98: Indigenous Populations, Gun Violence, and Public Awareness
Native and Indigenous communities in the US have long borne the pain of gun violence, from mass shootings to high rates of suicide, firearms used in gender-based violence, and police violence. Yet, many in these communities find themselves cut off from the democratic processes and a larger public awareness that would allow them to bring about changes necessary for basic public safety. To unpack a long history of mistreatment, firearms, and disenfranchisement, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by Christine Sikowis Nobisss (Plains Cree/Saulteaux, George Gordon First Nation), a Decolonizer and a current co-chair and founder with Great Plains Action Society, President of Brady Kris Brown, and Sarina Sharma-Welsh, a San Diego Team Enough chapter member.
Mentioned in this podcast:
- Gun Violence Has a Major Impact on Native Communities in the United States (Teen Vogue)
- Pine Ridge Suicides Highlight Stresses on Native American Youth (Youth Today)
- Gang Violence Grows on an Indian Reservation (New York Times)
- 4 out of 5 of our Native women are affected by violence today (Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women)
- How to Make Voting Matter (Great Plains Action Society)