Grantees 2016

This year 27 indigenous grassroots and community native-led organizations across 13 U.S. states and one Canadian province are the beneficiaries of $123,000 in new grants made by Honor the Earth with the generous support of the Kalliopeia Foundation. 

Owe Aku- Centennial, Colorado 

Owe Aku works to bring back our way of life which includes humanity’s role in nature:  we are a part of it, not outside of it, not having dominion over it.  To achieve this Owe Aku works to stop toxic mining that contaminates our water and land. Owe Aku has reestablished programs that utilize the wisdom of our ancestors in combating the effects of inter-generational trauma caused by colonization and the intentional attempts for hundreds of years to destroy our culture. 

Cheyenne River Youth Project - Eagle Butte, South Dakota 

The Cheyenne River Youth Project, founded in 1988, is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a wide variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities that ensure strong, self-sufficient families and communities.

Sacred Stone Camp - Fort Yates, South Dakota 

The Camp of the Sacred Stones was the genesis of the movement to protect the water at Standing Rock, a movement that has since spread worldwide, with local Water Protector Camps springing up wherever water is threatened. Though the camps of Standing Rock are gone, the Water Protectors of Sacred Stone still stand in answer to the molecular call of our water to defend Unci Maka. Nurtured and led by indigenous activist youth and women, Sacred Stone Camp has evolved into Sacred Stone Village--a shared vision of a permanent village that can teach by example how to live and thrive in an ecologically and spiritually sustainable community, featuring a return to camp life along the Cannonball River every summer for a Summer Camp Program focused on the youth. We are committed to continuing to empower future generations through education, leadership training, and by experience--by sharing traditional indigenous lifestyles and wisdom, teaching the true history of the native people of Turtle Island, and practicing food sovereignty, technological self-reliance through “green” energy, and sustainable architecture and village planning in harmony with Native traditions.

Yukon River Intertribal Watershed Council - Anchorage, Alaska 

We, the Indigenous Tribes/First Nations from the headwaters to the mouth of the Yukon River, having been placed here by our Creator, do hereby agree to initiate and continue the clean up and preservation of the Yukon River for the protection of our own and future generations of our Tribes/First Nations and for the continuation of our traditional Native way of life.

Ball Club Living Cultural Resource Center - Deer River, Minnesota 

Western Mining Action Network -Billings, Montana

The Western Mining Action Network’s (WMAN) mission is to foster and support a strong network that protects communities, land, water, air, and wildlife by reforming mining practices and holding government and corporations accountable.  More than 300 individuals representing organizations, communities, tribes, and First Nations participate in WMAN.  

Intertribal COUP - Rosebud, South Dakota 

Intertribal COUP and partners are working to convert these energy problems into solid opportunities to build tribal energy independence and greater economic strength. Our solutions include creating new energy efficient structures made from local straw bale construction materials and built by Tribal College faculty and students through a 'Train the Trainer' program teaching specific straw bale building skills and techniques. Intertribal COUP is also building capacity for energy audits and retro-fits of structures that waste energy and deplete community assets.

Dakota Wicohan -Morton, Minnesota 

Dakota Wicohan works to revitalize the Minnesota Dakota language, known as the eastern or D-dialect. This is one of three dialects which use the D, L, and N interchangeably. The D dialect is spoken by the Dakota bands indigenous to the Minnesota region—the Mdewakantaon, Sisitonwan, Wahpetonwan, and Wahpekute. Our mission is “to revitalize Dakota as a living language, and through it, transmit Dakota lifeways to future generations.” Our long-term vision is to build Minnesota’s first Dakota learning institute that will prepare and empower increasing numbers of people, generation by generation, to lead our communities with wo’Dakota.

Trees Water People -Fort Collins, Colorado

Trees, Water & People was cofounded in 1998 by Richard Fox and Stuart Conway, two foresters and friends who saw a huge need to address the pervasive deforestation in Latin America. As their plan evolved, they quickly realized that without addressing the underlying causes of deforestation, they would never be able to stop it.

Kaua'I Mala'ai Kula - Kilauea, Hawaii 

Founded in 2006, Malama Kaua’i is a community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses on advocating, educating, and driving action towards a sustainable Kaua’i. In the last few years we have honed our focus on increasing local food consumption and production, as well as building community capacity and growing interest in sustainable tourism.

Hopi Tutskwa Permaculutre - Kykotsmovi, Arizona 

Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute is a community-based non-profit founded in 2004 and based in the Village of Kykotsmovi which is located in Northern Arizona, USA on the Hopi Reservation. Our mission is to create community-based solutions in order to pass knowledge to the future generations and rebuild culturally sustainable and healthy communities.

