NCUIH Statement Condemning Racist Vandalism at Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley
July 9, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2020) – Today, the National Council of Urban Indian Health released the following statement:
The Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, California was a target of a recent racist vandal. As the national representative of 41 Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs), including this one, we vehemently admonish this horrifying attack against our community.
We stand in solidarity with our Black relatives whose voices are finally beginning to be heard. This recent attack highlights the centuries of racism against people of color. Unfortunately, the structures which created this country left a legacy of systemic racism that has directly affected our communities. As Natives, we know we are all connected and that racism knows no bounds.
The Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley has been a pillar of support for the community from day 1 of the COVID-19 pandemic and was among one of the first counties in the United States to shelter-in-place. During this crisis, their staff continued to come to work every day despite the many fears and unknowns that come with this virus. This clinic will not be undeterred by this cowardly attack on their property.
We stand with the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley. We are resilient and we are still here because we can stand together.