April 28, 2021 Blog

Gun Violence in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Guns were introduced to American Indian and Alaska Native communities by European colonizers around the 1600s and since that brutal introduction, Native communities have been disproportionately likely to be impacted by gun violence. Today, American Indian and Alaska Native communities experience police shootings, domestic violence, and suicide at exceptionally high rates. 

In this video, Theresa Sheldon, Citizen of the Tulalip Tribes and DNC Native American Political Director, reflects on the impact of gun violence on Native communities. 

This message was recorded for our 9th annual luncheon, which you can see here. We are grateful to Theresa for sharing her wisdom and encouragement.

— Maureen McGregor is the Communications and Fundraising Director at the Alliance