Mauna Kea Education and Awareness - Kamuela, Hawaii 

Kūkulu; The Pillars of Mauna ā Wākea is a traveling exhibition featuring Art, Merchandise, Music and Messages of the Mauna Kea Movement. All art forms that contribute to this heART filled tribute to a sacred mountain are welcome. Kūkulu will serve as an platform to teach, to share and to inspire the community to stand as pillars for this sacred mountain through visual arts, workshops, presentations, events, and gatherings.

Oceti Wakan (Sacred Fireplace) -Pine Ridge, South Dakota

In Lakota society, when we introduce ourselves, we tell where we come from. Who are my people? The two founders of Oceti Wakan are my father, Pete S. Catches, Sr. (Petaga Yuha Mani) a 37th generation Lakota medicine man and myself, Peter V. Catches (Zintkala Oyate) a 38th generation one. To be a medicine man in Lakota society has to be in the DNA. We are both Oglala Lakota. This is how far back that we know, but our people come from this land if you look at our creation stories for thousands of years. We come from good people. As Lakota, I think we can say that we all do.

Dancing Earth Creations - San Francisco, California 

DANCING EARTH CREATIONS dynamically animates our mission to support Indigenous dance and related arts, to encourage and revitalize awareness of bio-cultural diversity through artistic expression for the education and wellness of all peoples. This mission is active through the national work of DANCING EARTH Indigenous Intertribal dance Ensemble (director Rulan Tangen), and two year-round associate youth cultural dance training programs in the Bay Area. Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza is led by director Jesus “Jacoh” Cortes, guest artist since 2006 of DANCING EARTH) in San Francisco, and the Dance Zone in Cupertino is led by director Daniel Arizmendi ( guest artist since 2012 DANCING EARTH).

Indian Cultural Organization  - Redding, California 

Since 1985, the U.S. government has refused to grant federal recognition of the Winnemem Wintu tribe.  The lack of federal recognition jeopardizes the tribe’s continued existence in the Mount Shasta area and has cut off federal benefits that are provided to tribes with federal recognition and which the federal government previously provided to the Winnemem Wintu.  In the face of these hardships, the tribe strives to preserve its native language, practice its religion and traditional healing methods, and protect its sacred sites and burial grounds from further encroachment by the federal government.

Dooda Fracking -Shiprock, New Mexico

Saginaw Chippewa Academy - Mount Pleasant, Michigan 

Saginaw Chippewa Academy serves students from Pre-K to 6th grade. The philosophy of the Saginaw Chippewa Academy (SCA) is based on the core beliefs: respect yourself, respect each other and respect your surroundings. Our philosophy also incorporates the 7 Grandfather Teachings, which are very important to the Anishinaabe way of life. Learning takes place in an environment that is pleasant, developmentally appropriate, and designed for success. By utilizing our SCA core values and the 7 Grandfather Teachings, each students' academic and cultural needs are addressed. The SCA staff pride themselves on their commitment to meet the needs of the students, parents, families, and tribal community while striving to ensure all students become academically competitive.

Territorial Treatment Centre - Yellowknife, NW Territories, Canada

Art of Activism - Window Rock, AZ, USA

Deebege Newe - Las Vegas, NV, USA

Olohana Foundation - Pauilo, HI, USA

The Olohana Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Hawaii. We work with communities to co-build resilience and adaptation strategies to climate change through projects that intersect food, energy, water, and knowledge systems. These projects include the planting of food forests and the Breadfruit/Ulu Initiative, the creation of a youth resilience council as part of the Pacific Risk Management Ohana, conservation of Hawaii National Park Service trails, and other programs and projects that support community relationship and knowledge sharing.

Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride - Sioux Falls, SD, USA

The Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Ride came together in 2005 after Jim had a dream to ride east to a place where a large group of men were hung. He was given specific instruction on what offerings to take and to place the offerings on a horse with no rider. We later heard from two Dakota men that the spirits had already told of riders coming from the west back to Dakota country. With the support of some very strong and clear minded wicasa who felt the spiritual power, the dream came into reality. Alex White Plume, Birgil Kills Straight and a crew of Big Foot Riders came to Lower Sioux Agency to help start the ride. The Dakota reserves were represented by Gus High Eagle and Carl Mazawasicuna. Our keeper of the Sacred Pipe, Arvol Looking Horse, was our spiritual leader to lead the riders in sacred prayer. Sheldon Wolfchild and the families from Lower Sioux created the path from Morton to Mankato based on their historical knowledge. The only intention of the dream was to ride and pray. No more no less. 

Native American Educational Technologies - Hayward, WI, USA

Wase Wakpa Winter Camp Retreat - Wakonda, SD, USA

Wakpa Waste ( wak pa wash the) - good river camp is on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation originally a place for displaced water protectors after the forced removal of camps on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation where they stood for months resisting and fighting Dakota Access Pipeline.

First Friday Show - Honolulu, HI, USA

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