United States

The Alpha Institute seeks to extend communication resources to Native American and other communities, whose contribution, viewpoint, knowledge, and cultural identity are endangered. The viewpoints and concerns of indigenous societies focus on the urgent issues of sustainable non-destructive land use, resource management, and an economy rooted in a spiritual approach to the land and the people. One of the Institute's goals is to make computers available to those Native American communities and organizations, and act as a general news service as well as a site and web page provider for those groups.

 

The Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS) works to support the sovereignty of indigenous people on Black Mesa facing forced relocation, environmental devastation, and cultural extinction at the hands of multi-national corporations, andUnited States and tribal governments.

 

The Black Mesa Trust works to safeguard, preserve and honor the land and water of Black Mesa. At its essence, the Trust is about harnessing the lessons of traditional knowledge with Western science and technology to permanently secure our homeland for generations of children yet to come.

 

The California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA) was established to preserve, promote and perpetuate native basketweaving traditions while providing a healthy physical, social, spiritual, and economic environment for basketweavers. Some of CIBA’s goals are to (1) increase access to traditional cultural resources on public and tribal lands and traditional gathering sites, and encourage the reintroduction of such resources and designation of gathering areas on such lands; (2) raise awareness and provide education for Native Americans, the public, public agencies, arts, educational and environmental groups of the artistry, practices and concerns of Native American basketweavers; and (3) monitor public and private land use and encourage those management practices that protect and conserve traditional Native resources.

 

The Center for Whole Communities creates a more just, balanced and healthy world by exploring, honoring, and deepening the connections between land, people and community as activists in a new land movement that integrates conservation, health, justice, spirit and relationship.

 

The Cultural Conservancy works to develop an understanding between indigenous ecological knowledge and western science in hopes of restoring damaged and “exotic” ecosystems with culturally significant native plant communities that can be managed by local native caretakers.

 

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section was established to: (1) promote the understanding, dissemination and respectful use of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological research, application and education, (2) encourage education in traditional ecological knowledge, (3) stimulate research which incorporates the traditional knowledge and participation of indigenous people, and (4) increase participation by indigenous people in the ESA.

 

Ecotrust draws guidance from and provides assistance to the Native American and First Nation communities of Salmon Nation. Their objective is to support a growing network of leaders, increase outdoor education opportunities for native youth, and broker resources for repatriation and improved management of traditional lands.

 

The Environmental Justice and Climate Change (EJCC) initiative aims to educate and activate the peoples of North America to drive the creation and implementation of just climate policies. The primary focus of their work is to change policies and practices in the United States, but their perspective and the context for their work is international.

 

The First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) is working to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own - be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources - and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities through a three-pronged strategy of education, advocacy, and capitalization. The site provides Native communities and tribes with an array of financial and technical resources as well as a number of initiatives fostering sustainable economic development and indigenous food systems. The FNDI’s international arm, First Peoples Worldwide (FPW), is concerned with improving Native asset control and management in local communities around the world.

 

The First Nations Environmental Network (FNEN) is a circle of First Nations people committed to protecting, defending, and restoring the balance of all life by honoring traditional indigenous values and the path of our ancestors. The Network encourages the work of protecting, defending and healing Mother Earth by linking grassroots Indigenous peoples nationally and internationally to support each other on environmental struggles and concerns.

 

The Forest Guardians work to protect and restore the native biological diversity and watersheds of the American Southwest; educate and enlist citizens to support protection of the forests, rivers, deserts and grasslands of this arid region; advocate for the principles of conservation biology in plans to restore degraded ecosystems and watersheds; enforce and strengthen environmental laws; support communities in efforts to protect their land and to practice and promote sustainable use of natural resources.

 

The Four Corners Institute partners with local communities in the Southwest United States to conserve our natural places and ensure that the use of the environment is socially equitable and ecologically sustainable.

 

The Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF) website includes the comprehensive Restoration Plan presented to the United Nations at the Summit of the Elders in 1995 as well as excerpts from the book “Words That Come Before All Else: Environmental Philosophies of the Haudenosaunee”. In 1992, the Haudenosaunee Nations sent a delegation to the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to remind the world that we have a responsibility to act as caretakers of the natural world.

 

Honor the Earth’s mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Based in Minnesota, Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.

 

‘Ilio’ ulaokalani is committed to preserving and protecting Hawaiian’s traditional way of life and ancestral rights. The group has recently undertaken a research project on the effects of traditional cultural gathering practices and its effects on our natural resources.

 

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is an information clearinghouse that advocates a variety of programs and campaigns promoting environmental justice and health. The network has recently begun to reach out to indigenous communities around the world addressing issues related to climate change, toxic pollutants, oil/gas mining, and youth education (including training, programs and events).

 

The Indigenous Law Institute (ILI) assists American Indian and other Indigenous communities to work toward a future of restoration and healing by working to develop a radically new basis for thinking about Native rights, from a Traditional Native Law perspective, and by contending that Native nations and peoples have an inherent right to live free of all forms of empire and domination.

 

The Institute for Culture and Ecology (IFCAE) is an organization whose mission is to improve human and environmental conditions through applied research and education. The Institute is dedicated to helping communities, managers, policymakers, and other stakeholders understand the social complexities underlying natural resource problems. 

