Indigenous Pink Day ®
Ways to get involved
Cherish relatives by using inclusive language when sharing that anyone can get breast cancer. Support all relatives by sharing resources and screening opportunities.
Engage with us the entire month of October as we provide new breast cancer resources, toolkits, and webinars. Stay informed about breast health and share our educational materials with your loved ones!
Share a picture of yourself wearing pink on AICAF’s social media using the hashtag #IndigenousPink. Talk to your friends and family about the importance of screening and encourage them to adopt healthy habits.
Talk to your healthcare provider for advice and information on breast cancer screenings.
Talk to your loved ones about the importance of early detection and encourage them to schedule a mammogram. Take the screening pledge today!!
Host an Event.
Talk to your healthcare provider for advice and information on breast cancer screenings. Talk to your loved ones about the importance of early detection and encourage them to schedule a mammogram. Print out the Indigenous Pink Screening Pledge for your event!
ABOUT THE ARTIST: JOSH ATCHEYNUM
Ketabi to Josh for designing AICAF's 2023 Indigenous Pink t-shirt! We are grateful for his dedication and vision.
Josh began creating pieces of ledger art 10 years ago, wanting to use it as a tool to share history and oral traditions that were passed down. He creates stunning works of ledger art that can be seen in private collections, galleries and museums all over the world. In the last few years, Josh started to mix modern history with his art as he states "One day in the future this will be history for our great, great, grandchildren" He thanks his parents Darwin & Lori Atcheynum who always encouraged his art growing up & who sees his visions with art and the growth of an artist over the years.
A gift to the American Indian Cancer Foundation helps us strengthen our programs, build larger campaigns, and provide more resources to families across Indian Country. While grants and contracts fund projects, it’s generous donors like you that play a vital role in making this work happen!
#IndigenousPink Social Media Toolkit
The Indigenous Pink Social Media Toolkit is for tribal health systems, clinic teams, and communications professionals who want to get involved in the conversation surrounding Indigenous breast health. The toolkit provides breast health basics, social media best practices, and sample social media posts.
2023 #IndigenousPink Campaign Advocates
(Cochiti Pueblo, Blackfeet Nation)
Kimber is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend. Hand is an enrolled member of Cochiti Pueblo of Cochiti, NM. She is recently NED from Stage IIIA HER2+ Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and Ductal Carcinoma in-situ. Kimber is an active member of The Steven G. Cancer Foundation and Elephants & Tea’s Patient Advisory Committee (PAC). Furthermore, Kimber is a regular contributor to Elephant’s & Tea’s quarterly print publications and is the columnist behind Elephant’s & Tea’s online presence with “Cannabis Column with Kimber.” Hand is an editorial and features columnist for West River Eagle News, the number one news source for Dewey and Ziebach counties in South Dakota. She is a strong advocate for plant medicine, people, and all spirits that need a voice. After her cancer diagnosis, her life’s goals shifted to advocacy and helping others that may be facing the same hurdles. She enjoys partnering with nonprofits, like The American Indian Cancer Foundation, Tigerlily Foundation, and Elephants and Tea in effort to share her experiences and knowledge.
During college, Hand was the Vice President of the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) collegiate chapter at The Illinois Institute of Art–Chicago. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, Kappa Omicron Nu. Kimber graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a degree in Marketing & Management. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago, IL with her husband, their three children, and their dog.
Kathleen Gray, RN
(Mvskoke Creek Nation)
Kathleen currently serves as the Oncology Case Manager at the OKC Indian Clinic in Oklahoma City, OK. She has been at the clinic for seven years. Prior to working at the clinic, she worked at the Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Medical Center for ten years. She developed the Amercian Indian Navigation program at the University of Oklahoma, Stephenson Cancer Center. She continues to serve on tribal and community panels through the University.
Prior to her work with Oncology and Indian Health, she worked in Trauma Intensive Care at the University of Oklahoma and Cardiology at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.
Kathleen is from southeastern Oklahoma, raised traditionally by her Creek mother and grandmother. She is a proud member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She is married, with 2 grown sons, Tyler (an Army veteran and electrician) and Elliott (a college soccer coach). Kathleen and her husband John enjoy gardening, traveling and squeezing in as much time as possible with their grandchildren, Kyson and Ava.
She considers it an honor and a privilege to care for native people while they are on their journey with cancer.
Join a Community Conversation
Indigenous Pink Campaign advocates will host two community conversations this month. These virtual conversations are for Indigenous breast cancer survivors and caregivers who want to discuss breast health basics, screening information, and support around breast cancer, the cancer journey, and methods of supporting health and wellbeing.
Click HERE for more information and registration.