This coming Monday, we will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day focused on honoring the legacies, histories, and cultures of Native American and Indigenous communities.
On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we recommit to doing more—every day throughout the year—to lift up the history, brilliance, and strength of Native Americans since time immemorial, and to showing gratitude for the Indigenous world views and values that infuse our world with beauty, balance, and connection. We recommit to raising awareness of issues facing Native and Indigenous communities, from discrimination in employment, housing, and healthcare, to higher rates of gender-based violence, poverty, substance use, health issues, and suicide. We recommit to doing everything we can to center the voices and lived experiences of LGBTQ+ Native American and Two Spirit people in our communities and our work.
At Pride Foundation, one of the ways we honor Native and Indigenous communities throughout the year is by explicitly prioritizing them in our grantmaking, our scholarships, and in our Community Advocacy, Research, and Education (C.A.R.E) work. Whether in the organizations we fund, the LGBTQ+ student leaders we support, the community partnerships we build, or the stories we tell, you can clearly see the impact of this priority in action—and we also know that Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an opportunity for us to do even more.
Please join us on Monday in commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and scroll down to find just a few local opportunities to celebrate. We also invite you to support some of our grantee partners whose critical work focuses on serving LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit Native and Indigenous communities: AWARE (AK), Biiluukè Strong (MT), Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition, Inc. (MT), Indian People’s Action (MT), Indigenous Idaho Alliance (ID), Montana Two Spirit Society (MT), and Native Movement (AK).
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration (with a keynote from Congresswoman Mary Peltola!) – University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus (in person on 10/10, Sitka)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Idaho State University – Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Idaho State University (in person on 10/10, Pocatello)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Keynote – University of Idaho Native American Student Center (in person on 10/10, Moscow)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022: Unity in Community – Mountain Time Arts (in person on 10/10, Bozeman)
Clackamas County Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration – Clackamas Community College (in person on 10/9, Oregon City)
Central Oregon Community College Indigenous Peoples’ Day (in person on 10/10, Bend)
5th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Salem Indigenous Now (in person on 10/10, Salem)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration – Squaxin Island Tribe and City of Olympia (in person on 10/10, Olympia)
Second Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Reading – Peninsula College (in person on 10/10, Port Angeles)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Transformative Teaching – National Museum of the American Indian (virtual on 10/10)