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IWR & NM Breastfeeding Task Force Recognized For Work Making Pueblo Regalia Breastfeeding Friendly

May 02, 2018

“I am so proud of the work we did with our community–we did it with good hearts and love for our tradition and our people,” said IWR co-founder Rachael Lorenzo (Laguna Pueblo, Mescalero Apache, Chicana)."

via Native News Online.Net

April 26, 2018

“I sacrificed time grounding myself in my culture and tradition, but as a new mom I couldn’t join my family in the way I wanted because my regalia didn’t allow me to breastfeed conveniently,” Lorenzo says. She knew, with so many new moms and young babies present at the ceremonies, she couldn’t be the only one having this problem."

Sacred Seams: Regalia Lost and Found, By Marya Errin Jones

April 07, 2018

"The multiple layers of ceremonial garments incited responses by Pueblo women eager to experience a little convenience while feeding their babies over the course of feast days and other ceremonies, catering to family and community. It’s helped me realize what my struggle to find my “style” as a young, black, North American woman was really about."

via Medium

Building A Better Breast Pump Should Be Everyone’s Hackathon Challenge, By Marya Errin Jones

April 04, 2018

"When engineering teams aren’t diverse, only certain people’s problems get solved."

via The Establishment

Native Women ‘Hack’ Traditional Dress for Easier Breastfeeding

March 30, 2018

"The original two-layer, belted regalia worn to Pueblo ceremonies made it hard for me to feed my child and honor my ancestors. But armed with community feedback and ingenuity, we're literally redesigning it."

via Rewire News

5 Questions With Indigenous Women Rising

March 01, 2018

Read the 5 Questions Interview that Rachael did with Brava New Mexico!

via Brava New Mexico

Oil, gas drilling rights near Chaco Canyon sold for $3M

January 25, 2017

"Despite protests from Native Americans, environmentalists and others, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday auctioned oil and gas drilling rights to 843 acres in the Chaco Canyon region of northwest New Mexico."  

via Santa Fe New Mexican

Indigenous Love: When Being Who We Are Is Resistance

December 15, 2016

"The saying “Kill the Indian, save the man” was more than a popular mantra that explained the explicit policies of anti-Native cultural destruction. It was also about shutting down more dynamic and fluid definitions of gender."

via Rewire News

At Standing Rock, Environmental Justice Is Reproductive Justice

September 20, 2016

"As indigenous women, we deserve a future free from fears of our tap water, a future where we are free to raise our families the best way we know how on our ancestral land."

via Rewire News

A Kink in the Pipeline

September 14, 2016

“The water and the land are so sacred, and they can’t be replaced, so it’s hard for tribal communities and their government to work with federal or state agencies and even just ask the question, ‘Why did this happen in the first place? Why are we in the position of having to come back to the table to explain why this is wrong?’”

via The Santa Fe Reporter

Native women must make their own choices about breastfeeding

June 30, 2016

"Breastfeeding is one of the most sacred things parents do for their children, but so is the decision not to breastfeed.  For low-income women who cannot or do not want to breastfeed, their safety net assistance via Women, Infants and Children (WIC) are at stake."

via The Hill

June 17, 2016

Rachael writes about her experiences with pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding as an indigenous woman.  

via Indian Country Media Network

New Mexico House committee votes to ban late-term abortions

February 20, 2015

""If there was a religious exemption, I would have died and my daughter would have no mother," Riley said."

via Associated Press

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