Grantees - 2012

Fall 2012 Honor the Earth Grant Awards


Honor the Earth is pleased to announce these grants being given to thirty- nine well-deserving organizations; $136,000 is being re-granted this year. Many great projects out there being done by these organizations, such as fighting the environmental destruction of the Canadian tar sands, resistance to the pipelines running across Canada and the United States, community run gardens, the protection of sacred water against a mining corporation development right beside a sacred site, reclaiming salmon to restore the sacred balance of water, healing land restoration and more.

Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites (APOSS)
Location: Northern California, Pitt River and Wintu Nations territory
We, The Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites (APOSS) is a community based organization, made up of Pitt River, Wintu, Yana, Shasta and other Native Peoples who live in the traditional territories of the Pitt River and Wintu Nations; Shasta, Siskiyou, and Lassen and Modoc Counties in Northern California.

Ancestral Pride
Location: Village of Maaqtusiis, Ahousaht First Nation, British Columbia
Ancestral Pride is a grassroots land defenders movement mainly of Nuu Chah Nulth,Coast Salish people, who are intent on helping to heal the community through land, housing, and food security. Our aim is to ensure the continuity of the land, by educating ourselves, and others as much as we can about the need to connect with our homelands. The Sovereignty Housing Project (SHP) began as a way to help relieve the housing and food crises that we are facing on reserves. This eight-phase project aims to develop a foundation for long-term community sustainability by developing and implementing a demonstration village site. Honor the Earth funds would provide for the initial workshops and training for anyone who is interested in taking part, as well as to assist in the beginning of building necessary features in the community, such as a long house, community garden and greenhouse.

Beaver Lake Cree Nation
Location: Alberta, Canada
The Beaver Lake Cree Nation is one of the First Nations deeply impacted by the Canadian Tar Sands as they are frontline resisters. This First Nation is hosting a large Round Dance to bring support to the frontlines and create awareness around the environmental impacts the tar sands is creating.

Black Mesa Water Coalition
Location: Navajo Nation
The Black Mesa Youth Permaculture Apprenticeship Program is part of BMWC Black Mesa Food Sovereignty Project. This apprenticeship program is design to develop knowledge and knowledge vital to reviving and strengthening Black Mesa’s regional food systems. It will provide hands-on training and workshop opportunities for local youth and community members around permaculture, dry land farming, watershed restoration and natural earth building.

Chalkyitsik Village Council
Location: Chalkyitsik, Alaska. Athabascan
Honor the Earth funds will be used to attend Fish and Game meetings and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) meetings in Fort Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska where the majority of meetings are being held. Fort Yukon's Tribal government is in partnership with Chalkyitsik to protect the Black River corridor against mining, oil drilling and any development that may effect our land, water, air, subsistence and other resources. However the tribe feels helpless against organizations with more funds available to them and the tribe's lack of funds for protection.

This Athabascan tribe is fighting to protect their traditional homelands from oil, gas, and mining developments. The tribe is also seeking to use HTE funds as well as other pending grant funds to inform and educate the community on the destructive developments facing them. The tribe also plans to travel to Washington DC to convince government leaders not to allow mining in their territory.

Chinati Ixtlan Cultural and Land Conservancy
Location: Presidio, Texas
Part of our mission is to help establish a healing landscape for this area in order to preserve and revive tribal traditions and knowledge, which in the past, established this area as the bread basket of the entire region. A pledge of 100 acres of these sacred lands has been offered to our group and will be donated once our non-profit status is established. This site will serve as a model for possible future acquisitions.

Our group brings the knowledge, experience and traditions necessary to help in restoring not only the land, but also in helping to reconnect the local indigenous community to their ancestral homeland. Our mission will have an emphasis on sustainable living practices as well as provide a learning and healing landscape.
Funds will be used to fund forums that will include a hands-on approach led
by experts and elders on sustainable living practices. The projects will include, but will not be limited to, land management, construction, farming techniques, and land restoration. The guiding principle in all of these endeavors will be accomplished with a universal geometric reverence, combined with form, beauty and sustainability. The use of local labor and contractors will have an added benefit to the local economy.

