Indigenous Rights

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Advancing Communities Foundation Contact: Yolanda Polequaptewa
P.O. Box 892 First Mesa AZ 86042
Phone: 714-713-7459 Website: http://www.acf.foundation

The Advancing Communities Foundation supports American Indian / Alaska Native communities through Educational Attainment, Environmental Stewardship, Public Health and Leadership Development. Their vision is to bridge the gap between local traditional environmental knowledge and credentialed professionals in order to achieve community goals through community participation.

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Alaska Community Action on Toxics Contact: Environmental Health & Justice Coordinator
505 West Northern Lights Blvd Suite 205 Anchorage AK United States
Phone: 907 222 7714 Fax: 907 222 7715 Website: Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Alaska Community Action on Toxics has been advocating for environmental health and justice issues locally with communities, statewide, nationally, and internationally. We provide communities the scientific tools and training needed to advocate for their health and wellbeing. In Seward Alaska, we coordinated the Bucket Brigade which utilizes air quality monitoring by local citizens to prove impacts from coal loading activities

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Alaska’s Big Village Network Contact: Carl Wassilie
3724 Campbell Airstrip Road Anchorage AK 99504
Phone: 907-382-3403 Website: Alaska’s Big Village Network

ALASKA’S BIG VILLAGE NETWORK’S (ABVN) MISSION IS TO CREATE COMMUNITIES OF INCLUSION OF INDIGENOUS AND NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL PEOPLES’ MENTAL, SOCIAL, PHYSICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING APPLYING ANCESTRAL WISDOM OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ HONOR, RESPECT AND DIGNITY OF THE WHOLE LIVING AND NON-LIVING UNIVERSE.

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Alternatives North Contact: Kevin O’Reilly
P.O. Box 444 Yellowknife NT X1A 2N3 Canada
Phone: 867-920-2765 Website: Alternatives North

Social justice coalition of environmental, antipoverty, church, organized labour, women’s groups and interested individuals. Mining focus dependent on interest of members and availability of resources but largely focused on mining policy, economic rent, closure and reclamation.

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Amah Mutsun Land Trust Contact: EkOngKar Singh Khalsa
531 29th Street Richmond CA 94804
Phone: 508-254-0746 Website: https://www.amahmutsunlandtrust.org/

The Amah Mutsun Land Trust was developed in 2012 to help the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band access ancestral lands, protect sacred sites, and regain the role as environmental stewards of their traditional territory. The Amah Mutsun Land Trust uses traditional knowledge, conservation fieldwork, and tribally-led ecological research to restore indigenous stewardship, protect natural and cultural resources, and educate the public about the history, perspectives, and stewardship priorities of their people. They work with a powerful array of conservation, government, and university partners to achieve shared conservation goals within traditional territory.

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Amigos Bravos Contact: Brian Shields
P.O. Box 238 Taos NM 87571 United States
Phone: 505 758 3874 Fax: 505 758 7345 Website: Amigos Bravos

Amigos Bravos is a nationally recognized statewide river conservation organization guided by social justice principles and dedicated to preserving and restoring the ecological and cultural integrity of New Mexico’s rivers and watersheds. Our mission is to return New Mexico’s rivers to drinkable quality wherever possible; to see that natural flows are maintained and that artificial flows are regulated to protect and reclaim river ecosystems; to preserve and restore native riparian biodiversity; to support environmentally sound and sustainable traditional ways of life; and to ensure that environmental and social justice go hand-in-hand.

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Amnesty International Canada Contact: TL Scurr
312 Laurier Ave E. Ottawa Ontario K1N 1H9 Canada

Amnesty International works to protect the rights of individuals and communities threatened by the operations of multinational corporations.  The organization calls for the prevention of abuses, accountability of companies, remedies for those who have been abused, and protection of rights across borders when companies operate internationally.

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Apache Stronghold Contact: Sally Noedel
P.O. Box 766 San Carlos AZ 85550
Phone: 928-475-6751 Website: Apache Stronghold

Apache Stronghold is working to protect religious freedom and sacred sites at Apache Leap and Oak Flat from Rio Tinto’s Resolution Copper Project. Walk to Save Oak Flat was founded in 2015 to raise awareness and opposition to the proposal.

