Food System Preservation Program
Each year, gatherers of indigenous plants traditionally used by the Yankton Sioux report that the food sources have become harder and harder to find. Chokecherry trees, wild plum bushes, medicine herbs, wild berries, vegetables, and roots are encroached upon by the development, farming, and ranching that overrode wild prairie. Now toxic herbicides and pesticides are used to kill off many medicinal plants that farmers consider “weeds.” Yet for generations, indigenous plants provided us with nutritional foods and medicines adapted to our body systems and played important parts in our ceremonies.
Speaking on Indigenous Issues at UN
The United Nations estimates that there are at least 5,000 Indigenous Nations composed of 300 million people living in more than 70 countries on five continents; however, the cultures of Indigenous Peoples are precariously balanced on the edge of extinction. In light of these numerous threats, each year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, hundreds of Indigenous Peoples gathered on August 9 to observe the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Charon Asetoyer Profiled in Glamour Magazine
The article, titled "The Land Where Rapists Walk Free", explores the reasons why Native women are at such risk of sexual violence and why survivors are so frequently denied justice. See the full article at: www.glamour.com/inspired/magazine/2008/07/global-diary
Teen Dating Violence Prevention Curriculum
Roughly one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship. Furthermore, one in five adolescent girls experiences physical or sexual violence perpetrated by her dating partner, according to a recent large-scale study. The prevalence of dating violence is staggering, its impact enormous.