La Red Xicana Indigena

La Red Xicana Indigena A network of Xicanas Indígenas involved in political, educational & cultural work that serves to raise Indigenous consciousness among our communities & supports the social justice struggles of Indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere...

As Xicanas living in the United States we self-identify as Indigenous women with Native origins in the Southwest United States, Mexico, el Caribe, and Central and South America. Our name, which means “network” in Spanish, further signifies (in English) our alliance with all Red Nations of Turtle Island. La RED recognizes Xicanas and MeXicanas to be a pueblo made up of many Indigenous nations in diaspora who through a five hundred year project of colonization, neocolonization and de-indianization have been forced economically from our place of origin, many ending up in the United States. Politically, we recognize that we stand with little legal entitlement to our claim as Indigenous peoples within América; however, we come together on the belief that, with neither land base nor enrollment card -- like so many urban Indians in the North, and so many displaced and undocumented migrants coming from the South --, we have the right to “right” ourselves; that is, to attempt to put la mujer Xicana Indígena back into balance with her origins and work vigorously from that site toward the decolonization, economic independence and cultural integrity of our communities. To that end our members support projects, which encourage self-sustaining economies, such as community gardens that produce traditional medicines and provide for the nutritional needs of local communities, as well as artist cooperatives, and also transnational exchanges supporting Indigenous women's artisanía colectivas. As Xicanas Indígenas, we also see as part of our project to re-envision our families apart from the Eurocentric model of the privatized patriarchal family and to draw example from the tribal structure of our Indigenous antecedents ( i.e. the extended family including blood relations and relations of shared affinity). We recognize women as the carriers of the knowledges of our various traditions, especially within the realm of the sacred. As such, we understand our mission requires efforts to re-instate the traditional leadership of women within our communities, especially the female elders’ role as members of tribal councils and as ceremonial leaders. Members of La Red are actively involved in ceremonial practices drawing from Northern and Southern traditions. We continue to organize gatherings with respected teachers and elders to educate young women in the meaning of various ceremonial traditions, to train them in the necessary practices of those traditions, and to encourage their leadership. Fundamentally, we believe it is our right to reinvigorate and recontextualize our ceremonies for the future generations, with a deep respect for the origins of those spiritual practices as best we can uncover them. Again, without the legal recognition of Xicanas as Indigenous peoples, we see as part of our mandate to struggle for religious/spiritual freedom and the legal right to practice and uphold our ceremonies.. As Xicanas Indígenas we affirm the right to self-determination in all aspects of our identities, including ethnicity, sexuality and gender and actively support projects that honor the sovereignty of the female Indígena body. To that end, we find as part of our mission to advocate for and support the rights of queer or two-spirit peoples and recognize them as critical contributors to the health and balance of our communities. Further, we commit ourselves to interrupting acts of sexual violence committed against our young women, with a special focus on those perpetrated by the men of our own communities. As many members of La RED are educators and artists, we see the cultural project of de-colonization as critical to our work within the network. We understand that the project of raising consciousness among younger generations of Xicanas requires us to create works that re-collect our history, and re-envision a future as Indigenous peoples. This includes film, visual arts, performance, and imaginative literature. Further as educators, we see it as our task to create alternate environments for learning and alternate approaches to study that more closely reflect an Indigenous point of view, which subverts the neocolonial project of the corporate-funded Academy. We also understand that the promotion of Native Languages is fundamental to the task of reshaping our educational models. As Xicanas, we envision ourselves as a kind of conduit for this meeting site between two continents separated by an equally genocidal history. Our direct participation in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) since 2001 is reflective of this meeting site, where La RED sponsors the participation of representatives of various MeXicana migrant rights organizations and un(der)-recognized Indigenous Nations to present their human rights concerns to the Forum. La RED stands in solidarity with the Indigenous struggles for sovereignty throughout the hemisphere and many of our members work actively with groups in the United States to support various Indigenous campaigns, such as “La Otra Campana” del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional in Chiapas, Mexico (2006); the water and religious rights campaigns of the Winnemem Wintu of Northern California (ongoing); and, the (im)migrant rights works of FIOB (Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales). La RED is also a member organization of the Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas since 1997 and the Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (FIMI) since 2001.