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Barriere Lake Solidarity Contact: Steve Baird
QPIRG 3647 University, 3rd Floor Montreal QB H3A 2B3 Canada
Phone: 514-607-8383 Website: http://www.barrierelakesolidarity.org/

Barriere Lake Solidarity has been working with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake since 2008. The Algonquins of Barriere Lake are a First Nation who hunt, fish, trap, and harvest on more than 10,000 square kilometers in Quebec. Barriere Lake Solidarity acts in support of efforts that are led by community members in the protection of their territory and the well-being of their community. They assist the community in opposing mining on their territory, as well as in asserting a decisive role in determining what forestry takes place. They also have assisted the community in recent years in resisting government intervention in the community’s governance process.

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California Indian Environmental Alliance Contact: Vanja Danilovic
526 Grand Avenue Oakland CA 94610
Phone: 510-848-2043 Website: http://www.ciea-health.org/

CIEA was founded in 2006 to address mining toxins threatening physical and environmental health, and the cultural continuance of California Peoples and families. Their mission is to “protect and restore California Indian People’s cultural traditions, ancestral territories, means of subsistence and environmental health.” CIEA’s first directive was to educate pregnant women and families, to inform them that their traditional foods were contaminated.  Today over 48 Tribal environmental departments and Councils advise CIEA on project goals and activities.

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Canadian Arctic Resources Committee Contact: Gary Blundell
PO Box 2822 Stn. Main Yellowknife Northern Territories X1A 2R2 Canada
Phone: 705-447-3418 Website: http://carc.org/

Established in 1971, Canadian Arctic Resources Committee is a well-respected non-partisan, public interest, research and advocacy organization. Composed of citizens committed to environmentally-responsible northern development, support for the rights of Indigenous peoples, respect for the authority of northern territorial governments and increased international co-operation in the circumpolar world, CARC has a reputation for high quality research and public policy analyses, effective public communication and advocacy, and helping to set the public policy agenda. CARC has published more than 100 books, monographs, and facilitated nationally significant conferences on the Arctic.

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Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Contact: Terry Teegee
Suite 200, 1460 6th Ave Prince George BC V2L 3N2 Canada
Phone: (250) 562-6279 Fax: (250)562-8206 Phone: (250) 640-3256 Website: Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
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CCSG Associates Contact: Sue Moodie
Box 34026 Whitehorse Yukon Y1A 7A3 Canada
Phone: 867-336-1135

Although a recent graduate in doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, I am a long term Yukon resident and my consulting company CCSG Associates has been involved in a variety of diverse mining related projects, research, advocacy, policy and regulation development, grassroots organizing and outreach in northern, national and international contexts. I have held it as my goal to work as a translator between academia, industry, policy and community-based values to achieve substantive work that has meaning on many different levels, with my skills as a researcher on the ground and in the books with a local focus.

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Cedar Tree Institute Contact: Jon Magnuson
403 E. Michigan Street Marquette MI 49855
Phone: 906-228-5494

Established in 1995, The Cedar Tree Institute is a nonprofit organization providing services and initiating projects in the areas of mental health, religion, and the environment. It offers mental health services on an individual basis, works with faith communities and environmental groups, and is currently involved in ongoing partnerships with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Forest Service, and five American Indian tribes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Chikat Indian Village Contact: Daniel Klanott
HC60-2207 Haines Alaska 99827
Phone: 907-767-5505

The Chilkat Indian Village is a federally recognized tribal government. The people of Klukwan live in  a small, ancient, Alaska Native village positioned on the banks of the Chilkat River in Southeast Alaska. Klukwan is located twenty-two miles north of Haines, Alaska and is on the Haines Highway with connections to Haines, Haines Junction, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Canada, and the Continental United States. The name Klukwan is taken from the Tlingit phrase “Tlakw Aan” which literally means “Ancient Village.”  As of the census of 2000, there were 139 people, 44 households, and 31 families.

 

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Children of the Taku Land Protection Society Contact: K’eduka Jack
24 Iskoot Crescent Whitehorse YT Y1A 0P5 Canada
Phone: 867-334-8381

Children of the Taku Society (COTTS) is a volunteer non-profit society based out of the Yukon. Many of the members live in the heart of Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) traditional territory, in or near Atlin, B.C. Children of the Taku have joined with Taku River Tlingit First Nation to restore and protect the culture, traditions and heritage of the TRTFN in traditional territory.  COTTS works with TRTFN leadership and citizens to protect the benefits, health, productivity and integrity of their traditional territory for future generations.

