Mahrinah Shije is an Entrepreneur and Global Development Professional. As a Partner with Zia Impact, Mahrinah provides consulting and strategic planning services with a focus on Tribal Infrastructure and Economic Development. She also serves as the CEO and Board Chair of the NGO Pueblo Development Commission and is an appointed member of the Legislative Committee for the 20 Pueblo Indian Nations of New Mexico and Texas. Additionally, Mahrinah is an Associate Fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute and an Israel Policy Forum 2021 Charles Bronfman Convener. She is Tewa and Sephardic and an impassioned advocate for Indigenous rights, leadership and visibility.
By Mahrinah Shije
For your Seder table discussion: Three stories of oppression, liberation and empowerment
As the war in Ukraine makes painfully clear, suffering at the hands of violent oppressors is hardly a thing of the past and certainly not ancient history. Inhumanity persists through time immemorial, and even a celebration of liberation is tinged with the reality that no people are free until all are free. Here are three…
Beyond the myths, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah share stories of resistance
This week, families across the country will gather for Thanksgiving feasts, followed by Hanukkah three days later. Harvest feasts are traditional for the Native peoples of this continent, but do Thanksgiving and Hanukkah merit a week and a half of celebration? A deeper look at each holiday demands greater introspection. Thanksgiving is positioned in the…
The ‘tomahawk chop’ is racist. So why are my fellow Jews still supporting it?
At Shabbat dinner Frank LaMere, a HoChunk Nation Elder and lifelong Native American Rights Activist, implored those gathered to “do something about those Braves.” I hosted this particular Shabbat dinner in Atlanta in 2016 at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The event featured Native and Jewish leaders as well as elected officials….
The college is Christian. Its point guard wears a yarmulke.
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