'Social Change Goes Native'
Submitted by Native Voter – Kristy Alberty – (541) 552-1744
Native American activist Janet Robideau is the
featured speaker in Wesley Hall, Ashland United
Methodist Church, 175 N. Main Street, Ashland, MT, 7 pm to 9 pm, Friday, May 14th. The event is sponsored by the
Native American Leadership Institute as part of their
nonpartisan initiative to "Get Out the Native Vote"
and co-sponsor Church in the World Committee of
Janet Robideau is a member of the Northern Cheyenne
Nation and a resident of Missoula, Montana. Her
earliest life experiences include forced relocation to
Federal and Catholic boarding schools and later,
living on an impoverished Indian reservation in
In the 1970s, Janet became an activist for Indian
rights through the American Indian Movement. In that
time, both the Black Panther Party and the American
Indian Movement were notorious agents of change,
sometimes violently, against police discrimination and
Years later in Missoula, Janet became an assisted
living caregiver and organized other caregivers into a
trade organization for worker rights. It was during
that time she encountered Montana People's Action, a
social change organization very similar to Oregon
Action, which has offices in Portland and Medford,
Oregon. Janet learned organizing techniques employed
by MPA and she decided it was time for Indian people
to organize again but in a different way.
Using bits and pieces of information and training from
MPA, Janet created Indian People's Action. IPA
protects the civil rights of Indian people in Montana
and addresses discrimination by police, the courts and
public school systems but also larger issues such as
affordable housing, health care reform and wage
protections. For the last eight years, IPA has raised
awareness about voter participation by Native
Americans with an unprecedented 95% of Missoula's
Native population voting.
NALI brings Janet Robideau here to raise awareness of
current Native American social justice issues and the
importance of voter participation to build a true
democracy. Admission is free with donations going to
NALI's "Get Out the Native Vote" campaign. For
information call 552-1744. Doors open at 6:45pm.
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Be forewarned: It is a very, very busy site so keep tryng - bobbie
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Alyssa Burhans, Organizing Director for Native America and Young Voters at National Voice.