Native Americans feel a sense of community with Ukrainians and have launched fundraising campaigns for war victims

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The indigenous peoples of North America rally around the Ukrainians, seeing in their struggle the spirit of their ancestors who resisted the mighty invaders of their lands, according to AXIOS.

Native Americans feel a sense of community with Ukrainians and have started fundraising campaigns for war victims

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Indigenous tribes in the US and Canada denounce the Russian invasion, launch relief funds and food and clothing campaigns, and talk about their history and little-known ties to Ukrainians.

< p>The Cherokee Nation, one of the largest tribes in the United States, has said it supports Ukraine because the tribe has “sometimes been denied the right to determine their own destiny as a people.”

Yakama Nation in Washington formally condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and compared it to attacks on tribal peoples by non-tribals after their arrival in 1492. The tribe then donated $5,000 to the “Red Cross” to help the Ukrainians.

The Oneida Indian Nation in New York created the Ukrainian War Relief Fund and called on members of the tribe to donate clothing, durable food and essentials to be given to the Ukrainians.

The British Columbia Native Assembly strongly condemned the Russian invasion and the threat of nuclear war in their tweet.

Some Indigenous American women post selfies with colorful scarves along with the hashtag #solidaritywithukraine. They refer to a common history of attempted marginalization of Ukrainians and indigenous tribes in Canada.

More than a century ago, Ukrainian immigrant settlers in Alberta and the neighboring nation of Saddle Lake Cree forged friendships that spanned generations and included the exchange of scarves called “kokum”.

The floral pattern on traditional Ukrainian shawls was similar on the art of the indigenous peoples of Canada. Tanya Cameron, a member of the Nisachewan Anishinabe Nation in Ontario, Canada, said members of her tribe have been wearing kokum for decades.

Cameron bought scarves from Ukrainian shops in Winnipeg and started selling them online to raise money for Ukrainians . She has also run a lottery and has already raised $1,500 for the “Red Cross”.

“I am by no means going to say that some of our problems are the same — because we are not in a military position,” Cameron said. – But we certainly have a connection because of what happened to us in the past.”

“When we offer our prayers, we offer them to the world,” said Keva Pueblo artist Ricardo Katya after painting in support of Ukraine.