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Time for Truth, Healing and Justice

Today there are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries, representing 5,000 different cultures. In the U.S. there were 367 boarding schools that existed in 29 states to assimilate Native children. It is estimated that by 1926, 83% of all American Indian children had spent time at a Bureau of Indian Affairs school. Currently, over six thousand children have been unearthed from mass burial graves in North America. Today is a day to honor those who survived, and remember those who never returned home. 

As we come together in respect and reverence today for Indigenous People’s Day, to honor a shared truth of the events of the past, today is just the beginning. It’s time for truth, for learning and sharing Boarding school histories, and acknowledging the ways that the legacies affect the present.    

It’s time for healing – for addressing the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical wounds created by colonizing systems. It’s time for justice – for advocacy, accountability, and action.

Today, it is important to acknowledge how native communities and activists have been leading the movement to see a more accurate history taught and acknowledgedSince most U.S. public school curricula standards end their study of Native history before the 1900s, the importance of celebrating the survival and contemporary achievements and challenges of Indigenous communities is crucial.  

Below are some resources to learn more about the importance of Indigenous Peoples Day, the traumatic legacy of native boarding schoolsand the rich spiritual history as well as ways to get involved and honor native legacies 





  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day NYC: You do not need to be in NYC to participate in these actions! 
  • Youth in Action: Black-Indigenous Youth Advancing Social Justice: National Museum of the American Indian 
  • Indigenous People’s Festival: Indigenous People Festival is a free, annual celebration of Indigenous creativity and brilliance where all attendees can learn about Indigenous cultures from a lineup of contemporary talent. This year, we’ll present four exciting days of virtual performances and panels featuring locally and nationally recognized Indigenous artists and advocates.  
  • Indigenous People’s Day Learn SeriesThis session will include an overview of multiple topics focused on Native communities. This includes Cultural Appropriation, intergenerational trauma, and the Boarding School system, in addition to continued systemic oppression and the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. We will talk about some of the misconceptions of “Native culture” as a pan-indigenous culture, and how different each nation truly is. 

Indigenous People’s Day is a reminder of existence. Let the awareness be present every day. 

In solidarity,  

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum