THRIVE Agenda: A bold plan for economic renewal.

Creating millions of jobs for a just, healthy, and equitable society.

THRIVE: Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy.

Many Issues, One Struggle.

COVID-19, climate change, economic inequity, Indigenous and Tribal Sovereignty and racial injustice; The Indigenous Environmental network recognizes the urgent need to shift the political moment from relief to recovery. IEN will join a growing coalition of grassroots groups, Indigenous Leaders, Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland and over 80 members of congress in support of the economic renewal agenda known as the THRIVE Agenda.

Eight Pillars of Thrive

Pillar One

Creating Millions of Good, Safe Union Jobs
As Indigenous peoples, we know “unions” are just a colonial way of saying we are community, we take care of each other, we look out for each other. So many tribal communities all across Turtle Island rely on extractive jobs to take care of their families - in fact, oftentimes our communities are preyed upon by the fossil fuel industry, whether through advertisements in tribal newsletters and throughout the community, or even through direct recruitment. By creating millions of good, safe union jobs, THRIVE ensures our communities maintain choice and autonomy and secures our collective futures with long-term, dependable, sustainable jobs, instead of being forced into occupations that cause harm to our people and land. Finally, by seeking jobs in renewable sectors, our communities can THRIVE both in this colonial framework while also ensuring we are living up to and maintaining our Indigenous lifeways.

Pillar Two

Building the Power of Workers to Fight Inequality
The idea of building power in our communities is a long-standing Indigenous value. Our people stick up for each other, we protect each other. The truth is, no job should ask us to sacrifice our safety and security. THRIVE ensures our people are protected when we are working to provide for communities, families, and ourselves.

Pillar Three

Investing in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
It’s crucial that the most affected communities have the power to democratically plan, implement, and administer these projects. By investing in our communities and those of our Black and Brown relatives, THRIVE will ensure those who are most impacted by harmful colonial systems will be the first to benefit from federal investments. We already know our communities are disproportionately harmed by environmental injustice. We also already know our communities have the solutions to the problems we are collectively seeking to address - many of us are putting these solutions into action without any outside investment or support. Imagine where we could be if our communities were uplifted and centered. Job creation, pollution reduction, climate resilience, investment in renewable energy infrastructure, and investment in traditional Indigenous revitalization will put us where we need to be. By ensuring our communities receive direct, material investments, we will ensure a better future for not just Indigenous peoples, but ALL people.

Pillar Four

Strengthening and Healing the Nation-to-Nation Relationships with Sovereign Native Nations
We know sovereignty is good for everybody - not just Indigenous people and Native nations. We also know that our nations care for our communities AND the larger non-native communities situated within our respective territories. The truth is, we need systems change to move us collectively away from this extractive, harmful economy that is hurting our people and the land. And it’s not that Indigenous peoples are better than other communities, it’s just that our specific and unique relationship to this land and the United States government aptly positions us to provide a decolonial roadmap, rooted in Indigenous knowledge, toward a truly regenerative future in which all of our communities can collectively THRIVE. For example, concepts such as Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC) with Indigenous nations are critical because we know in our hearts, cultures, and genealogies that WE are the LAND, WE are our PEOPLE. Nothing that is bad for the land is good for us. By ensuring our communities and Native nations are the ones making the decisions about projects that impact our people and our lands, THRIVE ensures we will have a healthy place to call home for all of our future generations.

Pillar Five

Combating Environmental Injustice and Ensuring Healthy Lives for All
Everyone deserves clean water. Everyone deserves clean air. Everyone deserves clean land. These are not controversial ideas, and yet Indigenous, Black, Brown, and working-class communities across the country are consistently denied these fundamental rights as we are sacrificed to the fossil fuel industry. THRIVE will ensure our communities have direct access to everything we need to live the healthiest lives possible. This looks like access to culturally-based health, mental health, and educational services, access to our traditional ceremonies and medicines, space to practice our traditional Indigenous lifeways, and bodily and tribal sovereignty for Indigenous peoples, our communities, and nations.

Pillar Six

Averting Climate and Environmental Catastrophe
Indigenous peoples have long warned of the climate emergency we are currently in. This is why it is crucial that we act and act now. We need monumental, historic solutions that match our monumental, historic problems. New investments outlined in THRIVE will spur the largest expansion in history of clean, renewable energy, emissions reductions, climate resilience, and sustainable resource use. By centering Indigenous traditional lifeways and knowledge, we can make sure we have healthy land, water, air, and communities for many generations to come.

Pillar Seven

Ensuring Fairness for Workers and Communities Affected by Economic Transitions
As Indigenous communities and nations on the frontline of the climate emergency and fossil fuel extraction, we know extractive industries continuously prey upon our people and our lands. In many cases, our communities are forced into dependency on the fossil fuel economy, left without autonomy, choice, or access to the permanent, sustainable jobs we can count on. We deserve a regenerative economy, in which care for our people and the land is front and center. THRIVE will ensure our people do not have to choose between providing for our families or upholding our traditional Indigenous lifeways. And by helping our people transition into safe, clean, good-paying, and long-lasting jobs, THRIVE will create the conditions that empower us to care for the land, water, and each other without sacrificing our Indigenous values and principles.

