Did you know that November is “National Native American Heritage Month"? NOTE: The month is also known as “American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.”
During this month (and always!), we celebrate the rich and diverse contributions, cultures, and histories of the Native peoples of North American. We acknowledge the challenges Native people have faced in the past and today. And we amplify Native voices.
This month is also a chance to acknowledge the intersection of disability and Native identity. According to the 2010 US Census, 24% of Native Americans and Alaska Natives have a disability.
Tatiana Lee is an activist who experiences disabilities. She has Black and Native American ancestors. She is an actress and international model.
“I went through many struggles of sense of self and identity because I didn’t see myself represented. You feel like an outcast, a unicorn, but sometimes not always in a good way. I try to embrace the unicorn thing, but other times it feels isolating.”