GREATER CINCINNATI NATIVE AMERICAN COALITION

Existence is Resistance

Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition is a loosely based coalition of Native American Organizations and individuals, Churches, groups and others, who support Native American and Indigenous treaty and human rights, as well as racial issues on a local and national level.

As a step toward honoring the truth and achieving healing and reconciliation with those indigenous peoples who were affected most by the Doctrine of Discovery and broken treaties, we acknowledge the traditional Shawnee and Myaamia lands on which we now stand, and on which the city of Cincinnati was built.

Vigil for Reconciliation with Diocese of Covington

On the morning of Tuesday, January 22nd a small gathering of about 40 people occurred outside of the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition, AIM of Kentucky and Indiana, and other supporters took turns speaking, singing, and praying for understanding.

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While there were several folks attempting to cause conflict the attitude overall was one of forgiveness and a desire to educate. Our elder Guy Jones was quoted saying, "We look at the entirety of it all - people are pointing and blaming each other - but the reality is this is a product or symptom that is growing as a country and we as a people have to go and put a stop to it. You've got all these young people saying let's make America great again. Yes, let's do that but let's stop the hate."
We intend to continue attempts to meet with Diocese leaders with hopes to do just that.

Press Conference and Public Meeting in Anderson Township, Ohio

The Coalition hosted a press conference prior to the Public Forum Meeting in Anderson Township regarding the mascot change of Anderson Township. You can read WCPO's report on it here. Coalition members Guy Jones, Jheri Neri, and Albert Ortiz spoke with members of the press at a press conference held prior to the meeting.
Only Anderson Township residents were allowed to speak at this meeting, but hundreds showed up. Tensions were high with many shouting over the speakers and those against the name change even singing the school fight song. The Re-Branding Committee listened to alternating pro and con speeches for two hours, and will be advising the School Board regarding the name change June 12th at 7pm at Nagel Middle School.