Personal Freedoms

published : 2023-09-07

Native American Women Empower Themselves Through Gun Ownership and Self-Defense Classes

Growing numbers of Native American women are taking up firearms classes as a means of self-defense

Native American woman participating in a firearms class, taken with Nikon D850

Gun ownership is stepping in to help bridge a safety gap in New Mexico’s vast Indian country, according to gun experts in the state.

Joe Talachy, a Pueblo of Pojoaque tribal officer and owner of Indigenous Arms 1680 Ltd. Co., has witnessed an increase in Native American women enrolling in gun safety classes.

Amidst the current circumstances and growing instability, people are recognizing the need to defend themselves. Native American men and women are choosing to take their own self-defense into their hands.

Talachy's gun shop in Santa Fe offers a range of classes led by certified trainers, including defensive shooting, basic pistol, basic rifle, hunter safety, long-range shooting, and concealed-carry classes.

Joe Talachy, owner of Indigenous Arms 1680 Ltd. Co., demonstrating proper gun safety techniques, taken with Canon EOS R5

Gun sales across the nation have soared, with millions of firearms sold and background checks conducted in recent years.

For Native American women, the rise in gun ownership is driven by the desire to refuse victimhood and level the playing field.

The accessibility and empowerment offered by gun ownership have made it a popular choice among women, especially those from marginalized communities.

Crimes, especially against women, continue to plague tribal lands, leading to an increase in interest in gun ownership as a means of protection.

Group of Native American women confidently practicing their shooting skills at a shooting range, taken with Sony A7 III

Taking action in the face of danger has become a priority, as law enforcement agencies struggle to provide immediate response times in vast rural areas.

Joe Talachy, driven by personal experience and a commitment to improving safety on tribal lands, opened Indigenous Arms to equip people with the tools and training to protect themselves.

With crime rates rising across the country, the USCCA remains dedicated to training individuals from all communities, fostering empowerment and saving lives.