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H.A.N.D.S is a grassroots alliance dedicated to validating historical truths regarding America’s indigenous people in order to bring healing and unite all Americans by creating a community dialogue that emphasizes compassion, understanding, cultural awareness, historical correctness, and education for advancing political change, and social justice.

Description
Most Americans know little about Native Americans. The government effectively removed Natives from the public view and it remains much that way today. In school, history books and teachers are reluctant to reveal details that paint America in a bad light, thus, the public, generally, has a very limited, distorted view of past and present native American culture, laws, rights, and historical persecution.

H.A.N.D.S. believes that much of the continued problems existing in Native communities is due to a lack of community support from the non-Indian American community. Since the public is largely uninformed and/or conditioned to be insensitive to the suffering natives (compare public support of holocaust survivors to boarding school survivors).

H.A.N.D.S aims to uncover the sordid history of America’s past not to elicit “white guilt”, start arguments, political rhetoric, or criticize, but to create a forum of discussion where Natives and non-natives can share points of view, learn each others history, and ultimately build a bridge that unites all Americans so that today’s natives can heal the wounds of the past for a healthier tomorrow for us all. (read less)

Most Americans know little about Native Americans. The government effectively removed Natives from the public view and it remains much that way today. In school, history books and teachers are reluctant to reveal details that paint America in a bad light, thus, the public, generally, has a very limited, distorted view of past and present native American culture, laws, rights, and historical persecution.

H.A.N.D.S. believes that much of the continued problems existing in Native communities is… (read more)

General Information
H.A.N.D.S is a grassroots D.I.Y. organization created by Rachel Gill, a member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. H.A.N.D.S. invites participation from both the Indian and non-Indian community. If you are interested in becoming an administrator for this page please send a message to Rachel via Facebook
Mission
H.A.N.D.S is concerned with issues relating to tribal sovereignty, treaty accountability, cultural preservation of language, traditional foods & medicine, spiritual practices, accuracy in American Indian history, drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs, mental health accessibility and suicide prevention/anti-stigma campaigns, American Indian stereotype diminution, tribal artifacts and ancestral remains repatriation, Indian gaming regulations, youth leadership building, American Indian Heritage pride/recognition, Tribal/Federal relations development, and restoring federally managed trust holdings to American Indian trustees
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