Pillar Eight

Reinvesting in Public Institutions that Enable Workers and Communities to THRIVE
For our communities to truly THRIVE, we need real, meaningful reinvestment in all public institutions. We know exactly what it looks like for the federal government to leverage these colonial spaces against our peoples - from boarding schools, to teaching anti-Indigenous histories (or completely erasing us and our experiences), to forcing our communities into abject poverty. We deserve JUST reinvestments that match the disproportionate injustices our people have and continue to endure. Under THRIVE, reinvesting in public institutions looks like free Language Immersion Schools on our reservations and in urban areas where our people live. It looks like valuing and uplifting traditional Indigenous Knowledge and Lifeways by ensuring our communities have access and opportunity to learn traditional Indigenous skills. Finally, it looks like providing a roadmap to ALL people to a regenerative economy and Just Transition that is rooted in Indigenous Knowledge and Principles.

Calls To Action

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Legislative Sponsors

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Rep. Raul Grijalva, AZ-3

Rep. Jared Huffman, CA-2

Rep. Doris Matsui, CA-6

Rep. Barbara Lee, CA-13

Rep. Ro Khanna, CA-17

Rep. Judy Chu, CA-27

Rep. Tony Cardenas, CA-29

Rep. Jimmy Gomez, CA-34

Rep. Karen Bass, CA-37

Rep. Nanette Barragan, CA-44

Rep. Alan Lowenthal, CA-47

Rep. Juan Vargas, CA-51

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, CT-3

Rep. Eleanor Norton Holmes, DC

Rep. Alcee Hastings, FL-20

Rep. Frederica Wilson, FL-24

Rep. Chuy Garcia, IL-4

Rep. Janice Schakowsky, IL-9

Rep. William R. Keating, MA-9

Rep. Cedric Richmond, LA-2

Rep. Dwight Evans, PA-3

Rep. Brad Sherman MD-30

Rep. James McGovern, MA-2

Rep. Joseph Kennedy, MA-4

Rep. Stephen Lynch, MA-8

Rep. Chellie Pingree, ME-1

Rep. Andy Levin, MI-9

Rep. Debbie Dingell, MI-12

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, MI-13

Rep. Ilhan Omar, MN-5

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, MO-5

Rep. Bennie Thompson, MS-2

Rep. Donald Payne, NJ-10

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, NJ-12

Rep. Debra Haaland, NM-1

Rep. Yvette Clarke, NY-9

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, NY-10

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, NY-13

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, CO-7

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, TX-30

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY-14

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, NY-8

Rep. Jason Crow, CO-6

Rep. Grace Napolitano, CA-32

Rep. Eliot Engel, NY-16

Rep. Brian Higgins, NY-26

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, OR-1

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, OR-3

Rep. Brendan Boyle, PA-2

Rep. Al Green, TX-9

Rep. Veronica Escobar, TX-16

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, TX-18

Rep. Gerald Connolly, VA-11

Rep. Peter Welch, VT

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, WA-7

Rep. Adam Smith, WA-9

Rep. Mark Pocan, WI-2

Rep. Jamie Raskin, MD-8

Rep. Don McEachin, VA-4

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, DE

Rep. Al Lawson, FL-5

Rep. Val Demings, FL-10

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, MA-7

Rep. Jackie Speier, CA-14

Rep. Joyce Beatty, OH-3

Rep. Grace Meng, NY-6

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, TX-35

Rep. Danny Davis, IL-7

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11

Rep. Ted Lieu, CA-33

Rep. Charlie Crist, FL-13

Rep. Betty McCollum, MN-4

Rep. Thomas Suozzi, NY-3

Rep. Nydia Vel’azquez. NY-7

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, OH-9

Rep. Mary Scanlon, PA-5

Rep. Steve Cohen, TN-9

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, NY-12

Rep. Daniel Kildee, MI-5

Rep. Jose Serrano, NY-15

Rep. Joseph Morelle, NY-25

Rep. Lori Trahan, MA-3

Rep. Adam Schiff, CA-28

Rep. Steven Horsford, NV-4

Rep. Mark Takano, CA-41

Rep. Katherine Clark, MA-5

Rep. Diana DeGette, CO-1

Rep. Pete Aguilar, CA-31

Rep. Paul Tonko, NY-20

Rep. Darren Soto, FL-9

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, CT

Sen. Edward Markey, MA

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, MA

Sen. Cory Booker, NJ

Sen. Tom Udall, NM

Sen. Martin Heinrich, NM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, NY

Sen. Charles Schumer, NY

Sen. Jeff Merkley, OR

Sen. Ron Wyden, OR

Sen. Bernie Sanders, VT

Movement for Black Lives


MPower Change Action


National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Family Farm Coalition

National Network for Youth

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Wildlife Federation

Natural Resources Defense Council

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

NextGen America

Organic Consumers Association

People’s Action

People for the American Way

People’s Justice Council

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Poder Latinx

Progressive Democrats of America

Public Citizen

Railroad Workers United

Rainforest Action Network

Right to the City Alliance

Rural Coalition

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Sierra Club

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team

Sunrise Movement

The Center for American Progress

The Climate Reality Project

The Wilderness Society

Union of Concerned Scientists

United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE)

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445

United Vision for Idaho

United We Dream

US Climate Action Network (USCAN)

US High Speed Rail Association

WE ACT for Environmental Justice 

Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

Women’s March

Working Families Party

Young Invincibles

Zero Hour

ActionAid USA

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network

Agricultural Missions, Inc.

