INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK

aka INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK   |   Bemidji, MN   |  www.ienearth.org

Mission

IEN is an alliance of grassroots Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Tom Goldtooth

Main address

PO Box 485

Bemidji, MN 56619 USA

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EIN

38-3653476

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Minority Rights (R22)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Our programs

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INDIGENOUS RISING CAMPAIGN: Indigenous Extreme Energy & Climate Campaign

This campaign is building solidarity with Native Nations, First Nations and community-based Indigenous organizations and allies towards building Power for Just Transition. From Alaska, to Canada, to the Lower-48 of the United States, to the Amazon; Indigenous Peoples are on the front lines of fossil fuel and dirty and destructive energy development and energy policy. This campaign program is taking action towards building the cultural, social, economic and political POWER of Native Nations/Indigenous Peoples to break free from the influences of a fossil fuel-dirty energy-destructive energy economy towards making a just transition to a sustainable, just, localized and clean renewable energy economy. Climate change is a component of this work. Working on climate change is not a stand-alone issue. It is linked to the rights of Indigenous Peoples; the demand for Energy Democracy; Economy; Food Sovereignty; Water; Clean Air; the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth and Rights of Future Generations. Includes the TransCanada KXL pipeline and other tar sands pipeline organizing work and Native organizing work on shale oil/shale gas (fracking).

Population(s) Served

This Indigenous Food Sovereignty Program works to create a local/regional food system that is just, green, local and affordable for all. We accomplish these goals through the development of community education on growing, preserving and preparing healthy food, including wild and traditional Native foods; through the formation of partnerships with the non-Native food growers to build cooperation, share resources and build community, with a focus on bridging racial gaps in our area to improve the local food system and food sovereignty and security for all. IEN with support of Bemidji State University conducted a regional food shed map to identify food growers, farmer markets, fisher people, hunters, gatherers and harvesters, such as wild ricers and maple sugar processors. The formation of a Food Sovereignty Council was initiated as a mechanism towards developing a local/regional food sovereignty plan.

Population(s) Served

This program is developing popular education and organizing regional seminars and trainings with tribal leadership to join a Native-based campaign for new legal and governance structures that recognizes harmony between humans and nature and not an endless growth model. Mother Earth and her natural resources cannot sustain the consumption and production needs of this modern industrialized society. The narrative is that monetary pricing on Nature, and privatization of Nature, creates new derivative markets that will only increase inequality and increase the destruction of Mother Earth. The protection of traditional plants, seeds and Native trees/forests is part of this initiative, starting with the IEN Campaign to Stop GE-Trees.

Population(s) Served

This program supports the administrative operations of IEN, with staffing of the Executive Director; Office Manager/Bookeeping; Program Developer; Media/Communications Coordinator; Secretarial and other support staff and services.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Financials

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INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK

Board of directors
as of 8/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sayokla Williams

Western Mining Action Network

TOM GOLDTOOTH

SAYOKLA WILLIAMS

OZAWA ALBERT

MANUEL PINO

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No