Mission: Fundamentally, we understand our Mission as Xicanas Indígenas to do our part to fulfill the prophesy of the Eagle (of the North) coming together with the Condor (of the South). We do so by working for social justice and raised Indigenous consciencia spanning from the most personal site of the familias in our own communities to the hemispheric level of a growing continental and global Indigenous peoples movement.

07/03/2019
US Human Rights Network

US Human Rights Network

We are offering an introductory webinar on Wednesday, July 10, 3pm ET to answer the questions: "Why should I internationalize my issue," "Why should I engage at the United Nations?" and "What is the Universal Periodic Review?" The webinar is open to non-members and is the first in a series of 3 webinars through September, intended to assist NGOs and activists with engagement in the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of the United States. Register here: https://bit.ly/32aursO

One win in the international "paradigm war". After years of federal & international advocacy to debunk that migrants cro...
08/07/2018
OHCHR | States must act now to protect indigenous peoples during migration

One win in the international "paradigm war".

After years of federal & international advocacy to debunk that migrants crossing the imposed Mexico -US border are NOT Hispanic (of spanish ancestry or defined linguistically based on colonial-settlers language) but rather descendants from indigenous peoples & nations, its wonderful to read today's UN statement.

On International day of Indigenous Peoples- UN calls on states to protect Indigenous Peoples during migratión.

GENEVA/NEW YORK (7 August 2018) – States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, says a group of UN experts*. In a joint statement marking International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the experts say it is crucial that the rights o...

03/01/2017
Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas, North Region

Congratulations Jandi Craig!

On behalf of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas, North Region, we are honored to announce the selection of Jandi Craig, White Mountain Apache Nation, as an Indigenous Fellow for the 2017 United Nations OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jandi is a genuinely caring and strong leader for her family, peoples and indigenous women issues. We stand with her and are certain of the contributions she will make to advance the visibility and rights of indigenous peoples at home and internationally.

We thank the Indigenous Peoples and Minority Rights Section at OHCHR for your selection.

Native Americans in Philanthropy
02/15/2017

Native Americans in Philanthropy

"Reducing Native and Indigenous women and girls to one word, one name - Pocahontas - is a blatant act of racism. Reducing any group of people to a single descriptor deploys a racist trope that creates a subhuman mindset toward them, making it easy to dismiss their rights and voice." See our whole response to Trump here: bit.ly/IWRpocahontas

01/25/2017

Indigenous Women Rise!
Over 400 indigenous women marched in DC.

In solidariry with Standing Rock Sioux #nodapl#iamindigenous
10/25/2016

In solidariry with Standing Rock Sioux
#nodapl
#iamindigenous

12/07/2015
Greenpeace International

Opening Prayer by Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu Tribe in North California.

Hundreds of people just gathered at Paris’ 'Peace Wall' in front of the Eiffel Tower to send a message to the world.
Art by John Quigley / Spectral Q

La Red Xicana Indigena renews it's commitment and is re-elected to serve as Co-Coordinator of the Continental Network of...
12/01/2015

La Red Xicana Indigena renews it's commitment and is re-elected to serve as Co-Coordinator of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas.

La Red is a founding member organization. It is one of 23 nation as l indigenous women's organizations in 19 countries in north, central and south America.

The network convened for its 7th continental gathering and commemorated 20 year anniversary (1995-2015) in Mayan territory in Guatemaya. CONAVIGUA was the host organization and special host Rigoberta Mench-Tum, Noble Peace Prize Laureate.

La Red Xicana Indigena will host the 8th Continental Gathering in 2018 in the US.

