and in the UN.
Current court cases include: U.S. Supreme Court expands state power over Native American tribes. Article from Reuters.
There are challenges to the 43 year-old Indian Child Welfare Act. Article from Native American Rights Fund
Check out the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change.
And a statement of reconciliation from member group Madison Friends Meeting (Quakers).