FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Honor the Earth, in collaboration with the Headwaters Fund, the Indigo Girls, Medicine for the People, and a number of individual and institutional donors, are pleased to announce grants of $120,000 to Indigenous grassroots organizations across North America. We are tremendously grateful to our Board of Directors, and our donors for making it all possible. In this grant cycle, we’ve been able to support organizations working in restorative agriculture, honoring traditional cultural practices, protection of sacred sites, and in opposition to destruction of water, land and life.
Some of the organizations include:
Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture, on the Hopi reservation, for working in restorative agriculture and to initiate hands-on learning projects and hosts workshops that support Hopi youth and community to develop skills and capacity in rebuilding sustainable communities.
The Horse Spirit Society, supported for their organizing against the Keystone XL, and water healing with regards to uranium mining in the Black Hills. Our grant also went towards support for the Big Foot Memorial Ride, an educational and spiritual reaffirmation of Lakota history, culture, and commitment to future generations.
Honor the Earth was able, through our Fall Indigo Girls Benefit concerts in Minneapolis, Madison and Bayfield, to provide funds to support a number of grassroots and tribal governments in the region, particularly the Bad River Legal Defense Fund, for the Bad River Chippewa working to defend the watershed from the GTAC taconite mining proposal; and Ron Plain, an Anjiwaning Anishinaabe man who was involved in Idle No More blockades and works to draw attention to the chemical contamination of his first nation—surrounded by 63 chemical companies, and creating toxic contamination of Anishinaabe people. As well, Honor the Earth was able to support the Idle No More movement in Canada, and the Mi’qmag nation in the Maritime Provinces in their opposition to the fracking of their territory by Southwest Resources.
2013 Fall-cycle grants are being allocated to a number of organizations including:
Cheyenne River Youth Project: Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Garden
Dakota Resource Council: This Is Mandare
Earth Lodge Movement
Fort Berthold Community College: Honoring the Bottomlands
Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture
Horse Spirit Society: Big Foot Memorial Ride
Idle No More Campaign of the Polaris Institute
Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign of the Polaris Institute
Medicine Wheel/ Yellowbird
Metis Horticulture & Heritage Society: Foundations for a Regional Seed Library
Native American Educational Technologies: Harvest Educational Learning Project (HELP)
Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division: Solar for Sustainability
Owe Aku: Moccasins on the Ground Tour of Resistance
Ponca Youth Mentorship & Garden Project
Pooenadu Organic Farms
Prairie Dust Films (LLC): Crying Earth Rise Up
Bad River Tribal Legal Defense and the Penokee Hills Education Project
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa: Mino Bimaadizwin Farm Expansion
Rio Grande Community Development Corporation: Southwest Uranium Mining
T’sou-ke First Nation: Wui,cist,Cen,tol
To Lani Enterprises, Inc.: Revitalizing Local Navajo Corn Production Markets and Traditions
Waikiki Hawaiian Civic Club & Ahahui Siwila Sawaii – Kapolei – Pupuhi Kukui – Malino Ke Kai
Western Energy Justice Project
White Earth Land Recovery Project
For more information about Honor the Earth and our upcoming environmental justice and Indigenous economics advocacy, please visit our web site, our YouTube channel, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook, e-mail us at [email protected], or call us at 218-375-3200.