Advocate Jordan Daniel On World’s Indigenous Peoples Day
Advocate Jordan Daniel On World’s Indigenous Peoples Day
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Advocate Jordan Daniel On World’s Indigenous Peoples Day

Running connects us all in unique ways. This International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (observed on August 9th), we’re hearing from runner and advocate Jordan Daniel on her newly-formed group called, “Running With Purpose.” She is a member of the Lakota nation and is using her voice to lift the concerns of Indigenous Peoples everywhere. 

1. In recognizing International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples we wanted to know how your work as an Indigenous advocate has connected you to Indigenous peoples everywhere? 

Jordan: My work as an advocate has connected me to Indigenous peoples everywhere because my heart work is intersectional.  My advocacy and community organizing began fighting for climate justice and missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives, as this epidemic is heavily influenced by the fossil fuel industry.  Through organizing, it connected me to so many different, empowering and inspiring voices from so many different Nations, Villages, Tribes, and communities.  It has brought me closer to our relatives, an opportunity to learn new perspectives and teachings, and has allowed a beautiful pathway forward in cultivating meaningful and purposeful relationships with the same end goal - fighting for a better and safer future for our next generations.

2. Since first deciding to become an advocate for Indigenous communities in the eighth grade, what have been some of the proudest moments of your advocacy work? 

Jordan: Some of the most proudest moments I’ve been grateful to witness and experience are bringing supplies and money to the frontlines in Standing Rock to help our relatives. Community really showed up for us and we were able to bring a lot to Standing Rock.  Another one was when Rising Hearts helped bring over 200k people to Washington DC to march for climate justice, working with my friends and relatives leading up to that day - the hours of planning and the day of, was truly beautiful and emotional to witness.  It was a big, collaborative effort that made me so proud of our heart work and what community truly means. 

And the most personal proud moment was being able to inspire our younger generations, Rosalie Fish. She saw my 2019 Prayer run for missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives at the Boston Marathon and was happy to see a Native woman take a stand for something.  That run - I had no intentions of anything but to honor and run in prayer for our relatives.  And hearing from Rosalie afterwards, wanting to do the same thing at her upcoming state track meet - I was speechless and so happy.  Then she did the same thing, inspired more and elevated this epidemic to a higher platform, and it’s been really amazing to witness and assured me that we can always have an impact or influence, on just 1 person or hundreds.

3. You gained national attention when you ran the Boston Marathon in 2019 for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and have been continuing to use running as a form of advocacy ever since. What is it about running and advocacy that you find so compatible?

Jordan: I’m definitely not the first to intersect running with advocacy.  There are many before me.  For me personally, I think it took a culmination of events to happen and frustration to occur, for me to kind of just throw my hands in the air, and give up on people caring about Indigenous peoples and all the organizing to get them involved to find a way to really honor those I fight for and care about.  And that moment at