Claiming our Place
Location: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada
'Claiming our Place' is a comprised of women from all 3 Aboriginal groups as well as non-Aboriginal women in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, a community in the sub-Arctic region of Labrador, Canada. Our mandate is to enable local Aboriginal women to ‘claim their place’ within the natural resource development agenda within the region through reconnecting to their historical and contemporary relationships with rivers and other natural resources. This is necessary because the impact on local Aboriginal women is neglected by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal decision- makers in the current intent to build a hydro-electric dam and to attract the mining industry to the region. Women are being mobilized using an Indigenous method called Creative Action Circles. The first group of women have been trained by the designer and facilitator of this method. They are now in the process of making connections with other groups of women in the community. During the process women share stories; identify themes (indigenous knowledge); discuss issues and use creative (visual and audio) means to give voice to the issues and their interests.

The grant will be used to bring the facilitator back to help the group consolidate and showcase these voices.

Dine Bidzill- Southwest Indian Uranium Forum
Location: Gallup, NM
Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum (SIUF) and Dineh Bidziil (DB) are a united grassroot organization who seek a nonprofit organization status. Its mission is to work directly with Indigenous communities affected by uranium mining legacy in the Four Corners Region; to identify alternative economic opportunities that respect and incorporate traditional culture, foster responsible stewardship of the land and enhance self-reliance of communities. SIUF-DB are established to allow creative ideas to evolve into projects in an effort for Native communities to address their economic, environmental, social and cultural needs.

SIUF and DB would use HTE funds for general support in setting up education
forums on mining issues. Educational forums will also include topics on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Denouncing the Doctrine of Discovery. Their desire is to bring awareness to the communities, the youth, and the traditional people who are affected by these topics. HTE funding will also serve as a SEEDS Funds so that others may fund this cause.

Dream of Wild Health/Peta Wakan Tipi
Location: Hugo, MN & Minneapolis, MN. Dakota
Dream of Wild Health is a 10-acre organic farm in Hugo, Minnesota that preserves and shares plants and medicines grown from the seeds of our ancestors. We teach the old ways of growing food and living healthy lives. We believe that food is medicine and that by rebuilding our relationship with the land we will also rebuild our health as a people. Each year we have urban Native youth from 8-18 years old come to the farm to learn about our heritage as the first farmers who grew and prepared highly nutritious foods.
This grant will be used to fund two youth apprentice positions - one in gardening and one in food preparation - as a way to support a new generation of community leaders who will have an Indigenous understanding of health. This expertise will serve the Native community well as we reclaim our health and well-being in a reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth.

Earth Lodge Movement
Location: Fort Berthold, ND
Earth Lodge Movement is a new organization on the Fort Berthold reservation. All members are of Native American tribes, with strong personal and spiritual relationships, commitment to our work, and skills necessary for successful organization and project success. We plan to build a living Earth Lodge Community of three homes and one central community/education lodge, combining traditional earth lodge design with modern green energy and architecture. The earth lodge community will help mother earth directly through sustainable living for the founding families, as well as being an educational model for others communities, and raising the environmental consciousness on the Fort Berthold reservation. Partners include Fort Berthold Community College and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Honor the Earth funds will go towards materials to build three semi-modern Mandan Earth Lodge family homes, which will surround one Central lodge building. Funds may also go to consultation staff and or utility connection costs.

Eyak Preservation Council (EPC)
Location: Cordova, Alaska
EPC is the only grassroots Native-founded environmental justice and social
change organization dedicated to protecting and preserving wild salmon habitat, subsistence and Indigenous culture and promoting sustainable communities in the Prince William Sound and Copper River watersheds. EPC’s long-term vision is pristine productive ecosytems that support healthy communities. EPC’s overarching goal is Wild Salmon preservation and ongoing cultural and conservation stewardship for the region. EPC would like to provide a DEC approved facility that is affordable and sustainable for the community’s needs; through community participation, to provide wholesome food for our rural community, and to expand direct-market and cottage industry opportunity and income streams for our region and its residents.

Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute
Location: Santa Cruz, NM, Ohkay Owingeh, displaced natives
Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute provides support and advice to indigenous communities in North and South America reviving and strengthening traditional agriculture. The Sacred Gardens Project is building traditional native gardens in various locations to teach both native and non-native community members the wisdom of our elders regarding traditional foods, medicines, and seeds. This project includes spiral, terrace, and waffle gardens growing companion crops together for higher yields. Crops produced are used as immediate food sources, food preservation, and seed preservation for future generations. Lessons learned from this project will be documented in a book that will be shared with future generations. This project would include supporting the school garden project at

Santa Clara Day School.
A small seed bank is also in the planning stages.

