On March 10, 2017, thousands of Native Americans will march from the National Mall to the White House in Washington, D.C., with a straightforward request: they want to meet the president.
About one-third of Native Americans currently live in poverty, far more than any other ethnic group in the United States. Around the world, indigenous people are more likely to be impoverished, to be the victims of violence, and to have dramatic health disparities compared to dominant populations, according to the United Nations. The effects of hundreds of years of colonialism and unfair federal policies toward Native people have left them at a disadvantage, struggling to get out of cycles of poverty, violence, homelessness, substance abuse, and lower education levels.
Organizers have launched the Native Nations March on Washington to demand protection for water and land, and to ask for the Trump administration’s respect in dealing with tribal leaders over the next four years. In particular, the march organizers are requesting that Trump meet with tribal leaders.
That moral call to action is being echoed by protesters in DC, in North Dakota, and across the country, and now Global Citizens are joining the call. President Trump,
Take action now and tell President Trump to #TakeTheMeeting.