Reclaiming the Right to Being

Cheryl McDonald showing Montreal’s new flag bearing the White Tree of Peace, a symbol of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, to acknowledge unceded Mohawk territory and a new chapter toward Canada’s reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Photo credit: Keith Kerr

Cheryl McDonald, Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk

McDonald testifying during the National Inquiry of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Montreal on March 12, 2018. She had previsoulsy worked for the Assembly of First Nations Quebec in human resources for 23 years. Photo credit: Michelle Schenandoah


Growing Up, Tough

Beaded Head Dress: McDonald holds the “Red Dress” logo that she beaded for her traditional Haudenosaunee regalia. The logo represents all Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). Photo credit: Michelle Schenandoah

Violence Against Indigenous Women Worldwide

Louise McDonald speaking during a historic gathering of Haudenosaunee women during the solar eclipse of 2017 at Ganondagan, a significant site among the Haudenosaunee. Photo credit: Tahila Mintz

Louise McDonald, Akwesasne Mohawk

Hayley Marama Cavino is the daughter of a Maori mother and an English/Pakeha father. Photo provided by Hayley Marama Cavino.

Hayley Marama Cavino, Ngati Pukenga, Ngati Whitikaupeka (Māori), Pakeha

Matthews testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in 2017 to request data collection for Indigenous victims, in order to receive culturally informed care. She is also supporting Indigenous Minnesota legislators, who are calling for a Governor’s Task Force to address violence against Indigenous women and data collection on missing and murdered Indigenous women in Minnesota. Photo provided by Nicole Matthews.

Nicole Matthews, White Earth Band of Ojibwe

Many tribal coalition sisters, like Matthews, have been working towards a proclamation for a National Awareness Day on May 5th for MMIW. Look in your local area for rallies, walks and public awareness campaigns on social media.
Serna takes on multiple roles depending on where she’s located and the based on the greatest need. She’s heavily focused on queer feminist art activism when she’s in Mexico and LA; and being and educator and support for students in NY. Photo credit: Michelle Schenandoah

Cristina Serna, Otomi, Queer Xicana

A Personal Side Note: Sisters Supporting Sisters

Root Causes — Sanctioned Genocide

Kaluhyanu:wes Michelle Schenandoah, Oneida

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