On Wednesday July 19, please join us at the American Indian Community House‘s Monthly Social to support a fundraiser for political prisoner and water protector, Red Fawn. American Indian Community House is located on 39 Eldridge Street 4th Floor, New York New York 10002
Schedule as follows:
Welcome and Opening Prayer
Introduction of Free Red Fawn movement
Open mic and announcements from Esme Roddy (Sault Sainete-Marie Objibwe), and Natalia Sells (Diné).
“Free Red Fawn” benefit T-shirt designed by Cometees and shirt bodies donated by 303 Gallery, $20 donation goes 100% to Red Fawn’s legal fees and can be donated directly at www.freeredfawn.com
Refreshments donated by 47 Canal
***This is a family friendly, alcohol/drug-free event!***
Red Fawn is a human rights advocate, organizer, and a community leader within the Oglala Lakota Sioux. She was raised in traditional Lakota ways, grounded with love and deep connection to the earth and all living things. Her mother, Troylynn Yellow Wood, taught her the importance of fighting for social and environmental justice.
She has been imprisoned since Oct. 27th 2016 after Morton County Sheriff Department accused her of firing a weapon during a militarized police raid of the Standing Rock Prayer and Resistance Camps, although eyewitnesses saw, and firmly say, otherwise. On that day, Red Fawn was helping those who had been injured, as a frontline medic.
Red Fawn is a symbol of Indigenous Resistance, and she is being wrongfully imprisoned–she needs our support! We are fundraising to help with the cost of her legal team.
***We are accepting donations for raffle—please contact us if you would like to donate.***
American Indian Community House is located on 39 Eldridge Street 4th Floor, New York New York 10002
The mission of the American Indian Community House is to improve and promote the well-being of the American Indian community and to increase the visibility of American Indian cultures in an urban setting in order to cultivate awareness, understanding and respect.
AICH is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the health, social service, and cultural needs of Native Americans residing in New York City. AICH was founded in 1969, by Native American volunteers as a community-based organization, mandated to improve the status of Native Americans, and to foster inter-cultural understanding.
The late 1960’s through the mid-70’s of the past Century witnessed a cultural revolution that spread into the arena of social justice. “Just-us” was no longer acceptable, neither was “just-is.” Citizens of every color, size, ethnicity, and race walked together toward a new tomorrow. A future filled with the spirit of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that all could bathe in the sound of freedom’s bell.
The Indigenous Peoples movement included spokespersons like Richard Oakes; Mel Thom; Clyde Warrior; Billy Frank, Jr.; Robert Satiacum; Floyd Red Crow Westerman; Vine Deloria, Jr.; Clyde and Vernon Belecourt; Bill, Dace and Russell Means; Oren Lyons; Dennis Banks and John Trudell. Lesser known, but just as important, are the names of the many wives; mothers; grandmothers; aunts; sisters; nieces; and daughters who sacrificed so that facilities like the American Indian Community House could be born.
The urban Indian population came to the aid of their relatives on the reservations. Together, their actions and their voices brought an end to many of the most destructive colonial polices of the modern federal government including the “termination-era”, “end of boarding schools” and the infamous relocation program of the 1950’s.
Since its inception, AICH has grown into a multi-faceted social support agency and cultural center that serves the estimated 112,000 Native Americans in New York City.
AICH membership is currently composed of Native Americans from 72 different tribes. Native American migration between urban centers and reservations demonstrates the inter-relatedness of all Native Americans, and from this reality emerges the recognition that our issues and concerns are truly shared.
The AICH philosophy is that solutions can be shared as well, AICH provides programs in job training and placement; health services referral; referral and case management services; and counseling programs for alcoholism and substance use.
AICH also sponsors programs in cultural enrichment through a performing arts program and the first permanent Native American gallery in New York City.