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Clayoquot Action Society Contact: Dan Lewis
Box 511 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
Phone: 877-422-9453 Website: https://clayoquotaction.org/

Clayoquot Action is a Tofino-based conservation society committed to protecting the biocultural diversity of Clayoquot Sound. Their goals are accomplished through public education, citizen research and monitoring, and advocacy. Clayoquot Action stands for democratic rights, indigenous rights and the rights of Mother Earth. Their vision is to keep Clayoquot Sound clean and green for future generations, to preserve the diversity and integrity of the ecosystems, and to maintain and develop community and cultural richness.

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Committee for Future Generations Contact: Candyce Paul
Saskatchewan Canada

The Committee for Future Generations was founded in 2011 by a group of citizens concerned that northern Saskatchewan communities are being aggressively targeted by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization to store Canada’s nuclear waste.

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Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Contact: Roy Chavez
106 W. Palo Verde Dr. Superior Arizona 85173
Phone: 520-827-9133 Website: concerned citizens and retired miners

Concerned Citizens & Retired Miners is a grassroots group of citizens who reside in Superior, AZ or are affiliated with relatives who are residents; are retired hard-rock miners who previously worked in the now non-operational mine in Superior, AZ and were displaced; or are individuals concerned that important public and is being conveyed to a foreign mining company for private use. Specifically, the organization opposes the federal exchange land bill that would give Oak Flat campground to Rio Tinto and BHP regardless of the findings of the NEPA analyses.

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Couchiching First Nation Contact: Allan Yerxa
n/a n/a Ontario n/a Canada

CFN has a total population of 2035. Ojibway culture. Administrates 14 programs to community. Member of Grand Council Treaty #3. Adheres to Indian Act rules & regs.

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Dakota Rural Action Contact: Frank James
P.O. Box 549 Brookings SD 57006
Phone: 605-697-5204 Website: https://www.dakotarural.org/

Dakota Rural Action was formed in 1987 to respond to the devastation wrought by the 1980’s farm crisis on farmers, ranchers, and rural main street businesses in South Dakota.  Dakota Rural Action is a grassroots, family agriculture and conservation group that organizes South Dakotans to protect our family farmers and ranchers, natural resources and unique way of life.

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Deebege Newe Contact: Ian Zabarte
c/o Ian Zabarte P.O. Box 46301 Las Vegas NV 89114
Phone: 702-203-8816 Website: http://dbgnewe.org/

Deebege Newe was founded in 2013 to support the land and indigenous people of the Great Basin. Deebege Newe has traditional Western Shoshone leadership that focus on nuclear issues as a priority. Deebege Newe has conducted two Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues with one of these being a youth forum at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Boyd Law School.

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Defenders of the Black Hills Contact: Charmaine Whiteface
P.O. Box 2003 Rapid City SD 57709 United States
Phone: 605-399-1868 Website: Defenders of the Black Hills

Defenders is campaigning for the cleanup of more than 3,000 abandoned, open pit uranium mines left since the 1950s, and that no new uranium mines be built anywhere. This Region has the highest cancer rates in the country.

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Dena Kayeh Institute Contact: Corrine Porter
Liard No.3 Po Box 76 Lower Post BC V0C1W0 Canada
Phone: 250 -779-3183

The Dena Kayeh Institute was established in 2004 as a charitable foundation to act on behalf of the Kaska Dena, to facilitate education programs, to develop protocols, policies and practices in regards to traditional knowledge, cultural preservation and land management, and to advocate for conservation of special sites and areas within the Kaska Territory.

 

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Douglas Indian Association Contact: Eric Morrison
811 W. 12th St. Juneau AK 99801 United States
Phone: 907-364-2916 Phone: 907-223-2917
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EARTHWORKS Contact: Jennifer Krill
1612 K Street NW, Suite 808 Washington DC 20006 United States
Phone: 202-887-1872 Website: Earthworks Website: Our Bristol Bay Website: Recycle My Cellphone

Earthworks is dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. Earthworks stands for clean water, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We’re working for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources as well as our communities.

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Ethical Metalsmiths Contact: Christina Miller
39 Main St. College Corner OH 45003 United States
Phone: 513-551-0559 Website: Ethical Metalsmiths

Lead jewelers and consumers in becoming informed activists for responsible mining, sustainable economic development and verified, ethical sources of materials used in making jewelry.