Green Teens
Location: Aamjiwnaang First Nation
Our group is located in Aamjiwnaang First Nation, which has the distinction of being one of the most toxic places in North American by the National Geographic organization. It is situated within the 50 km radius of 63 high emitting facilities and the levels of chemicals spewed have earned it the name of Chemical Valley. Our group started because the youth wanted to raise awareness about the health issues,environmental impacts and stark reality of living in the shadow of an industrial nightmare. We want to have a variety of skill building workshops so they can be effective group members when we are sharing the message of the Green Teens.
We want to host three skill building workshops, one on media relations and public speaking so we can communicate their messages effectively. We want to have a workshop on Social Media, Blogging and Marketing so we can have a platform to share our Message and Stories with a wider audience. And we want to have a workshop on Indigenous Rights, Treaty Rights, and Inherent Rights so our youth know their rights and the government’s obligations to them as First Nations people .

Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture
Location: Kykotsmovi, AZ, Hopi
Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture is a community-based organization that engages,
trains, and inspires Hopi youth and community to keep ancient Hopi life ways and traditions alive. Our vision is to strengthen food security while creating opportunities for local Indigenous youth and community members to participate in the continuation of Hopi life ways through the continued intergenerational practices of traditional Hopi farming and gardening as well as applying applicable Permaculture principles and techniques. Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture helps to initiate hands-on learning projects and hosts workshops that support Hopi youth and community to develop skills and capacity in re-building sustainable communities. This project proposal is specifically to support the continuation of the goals of Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture in strengthening food security and the traditions and cultural values that accompany them within the traditional Indigenous Hopi community.
Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture is requesting a total of $5,000 from Honor The Earth. Funds will be utilized for the following: $2,000 for Apprentice stipends; $2,500 for supplies and project materials; and $500 for workshop expenses. All support will benefit in the strengthening of grassroots efforts to encourage and create stronger and healthier communities of Hopi People as well as promote the continuance of our sacred culture.

Indian Cultural Organization/ Winnemen Wintu Tribe
Location: Tuiimyali, Redding, CA
The Indian Cultural Organization (ICO) was formed by a grassroots group of Shasta County Winnemem Wintu Indians in 1981. It was then incorporated as a California State non-profit tax-exempt organization in July of 1983 and received the IRS EIN in January 2000. This tribal community-based non-profit organization focuses on helping the tribe preserve religious and cultural traditions, restore traditional activities and support the tribe's advocacy on behalf of clean water, healthy rivers for salmon and salmon recovery in California. We have a long-term vision for the survival of the Winnemem people and water policies that honor our sacred relationship to water.

The Honor the Earth funds will be used to help return our McCloud River
(Winnemem Waywakit) salmon back to California from New Zealand. We thought
our salmon were lost when the Shasta Dam blocked the runs during World War II, but their genetic descendents persist in New Zealand after being shipped there in the early 1900s by a federal hatchery.

Indigenous Consultants, LLC
Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Indigenous Consultants LLC forwards this grant application to initiate a 12 month project in conjunction with The First Friday Show, a public TV project. Over the last 4 years, First Friday has increasingly focused on issues of sustainability, education and food security. This year, First Friday wants to pre-plan shows that focus on Sustainability, geothermal energy development, The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative as well as issues relating to Food Security, GMO Labeling & Contamination, The Public Land Development Corporation and Climate Change.

Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians
Location: Montegut, Louisiana
Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha Choctaw Indians is a State
Recognized Tribe, in the process of applying for Federal Recognition. As a small Native American community we recognize the need to combine our voices and we are joining in the formation of a Tribal Advisory Council with other Native American Communities within the state of Louisiana to expand our knowledge of the issues we face due to the effects of climate change and the consequences that have resulted for our tribal communities. The years of oil and gas exploration upon our waters, marshes and tribal lands are leaving us with land erosion/loss and intrusion of salt water. We are being advised by WTAC and NRCS. We would like to expand the discussion with other tribal communities across the US to explore natural alternatives to restoring our lands and waters, regaining self-sustainability in a way that honors Mother Earth. We would use the funds to travel and meet with other tribal communities around the US.

