WEBSITES

Forward Together

forwardtogether.org

Forward Together is a multi-racial organization that works with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change. Our mission is to ensure that women, youth and families have the power and resources they need to reach their full potential. By developing strong leaders, building networks across communities, and implementing innovative campaigns, we are making our mission a reality.

Sister Song: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

www.sistersong.net

Sister Song’s mission is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

www.niwrc.org

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is dedicated to restoring safety to Native women by upholding the sovereignty of Indian and Alaska Native tribes.

National Native American AIDS Preventions Center

www.nnaapc.org

Founded by American Indian and Alaska Native activists, social workers and public health professionals, the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center is the national leader in addressing HIV/AIDS issues that impact Native communities, such as stigma, discrimination, Homophobia, complacency, incomplete or absent educational information and many other social issues.

Native Youth Sexual Health Network www.nativeyouthsexualhealth.com

The Native Youth Sexual Health Network is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.

NativeOUT

www.nativeout.com

Through our website, video productions, social networks and in-person presentations, we educate the world about the Indigenous LGBTQ/Two Spirit people of North America.

INCITE!

www.incite-national.org

INCITE! is a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities. We support each other through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.

 

ARTICLES

Indigenous Feminism Without Apology

unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/indigenous-feminism-without-apology

An article about Native feminists who challenge not only patriarchy within Native communities, but also white supremacy and colonialism within mainstream white feminism. They challenge why it is that white women get to define what feminism is.

Indigenous Peoples of North America: Environmental exposures and reproductive justice

ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1205422/#tab2

Indigenous American communities face disproportionate health burdens and environmental health risks compared with the average North American population. These health impacts are issues of both environmental and reproductive justice. This article reviews five indigenous communities in various stages of environmental health research and discusses the intersection of environmental health and reproductive justice issues in these communities as well as the limitations of legal recourse.

Indigenous Perspective on Feminism, Militarism, and the Environment

reimaginerpe.org/node/951

Indigenous women understand that our struggle for autonomy is related to the total need for structural change in this society. We realize that indigenous people in industrial society have always been and will always be in a relationship of war, because industrial society has declared war on indigenous peoples, on land based peoples.

Indigenous Women’s Reproductive Rights: The Indian health services and its inconsistent application of the Hyde Amendment

www.prochoice.org/pubs_research/publications/downloads/about_abortion/indigenous_women.pdf

This report attempts to address the following issues: What are the legal policies on abortion in the United States? What services are Native American women entitled to receive from the Indian Health Service? What limitations on Native American women’s access to abortion exist? What is the impact of the Hyde Amendment on Native American communities?

Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA

www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/MazeOfInjustice.pdf

This report is based on research carried out by Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) in consultation with Native American and Alaska Native organizations and individuals. The research draws on Amnesty International’s interviews with survivors of sexual violence and their families, activists, support workers, service providers and health workers.

 

BOOKS

Conquest: Sexual Violence And American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith, South End Press

Beginning with the impact of the abuses inflicted on Native American children at state-sanctioned boarding schools from the 1880s to the 1980s, Smith adroitly expands our conception of violence to include environmental racism, population control and the widespread appropriation of Indian cultural practices by whites and other non-natives. Smith deftly connects these and other examples of historical and contemporary colonialism to the high rates of violence against Native American women—the most likely women in the United States to die of poverty-related illnesses, be victims of rape and suffer partner abuse.

Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the academic industrial complex of feminism

by Jessica Yee, The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Against a backdrop exposing a 500+ year legacy of colonization and oppression, Feminism For Real explores what has led us to the existence of "feminism", who gets to decide what it is, and why. With stories that make the walls of academia come tumbling down, it deals head-on with the conflicts of what feminism means in theory as opposed to real life, the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that never fit no matter how much you try to change yourself to fit them, and the anger of changing a system while being in the system yourself.

I Am Woman: A Native perspective on sociology and feminism

by Lee Maracle, Global Professional Publisher

I Am Woman represents my personal struggle with womanhood, culture, traditional spiritual beliefs and political sovereignty, written during a time when that struggle was not over. My original intention was to empower Native women to take to heart their own personal struggle for Native feminist being. The changes made in this second edition of the text do not alter my original intention. It remains my attempt to present a Native woman's sociological perspective on the impacts of colonialism on us, as women, and on my self personally.

Indigenous Women and Feminism Conference: Culture, activism, politics

by Cheryl Suzack, Shari M. Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman, UBC Press

Through the lenses of politics, activism, and culture, this wide-ranging collection examines the historical roles of Indigenous women, their intellectual and activist work, and the relevance of contemporary literature, art, and performance for an emerging Indigenous feminist project. What is at stake in conceptualizing Indigenous feminism? How does feminism relate to Indigenous claims to land and sovereignty? What lessons can we learn from the past? How do Indigenous women engage ongoing violence and social and political marginalization?

Making Space for Indigenous Feminism

by Joyce Green, Zed Books

This book is by and about Indigenous feminists, whose work demonstrates a powerful and original intellectual and political contribution demonstrating that feminism has much to offer Indigenous women in their struggles against oppression and for equality. Indigenous feminism is international in its scope: the contributors here are from Canada, the USA, Sapmi (Samiland), and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The chapters include theoretical contributions, stories of political activism, and deeply personal accounts of developing political consciousness as Aboriginal feminists.

Undivided Rights: Women of color organizing for reproductive justice by Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, Elena Gutierrez, South End Press

Undivided Rights presents a fresh and textured understanding of the reproductive rights movement by placing the experiences, priorities, and activism of women of color in the foreground. Using historical research, original organizational case studies, and personal interviews, the authors illuminate how women of color have led the fight to control their own bodies and reproductive destinies. Undivided Rights shows how women of color—-starting within their own Latina, African American, Native American, and Asian American communities—have resisted coercion of their reproductive abilities. Projected against the backdrop of the mainstream pro-choice movement and radical right agendas, these dynamic case studies feature the groundbreaking work being done by health and reproductive rights organizations led by women-of-color.