University of Utah Invites Pandos to Discuss Cultural Appropriation

University of Utah Invites Pandos to Discuss Cultural Appropriation

We were thrilled to be joined by students and people of all races, creeds, and genders during our Discussion on Cultural Appropriation on Monday March 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the U of U Behavioral Science Building on 332 South 1400 East in SLC.

We appreciate the turnout from the community and the amazing job done by Wazir Jefferson as the moderator and our presenters:​
Ella Mendoza, Co-Founder of Utah’s Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Heilala Fu’itahi Potesio, Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition
Brenda Dao, Graduate Assistant for the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Utah
James Hernandez, PANDOS Education Chair
Yolanda Francisco-Nez, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Human Rights, Director​
and the closing prayer by : Butch Russell, PANDOS Spiritual Advisor

After the discussion, we had some great questions from the audience (both from those physically present and others attending via our livestream) that were coming from a genuine place of concern and wanting to learn, something we’re very grateful for.

Confront Oppression With the Power of Expression

Confront Oppression With the Power of Expression

#WordWarriors2017 #SpeakYourTruth – Word warriors, confronting oppression with the power of expression. Presented by Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support (PANDOS). This event aimed to be a platform for dialogue regarding colonialism, race, trauma, and gender for all peoples and the community as a whole, and we’re thankful to report this was a huge “mission accomplished”

The outpouring from the community was incredible and we were thrilled to provide a spotlight to such a marvelous group of passionate, caring, and talented people. We aim to keep this event going in the form of an annual event so look for updates as they become available here at this page and at our Facebook page.

We also want to thank our amazing volunteers, Stephany Murguia, Amber Jacobson, and Ashely Finely. We wouldn’t have been a fraction of successful as we were without their volunteered time, tireless efforts, and phenomenal organizational skills.

Womxn Warriors

Womxn Warriors


PANDOS marched in solidarity with Utah Women Unite and thousands or women on the first day of the Utah legislative session! The foyer, halls on all three levels, and the steps out in front of the capital were packed with supporters of women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, and the rights of those in marginalized communities. The message the crowd had was loud enough to shut down the senate and lawmakers left early because they couldn’t hear each other. It was an incredible day. PANDOS is grateful to have had the opportunity to be surrounded by so many warriors.​

Solidarity with Standing Rock

Cassandra Begay – The Pandos Tribal Liaison – went to Park City to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock water protectors and to interview LaDonna Brave Bulll, the founder of the first resistance camp (Sacred Stone) in Standing Rock, and Sarrain Fox, host of the Rise documentary series.

Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance

Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance

PANDOS was thrilled to host the national Earth 2 Trump tour at Ember in Salt Lake City. We had speakers from all over Utah coming together to speak for concerns of the Trump platform and to stand together in solidarity for minority communities around the U.S.

Pandos Rocks

Pandos Rocks

PANDOS partnered with Diabolical Records, Copper Palate and NUMEROUS bands, artists and businesses for two amazing nights of live music, art and an incredible silent auction for the Red Owl Legal fund (which pays the legal fees of water protectors) and the General Standing Rock fund. When all donations were collected we had raised over $3,600.00!!! We want to give a huge thank you to the community in Salt Lake City and all around Utah for the outpouring of support, the local bands and our Native speakers:

Bands: Wounded Knee, Mañenero/Los Yayaz, Monochrist, Nino Rees, Utah County Swillers and Blackkiss, Sad State of Society, Planet No Planet, High Ball Train, Ginger & The Gents and Pleasure Avalanche

Speakers: Rhonda Honey, Dylan Ashley, Yolanda Nez, Miriam Padillla, Alexis Munoa Dyer, Alana Boscan, Kate Savage, Syd Hajicek, James Singer and Carl Moore

University of Utah Invites Pandos To Facilitate Dialogue Surrounding Dakota Access Pipeline

University of Utah Invites Pandos To Facilitate Dialogue Surrounding Dakota Access Pipeline

The Bachelor of Social Work Student Association & Voices of Diversity welcomed the public to come learn about the controversy and social justice issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. They also accepted donations of money and supplies to support water protectors in North Dakota. Supplies collected included: blankets, winter sleeping bags, bulk food supplies, propane, winter clothing, and medical supplies.

Featured Presenters Were :
Carl Moore, PANDOS Chairperson
Jenn Jackson, PANDOS Co-Chair
Elijah Amodt, PANDOS Technology & Social Media Officer
Cassandra Begay, PANDOS Tribal Liason

The Creator Hears Our Prayers

The Creator Hears Our Prayers

​On Saturday, November 26 at 3pm Central Standard Time (9pm GMT) over 40,000 people joined a globally synchronized action of prayer with Standing Rock.
We joined the Water Protectors in Standing Rock through our natural environment, around a source of water and a sacred fire, to raise our energies in prayer.

Water Protectors Pass November 15th International Day of Action

November 15th was declared and International Day of Action by the Water Protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota. Specifically they were looking for actions to occur with the Army Corps of Engineers, sending the message that we wanted them to reject the permits for the Dakots Access Pipeline.  Joining over 150 planned actions in 47 States and over a dozen countries, thousands of Water Protectors from around the world all rose November 15th for an International Day of Action. 

​PANDOS held a rally that included some phenominal speakers and a march to the City County Building in Downtown SLC. The rally focused on the Army Corps of Engineers as well as the Public Lands Initiative for Ute Tribal lands here in Utah. Once we arrived to the City County building, the SLC Council adopted a joint resolution with the Mayor supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. More than 200 people attended the Formal Meeting to see the resolution’s approval.

The resolution details possible negative impacts of the pipeline and discourages any action related to the pipeline that would harm or destroy the Tribe’s ancestral lands, waters and sacred sites.