Mission: To empower and support one another as Indigenous Peoples of the Americas in taking direct, informed action to protect the land from contamination and exploitation and address issues of environmental justice.
About the Organization: Founded in 1990, the Indigenous Environmental Network is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples dedicated to protecting the sacredness of Mother Earth and maintaining Indigenous teachings and respect for the natural law. IEN's activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments; developing mechanisms to protect sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, and the health of all living things; and building economically sustainable communities. To that end, IEN maintains an informational clearinghouse; organizes campaigns, direct actions, and public-awareness efforts; builds the capacity of community and tribes to address environmental justice issues; develops policy advocacy initiatives; and builds alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, and youth, labor, and environmental organizations.
Current Programs: IEN's focus areas include monitoring industrial and agricultural pollution and contamination; opposing unsustainable energy extraction; mitigating the effects of climate change; calling for climate justice for Indigenous Peoples; regaining food sovereignty; opposing deforestation and the proliferation of genetically engineered trees; protecting biodiversity; and advocating for policies that protect local ecosystems and Indigenous Peoples under pressure from globalization. IEN and Western Mining Action Network's Mining Mini-Grant Program awards grants of up to $3,000 for capacity-building efforts in mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.
Website: Visitors to the site can learn about energy issues affecting Indigenous Peoples, including fracking, tar sands, and nuclear waste dumping, as well as how climate change mitigation efforts like carbon trading affect Indigenous Peoples around the world; apply to a mini-grant program aimed at communities affected by mining; and/or make a donation.
Funding: IEN is funded by foundations and individuals.