ECMIA
11/24/2015

ECMIA

A breves momentos de que concluya en VII Encuentro Continental de Mujeres #Indigenas / Minutes away from concluding the VII Continental Meeting of #Indigenous Women of the Americas #ecmia7 #Guatemala

Mujeres De Maiz
10/31/2015

Mujeres De Maiz

ONE: Mind, Body, Spirit - our Mujeres de Maiz installation/altar dedicated to women of color leaders, activists & warriors. The altar is at Noche de Ofrenda 2015. Visit ours and 35+ more altars at Grand Park though Nov. 2nd. Thanks @mujer_de_luna for the photo and for the support creating it along with our MdM Fall interns. #altar #ddlm #dod #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #mujeresdemaiz #arte #installation #marigolds #cempaxochitl #ofrenda #shg1970 #grandparkla #rip #sandrabland #mirabalsisters #idabwells #womenleaders #womenwarriors

Mujeres De Maiz
10/31/2015

Mujeres De Maiz

MAMA MAIZ STARTING HER CIRCLE ON CA NATIVE PLANTS. We will be learning about elderberry, yarrow and sage in depth on this full moon and learning and growing together in harmony. #mamamaiz #canativeplants #circle #workshop #platica #skillshare #sistars

THE BONES OF OUR ANCESTORS, curated by Celia Herrera Rodríguez and Theresa Harlan.  Opening reception - November 2.Missi...
10/21/2015

THE BONES OF OUR ANCESTORS, curated by Celia Herrera Rodríguez and Theresa Harlan. Opening reception - November 2.
Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco. Including artists Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Juan Fuentes, Tricia Jameson-Rainwater, Jean LaMarr, John J. Leanos, L. Frank Manriquez, Cherrie Moraga, Celia H. Rodriguez, Jessica Sabogal, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Alicia Bernal Siu, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Fan Warren and others.

Click here to support Charlene O'Rourke's Fundraiser by Raph Villa
06/19/2015
Click here to support Charlene O'Rourke's Fundraiser by Raph Villa

Click here to support Charlene O'Rourke's Fundraiser by Raph Villa

Image Credit: Charlene O'Rourke singer in 2012 production of the play "New Fire" at Brava Theater, San Francisco, CA. My name is Celia Herrera Rodríguez. I am Xicana Odami, an artist and educator, and I speak to you as a founding member of La Red Xicana Indígena. As a network of native women,...

Friday/Saturday, May 15-16 A two-day student-organized inter-generational gathering with twelve of the original contribu...
05/03/2015
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

Friday/Saturday, May 15-16 A two-day student-organized inter-generational gathering with twelve of the original contributors to This Bridge Called My Back. Friday night Reading. Saturday: Artists talk (with Celia H. Rodriguez, Yolanda Lopez, Happy Hyder, and HulleahTsinhnahjinnie; student & elder conversations; book sales and signings; and Feminist of Color Organizing Panel. http://events.stanford.edu/events/516/51675/

May 15, 2015, 5:30 PM. Lathrop Library, Bishop Auditorium.

Australia is committing genocide on a scale unequalled anywhere in the modern world | Sovereign...
04/07/2015
Australia is committing genocide on a scale unequalled anywhere in the modern world | Sovereign...

Australia is committing genocide on a scale unequalled anywhere in the modern world | Sovereign...

... no political party or politician is a friend of Aboriginal Peoples when we assert our sovereignty. We are reaching a climax in our struggle for rights and freedoms. This is the moment for all blackfellas of this continent to take a deep breath, exhale slowly and look around at our situation with…

Safe travels to Peru,  Celia H. Rodriguez and Elisa Diana Huerta--Represent!
02/27/2015

Safe travels to Peru, Celia H. Rodriguez and Elisa Diana Huerta--Represent!

Upcoming Events | Living Writers Series: Cherrie Moraga | Institute for Humanities Research
01/14/2015
Upcoming Events | Living Writers Series: Cherrie Moraga | Institute for Humanities Research

Upcoming Events | Living Writers Series: Cherrie Moraga | Institute for Humanities Research

« All Events Living Writers Series: Cherrie Moraga January 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm | Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206 | Free Event Navigation « Campus 50th Anniversary Kickoff: Dress Up Like It's 1965! Linguistics Research Colloquia: Claire Halpert » The Creative Writing Program presents Cherrie Mor…

Cátedra Indígena Intercultural
01/05/2015
Cátedra Indígena Intercultural

Cátedra Indígena Intercultural

La Cátedra Indígena Intercultural es una institución autónoma para apoyar los procesos de formación de postgrado de la Universidad Indígena Intercultural

Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indigenas
07/05/2014

Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indigenas

AYNI- El Fondo de Mujeres Indígenas es el primer fondo guiado por y para las mujeres indígenas.
Para conocer sobre AYNI, visita www.fimi-iiwf.org

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples
06/23/2014
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

IFIP will transform philanthropy globally through encouraging and facilitating partnerships with Indigenous Peoples to further vision, imagination, and responsibility to tackle the challenges of our times.

Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos : Migracion
05/30/2014

Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos : Migracion

Training on International Instruments and the UN System & Preparatory Meeting for the UNPFII 2014.Lorie Gonzalez (Raven ...
05/30/2014

Training on International Instruments and the UN System & Preparatory Meeting for the UNPFII 2014.

Lorie Gonzalez (Raven Gonzalez) from La Red Xicana Indigena in Los Angeles participated as an indigenous representative at this training, which included indigenous women from ECMIA member organizations in 19 countries throughout North, Mexico, Central and South America.

Training on International Instruments and the UN System & Preparatory Meeting for the UNPFII 2014.

Lorie Gonzalez (Raven Gonzalez) from La Red Xicana Indigena in Los Angeles participated as an indigenous representative at this training, which included indigenous women from ECMIA member organizations in 19 countries throughout North, Mexico, Central and South America.

ECMIA
05/07/2014
ECMIA

ECMIA

El ECMIA tiene como misión articular a las organizaciones de mujeres indígenas, de jóvenes y organizaciones mixtas del continente, visibilizándolas e incidiendo en espacios y procesos de decisión para la defensa y conquista de sus derechos, guiadas por la cosmovisión de los pueblos indígenas en un continente pluricultural.

Third Woman Press
04/29/2014
Third Woman Press

Third Woman Press

Call for Submissions for Third Woman Press 3’s Inaugural Anthology Deadline: June 15, 2014We are feminist scholars of color and invite submissions of feminist works by and about people of color and indigenous peoples engaged in local and transnational social change. We are particularly interested in…

Juventud ECMIA
04/23/2014
Juventud ECMIA

Juventud ECMIA

Somos mujeres indígenas jóvenes integrantes de la Comisión de Niñez y Juventud Indígena del Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas.

We are very excited about this book talk and interactive workshop with Cherrie Moraga and Celia Herrera Rodriguez on Tue...
04/16/2014

We are very excited about this book talk and interactive workshop with Cherrie Moraga and Celia Herrera Rodriguez on Tuesday, April 22 @11am and @6:30pm. Please join us and help spread the word!!

Cesar Chavez
04/06/2014

Cesar Chavez

At 83 years old, Dolores Huerta continues to lend her voice and heart to the service of others.
Aspire to be more! #CesarChavezMovie is Now Playing.

Click here for tickets: http://bitly.com/CesarTix
Click here for theater listings: http://bit.ly/ChvzThtr2

Check out some of the testimonies from Indigenous women worldwide on: Indigenous women, Discrimination and (colonial) In...
03/17/2014
United Nations News Centre

Check out some of the testimonies from Indigenous women worldwide on: Indigenous women, Discrimination and (colonial) Inequality. UN Headquarters in New York City March 17, 2014. International Forum of Indigenous Women

UN News Centre – Official site for daily UN news, press releases, statements, briefings and calendar of events. Includes UN radio, video, webcasts, magazines, documents, publications, conference information, photos and additional information resources.

Xicana-Odami, Celia Herrera Rodríguez, Visual and Performance Artist,… Art Opening in Bay Area March 8.
02/25/2014

Xicana-Odami, Celia Herrera Rodríguez, Visual and Performance Artist,… Art Opening in Bay Area March 8.

The Single Woman
01/07/2014

The Single Woman

I don't know who said this, but YES LORD! All of this!!! :)

La Red Xicana Indigena  Oaktown & Bay Area -- some of our members.
12/02/2013

La Red Xicana Indigena Oaktown & Bay Area -- some of our members.

We have a limited number of the 3rd edition of This Bridge Called My Back (2001) for sale.  These now out of print hardb...
11/26/2013

We have a limited number of the 3rd edition of This Bridge Called My Back (2001) for sale. These now out of print hardback books include full color art work, 2001 forewords by the editors and will be signed by Cherrie Moraga. All proceeds will be donated to the Bay Area La Red Xicana Indigena.

