FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2020
TULSA, OK (June 23, 2020) – IllumiNative, Native Organizers Alliance, and Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth are partnering with acclaimed researchers Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip) of the University of Michigan and Dr. Arianne Eason of the University of California, Berkeley, to conduct the Indigenous Futures Survey – a groundbreaking research project for Native peoples by Native peoples.
“This year has been difficult for many reasons. We’ve had to change and adapt to a new way of living, being in community, healing, learning, operating, and caring for our communities,” said IllumiNative Executive Director Crystal Echo Hawk. “As we prepare for the 2020 election, an election that will have far-reaching consequences for our nations and peoples, we want to empower and uplift the voice of Native peoples and move towards better understanding through data driven by Native people from our own perspectives.”
Building on the learnings of the Reclaiming Native Truth (RNT) body of research, co-led by IllumiNative Executive Director Crystal Echo Hawk, the Indigenous Futures Survey (IFS) is the first survey in Indian Country that provides an opportunity for all Native peoples to be a part of shaping our future, offering a platform for understanding critical issues impacting Indian Country that can be used to motivate change. The survey will raise the collective voices of Native people in the critical policy debates which will unfold in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 elections.
“We bring the past and the future together by how we walk today,” said Native Organizers Alliance Director Judith Le Blanc. “Let Native people reshape our world and establish a ‘new, better normal’ that includes Native peoples’ voices in shaping the next steps for our communities and for humanity.”
The 15-20 minute survey launches today, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 and will close on August 1, 2020. To learn more about the survey, or to take the survey, please visit the Indigenous Futures Survey page. IFS researchers are looking to reach as many Native relatives as possible and are seeking to partner with organizations and tribal leaders to help disseminate the survey to at least 2,000 participants 18 years of age and older. IFS disseminating organizations and tribes can request access to data collected from the survey to be helpful to their future work.