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Fair Mining Collaborative Contact: Glenn Grande
P.O. Box 39010 RPO James Bay Victoria BC V8V 4X8 Canada
Phone: 250-703-3701 Website: http://www.fairmining.ca%20

Fair Mining Collaborative joins with First Nations people and local communities in British Columbia in the quest to shape the future for families, land, water, and wildlife. They provide technical and practical assistance around the issues and impacts of mining. They spend time in communities to provide two-way knowledge sharing for strengthening local capacity to manage the full spectrum of mining concerns: mapping traditional resource inventories and raising awareness of social impacts; staking, permitting, exploration; and operation, closure and reclamation.

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International Indian Treaty Council Contact: Andrea Carmen
456 N. Alaska Street Palmer AK 99645 United States
Phone: 907-745-4482 Website: International Indian Treaty Council
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KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives Contact: Anne Herteis
310 Dupont Street, Suite 200 Toronto ON M5R 1V9 Canada
Phone: 416-463-5312 Website: http://www.kairoscanada.org

KAIROS, founded in 2001, is a grassroots organization based in Toronto and made up of eleven national churches and church organizations, twenty three international partner organizations, and Indigenous partner organizations in Canada. KAIROS works for Indigenous rights, ecological and social justice, and human rights in Canada and globally, relying on our strong international partnerships.

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Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Contact: Jule Asterisk
1008 – 14th Ave. SE Slave Lake AB T0G 0X0 Canada
Phone: 780 805-1709 Website: http://www.keepersofthewater.ca/athabasca

Guided by both indigenous Elders’ Traditional Knowledge and western science, the Keepers of the Athabasca (2006) are First Nations, Métis, Inuit, environmental groups, and watershed citizens working together for the protection of water, land, air, and all living things today and tomorrow in the Athabasca River watershed.  Their mission is to unite the peoples of the Athabasca River and Lake Watershed to secure and protect water and watershed lands for ecological, social, cultural and community health and well being.

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Keepers of the Water Contact: Cecelia LaPointe
149 N. Main Street Baraga MI 49908 United States
Phone: (248) 802-8630 Website: Keepers of the Water

Keepers of the Water is an Indigenous women’s led organization guided by traditional Anishinaabekwe values and responsibilities. We work to protect the waters of the Great Lakes acting in spiritual and political ways.

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Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Contact: Jessica Koski
16429 Beartown Road Baraga MI 49908 United States
Phone: 906-524-5757 ext. 25 Website: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians is a federally-recognized tribal nation located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Kuskokwim River Watershed Council Contact: Dave Cannon
P.O. 344 Aniak AK 99557
Phone: 907-765-4705 Website: http://www.kuskokwimwatershed.org

The Kuskokwim River Watershed Council (KRWC) was created in 2009 so that tribal governments could work together towards cultivating a healthy respect for the land and water. Their mission is to maintain and promote a traditional subsistence lifestyle for the residents of the Kuskokwim River Watershed and to keep the land, water, and air unspoiled for their people and for future generations.

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Laguna Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment Contact: Gilbert Petuuche
P.O. Box 373 Pueblo of Acoma New Mexico 87034
Phone: 505-290-7120

Founded in 1993, the LACSE is a non-profit, grassroots environmental organization of concerned tribal members and residents of Laguna and Acoma pueblos working in unity to empower their communities on the impacts of resource development, especially uranium mining, on human and cultural life. This includes the protection of sacred cultural sites and areas, including Mt. Taylor, a mountain sacred to Laguna and Acoma as well as other Indigenous peoples of New Mexico.

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Lipan Apache Women Defense Contact: Margo Tamez
5601 Pleasant Valley Road Vernon BC V1B 3L6 Canada
Phone: 509-595-9666 Website: Lipan Apache Women Defense

Lipan Apache Women Defense was founded in 2007 by Eloisa Garcia Tamez and Margo Tamez, who originally sought to establish Indigenous principles and protocols for enacting defense against the violent State, a no-constitution zone, and myriad violating and profiting corporations which occurred during the U.S. border wall construction (2006-2009). LAW-Defense analyzes, documents, and organizes concerted action to address the violent and illegal dispossession, and human rights violations in Konitsaiigokiyaa Nde’ — Lipan Apache homeland in the Texas-Mexico bifurcated region. On June 26, 2011, LAW Defense evolved into a major program under the Emilio Institute for Indigenous and Human Rights, located in El Calaboz Rancheria, Texas-Mexico border. This was decided upon by acclamation of the Hereditary Chief, Elders, LAW Defense founders, and the participants in the June 24-26, 2011 El Calaboz Gathering on Indigenous Peoples, Knowledge, Lands, and Human Rights.

