Summer Solstice ’22
In June 2022, we created a unique, experiential, and heart-changing in person event in Pe’ Sla and on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
This gathering provided a transformative effect on hearts and minds that in turn has provided new opportunities for our funders and partners to “return to the heart.”
Summer Solstice 2021 Live Stream Fundraiser
On Summer Solstice, Sunday June 20, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm PST/9:00pm to 11:30 p.m. EST, Return to the Heart Foundation will host a national live stream fundraiser for our Traditional Helpers and Healers Grant Fund, which support Indigenous women and their initiatives making a difference in their communities. The virtual event will stream on all major platforms and be filled with music, interviews, ceremonial wisdom, poetry and dance.
Last year, Return to the Heart Foundation hosted its first Summer Solstice live stream event to help raise funds for the Native COVID Action Fund. We partnered with numerous artists, social justice leaders and allies including Anne Hathaway, Taboo, Marisa Tomei, Portugal. The Man, Mac Demarco, Sihasin, Terisa Siagatonu, Orville Peck, Carmen Perez, Supaman, Monica Ramirez, Brooke Simpson and many more. During the event, we had nearly 100,000 views! This year, we are eager to grow our reach even further.
“Indigenous wisdom is critical to saving Mother Earth, but can also help to rebalance especially as our nation painfully and critically grapples with 400 years of racism and inequity. Native communities are reeling from the ravages of COVID-19, a direct result of centuries of violent racism,” said Sarah Eagle Heart, Co-Founder and CEO of Return to the Heart Foundation.
During the event, we will shine a spotlight on some of our Traditional Helpers and Healers grantees who are amazing Native Womxn who bring healing to their communities. They will share some cultural teachings on Indigenous diet and healthy microbiome, bring cultural practices and wisdom to young Native Womxn and girls for ceremonies that send prayers for the entire world, and much more. “The voices of Native Womxn and girls carry the power to bring solutions and healing to Native communities and beyond. We can only heal as a nation by acknowledging, listening, and respecting the first people of this land.” said Gina Jackson, Co-Founder and CEO of Return to the Heart Foundation.
Return to the Heart Foundation recognizes that the contributions of Indigenous Womxn have not been visible or significantly included in contemporary social causes. We stepped in to help change this. Our Traditional Helpers and Healers Grant directly supports Native Womxn across the nation and their projects that bring help and healing in their communities. We work to empower and uplift those who are grounded in their culture and serve in their communities in areas of mental, spiritual, physical and cultural health. We currently support 23 Traditional Helpers and Healers Grant partners.
Summer Solstice is a significant event for Indigenous people all over the world. It is a time of healing, reflection, renewal, abundance and gratitude to the Creator of Mother Earth, as well as all of humanity. As Native Womxn, we are guided by the teachings of our elders and grounded in the prayers of our ancestors. This past year has devastated our families and communities, but still we rise. We are rising up in beauty from ashes and celebrate a new day, a new season, Summer Solstice.
Mark your calendars and join us on the evening of June 20, 2021, to help us raise funds to support Native women across the country who are spearheading projects that help empower and strengthen our people forward.
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Join us for this powerful event and learn the herstory of how Native American women from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy inspired and influenced the movement for the women’s right to vote.
Listen to songs and poetry from Native artists and hear from the first two Native American Congresswomen Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids. And celebrate the launch of Sisters Rising, a new campaign to center the leadership of Native women to bring together women from diverse communities to register and turn out women voters in 2020.
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- Joannie Romero interview with Lyla June Johnson on Native Women Vote & Privatizing Native Lands
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#2 Heart2Heart FB Live Stream Featuring
- Lyla June Johnson – Time Traveler
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- Lyla June Johnson – All Nations Video
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#4 Heart2Heart FB Live Stream Featuring
- R2H Co-Founder Senator Red Dawn Foster
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- Candi Brings Plenty – Native LBGTQ Identity and Trans Day of Remembrance
- Joannie Romero – Philanthropy and Covid Response in the Pueblos
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