Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective is a Arts Initiative that focuses on the development and production of Native Indigenous Theater and Performing Arts in New York City. Within the broader American theater we combat stereotypes and support vibrant Native communities. We develop ongoing dialogue with policymakers about how cultural and socioeconomic issues can be approached through Theatrical performances, Performing Arts, Native Cultural Consultancy, panel discussions, and Cultural Events. The collective seeks to build an understanding of Indigenous methodologies and cosmologies that in turn will function as a cultural liaison to non-Native theatre artists in the city. The more successful we are in engaging these populations, the closer to we hope to be to creating truly cross-cultural lines of communication.
The Indigeneity and Sustainability initiative at the The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center is honored to partner with the Urban Indigenous Collective. This partnership will explore collaborations for community-based participatory research and educational activities that center the concerns, knowledges, experiences, aspirations, challenges and goals of Indigenous peoples in the tri-state area. Collaborations will focus on issues like whole health, environment, resilience, gender justice, knowledge decolonization, and Indigeneity in urban spaces, among other matters.
Redhawk Native American Arts Council is a not for profit organization founded and maintained by indigenous artists and educators. since 1994, the council has been dedicated to educating the general public about native American heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art and other cultural forms of expression. The Council represents artists from North, South, Central American, Caribbean and Polynesian Indigenous cultures. Redhawk Council also produces four of the largest Native American heritage celebrations in the northeast.
the arts council hosts festivals, workshops, theater presentations and educational programs, addressing stereotypes and fostering an awareness of Native cultures from a historical standpoint, with a focus on contemporary cultural practices. Redhawk shares a traditional Indigenous prospective on sustainable living, thinking green and combating climate change. The council presents programs within educational systems to help students and educators gain a better understanding of native American history and the diverse cultures represented within Native America. The council also encourages educators to re-think the current, and out dated curriculum and apply some of the first hand knowledge shared by native artists and educators.
Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) is a home for generating new knowledge and understandings of how Indigenous nations and communities are impacted by gender and sexual violence, and how they may continue to work towards healing and freedom from such violence.
In the spirit of building such freedom, SBI is strongly committed to upholding the sovereignty of all bodies Indigenous peoples hold sacred--our physical bodies, nations, land, and water--and does not accept grants from colonial governments or extractive industries. Similarly, SBI’s work is not limited by colonial borders, concepts of gender, politics of identity or recognition, or ways of knowing. SBI honors the epistemologies and lifeways of indigenous peoples, and is bound by accountability to the land, our ancestors, and each other.
The Native American Council (NAC) of Columbia University is a student organization that represents over 20 Native and Indigenous nations across the Americas and Pacific Islands. Our community embraces all Indigenous students irrespective of enrollment, status, blood quantum, etc.
We are always looking for new members, allies, friends, family, and frybread eaters so please join us! We meet at 8pm on Wednesday nights each week during the semester in Lerner Hall, West Ramp Lounge.
We maintain close relationships with student and community organizations in New York City. On campus, we work frequently with MÄlama Hawai'i, the Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI), Manhattan House (our Indigenous residential community), Chicanx Caucus, and many others.
NativeTec is founded and operated by Tecumseh Ceaser who is a Native American artist and cultural consultant of Matinecock Turkey clan, Wampanoag, Montaukett, and Blackfoot descendent. Born and raised in Queens, NY, the homeland of the Matinecock, he works in the traditional medium and practice of quahog shell (wampum) carving. NativeTec's goal is to bring exposure to the indigenous groups of Queens and Long Island and draw attention to the fact that Native American culture and art are not stagnant. NativeTec frequently collaborates with local tribes to bring cultural programming to their communities. As a cultural consultant and Native activist Tecumseh currently serves as an advisor for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus at the United Nations, where he advocates for Indigenous Americans' rights to member states, NGOs, and other indigenous nations. NativeTec has also provided cultural education to universities, museums, and institutions including St. John's University, Socrates Sculpture Park, Flushing Town Hall, and New York University. Tecumseh is currently in residence at Flushing Town Hall, Socrates Sculpture Park, and IBEX Puppetry.
In our local communities and across the country our dedicated partners help to provide our Urban Native communities with the support they deserve, beyond what UIC can provide alone. Our partners are an essential link between the Urban Indigenous Collective and the communities we serve.