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Luutkudziiwus Education & Economic Society Contact: Richard Wright
Box 464 Hazelton BC V0J 1Y0 Canada
Phone: 250-842-8149

Luutkudziiwus’ vision is the same as it has been for millennia: the land, animals, fish, plants, and people all have spirit, value, and must be shown respect in all decisions.  Luutkudziiwus established cultural infrastructure on their ancestral Madii Lii territory, which is located in the Suskwa Valley, 20 km east of Hazelton, BC to stop any unauthorized government or industry activity on Madii Lii territory.

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Menīkānaehkem-Community Rebuilders Contact: Anahkwet Guy Reiter
N8866 CTY RD G Gresham WI 54128
Phone: 715-853-2776

Menīkānaehkem a grassroots community organization based on the Menominee Reservation, in Northeast Wisconsin working to revitalize their communities. They have initiatives in Food Sovereignty, Culture Revitalization, Environmental Justice (Protectors of Menominee River), Youth, and Sustainability.  Some of their work includes Back 40 mine resistance.

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Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin Contact: Dave Blouin
3918 Paunack Ave Madison WI 53711-1623 United States
Phone: 608-233-8455 Phone: 608-220-4040 Website: Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin
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Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) Contact: Susan Gordon
P.O. Box 4524 ALbuquerque NM 87196
Phone: 505-577-8438 Website: Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment

MACE is rooted in the experiences of uranium-impacted communities of the southwestern U.S. We are communities working to restore and protect the natural and cultural environment through respectfully promoting intercultural engagement among communities and institutions for the benefit of all life and future generations.

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Native American Educational Technologies Contact: Paul DeMain
PO Box 1500 Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation Hayward WI 54843
Phone: 715-558-2991 Website: http://IndianCountryTV.com

Native American Educational Technologies, Inc. began in the mid-1980’s during the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa verses Exxon battle over metallic sulfide mining in the Ceded Territory of northern Wisconsin. Since 2001, they have faced many tribal preservation struggles and partnered with many tribes, non-tribal environmental groups, and rural poor to help preserve the clean air, water, land, and traditional way of life for their treaty rights protected hunting/fishing and gathering.

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Native Justice Coalition Contact: Cecilia LaPointe
281 1st Avenue Manistee MI 49660
Phone: 248-802-8630 Website: http://www.nativejustice.org

The Native Justice Coalition was formed in 2016 with the intent of being a platform for healing, social, and racial justice for all Native American people.  They seek to provide a safe and nurturing platform for Native people based in an anti-oppression framework, and to collaborate, first and foremost, with tribal governments, Native American non-profits, and other Native American-led community organizations. Their goal is to bring resources, initiatives, and programming into tribal communities that are creative, engaging, and transformative.

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Native Youth Movement Contact: Wiilow Edmonds
PO Box 105 Mt.Currie BC BC V0N 2K0 Canada

Native Youth Movement was founded in 1990 in Annishinabe Territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba). Originally organized as an alternative to gang violence, the group expanded to a network of native youth throughout Canada and the US. Over the years Native Youth Movement has organized walks, runs, gatherings, community events, protests, educational workshops, forums, and youth camps; built traditional homes and harvesting camps; started a school program-Raising Leaders; and published several magazines.

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New Mexico Mining Action Network Contact: Michael Paul
PO Box 238 Taos NM 87571 United States
Phone: (505) 362-1063 Website: Amigos Bravos

NMMAN is a nationally recognized collaborative effort to implement and strengthen the mine permitting and reclamation requirements of the New Mexico Mining Act. NMMAN’s mission is to be a statewide advocate for: restoration of community land and water affected by mining; enforcement of the NM Mining Act and of relevant water quality and quantity laws; and promotion of economic alternatives for mining-impacted communities.

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New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute Contact: Anna Rondon
PO Box 2931 Gallup NM 87305
Phone: 505-906-2671 Website: http://nmhep.org/

Established in 2016, the New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute (NMSJEI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change systems that perpetuate environmental health disparities related to the impacts of institutional racism and multi-generational trauma.  They build the capacity and empower participating communities within the county to impact equitable policy change.  The NMSJEI works to create and sustain collaborative partnerships in the Northwest Region of New Mexico as well as support a vibrant, equitable community that respects and honors all individuals.

