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Indigenous Peoples and the WTO
On the Outcome of the World Trade Organization 9th Ministerial Conference
6_w150_h129_s1_PR15_PCffffff.pngStatement by Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network

Turtle Island – Even though the WTO and its 159 member countries resurrected itself in its first multilateral trade pact in the WTO’s history,I feel it was a desperate fight by rich developed countries such as the United States to revive an economic and trading system that is all about capitalism.
The WTO is all about free trade for the corporations that are destroying our Mother Earth. Click here to read more.

Click here to read all statements from Indigenous Peoples regarding WTO policies and actions.

Tom Goldtooth at Bioneers 2013
Keynote Speaker Articulates Native Vision
4_w183_h111_s1_PR15_PCffffff.jpgTom B.K. Goldtooth, the executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) seemed taken aback when the packed auditorium of 3,000 rose with resounding applause at his keynote’s conclusion last Saturday at the Bioneers National Conference. At the podium, he remained humbled.

That doesn’t surprise Oren Lyons, a Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, and an honorary board member of Bioneers. “I’ve known Tom for a long time,” Lyons said. “He comes from a traditional family.”

Click here to read more and watch a portion of Tom’s presentation.

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PowerShift 2013
“Kandi Mossett (@mhawea) gave such an incredibly moving speech …”

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer – Kandi was born in North Dakota and grew up in an area known today as the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Behind the backs of the People of California
0_w150_h225_s1_PR15_PCffffff.jpgDespite being awarded, as I speak, for his supposed environmentalism, Governor Brown is moving ahead with a policy that grabs land, clear-cuts forests, destroys biodiversity, abuses Mother Earth, pimps Father Sky and threatens the cultural survival of Indigenous Peoples.

This policy privatizes the air we breathe. Commodifies the clouds. Buy and sells the atmosphere. Corrupts the Sacred. Click here to learn more.

This policy is called carbon trading and REDD. REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. But REDD really means Reaping profits from Evictions, land grabs, Deforestation and Destruction of biodiversity. REDD does nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at source. And REDD may result in the biggest land grab of the last 500 years.

The State of California is ALREADY using national forests and tree plantations as supposed sponges for its pollution instead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at source. REDD is bad for the climate, bad for the environment, bad for Californians, bad for human rights and bad for the economy.

Please Help Us Continue the Work!
We Need Your Help – Please Consider Making a Donation Today!
Truth is, we can’t continue to assist Indigenous and traditional frontline communities, who are struggling to protect their lands and resources, without your help.

IEN needs support to do everything from keeping the phones and lights on – to making sure that Indigenous Peoples voices are heard by government and world organizations that are deciding our fates without free, prior and informed consultation.

2_w80_h45_s1_PL15_PCffffff.pngPlease consider making a donation today! You can make your tax deductible (for our U.S. supporters) donation by using our secure link at WePay or you can mail a check or money order to:
Polaris Institute USA for IEN
PO Box 106
2235 Lakeshore Road
Essex, NY 12936

IEN Labeled “Radical”
We must be doing something right…
2_w166_h124_s1_PR15_PCffffff.pngThree grassroots organizations—Rising Tide North America, Oil Change International and the Indigenous Environmental Network—were labeled radicals…
The movement has helped delay President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline—designed to funnel Canada’s landlocked oil sands crude to refineries on the Gulf Coast—and has held up another contentious pipeline in Canada, the Northern Gateway to the Pacific Coast.

The Power Point document, titled “Oil Sands Market Campaigns,” was recently made public by WikiLeaks, part of a larger release of hacked files from Stratfo… appears to have been created for Calgary-based petroleum giant Suncor Energy, Canada’s largest oil sands producer. Click here to read more.

Helping IEN with your contributions is the only way we can continue to be “radical” and a force against this destruction fueled by greed!

Regaining Food Sovereignty:
Neyaab Nimamoomin Mewinzha Gaa-inajigeyang
Regaining Food Sovereignty explores the state of food systems in some Northern Minnesota Native communities; examining the relationship between history, health, tradition, culture and food.


By reclaiming and revitalizing knowledge and practices around tradition, local and healthy foods, many communities and Tribal Nations are working toward a new model of community health and well-being for this and future generations. A co-production of Lakeland Public Television & The Indigenous Environmental Network.

Forward on Climate Rally and March
Indigenous Peoples’ Messages Highlighted
On February 17, 2013, an estimated 35,000 people gathered and braved the bitter temperatures, in Washington D.C., to join the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Sierra Club,, HipHop Caucus, and an estimated 160-plus environmental student groups from across Turtle Island, to overwhelmingly voice their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and the expansion of the Canadian Tar Sands. Read more.

The collective message of constructive support for the President was clearly evident in the rally’s title, “Forward on Climate,” which co-opted the president’s 2012 campaign slogan and carried over to the inclusion of messages brought by Indigenous Peoples from both the United States and Canada. Read more.


Author: C. Whitney

I am an Independent consultant working with Organic farmers, wild collectors and conservation oriented communities in SE Asia. - Organic Consultant and Researcher, PhD candidate, Couchsurfing Ambassador, MOFGA Member, IFOAM Member, Organic Group Manager...

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