Ernesto Yerena - Natives Vote

We are excited to announce our collaboration with well-known Indigenous artist Ernesto Yerena and photographer Arlene Mejorado. The piece is being released on Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate the power, resilience and strength of Native women. Shalene Joseph (Gros Ventre/Athabascan) from the Native Wellness Institute was the model for the piece.

Fight for recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in your city!

In 2020, the Movement for Black Lives has inspired people to protest and reject racist symbols and institutions. This has led to several positive changes for Native people, including the renaming of the Washington NFL team, exposure of medical racism in Indian Country, and removal of racist monuments. However, Columbus Day remains a widely celebrated holiday in the U.S. that glorifies a false narrative of America’s founding and erases the genocide of Native peoples. Learn how to advocate for the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day during the time of Covid-19 in our Indigenous Peoples’ Day Toolkit.

Download our Activist’s Guide for Supporting Indigenous Peoples’ Day Toolkit here, improved and updated to meet the needs of advocates during COVID-19.

ILLUMINATIVE’S 25 NATIVE AMERICAN COMEDIANS

TO FOLLOW IN 2020

BY JOEY CLIFT

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day by supporting Native artists.

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day by following some of the funniest Native American comedians around. From the big cities, to the casino circuit, to the world wide web, there are a ton of hilarious Native comics from all over the continent cracking jokes in every medium you can imagine! Here are some of our favorites.

Click on their headshots to learn more about each comedian and see samples of their work!

Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Tribe)

Lucas Brown Eyes (Oglala Lakota)

Brian Bahe (Tohono O’odham Nation/Hopi/Navajo)

Adrianne Chalepah (Kiowa/Apache of Oklahoma)

Azie Dungey (Pamunkey)

Tai Leclaire (Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk Nation)/Mi’kmaq)

Dash Turner (Yurok)

Tiffany Midge (Standing Rock/Hunkpapa Lakota)

Bobby “Dues” Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota)

Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (Tuscarora (Haudenosaunee))

Marc Yaffee (Navajo)

Kaitlyn Jeffers (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (Dakota))

Monique Moreau (Cree/Saulteaux)

Kyla Garcia (Taíno)

Tim Fontaine (Anishinaabe (Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada))

Tonia Jo Hall (Hidatsa, Lakota/Dakota)

Siena East (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Howie Echo-Hawk (Pawnee/Athabaskan)

Jackie Keliiaa (Yerington Paiute & Washoe)

Darrell Dennis (Secwepemc)

Mylo Smith (Crow Creek Sioux)

Robert Hall (Blackfeet)

Reg Charging (Lakȟóta/Dakȟóta)

Tiio Horn (Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake)

Jim Ruel (Bay Mills Ojibwe)

Teaching Resources

The K-12 education system in its current form largely serves to perpetuate and institutionalize invisibility, stereotypes, and misinformation about Native peoples today that fuels misinformation and bias. Although 87% of state-level history standards fail to cover Native people’s history in a post 1900 context, 72% of Americans support significant changes to K-12 education to ensure accurate Native history is taught in schools. Our youth have created three lesson plans to use in K-5 classrooms.

Want to be an ally but don’t know where to start? Read and utilize the resources below.