Indigenous Resistance

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from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

Our beloved sister Tillie Black Bear passed over Saturday evening, July 19th, 2014. The NIWRC will forever hold Tillie in our hearts and honor her dedication to the safety of Native women and sovereignty for Indian nations. Tillie was known as the Grandmother of the Battered Women’s Movement for her leadership spanning almost four decades.
In 1978, as a young woman Tillie began her national movement building by testifying at the first US Commission on Civil Rights hearings on wife beating. The same year Tillie went on to lead in building organizations that continue to serve as houses of the movement – the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. At the same time, Tillie organized on the Rosebud Indian Reservation serving as a founding mother to the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society and establishing the first Native women’s shelter in the United States.
For the next three decades Tillie’s leadership continued to indigenize federal legislation - VAWA, FVPSA and much more. In 1995, after passage of VAWA, Tillie met with DOJ to plant the seed that VAWA include Indian tribes. In 2000, Tillie helped shape the new VAWA tribal coalition program. In 2003, Tillie led a Wiping of the Tears Ceremony at the Senate building to launch the struggle for the VAWA ‘05 Safety for Indian Women Act. In 2011, as part of the NCAI Task Force, Tillie met with United Nation’s SR Manjoo as a pathway to the VAWA 2013 victory. This same year, Tillie provided leadership as one of the founders of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
Tillie’s understanding of social change, organizing and movement building to make connections beyond the shelter doors to end violence against women are her living legacy. For these gifts we say thank you, and honor Tillie by continuing to take on our responsibilities to continue her organizing and movement buliding. And to her daughters Connie and Melissa and the entire family, we thank you for sharing your beloved mother, sister, Unci for all these many years.
Tillie was a true strong heart. And although our hearts ache, we encourage all who knew and loved Tillie to be strong hearted in the days and months and years to come. We are forever thankful for her love, guidance, leadership, vision, and friendship.
Journey well, our dear Tillie Black Bear.

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wow white cops in the kkk how shocking, i’m caught totally off guard never in my life would i have saw that coming



This morning I woke up to a TIME cover story about the trans movement being at a tipping point and seeing my dear friend and sister Laverne Cox on the cover. Such a major media moment for a trans woman of color to be visible and vocal in this way, helping spark multiple conversations about identity, about the intersection of race, class, gender and so much more. 
The cover story is not available online (you must purchase the magazine or get a digital subscription) but a behind-the-scenes video and Q&A with Laverne is.

“The cultures of people of color are either packaged for consumption or called upon to fill cultural and spiritual voids of Eurocentrism.”

Michael Vavrus

That shit blew my mind and made understanding cultural appropriation way clearer for me. 

(via thisisnotjapan)


Marcha Pro-Aborto @ 25/Julio


when you’re in a group project and you’re the only one doing work


why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance



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