Formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Montana
Colonialism: 1500’s and ongoing
  • Genocide of people and decimation of cultures and traditions
  • Religious missionaries tried to erase traditional knowledge and healing practices
  • Indigenous peoples were forced into boarding schools through efforts of forced assimilation
  • Midwives, doulas, and other traditional healers were banned from practicing medicine as white men established themselves as physicians
  • Governments and medical systems enacted practices of forced sterilization among anyone deemed unfit to parent. Those most commonly targeted included Indigenous and other People of Color, those with disabilities, and those with mental health issues.
  • Governments, police, and child welfare programs disproportionately remove Indigenous, Black, and other Children of Color from their families, resulting in generations of trauma and separated families