Honor The Earth
The Organizationís mission is to provide funding and public support for Native environmental initiatives. Preference is given projects in one of three program areas: environmental and energy justice, building sustainable communities, and youth. Environmental and energy justice projects can address the defense and protection of homelands and traditional ways of life; protection of sacred and historical sites, endangered species and biological diversity. Also of interest are projects addressing the issues of fossil fuel, nuclear, and mega-hydro energy production, processing, and emissions; climate change and global warming; nuclear waste storage and transportation; and issues of unsustainable mineral and water extraction related to energy production and processing. Building sustainable communities projects should be innovative initiatives that foster Indigenous thinking and the use of traditional language addressing sustainable community development. Also on the Organizationís radar are those that provide tools for addressing conflict resolution, and those that focus on learning the principles of decolonization. Youth grants recognize the need for youth involvement in community organizing. The Organization supports initiatives that promote youth development and leadership skills. Grants support Native communities and groups working to protect the earth; organizations working with Native youth and young adults to develop leadership skills; and projects designed to encourage youth to protect and restore Native communities. Priority is given to Native grassroots, community-based organizations and groups with a lack of access to federal and/or tribal funding resources.
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