Northern Plains’ statement on systemic racism, police brutality, and the murder of George Floyd

Image courtesy of Melissa Lee Johnson

June 25, 2020
Billings, MT

As an organization, Northern Plains was born from a moment when the lives and livelihoods of our communities were treated as expendable. We will not stay silent as other people and their communities are treated as disposable.

 Institutional racism and the violence it justifies toward people of color are destructive to our democracy. Our country’s history is built on people of color being seen as less than human beings. Democracy cannot exist in a society where some members are treated as disposable. As an organization that practices grassroots democracy, Northern Plains does not stand for this. Silence is complicity.

 Black lives matter. Native lives matter.


This statement was passed by the Northern Plains board of directors at their June 20, 2020 meeting.

In August of 2019, the Northern Plains board formed a subcommittee to consider diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you have any questions about the statement or about Northern Plains’ work on equity and racial justice, we’d love to hear from you. Reach out to the board at