 

Kahea – The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance works with citizens organizing to protect sensitive shorelines and culturally significant sites from inappropriate development and to prevent the conversion of agricultural lands to gated communities, golf courses, and malls. They also work to protectHawaii’s threatened biodiversity and endangered species. One of Kahea's objectives is to convene key activists, kupuna (elders), practitioners and resource experts to develop coordinated strategies, share expertise, build networks and focus campaigns in order to become more effective in protecting Hawaii's fragile environment, resources and people.

 

The Klamath Restoration Council’s (KRC) mission is to restore and protect the uniquely diverse ecosystem and promote the sustainable management of natural resources in the entire Klamath River watershed. This is to be accomplished with actions and legislation that integrate sound and proven techniques based on tribal knowledge, local experience and the best of Western science.

 

The Lakota Action Network's mission is to create creative and strategic campaigns that work towards building and defending the Lakota Nation its sacred sites, land, ecosystems and way of life.


The Land Conversation has as its primary mission the restoration of ecosystems and the revitalization of languages and cultures…to increase expertise in ecology, history, language, and cultural studies among people of all ages and diverse cultures by coordinating the resources offered by schools, universities, tribes, community-based organizations, and public agencies.

The Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) is a Native American arts service organization focused on preserving and extending the art of basketmaking within Maine’s Native American community. MIBA seeks to preserve the ancient tradition of ash and sweetgrass basketmaking among the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes.

 

The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center is an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the outstanding natural environment and cultural values of Mount Shasta, one of the sacred mountains of the world, and of its surrounding bioregion, recognizing that this region is of great importance locally, nationally and internationally in providing pure waters to the Sacramento Valley, rich biodiversity, numerous pristine natural sanctuaries, and sacred areas of high significance to Native American cultures near and far.

 

The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is an organization that provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide. Their mission is the preservation of tribal existence and natural resources, the promotion of Native American human rights, the accountability of governments to Native Americans, and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.

 

The National Environmental Coalition of Native Americans(NECONA) was established to (1) educate Indians and Non-Indians about the health dangers of radioactivity and the transportation of nuclear waste on America's rails and roads, (2) to network with Indian and non-Indian environmentalists to develop a grassroots counter-movement to the well-funded efforts of the nuclear industry, and (3) to declare tribal nuclear-free zones across the nation.

 

Native Seeds/SEARCH is a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve the crop seeds that connect Native American cultures to their lands.

 

The NAWA Institute serves as an instrument for the strengthening, preservation and furtherance of indigenous knowledge and ancestral traditions, as well as to ensure the self-determination and human rights of indigenous peoples. The Institute works toward accomplishing its mission of promoting the development of autonomous native communities through capacity building, technical training and the creation of informational pathways among indigenous peoples.

 

The Northern California Indian Development Council is a private nonprofit corporation that annually provides services to 14,000 to 15,000 clients statewide. NCIDC was established in 1976 to research, develop and administer social and economic development programs designed to meet the needs of Indian and Native American Communities, to provide support and technical assistance for the development of such programs, and the conservation and preservation of historic and archeological sites and resources. Active concerns and efforts span a great number of areas from environmental preservation and restoration, to economic and cultural development.

 

The Northern Forest Center an organization which serves as a convener of ideas and dialogue on issues ranging from cultural heritage to economics, ecology, and community development. The Center was established in 1997 to help build a healthy and productive future for the Northern Forestand its people by strengthening citizen leadership and regional collaboration.

 

The Rivers Foundation of the Americas (RFA) is a public foundation dedicated to promoting and funding the protection and restoration of rivers in the Americas. RFA's programs include two major initiatives: the Global Water Policy Initiative and the Clean Water, Biodiversity and Environmental Justice Initiative. These initiatives focus on river-related issues in our target areas of North, Central and South America.

 

The Salmon Coalition works to restore the native fisheries and wellbeing of the Klamath bioregion.

 

The Shundahai Network was formed at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site 11 years ago in 1994, by a council of long-term nuclear disarmament activists, at the request of Corbin Harney, a Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader. Based in Utah, it has evolved into an international network of activists and organizations bridging the gap between the environmental, peace and justice and indigenous land rights communities.

 

The Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA) is a community-based organization dedicated to creating cultural revitalization, community health and sustainable development on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

 

Tonatierra is an indigenous community development organization based inArizona. It includes the Council of Indigenous Organizations and Nations of the Continent, archives of the living indigenous traditions, the Indigenous Peoples Peace Initiative, and a trade alliance.

 

The Western Shoshone Defense Project (WSDP) was established to affirm Newe (Western Shoshone) jurisdiction over Newe Sogobia (Western Shoshone homelands) by protecting, preserving, and restoring Newe rights and lands for present and future generations based on cultural and spiritual traditions.

 

The Wolakota Foundation is a grassroots organization emerging from the needs of traditional Lakota (Dakota/Nakota) people to maintain their cultural and spiritual way of life for the sake of future generations.

 

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) combines science and stewardship to ensure that the world-renowned wilderness, wildlife, native plants, and natural processes of the Yellowstone to Yukon region continue to function as an interconnected web of life, capable of supporting all of the natural and human communities that reside within it, for now and for future generations.