To our communities: Our hearts are heavy with the tragic loss of George Floyd’s life due to action taken by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. This incident of injustice violates the basic human and civil rights of Black people in America and exposes once again systemic inequities that fail so many. NAIC and ISAN stand firmly in our values of diversity and inclusivity and denounce all forms of bigotry.

With many people experiencing complex and intense feelings of anger, fear, pain, grief, helplessness, loss, confusion, and exhaustion, we want to acknowledge, listen, and validate your experience. We see you. We hear you. We fight with you. Throughout history, Native and Black Americans have repeatedly experienced and challenged grave atrocities against our communities. We are ready to stand with you in solidarity. No lives matter until Black Lives Matter.

In solidarity,

Andy Reza
Chair, Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Coalition (NAIC)

Cori Bazemore-James
Chair, Indigenous Student Affairs Network (ISAN)

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