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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

A guide to highlight the resources at NECC on diversity, inclusion, equity, social justice, race, diverse functionality, gender, multiculturalism, LGBTTQI+, and anti-oppression..

About Native American Heritage

Clip art banner Native American Heritage MonthNative American Heritage Month (also referred to as Native American Indian, Native Hawaiians, and Alaska Native Heritage Month) is celebrated annually in November. It's was officially designated by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Throughout the month, the achievements, culture, and contributions of the first inhabitants of the United States are celebrated. The origins of Native American Heritage Month can be traced back to 1915 with the proclamation of American Indian Day. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day.

(Library of Congress, n.d; National Archives, 2021; PBS, 2018).

Land Acknowledgment

Northern Essex Community College resides on the ancestral lands of the Pennacook communities, the original land of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribes. We acknowledge that the Pennacoock were removed from their land through hegemonic and colonial processes that caused pain and displacement. It is by acknowledging the connection of this land and its first inhabitants, we seek to show "respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth" (U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, n.d.). We also acknowledge the history of Caribbean, Latinx, Black American, Asian settlers, and guests, whose history has also been marked by colonialism, violence, and loss. We work to acknowledge and put forth the history of those who have been silenced and whose history has been subject to erasure as the result of systemic oppression.

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Library Resources

We Breathe Again | Available at Kanopy

Description: "For millennia, Alaska Native peoples thrived in the seasonally harsh conditions of life in the far north. They depended upon strong social, cultural and spiritual practices passed from generation to generation.

In the last century, rapid and forced changes in the life ways of Alaska Native peoples created many complex, painful scars for Elders who experienced them, and for their children's children. In a landscape as dramatic as its stories, WE BREATHE AGAIN intimately explores the lives of four Alaska Native people, each confronting the impacts of inter-generational trauma and suicide.

Official Selection at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and the American Indian Film Festival."

Young Lakota |  Available at Kanopy

Description: "In this award-winning documentary, Cecilia Fire Thunder- the first female President of the Oglala Sioux tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortions, with no exceptions for rape or incest, by threatening to build a women's clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. She ignites a political firestorm that sets off a chain reaction in the lives of three young Lakotas on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing each of them to make choices that define who they are and the kind of adults they will become.

Selected Festivals: ImagineNative, Red Nation, Smithsonian Native American, New Orleans, Cucalorus, Indigenous Showcase.

"A rare glimpse into Pine Ridge that celebrates the resistance and complexity of the Oglala Lakota who live there." The Nation

"An intimate look at life "on the Rez," [and] a microcosm of the country's culture wars and the struggle for women's rights... a charismatic Native American woman fighting for her political survival." Sundance Now

Audience Award Winner at the SXSW Film Festival, Winner of Best Documentary at the ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival. Winner of Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival."

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