Ka Malo ‘o’ Ehunuikaimalino
Location: Kealakekua, Hawaii
Ke Kula o ‘Ehunuikaimalino’ is a K-12 Hawaiian immersion school where Hawaiian language is taught as a first language. The school has a garden to produce some of the food for free/reduced breakfasts and lunches for the students. The school aims at restoring indigenous wisdom and sustainability. The school would use Honor the Earth funds for food preparation materials, curriculum, the cement foundation for the construction of a Halau (traditional hula platform), and for local Hawaiian cultural Practitioners salaries.

Keepers of the Water
Location: Manistee, Michigan, Ojibwe
Keepers of the Water is an Indigenous women's led organization guided by
traditional Anishinaabekwe values and responsibilities. The funds will be used for a Media Campaign, Traditional Activities, Outreach and Empowerment. The Media Campaign will include: billboards, radio, website and free social media.
Traditional Activities will include: ceremonies, talking circles, crafts and teachings related to the water. For Outreach & Empowerment we will have a one day forum on “Indigenous Women, Activism & Water,” Blue Shawl Project, present at conferences, meetings and other outlets.

Lakota Immersion Childcare
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
We are creating a full-immersion early childhood daycare in Lakota, initially beginning with a small cohort of children under age two, so that they may learn Lakota as a first language. This will fit the classical definition of a “language nest”.
Currently there is no such program in existence in Lakota Country. In future years, the program will expand upward as the initial cohort reaches elementary school age, in order to include an early elementary school curriculum (all in Lakota). The early childhood component will be retained permanently, in order to prepare first-language Lakota speaking children for the immersion school component. Honor the Earth funds would be used to augment our program’s overall resources, as we are operating on a shoestring budget. Our biggest priority at present is paying the salaries of two full-time Lakota-speaking caregivers, who are the heart and soul of our program.

Lakota Waldorf School
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
The Lakota Waldorf School (LWS) is situated in the heart of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, land of the Oglala Lakota people. LWS serves children age 3-6 from the Pejuta hake, Allen and Manderson districts. Mission statement is: The Lakota Waldorf School strives to initiate the educational process whilte maintaining the Lakota language and culture. Our goal is to empower our Lakota children so they will create positive active futures for themselves and their communities.
The proposed award of $ 5,000 would fund the costs of a masterplan for future school buildings and teacher/office housing, utilizing renewable energy resources and standing as a model for other schools on Indian reservations across South Dakota. The planing of the buildings for the LWS emphasize green technologies, cultural design, low energy consumption, near off grid results, anticipates increased corporate energy producer costs imposed by big utility companies and increased propane vendor costs.

Lakota Solar Enterprises
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Through our partnership with Trees, Water & People, Lakota Solar Enterprises will improve the livelihoods of four Oglala Lakota families living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota through the installation of efficient solar air heating systems on their homes. This simple and sustainable technology will drastically lower energy bills for impoverished families while protecting our shared environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through clean, renewable energy technology. A solar air heater can save a family up to 30% on their winter energy bills for over 20 years, with practically no maintenance. These significant energy savings will empower Lakota families to invest more in their basic needs, such as food, healthcare, and education.

Native American Educational Technologies, Inc
Location: Bad River, WI, Ojibwe
Native American Educational Technologies, Inc. (NAET, Inc.) for nearly two decades has successfully pursued its mission of Education, Training and Preservation for Native Americans; Preservation of culture, language, sacred sites and primarily the natural world that gives us life. One of Lake Superior Chippewa's prime aquatic habitats is under serious threat from sulfide contaminated mining and native activists are turning to the Anishinaabe treaty rights to stop the disaster before it happens. The Bad River Ojibwa’s sacred wild rice beds, The Kakagon Sloughs on Lake Superior, are located within the threatened area, and are downstream, as is the entire reservation.

Our “Native Voice” Project is a public media campaign, run by Native volunteers to broadcast over Indian Country TV and the Internet live broadcasts of hearings and citizen meetings that is designed to be used as a tool to bring about awareness of the impact of mining on the Bad River Anishinaabe living downstream and the local non-Indian residents. This tool of advocacy will allow the expansion of knowledgeable citizenry who will affect local decision makers to protect this rare and culturally valuable aquatic habitat more powerfully than the written word can. The Native Voice Project will transform local residents into activists, who will in turn advocate for the permanent protection of the Penokee Hills, the Bad River Kakagon Sloughs on Lake Superior’s shore and the wetlands, rivers and streams of the ceded territory.

Native Youth Leadership Alliance
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
The Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) is an intergenerational collective of predominantly Tribal College students and their allies that spark positive change in Native American communities. NYLA connects education to action by providing culturally based leadership support, networking opportunities, seed funding and learning experiences that help young leaders achieve community building goals.

After 3 years of development as an organization and network, NYLA fellows are now ready to sustain collaboration on specific issues they organize around in their communities. NYLA seeks to strengthen networks and connect young leaders from diverse Tribal communities focusing on food sovereignty as a foundation for movement building. Strengthening cultural ways of life are central to revitalizing whole communities, and at the heart of Native communities are traditional foods. Food sovereignty is a strategic place to continue to restore ecosystems, heal communities and restore a sense of agency towards community change. NYLA will increase leadership capacity, collaborative initiatives and partnerships across Tribal communities with this investment from Honor the Earth.

Nepikan: Save Our Serpent
Location: Ohio Valley
Nepikan is a newly formed project in response to breaking news about desecration of the Serpent Mound national landmark in Adams County, Ohio, and other nearby ancient earthwork sites. Nepikan is an activity of Adena Core, a project of the Center for Appalachian Philanthropy based in Portsmouth, Ohio. Adena Core is a broad-based effort for the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage in the Ohio Valley, including especially the concentration of ancient earthworks unique to the region. Nepikan is the Native American-led arm of Adena Core, the goals
of which are to protect mounds and earthworks from all forms of destruction
and desecration; to assert Native American authorship of the earthworks of the region; to increase Native American involvement in ownership, protection and management of earthwork sites; and to protect and honor the Timber Rattlesnake as an endangered and sacred species.

Owe Aku International Justice Program
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
The Owe Aku International Justice Project (“IJP”) was formed by Lakota people who received direction from traditional leaders. IJP was launched to expand Owe Aku’s cultural, educational and environmental work to include international human rights as an additional level of advocacy to preserve the Lakota land-based way of life for future generations. IJP’s specific mission is to educate all peoples about the critical value of our land-base and continue with strategies that utilize international human rights standards that recognize our sovereignty. Lakota sovereignty, an inherent human right of all peoples to determine their destiny, is also preserved in our treaties with the United States and its people. We have developed strategies that bring our traditional leaders into international forums, not just to those mechanisms assigned to Indigenous peoples, but all of the resources available. This is also a means to assert our inherent sovereignty and, as a result, bring well-needed encouragement and empowerment to the members of our communities within the Lakota nation. Honor the Earth funds would help Owe Akuʼs Sacred Water Project by protecting the Lakota Nation and people from uranium mining and its environmental devastation.

Pe’ Sla
Location: South Dakota
Save Pe’Sla was a large organizing movement this year to save a
sacred site to the Lakota People. $4,000 was donated to the Indian Land Tenure Foundation which was matching donating funds to save Pe’ Sla. In an urgent struggle to raise funds to purchase the sacred site before it went to auction, all the funds were raised literally in the knick of time by grassroots Lakota organizers. Pe ‘Sla, the sacred site will forever remain with the Lakota nation because of donations from Honor the Earth and from other grassroots organizations. The Women’s Donor Network saw our donation of $4,000 and they matched our funds as well. $16,000 was donated to save Pe‘Sla on behalf of Honor the Earth and the Women’s Donor Save

Pe'Sla campaign Network.

Punky Lake Wilderness Camp
Location: Tsilhqot’in, British Columbia
PLWCS deals with at risk youth in the Tsilhqot’in region. We work to help them find a better life path by facilitating programs based on the medicine wheel, which provides an effective model for living that re-establishes self-worth. Our project is to build a pit house, where we can house elders teaching youth traditional practices that they can then pass on to the next generation.
The Punky Lake camp is built in an area where mining corporations have been
putting in permit requests to develop. The camp is a sort of resistance to the mining development. Also, after the pit house is constructed, PLWCS would like to use some kind of renewable energy to fuel the house, such as solar energy.

R.A.V.E.N. Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs
Location: Beaver Lake Cree Nation
Beaver Lake Cree Nation is a community of 900 Woodland Cree whose homelands
are in the path of the largest industrial project on earth. Their courageous fight to protect their hunting grounds is also the world’s fight – to prevent expansion of the climate-destroying tar sands developments in Alberta. The Cree ancestors signed Treaty 6 in 1876, and in exchange for access to their land, they were guaranteed the right to hunt and fish for all time. The Beaver Lake Cree allege that the tar sands projects are illegal and unconstitutional because they violate the treaty – by destroying the very habitat that the animals and fish depend on.

