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Native youth are leading the movement to change the narrative about Native peoples. Through partnership with the Center for Native American Youth and Generation Indigenous, and with the funding support of Decolonizing Wealth and Native Americans in Philanthropy, IllumiNative hosted our first Native Youth Design Lab this summer in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Youth from tribal nations across the United States used IllumiNative’s research to design, create, and put into action Native Now- a campaign designed and implemented by Native youth to amplify today’s Native voices.

Native Now has created resources to educate non-Natives and support Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Complete with Lesson Plans for teachers, social media graphics, a coloring book, and with a Do’s and Do Not Factsheet, Native Now is providing resources to fuel a movement. Check out the resources below for more information.

We need you to amplify #NativeNow! Download and share the social media graphics below. Don’t forget to tag @_IllumiNatives, @CNAY, and @genindigenous.

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.

Want to stay updated on the #NativeNow Campaign?

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