This week before July is upon us and thoughts of what it means to be a citizen fill our minds, hearts, and collective messaging, I am so pleased to be joined by Taylor Pennewell and Rose Hammock of the Redbud Resource Group, an advocacy organization founded in 2020 by Taylor and her cousin Madison Esposito. The Redbud Resource Group believes fiercely that intergenerational healing can occur only when Native voices are valued in every area of public life.
Taylor and Madison's “firsthand experience as modern Native people inspired" them to "create resources that support all communities" in making an often erased population visible again. “Native people are often left out of conversations on issues that impact their communities,” the Group notes, and in their work they see the impact of this erasure regularly.
As an intervention and disruption of this pattern, the Redbud Resource Group is improving public health outcomes for Native American communities through education, research, and community partnership.
It is generative, growing, and much needed work in our world going meaningfully beyond land acknowledgements and building bridges between Native and non-native communities. As Taylor and Rose make clear early in our conversation, you cannot separate the fate of and damage done to Native peoples from that done to native lands and plant communities; their healing and success goes hand in hand as well. Listen in!
Images courtesy of Redbud Resource Group, all rights reserved.
In first image, Taylor is second from left, and Rose is second from right. Second and Third images g group photos from different Going Beyond Land Acknowledgement trainings held by the Redbud Resource Group in 2022 and 2023.
You can Redbud Resource Group on line: https://www.redbudresourcegroup.org/
And on Instagram: @RedbudResourceGroup/
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Thinking out loud this week:
What does it means to be a citizen? And who and what are your fellow and sister citizens?
If there’s one thing the garden teaches us every single day it’s that we have a lot to learn, and a lot we could do better. Keep showing up friends – keep learning. We can ALWAYS grow better.
I can’t believe it’s almost July. In thinking about the next two week’s of episodes where we turn to summer good summer garden reading and dreaming – do you all have any book titles you’d like to recommend to the rest of us? If you send them to me, I’m happy to compile a list to share out OR feel free to put the book name in this week’s Podcast post on Instagram! Tag it #greadgardenreads.
ALSO – thinking ahead to my third book – What We Sow – coming out in September and being available for pre-order right now wherever you get your books – if YOU preorder your copy from anyone other than me, send me an email with the confirmation of your order and your best mailing address and I will happily pop a lovely What We Sow signed bookplate in the mail to you for placing in your book when it arrives. To take a peek at this appropriately themed bookplate design by Communications Intern, Sheila Stern, check out Cultivating Place’s Instagram posts over the past week – the design is sure to catch your eye. Looking forward to getting these out to you so that you’re ready for when your copy of What We Sow arrives! Queue the trumpet!
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