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Native American Heritage

The history, heritage, and culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are a major part of America's history. dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the land. November has been designated Native American Heritage Month but we acknowledge and celebrate the significance of our Native American community throughout the year.

INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
It is important to understand the longstanding history that has brought our community to reside on this land, and to seek to understand our place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation.
 

Join the conversation on social media or learn more about Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawai'ian history and heritage by using #IndigenousHeritageMonth, #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Below we have some of our past discussions and discussions led by the Corning, Inc. Native American Council.

Native Women Historical Injustice Native Women and Mothers
     

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Learn about the historical injustices imposed on Native Americans.

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Celebrate the Power of Native Women and Mothers.

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October 11, 2021
Indigenous Peoples' Day
This holiday celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. On October 8, 2021 President Joe Biden signed a presidential proclamation declaring October 11 to be a national holiday.

MAY 5, 2022
National MMIW Awareness Day 
Remember to wear red on May 5 to show your support and post to social media using the hashtag #MMIWSupport

 

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June 21, 2022
National Indigenous Peoples Day (Journée nationale des peuples autochtones) recognizes and celebrates the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada.


The Red Dress Exhibit

The crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) is not new. It is part of the spectrum of violence experienced by Native American (Indigenous) Women

missing and murdered indigenous women. the red dress project in corning, new york

Why is this happening?

These women often go missing due to sexual assault and domestic violence committed by non-Native perpetrators. The majority of violent acts are committed by non-Native people on Native-owned land. Due to the understanding of the applicable federal, state, local, and tribal laws it’s difficult to prosecute the crimes. Many go unresolved.

  • 1 in 3 Native women is sexually assaulted during her life.
  • 67% of these assaults are perpetrated by non-Natives.
  • Murder is the third-leading cause of death among Native American/Alaska Native Women.

Why Red?

In various tribes, red is known to be the color only spirits see. It is hoped that by displaying red dresses we can call back the missing spirits of our women and children so that we may lay them to rest.

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Startling Statistics

In the US, Native American women are more than twice as likely to experience violence than any other demographic

  • 1 in 3 Native women is sexually assaulted during her life.
  • 67% of these assaults are perpetrated by non-Natives.
  • Murder is the third-leading cause of death among American Indian/Alaska Native Women.
  • In 2016, 5,712 cases of MMIWG were reported in the US, only 116 of them where logged in DOJ database
  • 84% of Native Women have experienced violence in their lifetime (Source: National Institute of Injustice)

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The REDress Project by Jaime Black is a public art installation that was created in response to the missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) epidemic in Canada and the United States. The on-going project began in 2010 and commemorates missing and murdered indigenous women from the First Nations, Inuit, Métis (FNIM), and Native American communities by hanging empty red dresses in a range of environments. The project has also inspired other artists to use red to draw attention to the issue of MMIW, and prompted the creation of Red Dress Day.


RESOURCES

Domestic Violence

The Net, Steuben County 
800-286-3407

Salvation Army Safehouse, Chemung County
607-732-1979

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-7233

Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Resource Center
888-373-7888

Indigenous Specific Resources

Seven Dancers Coalition, Local
518-358-2916

StrongHearts Native Helpline, National 
844-762-8483

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
855-649-7299

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (National)
505-243-9199


The Katherine P. Douglas Center for Diversity at SUNY Corning Community College, the Rockwell Museum and Corning, Incorporated brought attention to the plight of these peoples with the Red Dress Exhibit in May 2021.

To learn more about SUNY CCC and its Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, contact Babatunde Ayanfodun

607-962-9406
bayanfod@corning-cc.edu