International Association for Indigenous Aging
Nineteen innocent children and their teachers, mostly of Hispanic and Latino heritage, are dead due to one of the deadliest shooting sprees in U.S. history.
These children and teachers were robbed of the chance to become elders, keepers of their Indigenous cultures, language, or history.
This follows the devastating shooting in Buffalo less than two weeks ago, with clear racial motivations. That shooting took the lives of 10 people, ages 20-86. All of which were people of color. Most of whom were older adults. The shooter's motivations are an example of why the work of social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion is so critical.
We offer our deep condolences to their families, friends, and communities as we grieve in solidarity.
Let it be known that:
- We are heartbroken and angry.
- We demand action on gun reform.
- Politics must not paralyze us.
In 2022, there have already been at least 199 mass shootings.
We stand with these communities of color and all communities impacted by gun violence and call for an end to this senseless violence.
The International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and other Native people as they move through the aging spectrum.
Our work helps people and programs figure out how to competently and effectively engage and serve Native communities. We attempt to advance both knowledge and practice and promote engagement at all levels– local, tribal, regional, and national.
Fundamentally, our work acknowledges the history, rights, cultures, and values of indigenous people throughout their lifespans, recognition of tribal sovereignty, and centering the work of Native communities in meaningful partnerships.