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Current events, editorials, and collaborative multimedia — from an Indignenous perspective.

11 months
Alcatraz Canoe Journey: Honoring 50 Years of Indigenous Resistance and Persistence
"If we work to reframe Alcatraz as a symbol for Indigenous sovereignty and reposition it in people’s psyche that way, it could be a very powerful thing, especially for people who are so often forgotten overlooked and marginalized like Natives in America."
2 days
NDN Collective Premiers Ȟesápa, a LANDBACK Film. Now Streaming FREE!
"Ȟesápa" is the first installment in the LANDBACK Film series and is now available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube. Produced by NDN Collective Creative Producer and Oglala Lakota Filmmaker Will White.
6 days
NDN Collective to Host Backpack Giveaway for Native American Youth in the Rapid City Area
Distribution of the backpacks will take place on Monday, September 21 at 4:00 pm in the parking lot of the NDN Collective headquarters. Supplies are limited to 500 backpacks, and each backpack also contains some NDN Collective swag.
3 weeks
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Transition & Resilience Grants up to $100k for Indigenous Communities, Tribes and Indigenous-Led Non-Profits
NDN Collective has announced Transition & Resilience grants for Indigenous Communities, Tribes, and Indigenous-led non-profits for the specific purpose of creating a ‘new and better normal.’ The deadline for grant applications has been extended to Wednesday, September 16.
1 month
NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen will go to jury trial for felony charges
A Pennington County judge determined that NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen will go to trial for charges stemming from July 3rd action in Mount Rushmore. Tilsen vows to stand strong.
1 month
NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen Faces 15 Years in Prison for Protest Against White Supremacy
NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen faces legal backlash from the State of South Dakota with trumped-up charges for the stand he and other land defenders took in the Black Hills on July 3rd leading up to Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore.
1 month
NDN Collective Launches Second Phase of $10 Million COVID-19 Response Project: Transition and Resilience for Indigenous people
Phase two of the NDN COVID-19 Response Project supports transition and resilience within Indigenous communities impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
2 months
NDN Collective Responds to Brutal K9 Attack on Native Man in Rapid City
NDN Collective calls out excessive use of force by South Dakota Highway Patrol with K9 unit deployed on Native man and overall systemic violence against Indigenous people at the hands of law enforcement.
2 months
“Today we mourn, tomorrow we fight”: NDN Collective Honors the Legacy of John Lewis
NDN Collective honors civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis and calls for honoring his legacy with renewed commitments to fight injustice
2 months
Washington Team’s Mascot Change Long Overdue, We Must Eliminate All Racist Portrayals of Indigenous People
The recent announcement of the Washington football team's name change is generations in-the-making, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to the elimination of racist and stereotypical representations of Indigenous people.
3 months
Nick Tilsen Statement Upon Release from Arrest: “We have to act in courage and in bravery.”
NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen was among 20 Land Defenders arrested while protesting Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore. After being detained for three days, he shared this statement.
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