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October 11 is Indigenous Peoples' day. This day was officially started in 1989 in South Dakota. This day acknowledges and celebrates Indigenous people from the past, present, and future. It highlights those who lived and thrived before Europeans stole and killed millions for the land, and those who are living today and fighting to maintain their land and culture. It has taken more than 33 years for 130 cities and 14 states around the country to adopt and implement this holiday as an addition to or replacement of Columbus Day.
Indigenous Peoples' Day continues to receive backlash across the United States. We (Family Support Center) believe and choose to honor and remember the people who lived here first, not the person who contributed to the murder and genocide of Indigenous folks.
One way to honor this day is by checking out this link to name the Indigenous tribes and the land we occupy.
To truly honor Indigenous folks, it goes beyond acknowledging the land we occupy. That can be a first step towards antiracism, but to be antiracist one has more to uncover and focus on. It means focusing on all of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and how society reacts differently white missing women. It means acknowledging atrocities that led to mass graves of Indigenous children who were forcibly removed from their homes and stripped of their identities in residential schools. It means pledging to do our (non-indigenous folks) part to fight for the cultivation and survival of the land we now occupy. It means learning the history of the forced removal and genocide of Indigenous folks in our past. Honoring Indigenous folks, their history, and their lives means we use this day to translate awareness into purpose and action everyday.
To learn more about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, see this link:

Family Support Center Stands in Solidarity With Anti-Racist Movements

August 28, 2020

Collectively, our world adds the name of Jacob Blake to the long list of BIPOC people who have been brutalized by systemic racism. At Family Support Center, we continue our work in analyzing our own and our movement’s role in perpetuating racism and work toward its dismantling.

June 5, 2020

Family Support Center grieves the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and David McAttee. Their killings represent a small, publicly visible segment of the long legacy of violence caused by police officers and other individuals and systems fueled by racism and white supremacy. The ramifications of this legacy include the deaths of those whose names are familiar -- Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr. – and countless others who have suffered and died over the past 400 years, since this country’s colonialist foundation was seeded with the violence perpetrated against enslaved African people.

As an anti-violence organization, we understand that interpersonal violence and institutional violence are interconnected. We cannot respond only to people’s experiences of interpersonal violence without responding to broader systems of oppression. Both interpersonal and institutional forms of violence are rooted in intersectional and systemic structures of power and control.

We are also aware that our own movement is not immune to enabling oppressive systems. Historically and currently, the voices of Black women, Indigenous women, other women of color, and those with multiple marginalized identities, which shaped the very beliefs that drive our work today, have been co-opted and silenced.

All systems – judicial, educational, health care, social services -- must take action: not only to eliminate racist practices, but to explicitly commit to anti-racism. We cannot rely only on the continuation of past and present efforts to achieve these goals. Well intentioned or not, these efforts have not worked, and the killing and abuse of people of color by systems of power, especially those operating under the guise of “protecting” communities from harm, has continued for far too long. We will not look away from this moment in our history, where the safety and worth of Black and Brown individuals, families, and communities continues to be undermined: especially in light of the COVID-19 crisis’ disproportionate effects. We must decolonize our minds and start anew.

Family Support Center, with deference to BIPOC and others most impacted by all forms of violence, is committed to evaluating our internal policies and practices, our external partnerships, and our guiding principles. We hope you will join us in the difficult but vital work to break the cycle of trauma inflicted by racism and violence.