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Indigenous Issues

Indigenous issues extend into environmental and food insecurity concerns throughout the Navajo Nation. Other issues are generational or learned behavior due to colonization, forced sterilization, religious conversion, boarding schools, domestic violence, and alcoholism.

A major factor of indigenous issues both past and present deal with the colonization and mass extermination of indigenous peoples in America. This was conducted actively through mass genocide, bounties on local animals, such as the buffalo, forced education through boarding schools, and religious conversion. In secrecy, the government sanctioned the involuntary sterilization of indigenous women. Through genetics and learned behavior this has lead to domestic violence, alcoholism, and other serious mental, emotional, and physical health problems.

Image by Nadine Shaabana

What WeDo

  • We use our voices to create change and bring social justice to our Indigenous communities. We acknowledge our missing Indigenous brothers and sisters, our ancestors, and the Indigenous lands. 

NMSJEI does not own the rights to this video. Courtesy of Bullfrog Films via YouTube.

Ama` (Mother)

Amá is a feature-length documentary which tells an important and untold story: the abuses committed against Native American women by the United States Government during the 1960’s and 70’s: removed from their families and sent to boarding schools, forced relocation away from their traditional lands and involuntary sterilization.

Partners of Indigenous Issues

  • Gallup Indigenous Peoples Commission

  • Indigenous Women Resource Center

  • Policy Link

  • 7 Indigenous Women Council

  • Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Coalition

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