About the
Indigenous Environmental Network

There are continued challenges in the 21st century to build and maintain a network of local, national and international partners to provide environmental and economic justice and to support sustainable development within Indigenous Peoples' communities.

Indigenous Peoples are confronting many challenges. Changes in the environment, globalization and rapid economic development threaten our communities on both a local and global level. The survival of Indigenous culture, language and community continues to be affected by a modern industrialized world that lacks respect for the sacredness of Mother Earth. As "caretakers" of Mother Earth, it is our historic repsonsibility to protect the natural environment, to generate awarness of traditional ecological knowledge and promote models for sustainable community development.

Established in 1990, IEN was formed by community-based Indigenous Peoles, including youth and elders, to address environmental and economic justice issues in North America. IEN is an Indigenous-based, non-profit, and non-governmental organization working on environmental protection, environmental health, conservation of natural resources, protection of sacred areas and promoting sustainable development within Indigenous territories.

Our tools inlcude public education, conducting workshops, local organizing partnerships, network building and policy development with the following program and project focus.

Programs and Projects

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Yellow Dust

Toxics and Environmental Health
A program to educate and impact policy changes on environmental health impacts of bioaccumulative toxics on Indigenous peoples and ecosystems and strengthening the capacity of local communities to protect their health.

A program to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous communities to strategically address environmental justice and treaty rights issues as a result of mining development.

Native Energy
A program to educate and to strengthen the capacity of local tribal communities to protect their ecosystems from unsustainable energy policies and energy development (oil and gas, coal bed methane, coal mining and coal-fired power plants, nuclear power, large hydro dams, large geo-thermal). Through partnerships this program will advocate for clean renewable energy and promote tribes to be producers of clean renewable energy.

Climate Justice
An education and organizing campaign addressing the human rights impact that global warming, climate change and weather changes have on Indigenous Peoples, from the South to the North, including the Arctic regions.

Water is Life
A program that networks with Indigenous peoples, non-Indigenous water activists and non-governmental organizations to protect the sacredness of water. Of major concern are the depletion of surface and ground waters, large dams, and commodification and privatization of water.

Globalization, Trade and Environment
A program that allows IEN and local Indigenous communities to participate in international, regional and national meetings related to issues of globalization, trade, environment and sustainable development. This includes regional, national and international Social Forums, World Trade Organization Ministerial meetings and meetings on Free and Fair Trade.

Programs and Projects - Continued

Indigenous Sustainable Communities Initiative
This program provides opportunties for Indigenous peoples to have dialogue on issues of trade, agriculture, food security, sustainable development, jobs, safe housing, transportation, protection of endangered species, ethics surrounding genetically modified organisms or non-Indigenous species, environmental issues, ecological footprints and application of language and Indigenous traditional knowledge.

Youth Program and Native Youth Leadership Development Project
A program that provides a path to bring youth and young adults into the work of environmental and economic justice. This program involves youth organizationtional capacity building, leadership training, curriculum development and communications networking.

Just Transition
Working with the Just Tranistion Alliance, a coalition of labor, economic and environmental justice groups and Indigenous peoples working for the just transition of communites and workers from unsafe workplaces and environments to healthy, viable communities with a sustainable economy.

Honor the Earth
IEN and the Indigenous Women's Network are sponsoring organizations of this national foundation and advocacy organization that supports front line Native environmental justice work, including a Native wind/solar campaign. Honor the Earth uses music, the media and the arts to accoumplis this mission.


  • Educate and empower Indigenous People to address and develop strategies for the protection of our environment, our health, and all life forms - the Circle of Life.
  • Re-affirm our traditional knowledgeand respect of natural laws.
  • Recognize, support, and promote environmentally sound lifestyles, economic livelihoods, and build healthy sustaining Indigenous communities.
  • To influence policies that affect Indigenous Peoples on a local, tribal, state, regional, national, and international level.
  • Include youth and elders in all levels of our work.
  • Protect our human rights to practice our cultural and spiritual beliefs.
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For More Information:

Indigenous Environmental Network
P.O. Box 485
Bemidju, MN 56619

Tel: +1 281.751.4967
Fax: +1 281.751.0561

Native Youth Program:
Native Energy Program:
Toxics and Environmental Health:
Mining Program:
Water Campaign:
Development and Grants:
Executive Director:

Honor the Earth:

Donations are welcomed and tax deductible, and can be made online at www.ienearth.org or mailed to the above address.
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