Indigenizing Wellness and Education
So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project
So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project (SSSP) is the Indigenous Circle of Wellness’ (ICOW) community-based extension project that began in 2010, when three first-generation college graduates met while working for a tribal agency in the Los Angeles area. The three young womxn; Monique Castro (Diné/Xicana), Elena Nourrie (Hopi/Cherokee/Chicanx), and Melissa Alcala (Diné/Xicana), discussed a shared dream about one day starting a community-based project that would serve their urban Native community that was rooted in indigenous core values.
So'oh-Shináli Sister Project promotes Indigenous education and wellness to empower all Indigenous community members in the urban setting through core values, intergenerational relationship building, and inclusive community-based programming rooted in cultural practices.
So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project is an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization serving the Native American and Indigenous community in Los Angeles through intentional, intergenerational, and inclusive community-based programming.
We acknowledge and thank our Tongva, Tataviam, and Chumash relations on whose ancestral lands we reside, gather, and pray. We honor all of the ancestors and their descendants here today and the contributions of all of our relatives, past, present and future.
We invite you to support the Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Conservancy and the Tataviam Land Conservancy by contributing a financial donation, supporting a campaign or volunteering. Giving back in ways that are possible for you demonstrates reciprocity and contributes to the restoration of tribally-led efforts.