Initial start up costs of $250,000 for the legal team to file the reply to the Statements of Defense, prepare document discovery and attend critical case management
hearings by October 31, 2012

Secwepemc Nation Youth Network
Location: Neskonlith Indian Reserve, British Columbia
The funds will be used to purchase a deep drinking water well so we may provide access to clean, safe drinking water for our communities’ Secwepemc Families Life School and Cultural Institute. At our School we educate, children, youth and families in culturally-based teachings of Secwepemc Indigenous culture and language. We teach about plant food and medicine identification, harvesting, hunting and salmon fishing, Indigenous food production and preservation, Our Story (Secwepemc history), Our Universe - cosmology, our Bodies, Tmicw-our Earth, Health, Public Speaking. On our grounds we have 30 different types of plant foods and medicines,berries and roots that we harvest, preserve and use. As part of our curriculum we are also reviving our Secwepemc songs, dances and Coyote stories.

Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG)
Location: Bay Area, San Francisco, CA
Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG) is a Native Youth focused media and arts organization fiscally sponsored by The Cultural Conservancy. The publication of the first SNAG magazine in 2002 marked the beginning of a legacy of Native youth education, art, and outreach. Through ten years of SNAG programming and media training, SNAG has been able to increase its impact for the underserved Native youth of San Francisco. The proposed Garden Workdays and Feast Workdays Project will support the agricultural development of local gardens in the Northern California Bay Area, serve as an educational tool for the youth, and make food accessible to the community. This Project will be coordinated by SNAG intern Desirae Harp, and will include 6 events. Each event will include a two-hour garden workday, 2 one-hour long workshops on sustainable and traditional gardening, and growing and harvesting Native foods and a community feast. The garden workdays will allow the youth to plant, grow, and harvest the food that will be served at the community feasts.

Shonto Community Development Corporation
Location: Navajo Nation
The Shonto Community Development Corporation is a tribal community owned non-profit that is actively engaged in activities designed to improve the economic and social well-being of the community and surrounding region. Our corporation is located in a rural area on the Navajo Nation and has ventured into the Renewable Energy industry on a Residential and Commercial Level. The Honor the Earth Funds would be used to kickstart our community’s initiative to bring Utility Scale Solar to our community and the Navajo Nation. We have a unique viewpoint and approach to acquiring our goals.
The Shonto Utility Scale Project has some momentum and is in need of feasibility data to support its plan as well as gain traction towards securing a power purchase agreement which would guarantee completion of the overall project.

Sustainable Nations

Location: Tucson, AZ
Sustainable Nations has been asked to provide technical training and assistance by the Zapotec community in Ixtepec, Oaxaca. They are developing a mosaic of community directed developments, around the development of a midscale wind farm and water systems, with a vision for holistic, culturally grounded sustainability for their region. They are working with the Yansa Group, who has secured investors,is managing the technical aspects of the wind farm that is still beyond the capacity of the community itself, and is planning for the training and implementation of a local management regime. Sustainable Nations has been asked to come provide some training in agroecology, wastewater treatment, and potentially facilitate the site of a locally-led adobe construction training; the traditional building method that has fallen out of use. Sustainable Nations technical staff will remain in the area to provide follow-up technical assistance for a minimum of two months after the completion of the training.

Tatanka Wakpala Tiyospaye
Location: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Tatanka Wakpala Tiyospaye is a group dedicated to living in harmony with the earth and creating a community that does as little environmental damage as possible. It is important to our tiyospaye that we use only renewable energy to power and heat our homes. We will use the grant from Honor the Earth to purchase two additional wind generators with batteries for power storage, towers on which to mount them, and to hire an expert to teach us proper installation and maintenance for them and the one generator we have already purchased for this project.

Traditional Native American Farmers Association (TNAFA)
Location: Santa Fe, NM, Inter-tribal community
This project is designed to provide training hands-on workshops and tutorials for native farmers, educators, and health providers, native youth, native women farmers/gardeners, in the critical importance of genetic preservation (traditional and heirloom seed). This includes, growing for seed purity, seed selection, sourcing traditional seeds, seed storage, and maintaining a seed library (bank).
These workshops and training will be hosted in a number of Native communities here in Arizona and New Mexico, collaborating with the community and host organization, while using local resources and traditional knowledge and wisdom

Treaty to Protect the Sacred

Yankton, South Dakota
First Nations representatives, tribal representatives and spiritual leaders gathered and signed a treaty on January 25, 2013 to protect sacred- the land and water from the Keystone XL pipeline passing through Indian country. The sludge bitumen
passing through the KXL pipelines is sure to break, leaving the oil to seep into the earth and into the Unci maka, our sacred water. There are over 150 First Nations that oppose the KXL and this treating gathering is one of many gatherings that have taken place to gather resistance against the tar sands development.

