Although we are practicing social distancing in efforts to flatten the curve, Great Plains Action Society remains strongly committed to uplifting the Native communities through a digital world. We are working hard to delivering content relevant to all of Turtle Island by using social media platforms and other digital tools such as Zoom. We may not all be together at this moment, but we are still here actively fighting for indigenous rights, sovereignty, and social justice.
This is our voting initiative focused on increasing voter turnout for BIPOC communities. We are partnering with Vote Mob in making this possible. We will be conducting interviews, publishing zines, voter guides, and providing other gear to help encourage and empower the vote. Check us out and get involved!
Sioux City and the small surrounding metro area are now opened back up. Governors Kim Reynolds (IA), Pete Ricketts (NE), and Kristi Noem (SD) have never implemented a strict stay-at-home order to begin with. Sioux City, at one point, was considered the second largest COVID-19 hotspot right behind Gallup, NM (Navajo Nation). The tri-state area is the epicenter of meat packing plants and other agricultural factories in which outbreaks have occurred. With little to no help for our urban Native, Latinx, and immigrant communities, we have put a fundraiser together in efforts to help combat against a potential second wave. Find out how you can help!
Colonization almost wiped out our Indigenous peoples. One tactic that was used was controlling our food sources. Modern day, that looks like commodities ("commods") being distributed to our Natives on the reservation. In reaffirming our sovereignty and re-building our nations, we must be able to feed ourselves. Alton and Foxy One Feather have started their Food Sovereignty initiative in efforts to combat modern-day colonization and encourage healthy eating habits for Indigenous communities. By being able to grow our own food, we rely less on the government to do it for us.
We are no strangers to battling climate change. Our platform was born out of the #NoDAPL fight that started in Standing Rock, but led to founder's creation of Little Creek Camp in opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction in Iowa. Today, we are now facing multiple black snakes with zombie pipeline KXL being our priority. This "critical infrastructure" project was laid to rest back multiple times. However, Trump signed in 2016 for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the resurrection of the zombie pipeline KXL. We are now gathering resources and allies to fight against this project and many others.
#JusticeForKozee: Family and friends gather around the Roman Hruska Federal Courthouse in Omaha, NE
Four out of five American Indian/Alaskan Native women will experience violence in her lifetime with one of two experiencing forcible sexual assault. Indigenous men also suffer high rates of psychological and physical abuse from intimate partners. Our children are targeted for sex trafficking. This is an ongoing crisis in and around the United States. With little to no media coverage or support, Great Plains Action Society makes efforts to raise awareness by sharing the families' stories of their loved ones in the seek for justice of their #MMIR (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives) or also widely known as #MMIWG2S (Missing and Murdered Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit).