Indigenous Peoples' Day Statement and Resources
Today, Indigenous Peoples' Day, and all days, we honor indigenous and native peoples in the U.S. and around the world. We acknowledge that the University of Louisville is on the traditional land of the Kaskaskia, Osage, Cherokee, Shawnee, Adena, and Hopewell peoples. We affirm the inherent sovereignty of indigenous peoples and celebrate the numerous contributions they have made to our country and the world.
We also recognize the stark health disparities, as well as political and economic disenfranchisement, affecting our indigenous siblings due to historical and contemporary oppression including colonization, genocide, forced displacement, compulsory assimilation, dishonest treaty-making and enforcement, rape, and many other forms of racism/ethnocentrism and gender-based violence. Below are additional resources for learning more and for joining efforts to promote economic, legal, and health justice and freedom for indigenous peoples.
Kentucky Native American Heritage Museum: https://www.knahm.org/
Interactive Map of Traditional Native Lands we currently occupy: https://native-land.ca/
Resource Guide for Native Land Acknowledgements: https://usdac.us/nativeland
List of Native American Political Organizations and Advocacy Groups: http://nativeamericatoday.com/political-organizations-and-advocacy-groups/
NIH Office of EDI List of Organizations Serving Native American Communities: https://www.edi.nih.gov/people/sep/na/campaigns/native-american-heritage-month-2018/native-american-organizations