United Houma Nation Community Gardening and Traditional Plant
Preservation Project
Location: Golden Meadow, Louisiana
The United Houma Nation Community Gardening and Traditional Plant Preservation Project is intended to reconnect tribal citizens with traditional food sources and way of life. Recognizing that families have strayed from fully living off the land, this project is intended to provide a much needed food source for elders and connect tribal youth with the bounty Mother Earth can provide. The community garden will be elder lead and provide much needed nourishment for elders on fixed incomes as well as serve an educational outlet for diabetes management and education. The Honor the Earth funds will assist with moving this project to the initial phase of preparation for planting the first crop.

Water is Sacred conference
Location: Blood Reserve, Alberta, Canada
oh'kii Ik sokapii Water is Important Conference:
Let us put our minds together and come up with ways to protect the water on the Blood Reserve.Through workshops and discussion groups, this conference on water will provide residents of the Blood Reserve an learning opportunity. This conference will take place on the Blood Reserve in January 18, 2012. Presenters will deliver topics on water safety, protecting your health while living in a oil development area,the steps to writing petitions to environmental departments, understanding our sacred relationship to the earth, water, air, plant

White Earth Indigenous Farming Conference:
White Earth, MN
Each year the White Earth Land Recovery Project hosts the indigenous farmingconference. The conference is hosted for three days and is a place where presenters come from the U.S. to teach workshops on farming practices, on seed saving,composting, etc. The conference is hosted at the Maplelag resort where nature and scenery meet indigenous farming lectures/workshops, it is a beautiful place where green thumbs can visit and learn from each other. The last day there will be a seed swap where heirloom seeds can be traded for other for other special seeds.

We’re certain the ‘gete okisimin’ will be one of the prized treasure seeds; it was found in an archeological dig a few years on the Oneida territories. The seed was given to the White Earth Land Recovery Project to grow, unsure of what we were growing, a large orange squash was the end product, which we now call the ‘really cool old squash’ or gete okisimin.


Chicago, Illinois 
United States

Project Support: Urban Explorers Prairie Restoration and Native Foods Garden Project
Funds will go to strengthen the AIC’s Urban Explorers Project, a unique culturally-based, community science program for Native youth. Youth will expand their work by engaging in local prairie restoration along the neighborhood Metra train tracks and growing Native heritage foods in a community garden.

Flagstaff, Arizona 
United States

Project Support: Black Mesa Reclaimed Lands Solar Farm
Funds will support projects that involve two resources deeply tied to the unique bio-cultural landscape of the southwest and the Navajo people: the sun and the sheep. The development of a Mixed Breed Wool Carpet Company and the Black Mesa Reclaimed Lands Solar Energy Farm will support traditional Navajo lifestyles and allow for the continuation of this life-way into the future.  The Solar Energy Farm is a way to take lands ravaged by unsustainable industries & create sound development that will utilize a bountiful renewable resource - the sun.

Berkeley, California 
United States

Project Support: Cache Creek Watershed Tribal Sampling and Cleanup Project
The Project is a partnership between Big Valley Rancheria, Elem Indian Colony, Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians, Robinson Rancheria, CIEA and the Department of Toxics Substance Control. The Project re-establishes local traditional food within the Cache Creek Watershed through cleanup and restoration of traditional fish habitat, edible traditional plants and wildlife and the protection of culturally sensitive areas. 

Austin, Nevada 
United States

Project Support: Western Shoshone Pinyon Project
Funds will support the Western Shoshone Pinyon Project, part of an ongoing effort to retain Native gathering rights.  Project activities include organizing a gathering to discuss how harvesting rights were lost, methods to reclaim the harvest tradition and strategies to protect the forest from corporate interests. Two traditional pine nut ceremonies will be held and educational materials about this ceremonial food will be created.

Flagstaff, Arizona 
United States

Project Support: Kwang’wa Tsoki Orchard Restoration Project
Funds will support the Kwang’wa Tsoki Orchard Restoration Project in creating a viable community-based and sustainable fruit tree nursery.  A hoop house and shade structures for fruit tree graftings/seedlings will be built this year. Orchard restoration will be utilized as a way to train and engage Hopi youth and community members in a local food economy.

Flagstaff, Arizona 
United States

Indigenous Community Enterprise’s mission is to work directly with Indigenous communities to identify economic opportunities that foster responsible stewardship of the land and enhance self-reliance. Funds support an ongoing Straw Bale Project to design and build culturally appropriate homes, and a newly launched Native Food Project, to revitalize and promote traditional local food systems. 2010 funds will support ICE's work with the National Forest, using small diameter ponderosa logs to make traditional hogans for Navajo elders and is planning to expand this program to include young Navajo families.

Lakewood, Colorado 
United States

Project Support: Traditional Kiowa Camp
ITRC is coordinating a Traditional Kiowa Camp to reconnect tribal youth with traditional foods and life ways. Funds will be used to purchase food and pay stipends to teachers and camp assistants. Tipis, camping equipment and other supplies are provided in-kind by the local community.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 
United States

Project Support: Little Earth Urban Farm
Funds will be used to involve youth age 7-11 in the Little Earth community garden.  Incentives will be given for youth who participate in tending a youth plot and participating in activities around food justice.  The youth will showcase what they learn through visual art projects (painting, drawing, and theater). The teen group will act as mentors to the younger youth and programming for both age groups will be geared toward stimulating pride in and responsibility for the garden.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 
United States

Project Support: The Zenteotl Project
Zenteotl is a community engagement project dedicated to honoring and restoring Mexihca (Aztec) organic gardening methods, traditional dance, arts and oral histories, especially those surrounding Corn.  Youth and families from the central Minneapolis neighborhood sow and harvest heirloom blue Corn seeds and other traditional plants. Funds will support the piloting of an annual Corn Festival - Festival del Maiz - to celebrate the significance of Corn for many cultures and promote involvement in sustainable gardening practices.

Pawnee, Oklahoma 
United States

General Support
The Pawnee presently have a seed bank that houses traditional seeds that were cultivated in their original homeland of Nebraska and they are working to expand beyond the seed bank status in order to restore their ancient crops. Funds will be used to purchase supplies needed to garden, travel to Nebraska, attend in-state trainings and provide storage for seeds/produce.

Taos, New Mexico 
United States

General Support
The Red Willow Community Growers Cooperative is farmer’s cooperative responsible for both onsite agricultural production and revitalizing the community’s agriculture. Funds will support an assessment of the operating efficiencies of the site’s renewable energy systems and subsystems, including a biomass heater, a photovoltaic-powered field and greenhouse drip irrigation water system and solar thermal heater. RWCGC will be installing a real-time data gathering system as well as optimizing the efficiency of those systems and subsystems.

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San Francisco, California 
United States

Project Support: SNAG BioBus
Funds will support the waste vegetable oil conversion of a SNAG BioBus along with youth education on alternative fuels and climate change. The BioBus will take urban Native youth to rural and reservation communities to learn practical knowledge about climate change mitigation/adaptation and the restoration of Indigenous cultures.

Chadron, Nebraska 
United States

General Support
A community-based, cooperative effort to raise food across Pine Ridge Reservation, the Slim Buttes organic gardening program assists over 300 Oglala families in producing local, healthy food on their own land each year. Funds will be used toward labor costs for twelve tractor operators & helpers across the reservation. 

Trinidad, California 
United States

General Support
Sustainable Nations is working to promote the health of Native Nations through renewable and other appropriate technology training and support.  This year, the organization is working with the Yurok community to organize micro-hydroelectric trainings and installations and develop a farmers’ and traditional trade market on the Yurok reservation.  Funds will be utilized to host the micro-hydroelectric training and engage in community planning for the market.

Pine Ridge, South Dakota 
United States

Project Support: Permanent Shade - Preserving Natural Resources
In addition to hosting the Annual Lakota Dakota Nakota Language Conference, attended by over 400 participants each year, Tusweca Tiospaye provides language and cultural programming to Pine Ridge reservation youth.  Funds will be used to build a permanent shade "test site".  The shade would be used as an outdoor classroom, a gathering place for elders and women during Sun Dance, and for shelter to aid in ceremonies during the winter months.  The permanent shade would replace the need to annually harvest timbers on the reservation, a natural resource that is in short supply. 

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