Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the first inhabitants of this land. It is important to honor and give thanks to the first stewards of this land, but is also important to recognize the harm in celebrating the colonization and mass genocide of Indigenous People through Columbus Day.
On Indigenous People’s Day we encourage you to learn more about the Duwamish Tribe, the indigenous people of the Renton and Tukwila land. A great way to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day is to Pay Rent to the Duwamish Drive.
Other charities and causes that support indigenous people:
- American Indian College Fund provides scholarships for Native American students.
- American Indian Policy Center provides government leaders and policy makers with accurate legal and historical information.
- American Indigenous Business Leaders supports education and development of indigenous-owned businesses.
- Association of American Indian Affairs provides aid in drafting integral legislation for indigenous people, including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
- First Nations Development Institute supports economic development and education for Native communities.
- Native American Heritage Association provides financial aid to those in need living on reservations in South Dakota.
- Native American Rights Fund fights to preserve Native American rights and tribal resources.
- National Indian Child Care Association provides tribal child care and early childhood programs.
- Partnership With Native Americans aids those living in poverty on reservations.
- Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations provides networking, professional and career opportunities for Native American women