Please email [email protected] for more information.

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Indigenous Film and Music Festival Planning / Pot Luck Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Austin School of Film 2200 Tillery Street Austin, Texas 78723 Potluck we are having open meeting (free coffee) planning meeting for Austin Texas first ever Indigenous FILM AMD MUSIC FESTIVAL !! Where we will be giving awards and honors to Native films and Artist!!! Come and share your ideas as well as your talent and vision ! https://www.facebook.com/events/289794715246343/
Deadline Dec 9
If you are wondering what you can do . . .
To my Xicana/o community, PLEASE HELP. So my first book on the ancient indigenous practice of limpias to heal the mind, body, and soul, is being published next year. (In case you're interested the proposed catalog summary of the book is down below.) I need to convince the publisher to not subsume women under the title "Curandero" versus "Curanderas/os" in the title and throughout the book. Oh my goodness this is incredibly offensive, backwards, patriarchal, racist, and so on! The title the publisher is proposing is "Cleansing Rites of the Curanderos" What??? Excuse me I didn't change genders, nor did I go to the trouble of using "curandera/o" versus "curandero" or "curanderas/os" versus "curanderos" throughout my book! Can someone please suggest a couple blogs or articles that address this issue, why women should no longer be subsumed as men, and why White folks should no longer think, or anyone for that matter think it's ok to identify someone a different way than what they chosen. It's not about this politicalyl correct B.S., it's about respect plain and simple! Here's the proposed summary catalog Cleansing Rites of "Curanderas/os" [praying for this] Limpias Espirituales of Ancient Mesoamerican Shamans Erika Buenaflor, M.A., J.D. A tutorial on the ancient practice of limpias to heal the mind, body, and soul • Offers step-by-step instructions for the practice of limpias, shamanic cleansing rituals to heal, purify, and revitalize people as well as physical spaces • Examines different types of limpia ceremonies, such as fire rites for transformation, water rites for cleansing and influencing, and sweeping rites for divination • Explores the sacred stories behind limpia rituals and traces these curanderismo practices to their indigenous roots Exploring the essential tools and practices of Mesoamerican shamans and curanderos, specifically the ancient Yukatek Maya and Mexica (Aztec), Erika Buenaflor, M.A., J.D., provides a step-by-step guide for conducting the most common practice within curanderismo: limpias. These practical and incredibly effective shamanic cleanses heal, purify, and revitalize people and spaces with herbs, flowers, eggs, feathers, fire, and water. They are also powerful tools for self-empowerment, spiritual growth, soul retrieval, rebirth, and gracefully opening up pathways for new beginnings. Drawing on her 20 years’ experience as a curandera and her graduate studies focused on Mesoamerican shamanism, the author traces modern curanderismo practices to their indigenous roots. She explores the sacred stories behind limpia rituals and examines different types of limpia ceremonies in depth, such as fire rites for transformation, water rites for cleansing and influencing, and sweeping rites for divination. She outlines how limpias work holistically to enable one to let go and cleanse the body, mind, and spirit of limiting beliefs, traumas, and broken stories; heal acute and chronic illnesses such as depression, insomnia, and anxiety; and revitalize and activate sacred spaces by renewing their essence and clearing negative energies. She explains the healing properties of the plants used in limpia rites and how to perform the medicinal chants used by the curanderos. In addition, the author details how the practice of platicas, heart-straightening talks, supports limpia rites by encouraging one to vocalize their needs as they eject traumas and unwanted energies from the body, setting the stage for self-awareness and healing. Sharing the story of her own complete healing from a catastrophic injury with limpias as well as inspirational testimonies from others who have experienced limpias, the author provides a personal and thoroughly practical guide to the ancient shamanic method of limpias to promote healing and personal transformation in our times. Erika Buenaflor, M.A., J.D., has a master’s degree in religious studies with a focus on Mesoamerican shamanism from the University of California at Riverside. A practicing curandera for over twenty years, descended from a long line of grandmother curanderas, she has studied with curanderas/os in Mexico, Peru, and Los Angeles and teaches classes on curanderismo in many settings, including at UCLA. She lives in Altadena, California.