PERMA RED is deeply dedicated to reframing the narrative of Indigenous women. We shall work to instill change through representing strong role models, nuanced characters, and building an authentic and true depiction of life on the Salish Kootenai Reservation.
Reclaiming Native Truth
Reclaiming Native Truth is a national effort led by Echo Hawk Consulting and the First Nations Development Institute to foster cultural, social and policy change by empowering Native Americans to counter discrimination, invisibility and the dominant narratives that limit Native opportunity, access to justice, health and self-determination. Reclaiming Native Truth’s goal is to move hearts and minds toward greater respect, inclusion and social justice for Native Americans.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
In an analysis of suicide notes to determine motivation, alienation among Native Americans was double that of Whites. Alienation causes a loss of well-being when the individual feels emotionally disconnected from his or her family of origin or culture.
In addition, many Native people do not trust mental health professionals because they see mental health services as part of White culture and not sensitive to their culture. The underlying assumptions driving psychological intervention can neglect the social, societal, and historical issues that many Native people associate with suicide.
Sovereign Bodies Institute
Formerly known as The MMIW Database, the Sovereign Bodies Institute keeps a database of over 2,700 cases of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. This is in addition to serving as a research hub and point for such ventures as “Unbottling Stolen Relatives” a pottery project to visualize the data of MMIW.
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