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Native women set to join historic march after Donald Trump's inauguration






Fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail created a limited edition scarf for Indigenous Women Rise: Women’s March on Washington. Participants in the march are asked to wear turquoise to show solidarity with Native women. Image: Bethany Yellowtail

Indigenous women are joining a historic march in the nation's capital a day after Republican president-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office.

Several organizations, including Native Americans in Philanthropy and the National Indian Women's Resource Center, are partnering under the banner Indigenous Women Rise: Women’s March on Washington. They will join forces with thousands -- and perhaps of hundreds of thousands -- of allies on January 21 in hopes of sending a message to the new administration.

"Recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the original protectors and strength of our country, we call upon indigenous women to join one of the many sister marches taking place around the country," the organizations said in a press release. "Participation by indigenous women will ensure that our voices on the issues that affect us all, are resoundingly heard."

The Women's March on Washington grew out of frustration with a presidential campaign that saw Trump deflect criticism for disparaging and lewd remarks he made about women and sexual assault. What started out with a single Facebook post has turned into a massive event that has drawn more than 180,000 interested participants.

LaDonna Harris, a citizen of the Comanche Nation, has been named an honorary co-chair of the march. Details are still being worked out and are expected to be released next week before Trump takes office.

For those coming to Washington, D.C., Indigenous Women Rise is hosting a meet-up and social at the offices of the National Indian Gaming Association on January 20. They plan to come up with a gathering spot prior to the march on the following day. For the march itself, the area around Independence Ave and Third St SW, near the National Museum of the American Indian, has been designated as Indigenous Women’s Block.

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