Indigenous Peoples’ Day: A Renewed Commitment

October 8, 2018

Today we are proud to join a growing number of communities, organizations, families and individuals across the country that are celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On this important day, we recognize the resilience, strength and richness of Indigenous Peoples in our region and state, while recommitting ourselves to being a stronger partner to this community.

It is incumbent upon us all to take an honest look at the challenges, inequities and oppression that Native Americans have faced for far too long — much of which is deeply intertwined within the complex history of the United States. Although many Native Americans now are experiencing more economic opportunities, higher levels of educational attainment and better health outcomes, too many challenges and inequities still exist in urban, rural and tribal communities. Racism and oppression continue to manifest in health, economic and educational disparities that are growing at an alarming rate.

At the beginning of this year, Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt made a commitment in his annual message that the Foundation and The Center would build our organizational capacity by learning from and investing in Native communities in the growing movement to address these challenges, and to be a stronger partner in realizing a vision for change. We’ve been supported by thoughtful tribal leaders throughout this process and appreciate all that they’ve contributed to our growth. Real change occurs when we all stand together to create it.

There is still much more to do, and we are committed to continue in this important work.