All of us at IEN send our prayers and healing thoughts during this sacred time of year to all our relatives, human and non-human, for health, safety, prosperity and peace.Our gratitude goes out to everyone who has, in more ways then we can count, supported the work we do for All Mother Earth’s Children – everything from sharing our social media posts, actions and attending webinars and presentations, and your donations throughout the year. Your support means everything to the people in the communities who are standing strong against some of the richest and powerful fossil fuel and mining corporations in the world.
It doesn’t seem possible that another year has come and gone – 2021 was a whirlwind of movement building within our Indigenous communities and nations. Today, our networks are stronger and we’re building bridges that seemed impossible not too long ago. Our partners, networks, alliances, old and new, have grown stronger in our commitments to a rapid and focused Indigenous Just Transition for all – grounded in the knowledge we are all connected.To strengthen and focus our work where it is needed the most, we were one of the organizations that helped to draft the THRIVE AGENDA (view #THRIVE4NDNCountry) and the United Frontline Table’s People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy. We were co-authors of the latest edition of Banking on Climate Chaos. IEN helps to lead the movement to bring awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women actions and education outreach to stop the abuses and situations that have caused so many of our youth, sister’s and Two-Spirit deaths.
Our IEN family grew this year too as we welcomed several new people who have the skills and energy to meet the social, economic, environmental and climate justice challenges of a planet in crisis.
As we continue into 2022 we will build upon the positive changes and maintain the forward momentum for building strong coalitions to meet our shared goals.
We offer a brief look back at 2021, to include introductions to new staff and a sad but joyful departure. It would be impossible to include everything that happened these past 12 months – so below are a few of the many highlights – links to our direct actions, publications, webinar presentations, policy advocacy work, and a glimpse into the focus of our work in 2022. For all the news, current events, and more we invite you to visit our website.
“The Indigenous Resistance Against Carbon report uplifts the work of countless Tribal Nations, Indigenous water protectors, land defenders, pipeline fighters, & many others who have dedicated their lives to defending their inherent right of Indigenous sovereignty.”
Washington, D.C. – 140 organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Ron Wyden, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, urging them to remove a slew of expenditures and tax subsidies in the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) that would incentivize dirty energy sources and technologies that will harm communities and prolong a fossil fuel-based economy. Signatories to the letter include the Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, Right to the City Alliance, People’s Action, Greenpeace USA, Food & Water Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, Oil Change U.S. and more. READ NOW
Authored by grassroots, veteran organizers, movement strategists and thought leaders from across our climate and environmental justice movements.
Examining Climate-False Corporate Schemes:
“From the belly of the beast north of the medicine line to the rice beds that sustain the lifeways of the Anishinaabe all the way down to our relatives impacted in the Bayous – we will continue to fight for the natural and spiritual knowledge of the Earth. We will continue to fight and care for one another and our Mother because she has always taken care of us.”Catch up on all the front line action
Ozawa Bineshi Albert has been a grounding and always empowering force within the IEN family – from the moment she became a youth organizer to leading our Movement Building work and a guiding light for us all as a member of our Leadership Team. We are sad but we are so proud of you and joyful that your experience, skills, wisdom, and clarifying perspective will help lead CJA into the future.
“Any COP26 climate pledges presented by the Biden administration will ring hollow if the President doesn’t stop major projects like the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, oil drilling in the Arctic, fossil fuel exports, and continues to allow drilling, mining and fracking to continue on Native and public lands.”
Sha Merirei Ongelungel is a Micronesian (Palauan) rabble-rouser specializing in multimedia content production. Her childhood was spent surrounded by activists, including her parents, who fought against the American imperialism and militarization of Indigenous lands.
Mea Johnson, Mescalero Apache, has been a community and cultural organizer in the Boston and New England, area for over 17 years. Mea is an Indigenous chef and baker with her project, Harm Free Eats, which is at the nexus of farm-to-table, workers across the chain and the urban Indigenous community.
Panganga has been involved in many grassroots efforts seeking justice for Indigenous people including efforts to protect lands and water from extractive industry, MMIWG, and DVSA against Indigenous Womxn.
Chalsey Snyder is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. She is a mother, lawmaker, policy changer and stage four cancer survivor.