AMPLIFYING NATIVE VOICES, STORIES & ISSUES
Narratives are powerful. We utilize narrative and culture change strategies to build both narrative and systemic power for Native peoples. Our Narrative Power + Impact program houses our groundbreaking research-informed storytelling, digital organizing, cultural strategy, and advocacy work.
Our Narrative Power + Impact team utilizes research, digital organizing, media relations, rapid response communications, and multimedia content to advance power-building and narrative and culture change goals. Our work amplifies and advances contemporary Native voices, stories, issues, and content in order to educate, engage, and mobilize audiences.
By shifting narratives—and ensuring Native peoples author the narratives—we are building Indigenous power and creating a more just and equitable world.
Photo: Josué Rivas
INDIGENOUS QUEER INTIMACIES
A Celebration of Indigenous Queer Intimacies is a virtual gallery sharing intimate Indigenous queer moments witnessed and captured from four photographers. This gallery celebrates the vast interpretations of intimacy through the lens of indigeneity and queerness—from generational kinship to adoration and the intricacy across nature and ourselves.
Join us as we honor the intimate and complex connections—historical, present and future—of our Indigenous Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ relatives.
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
AMERICAN GENOCIDE PODCAST
As the US government searches for mass graves linked to Catholic Indian boarding schools, an investigator and an activist – both Native American – examine every twist and turn in this true crime story about the troubling legacy of Red Cloud Indian School and the rift it has caused within the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.
CHANGE THE NAME
ILLUMINATIVE ON-AIR PODCAST
INDIGENOUS FUTURES STORYTELLING PROJECT
IN THE CLASSROOM
Native Americans are a vibrant and growing population with rich, distinct cultures in the United States. Tribal governments and Native communities have made large strides in revitalizing and teaching traditional languages and cultural practices and remain at the forefront of innovative practices in a variety of areas.
However, invisibility and erasure remain profound barriers facing Native individuals, families, and communities. These barriers are perpetuated by K-12 public education systems and have created hostile learning environments for Native children and negatively impact both Native and non-Native students by continuing to further invisibility and false narratives about Native peoples’ past and present.
IllumiNative has partnered with Amplifier and the National Indian Education Association to provide free, downloadable resources for parents and teachers.
Photo: Shelby Lisk