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Ontarians for a Just and Accountable Mineral Strategy Contact: Joan Kuyek
116 Crerar Ave Ottawa ON K1Z 7P2 Canada
Phone: 613-795-5710 Website: http://www.ojams.ca/

Ontarians for a Just Accountable Mining Strategy (OJAMS) want to see a mineral strategy that sustains the environment and the resources for future generations; protects the public from the risks associated with mining, smelting and refining; heals the damage already caused by the industry; captures a fair share of the revenues generated by the industry for Ontarians and First Nations; and respects the rights of First Nations to free, prior, informed consent to development on their lands

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Orutsararmiut Native Council Contact: Mary Matthias
P.O. Box 927 Bethel AK 99559
Phone: 907-543-2608 Website: http://nativecouncil.org

The mission of Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council is to promote the general welfare, enhance independence, encourage self-sufficiency/self-motivation, enhance quality of life, and preserve cultural and traditional values of the tribe, and to exercise tribal authority over resources through educational, economic, and social development opportunities.

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Owe Aku Contact: Suree Towfighnia
PO Box 325 Manderson SD 57756
Phone: 773- 517-3132 Website: http://oweakuinternational.org/index.html

Owe Aku,(“Bring Back the Way”) was founded in 1997 by Alex and Debra White Plume and their families. They are a grassroots social change organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of the Lakota Way of Life, Treaty Rights, and Human Rights. Owe Aku focuses on youth, Lakota and other Indigenous People grounded in their ancient identity and a healthy lifestyle, including leadership skills.

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Protect Our Manoomin Contact: Robert E. DesJarlait
6024 Old Viking Blvd. NW Nowthen MN 55303 United States
Phone: (612) 600 2526 Website: Protect Our Manoomin

Protect Our Manoomin is an grassroots Anishinaabe organization. Our mission is to educate and inform on issues related to manoomin (wild rice) in regard to mining, environmental ethics, and associated treaty issues.

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Radiation Monitoring Project Contact: Leona Morgan
725 Tijeras Ave NW Albuquerque NM 87102

A project of Diné No Nukes, Nuclear Energy Information Service & Sloths Against Nuclear State, the Radiation Monitoring Project (RMP) aims to put radiation monitors into the hands of front-line communities affected by ionizing radiation and to provide professional training to accurately collect radiation readings in areas of concern.

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Regroupement Vigilance Mines Abitibi-Témiscamingue Contact: Marc Nantel
1053 rang Labbée Belcourt PQ J0Y 2M0 Canada
Phone: 819-737-8620 Website: https://reseauvigilance.wordpress.com/

The “Regroupement Vigilance Mines de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (REVIMAT)” was founded in 2015.  They include  six regional organizational members of REVIMAT, and multiple external partners with whom they collaborate, including Indigenous communities or organizations. REVIMAT is very concerned about the proliferation of mining projects, especially the new form of large-scale, low-grade projects close to inhabited and / or sensitive environments, including Indigenous communities.  Their mission is to bring these issues to the public attention and to  elected representatives.

 

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Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs (RAVEN)
509 – 620 View Street Victoria BC V8W 1J6 Canada
Phone: 250-383-2331 Website: https://raventrust.com/

RAVEN was founded in 2009, and is the only non-profit charitable organization in Canada that provides legal defense funds to Indigenous People to curtail unsustainable industrial development and drive systemic change. Through their public education programs, RAVEN collaborates with Indigenous Peoples to eliminate environmental racism and foster a greater understanding of indigenous rights and governance.

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Rivers Without Borders Contact: Will Patric
PO Box 1968 Port Townsend WA 98368 United States
Phone: 360-379-2811 Fax: 360-379-2811 Website: Rivers Without Borders

Rivers Without Borders has been striving to protect the wild intact watersheds and rich ecological and cultural values of the British Columbia-Alaska transboundary region since 1999. We engage First Nations, commercial fishermen, scientists, environmental organizations, government, community leaders, media, and others to advance our conservation vision for this vast, remote, and spectacular area.

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Salmon Beyond Borders Contact: Jill Weitz
201 Main Street # 202 Juneau AK 99824
Phone: 907-957-9504 Website: https://www.salmonbeyondborders.org/

Founded in 2015, Salmon Beyond Borders is an initiative that works to protect salmon habitat and promote policies that will guarantee that the Pacific Northwest remains home to the world’s largest, healthiest and most abundant wild salmon runs, which provide culture, food, income, employment and recreation to Alaskans, British Columbians and the rest of the world.

