“Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth”
The Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth is composed of grassroots spiritual leaders from Indian nations throughout North America. Structured in the ancestral way, the Circle is open to all traditional Indian people. It serves as a living repository of indigenous wisdom and values. Its focus is exclusively on perpetuating traditional cultural and spiritual values.
“Let us put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for our children.”
Founded by Tonya Gonnella Frichner (1948-2015) the American Indian Law Alliance is an Indigenous, non-profit organization that works with Indigenous nations, communities and organizations in our struggle for sovereignty, human rights, and social justice for our peoples. We support our elders and leaders and are accountable to the communities we serve. We welcome our allies, while remaining committed to our original instructions handed down through generations of ancestors in order to preserve Indigenous traditions for our descendants.
The American Indian Law Alliance, is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The American Indian Law Alliance has earned the respect and support of Indigenous peoples worldwide in their over 20 years of experience working within the United Nations in defense of the rights of Indigenous peoples.
“Once Again, The Fight for Religious Freedom in America Begins”
“We remember those who sacrificed and defended our people-we recognize our great leaders and their respect for those who know freedom. We must guide our people to, once again, hold our destiny in our own hands, so I challenge each of us to overcome the oppression and begin the process of believing in ourselves. This must be the first step…”Usen, we ask for your blessing to guide our current and future leadership so that our children and the unborn will inherit our Apache Way of Life…. Wendsler Nosie Sr.
“Working to protect endangered Sacred Sites such as ‘DZIL NCHAA SI’ AN’ the Apache holy land known as Mount Graham and religious and cultural rights.”
Ola Cassadore Davis 89, passed into the spirit world November 25, 2012. Survived by her husband, Michael; one sister, two sons, four daughters and 14 grandchildren. Ola was the Chairperson for the Apache Survival Coalition. She was impassioned with a powerful voice. She used her voice and power to protect dzil-nchaa-si-an and the traditional ways of the Apache. Ola was truly one of the great warriors of our time.
P.O. Box 1237
San Carlos, AZ 85550
BLACKFEET BEAR ROOTS ASSOCIATION
“As Indigenous People we must preserve and protect our traditional medicines and our way of life from extinction.”
The Blackfeet Bear Roots Association (BBRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Glacier County, Montana. The BBRA mission is to preserve traditional wisdom, values and culture and to improve the health and environment on the reservation.
The BBRA training program for Native Americans focuses on the skills, methods and sensitive cultural issues involved in Native plant horticulture and ecosystem restoration. Utilizing modern organic horticulture technology in conjunction with traditional Blackfeet horticulture, the BBRA works with spiritual leaders, elders and youth to grow and produce alternative food sources, medicinal herbs, plants and roots to help improve the quality of their community now and for the generations to come.
Blackfeet Bear Roots Association
P.O. Box 1677 Browning, MT 59417
“Protect and Preserve Our Wild Places”
The Eyak Preservation Council’s mission is to protect the inherent rights of culture, heritage, language and ancestral lands needed to preserve and restore the Eyak tribe’s continued existence as an independently recognized Alaska tribal nation. An intact ecosystem is a living monument of proof, that we, as a human race, can coexist in harmony with the planet into the 21st century and beyond.
“Permanent Protection Of The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain Is Our Birthright”
The Gwich’in Steering Committee was established in1988 by consensus resolution of the leaders of the Gwich’in Nation. Gwich’in spokespeople from Alaska and Canada were selected to achieve the goal of permanent protection of the Sacred Place Where Life Begins, Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit the Porcupine Caribou Herd’s calving and nursery grounds. For over 20,000 years the Porcupine Caribou Herd has been the basis of the culture for the Gwich’in comparable to the Plains Tribes and the buffalo. 100 tribes and inter-tribal organizations have passed resolutions of support including the National Congress of American Indians, the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, Tanana Chiefs Conference and the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments.”
GWICH’IN NATION CALLS ON ALL SUPPORTERS TO TAKE URGENT ACTION NOW TO PROTECT ARCTIC REFUGE
The fate of the Arctic Refuge is the fate of the people of the Gwich’in Nation. The Arctic Refuge must not be sacrificed to meet the high energy consumption lifestyle of the U.S. The Gwich’in must not sacrifice our ancestral way of life it is our birthright and that of the future generations as we have had since time immemorial.
“We, the Haudenosaunee, bring our case to the United Nations to draw international to the environmental issues affecting the Indigenous communities in North America.”
The Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force is composed of Haudenosaunee leaders, environmental technicians, and scientists chosen by each of the Haudenosaunee Nations to identify environmental problems in their communities and find solutions to them.
“Our goal is to ignite youth-led initiatives to restore wildlife populations throughout the Salish Sea to more than 50% of historic levels. We hope to bring the whales, sea otters, orcas, salmon and herring back.”
The Salish Sea Youth Foundation is a Canadian First Nations Youth based Foundation. They are headquartered in the Unseeded Salish Territories in British Columbia. They support the restoration of wildlife populations in the Salish Sea through the training of First Nations Youth Cultural Ambassadors, Salish Sea Youth Foundation (SSYF) Youth Councils, SSYF Youth Cultural Transformational Festivals, SSYF Cultural Eco-Tourism Certification Camps, SSYF Cultural Eco-Tours and SSYF Youth Employment in Sustainable Jobs.
“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation.”
The Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples throughout the Americas. We offer an integrated program of advocacy, small grants, training and technical assistance, media experience and fiscal management, lending our support and extensive expertise to Indigenous grassroots communities.
Our organization derives its name from a precept of the Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) which mandates that chiefs consider the impact of their decisions on the seventh generation yet to come. Learn about us, the programs and services we provide, our grant-making guidelines and giving philosophies, upcoming events, on line publications and so much more!
“What does the Corn Dance mean without corn? Encouraging Traditional Agriculture at Taos Pueblo”
Tiwa Farms is a project of the 501(3c) nonprofit organization–the Po’Pay Society. The Po’Pay Society is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating the history and ideals of the great leader of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. With rare vision, leadership and conviction, he banded together some 24 Arizona and New Mexico Pueblos which rose up on the same day and drove conquistadores and Spanish settlers out of their ancestral homes. At the time, the Pueblos were in imminent danger of losing their cultural and spiritual ways. As a result of the revolt and Po’Pay’s shining example, the Pueblos were able to strengthen their traditions, many of which have survived to this day.
However, Pueblo culture is once again threatened — this time by the encroachment of consumerism. Songs and dances and ritual practices, knowledge of farming and the old languages are being forgotten. The Po’Pay Society strives to aid the Pueblo people, in particular its youth, in gaining the tools needed to reinforce and, when necessary, reintroduce such critical cultural components. Society efforts will initially be devoted to Taos Pueblo, with the long-term goal of establishing the Taos Pueblo School of Traditional Culture. As programs are developed and defined, the Society will make materials available to other Pueblos and consult on their application.
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