Join us online for a presentation with Leah Salgado, deputy director of IllumiNative.
Stay for the live Q&A with Salgado and SAR president, Michael F. Brown as well as associate professor of history and Latino studies, and vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, John Nieto-Phillips.
Understanding How to Dismantle False Narratives
IllumiNative’s research illustrates how the false narratives and the invisibility of Native peoples impact Native communities. Learn how to disrupt and change these harmful narratives and the bias and racism they fuel. This presentation will create space for shared learning and explore how you can utilize and integrate the research and newfound understandings in your own work in order to transform systems and build a stronger movement for equity, inclusivity and justice.
Created and led by Native peoples, IllumiNative is a nonprofit initiative designed to increase the visibility of – and challenge the negative narrative about – Native Nations and peoples in American society.
For decades, the lack of representation and information about Native peoples has perpetuated damaging myths and stereotypes. Native peoples rank at or near the bottom of most socio-economic indicators – such as educational attainment, domestic violence, and poverty – and are often portrayed in popular entertainment, the news media, educational curricula and other influential sources as ‘noble savages’ of days gone by. But research shows that a more powerful, more accurate, and more inspiring narrative about the contemporary Native experience – one of innovation, creativity, resilience and community – is being overlooked and obscured the negative one.
IllumiNative seeks to change that.
By supporting and illuminating contemporary Native voices, stories, issues and ideas in popular culture and influential social institutions – including the entertainment industry, media, K-12 education, philanthropy, and government – IllumiNative advances an important and powerful new narrative about Native peoples. Learn more about IllumiNative