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Secwepemc Nation Youth Network Contact: Kanahus Paltki Manuel
690 Ska-Hiish Drive, Neskonlith Indian Reserve Chase BC V0E 1M3 Canada
Phone: (250) 679-2821

We stand is solidarity with all Indigenous Land and Freedom Fighters throughout the World, to rid our Earth of mining and all destruction. We need clean water to live, we must live our original ways with the Earth and we will survive.

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Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Contact: Guy Archibald
419 Sixth Street #200 Juneau AK 99081 United States
Phone: (907) 586-6942 Website: Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

SEACC have been fighting to retain the wild places and natural values of the Tongass National Forest and promoting community sustainability for over 40 years.

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Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission Contact: Tis Peterman
P.O. Box 695 Wrangell AK 99929
Phone: 907-305-0120 Website: http://www.seitc.org/

The Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC) is a consortium of 15 sovereign Tribal nations located in Southeast Alaska.   Established in 2014, SEITC seeks to protect the vital and sacred rivers that sustain their communities and culture. The consortium also is working to change the dialog from how we can mine the Sacred Headwaters to should we mine the Sacred Headwaters by leveraging the unified voice of over 100,000 Tribal citizens to demand their rights under the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights.

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Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwepemc Nation Contact: Amanda Watson
334 Chief Alex Thomas Way Kamloops BC V2B 1H1 Canada
Phone: 250-320-0712 Website: http://www.stkemlups.ca

The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc is a geopolitical governance group of the Secwépemc Nation, situated in the Secwépemc Traditional Territory around Kamloops Lake, British Columbia (BC). The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc includes and is principally comprised of Secwépemc persons who are members of the Skeetchestn Indian Band and the Tk’emlúps Indian Band and are referred to as “Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc” or “SSN”. In accordance with Secwépemc laws, customs, and traditions, members of the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc are the caretakers and stewards, who own, care for, and are responsible for the protection and management of that part of Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwepemcúl’ecw (Secwépemc Traditional Territory) that includes Pípsell and the land that surrounds it.

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Taku River Tlingit First nation Contact: Mark Connor
PO Box 132 Atlin British Columbia V0W 1A0
Phone: 250-651-7900 Website: http://trtfn.com/

The Taku River Tlingit First Nation is located in Atlin, BC, a small remote community of approximately 400 people.  The Taku River Tlingit are moving forward as the responsible decision makers of their land and waters within their Territory, which covers over 40,000 sq/km and includes what is now known as British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska/US.  As responsible decision makers, they are embarking on a course necessary to ensure the preservation of their wildlife and fisheries to ensure the preservation of what is Tlingit.

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The Native Conservancy Contact: Dune Lankard
PO Box 460 Cordova AK 99574
Phone: 907-952-5265

The Native Conservancy was formed in 2003 and focused on purchasing conservation easements on the 12,000 acre Bering River Coalfields and Chugach Alaska Corporation’s (CAC) 73,000 Alaska Native Claim Settlement Act (ANCSA, 1971) inholdings in the adjacent Carbon Mountain Region so they will never be mined. The mission of the Native Conservancy Land Trust is to support Indigenous people’s efforts to preserve, repatriate and restore ancestral lands through the establishment of Indigenous land conservation trusts on sacred lands and waters that are inherent to the protection and perseverance of sovereignty, subsistence, spirituality and Native culture.

 

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To Nizhoni Ani Contact: Nicole Horseherder
PO Box 657 Kykotsmovi AZ 86039
Phone: 928-675-1851

To Nizhoni Ani was founded in 2001. The organization was established in response to Peabody Coal Company’s excessive drawdown and waste of the only potable water source the Navajo people have on Black Mesa. To Nizhoni Ani works with organizations and local leadership in a number of campaigns to end Navajo Nations dependency on fossil fuel as well as promote sustainability and traditional lifestyle of Black Mesa. They organize through horse rides, non-violent actions and intense community education.

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Tu k’eni Dene Contact: Mary Ruelling
P.O. Box 504 LaLoche Saskatchewan S0M 1G0 Canada
Phone: 306-822-2467

Tu k’eni Dene began in 2014 as the Dene Trappers Alliance when they organized and took action to block the road to industrial traffic that was inundating their traditional trapping areas to explore for uranium. Tu k’eni Dene is led by the Denesuline who are the primary people who have lived and loved the land and waterways for eons and who face the impacts that a uranium mine would place upon them.

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United Tribes of Bristol Bay Contact: Lindsay Layland
PO Box 1252 Dillingham AK 99576
Phone: 907-842-1687 Website: http://utbb.org/

United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) was founded in 2013 by six Bristol Bay tribes and has since grown to represent fifteen tribal governments in the region. UTBB’s member tribes represent over eighty percent of the population of the Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq indigenous communities in Bristol Bay. UTBB’s mission is to protect the lands and waters that support the traditional way of life of Bristol Bay’s indigenous people, which are currently under threat by the proposed large-scale, hard rock metallic-sulfide Pebble Mine.

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Upper Similkameen Indian Band Contact: Mike Allison
PO Box 220 Hedley British Columbia V0X 1K0
Phone: 250-295-3356 Website: http://bcafn.ca/community/upper-similkameen/

The Upper Similkameen Indian Band  is a First Nations band government, with overall membership at 213 members, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, whose head offices are located in town of Hedley in the Similkameen Country. In recent years, the Upper Similkameen has increasingly become involved in the business community and has become one of the largest employers in the area.

 

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Utah Diné Bikéyah Contact: Gavin Noyes
P.O. Box 554 Salt Lake City UT 84110
Phone: 385-202-4954 Website: http://utahdinebikeyah.org/

Utah Diné Bikéyah’s mission is to: “Preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources of ancestral Native American lands to benefit and bring healing to people and the Earth.”

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Voices of the Sacred Contact: Krystal Two Bulls
2145 S 5th Street West Missoula MT 59801
Phone: 406-740-1508

Voices of the Sacred was founded in 2015 in response to the White House Generation Indigenous Youth Challenge. Founder, Krystal Two Bulls and partners from True Pride Music collaborated with youth from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Lame Deer and Missoula, Montana to host a Gen-I Challenge event that would address issues that Native youth face on a daily basis both on and off the reservation.

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Western Nebraska Resources Council Contact: Bruce McIntosh
205 North Mears St. Chadron NE 69337
Phone: 308-432-3458

Western Nebraska Resources Council (WNRC) was founded in 1982 at the inception of the Crow Butte mine and has opposed the mine continuously since that time. WNRC is responsible for grassroots organizing, and coalition building among indigenous and non-indigenous residents, activists, lawyers, scientific experts, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and interested NGOs. WNRC is also active in protecting the environment in and around Western Nebraska and has non-uranium efforts related to protecting the Sand Hills and opposing the KXL Pipeline.

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Wisconsin Resources Protection Council Contact: Al Gedicks
210 Avon Street # 4 La Crosse WI 54603 United States
Phone: (608) 784-4399 Website: Wisconsin Resources Protection

The Wisconsin Resources Protection Council seeks to educate the public about the consequences of allowing international mining corporations to develop a new mining district in northern Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

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Wrangell Cooperative Association Contact: Aaron Angerman
P.O. Box 2021 Wrangell AK 99929
Phone: 907-874-4304

Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA) is a federally recognized tribe with over 600 tribal members.  WCA was formed in 1938 as part of the Indian Reorganization Act.  WCA is determined to protect their natural resources from the potential disastrous effects of the mining at the headwaters of their rivers in S.E. Alaska.

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Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government Contact: Dalton Baptiste
PO Box 98 Nemiah Valley BC V0L 1X0 Canada
Phone: 250-394-7023 Website: https://www.xenigwetin.net/

Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government (formaerly known as Nemiah Valley Indian Band) is located 170 kilometres west of Williams Lake, British Columbia. The Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government will work towards self-governance through unity, respect, trust and pride of our Tsilhqot’in heritage, language and culture. They work to ensure a healthy environment to preserve their natural resources while becoming economically sustainable for generations to come.

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Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council Contact: Maryann Fidel
25 Christensen Dr., Suite 3 Anchorage AK 99501
Phone: 907-258-3337 Website: https://www.yritwc.org/

Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) is an indigenous grassroots non-profit organization established in 1997. The YRITWC was created by Indigenous leaders who were concerned about safeguarding and cleaning-up the Yukon River Watershed (YRW). It is a coalition comprised of 74 Indigenous governments in Canada and Alaska with the 50-year vision ‘To be able to drink water directly from the Yukon River’. The YRITWC is an entity that coordinates efforts to protect, clean and maintain the health of the Yukon River and its diverse peoples.

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