Art piece that shows soil, roots, and growth with symbols of regeneration overlayed
Arts & Culture

Year 4 ILI Fellow Robin Garcia Curates New Exhibition

Year 4 ILI alum Robin Garcia has co-created a new exhibition at USC in Los Angeles. Of Seed, Soil, and Stars – Mediations on Land, Body, Resistance, and Regeneration will be open to the public in June through July 9th, 2023. The exhibition asks, “How does the impact of colonial extractive processes and resulting diasporic related traumas move us towards reimagining and recreating right relationship with lands and bodies?”

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ILI COVID Relief Impact Study 2023
ILI News

COVID Relief Impact Study Released

In March, 2023, the ILI founding partners Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, NALAC, PA’I Foundation, and Sipp Culture released a COVID Relief Impact Study to report on and evaluate the impact of the program to secure and distribute emergency funds during the pandemic.

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ILI Year 4 Fellows at ILI Hawai'i intensive with hand printed bags using traditional techniques
ILI Hawaii/PA'I

The Moʻolelo of ILI in Hawai’i 2023

For the second in-person ILI intensive, the ILI Year 4 Fellows, ILI Partners and team gathered on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Hosted by ILI Partner PA’I Foundation, the 4-day intensive started on the west coast area of Kona and wrapped up in the east coast town of Hilo. From beaches, to forests to sacred volcanic mountain sites, the gathering brought the Fellows and attending ILI community together for arts & cultural learning, deep discussion, and understanding through hands-on experience and direct storytelling.

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Monna Morton Hilo beach photo by Ennis Carter
Fellow Reflections

My ILI Journey

ILI Year 4 Fellow Monna Morton reflects on her ILI Journey. I have been trying to find the time to gather my thoughts, feelings, and emotions to write about my fellowship opportunity. The journey began in the spring of 2022 and lasted through January 2023. It has been one I’ll never forget.

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ILI Year 4 Fellows attend in-person ILI ROOTS intensive in North Carolina
ILI in the South/ROOTS

Returning and Reconnecting

After nearly 6 months of virtual intercultural exploration, the ILI Year 4 Fellows and FamILI finally got to come together for the first of two in-person weekend intensives. Hosted by ILI partner Alternate ROOTS, this in-person learning and community experience was held at Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina (Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, and Saponi Territories).

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Group of advocates at the statehouse
Fellow Reflections


“Okay, I did not break up with weed, I broke up with the weed industry.” ILI Year 4 participant Sonia Erika reflects on the concept of “failure” in this reflection after the ILI NALAC intensive.

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Shin Yu Pai KUOW The Blue Suit Podcast
FamILI in the Field

Shin Yu Pai Launches New Podcast: The Blue Suit

ILI Alumn Shin Yu Pai launches a new project with KUOW Public Radio in Seattle. In a world full of stuff, what is worth keeping? What do we treasure? Explore modern-day heirlooms with The Blue Suit, a new podcast hosted by writer, artist, and museologist Shin Yu Pai.

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