Why "Indian Country"?
Many of the Tribes in North America refer to their land as "Indian Country" which is informal and customary.
According to the dictionary, the word "Indian" means: 1. a member of the aboriginal race of America or any of the aboriginal North and South American stocks, usually excluding the Eskimos. 2. Or any of the indigenous languages of the American Indians. 3. characteristic of the American Indians or their languages. 4. It also mentions "a member of any of the peoples native to India". etc. (Webster's Unabridged Dictionary)
V-DAY aims to be sensitive and to spotlight the injustice and struggle that American Indian Women face. Our intention is to use language that Tribal members can identify with and respond to.
The V-Day Indian Country Project is led by Suzanne Blue Star Boy, a member of the Ihanktonwan (Yankton Dakota) tribe from South Dakota. Suzanne, along with the newly formed advisory group, the Kitchen Cabinet, composed of Blue Star Boy, Tillie Black Bear, Sarah Deer, Eileen Hudon, Tantoo Cardinal, and Peggy Bird. These Native Women are distinguished by their leadership abilities and years of experience in addressing women's issues on Tribal lands. With their guidance, insight and energy they will direct the work throughout the regions of the United States and Canada.