Alabama Interfaith Power and Light

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

Alliance for Affordable Energy

Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Anthropocene Alliance

Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Aytzim: Ecological Judaism


Beyond Extreme Energy

Beyond the Bomb

Bold Alliance

Brave New Films

Brighter Green

Broward for Progress

Call to Action Colorado

Campaign for America’s Future

Chispa LCV

Colorado Catholic Network

Communities In Practice

Daily Kos

DC Democratic

Caucus For Returning Citizens

Detroit Jews for Justice

Earth Ethics, Inc.

Eastern Cherokee Organization

Echotopia LLC


EcoHealth Advocates


Elders Climate Action

Elected Officials to Protect America

Endangered Species Coalition

Environmental Protection Information Center


Evergreen Action

Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition


Gathering of Nations Limited

Giniw Collective 

Greater Birmingham Ministries

Green Earth Goods

Green Earth Goods LLC

Green New Deal VA

Greenbelt Climate Action Network 

Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy

Health Care Without Harm

Healthy 4 Purpose

Herbicide Free Campus

Hometown Action

Human Agenda

Important, Not Important

Indigenous Language Network

Indivisible Nob Hill

Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Institute for Policy Studies

International Student Environmental Coalition

Climate Policy Program

Iowa CCI

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Iowa Unitarian Universalist Witness and Action Network

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

Jobs to Move America

Just Balance

Just Community Energy Transition Project

Just Food and Water

Just Harvest

Kairos Action

Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light

Kinetic Communities

KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change

LA Forward

Los Jardines Institute

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Mass Audubon

Massachusetts Forest Watch

Massachusetts Peace Action

Mennonite Central Committee, U.S. Washington Office

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action

American Federation of Teachers

American Postal Workers Union

American Sustainable Business Council 

Amalgamated Transit Union

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Association of Flight Attendants

Black Millennials 4 Flint

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Catholic Network US

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Disability Rights

Center for Popular Democracy

Church World Service

Clean Water Action

Climate Hawks Vote

Climate Justice Alliance

Climate Reality Project


Color of Change

Communication Workers of America

Community Change Action

Conservation Lands Foundation

Data for Progress

Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action


Dream Defenders



Environmental Justice

Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform

Family Farm Action

Farm Aid

Franciscan Action Network

Future Coalition

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

Green For All, a program of Dream Corps

Green The Church

Green Workers Alliance



Greenpeace USA

HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance

Hip Hop Caucus

Hispanic Access Foundation

Indigenous Environmental Network


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Interfaith Power & Light

Justice Democrats 

Labor Network for Sustainability

League of Conservation Voters

League of Women Voters of the United States


Massachusetts Peace Action

Mi Familia Vota

Mighty Earth

Moms Clean Air Force

Mothers Out Front

Mujeres Unidas y Activas 

Museum Of Universal Self Expression (MUSE, Inc.)

National Children’s Campaign

National Equality Action Team (NEAT)

National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

Native American Democratic Caucus of New Mexico

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

New Hampshire Youth Movement

New Mexico Thrives

North Carolina Climate Justice Collective

Northeast Organic Farming Association- Vermont

Northeast Organic Farming Association-Interstate Council

Northeast Organic Farming Association, Mass. Chapter Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Our Climate

Our Revolution Washington Berniecrats Coalition

Peoples Climate Movement – NY

Pacific Environment 

Partnership for Southern Equity

Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania

Possible Planet

Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter

Progressive Maryland

R2H Action

Rachel Carson Council

Radical Inclusion

Rapid Shift Network

Real Food Media

Reclaim Philadelphia

Regeneration International

Resource Generation

Rights & Democracy

Save EPA



Sovereign Bodies Institute

Sunflower Alliance

Sunrise Worcester

Tahoe Green Jobs Coalition

Texas Campaign for the Environment

The Democracy Collaborative

The Global W.E./Global Warming Emergency

The Indigenous Youth Foundation, Inc.

The Leap

The Natural History Museum

The People’s Lobby

The Praxis Project

Tulalip Tribes

United American Indian Involvement, Inc.

United University Professions

Utah Moms for Clean Air

Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition


Waterkeeper Alliance

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

We Own It

West Virginia Rivers Coalition

Western Watersheds Project

Wildlife Conservation Advocacy Southwest

Win Without War

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom US  #VOTEPROCHOICE


198 methods

350 New Hampshire

350 Sacramento

350 Silicon Valley New Mexico


350 Triangle 

1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations