NPA in the community
We listen directly and respond to the directives of our community members. Our strengths lie within the relationships that we build and how we mobilize together moving forward. Check out some of the ways that we mobilize and activate in community!
Native Humor Night
In December 2019 we co-hosted Native Humor Night, an evening of Native Humor expressed through comedy, skit, storytelling, open mic and games. The event was open to the public and hosted potluck-style. We were able to feed and build community with over 250 people! There was also a baby and mother donation drive at the event where items were gathered and donated to ANMC mom and baby unit during the holiday season. Donations included everything from diapers, wipes, clothes, bottles and more for donation.
Co-sponsors were Native Peoples Action, Native Movement, Southcentral Foundation and Acilquq dance group.
Indigenous Womxn's Gathering
Join us for monthly Indigenous Womxn's Gatherings online! In light of the pandemic, we bring our space and time together online. These events are open to the public for Indigenous womxn to bring their sewing or beading project, share Native food and continue to build community together. As always, we welcome children! Zoom link info here.
Co-sponsors are Native Peoples Action and Native Movement.
MMIWG Advocacy & Community Organizing
We have held numerous vigils in honor of our loved ones who have been unjustly taken from us. Together we heal as a community and bring awareness to the MMIWG crisis. In 2019 and 2020, the MMIWG vigils were held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, AK where we spent time in community enjoying potluck, song and dance, a blessing and smudge, and offered community healing learning circles in partnership with Southcentral Foundation. We hosted medicine through art spaces with beading and painting along with a heartbeat of the drums ceremony.
Co-sponsors were Native Peoples Action, Native Movement, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Southcentral Foundation and The Alaska Center.
NPA continues to advocate for the safety and wellbeing of MMIWG and policy change needed to combat and end this crisis.
Online Policy Discussions & Solution Building
NPA continues to create spaces for community members to humanize policy and the affects of policy on our people. One of the events that NPA co-hosted was "What Gov. Dunleavy's Budget Cuts Mean For Us," an online space where community members were invited to discuss Gov. Dunleavy using budget vetoes to push a political agenda.
Alaskans have continued to show up for one another in a time of crisis. The Governor's proposed vetoes risk the health and safety of every Alaskan. It can be difficult to track exactly what is being threatened, what's at stake, and how we can mobilize to push back for the health and safety of our communities.
In this space we discussed with legislators and community members what the proposed budget cuts meant for Alaskans. Invited legislators were Sen. Jesse Kiehl, Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky and Rep. Chris Tuck.
Co-sponsors were NPA, AKPIRG, The Alaska Center, Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition and Native Movement.
NPA continues to advocate for needed policy change.