We hope you and your loved ones are enjoying summer and the many gifts our natural world brings during this time of year. For our network, July 2023 has been filled with intentional learning, nurturing all our relations, and strengthening our base.
Our team came together for our annual staff gathering at our headquarters on Anishinaabe lands in Bemidji, MN. IEN has grown to a nearly 30-member team, and we spent time strengthening our kinship with one another, bringing our minds together as one to kick off our strategic planning process in person. For four days, our team exchanged assessments of our work, deepened our understanding of Non-Violent Direct Action, and began to strategize and plan for our work ahead.
The Indigenous Environmental Network is in solidarity with relatives and allies of the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, and joining with the Nation to defend their unceded homelands from a massive industrial development project sited on the boundary of their Reservation, located in western New York.
PLEASE read the info at their website and support this fight by sending comments by the extended deadline for public comment until August 1 at 5pm.
You can find a sample comment letter as well as further context and guidance here.
At heart of this struggle is one of Western New York’s greatest treasures – a 20,000-acre wetland-grassland complex located mainly in the Town of Alabama, and locally known as “Alabama Swamp.” It is also known as the Sixth Great Lake, a glacial lake now largely underground but surfacing in the plentiful streams and pools that make this watery landscape essential to the many reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds who live or pass through, especially during spring migration.
Click HERE to learn more about the Nation, their homelands, the development, & solidarity campaign.
All comments must be submitted to email@example.com BEFORE 5pm on Tuesday, August 1. Please BCC firstname.lastname@example.org and Alexander Eaton, Esq. (legal counsel for Orleans County) at email@example.com to help us track public comments.
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The Indigenous Environmental Network is seeking an experienced and energetic Financial Manager to join our team. The Financial Manager will play a crucial role in providing financial resource functions for IEN. These functions include accounting, financial management and analysis, budget analysis, benefits and risk management. CLICK HERE TO learn more and APPLY!
Established in 1990, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is an international alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining, and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws. IEN works with Indigenous grassroots community organizations, Tribal governments, Indigenous national organizations, multi-cultural alliances, Tribal universities and colleges, as well as Tribal Knowledge holders and spiritual leaders. We work to empower and build the capacities of Indigenous Peoples and front line communities to develop mechanisms to demand environmental justice, protect our sacred sites, land, air, water, the health of our people and all living things, and to build sustainable communities.