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Nov 30

Native American Heritage Month: Madonna Thunder Hawk

In an article chronicling her history and achievements, Madonna Thunder Hawk was dubbed the “Original Gangster,” as a steadfast, powerful, unafraid warrior woman. This is fitting, given she had a hand in forming all of the core South Dakota-based organizations that push for Indian self-determination, establish alternative schooling for Native children, protect reproductive health, and…

Sep 04

Happy Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month!

On September 15, 1821, five Central American nations – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua – declared independence from Spanish colonial rule. Fast forward to 1988, when the date was chosen as the starting point of Hispanic Heritage Month to commemorate those anniversaries. The Latinx community is the fastest-growing community in the United…

Jun 29

Pride Month: Janet Mock

In 2014, Janet Mock took over the media with her memoir Redefining Realness. The memoir debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers List, the first to be written from the perspective of a young trans person. As a writer, Janet has never intended to become an activist or an advocate—while those words are attributed to her,…