Current Projects

Supporting Indigenous-Led Environmental Justice

Since 2018, First Nations has received $858,000 from The Broad Reach Fund to support Native American-led efforts to combat abusive extractive industries that are impacting Native communities, resources, and land through direct funding support to tribal communities and organizations on the front lines.

2021 Grantees

Apache Stronghold, San Carlos, Arizona

Apache Stronghold is a Native-led nonprofit organization that works to defend the sacred sites of the San Carlos Apache Tribe through neighborhood programs and civic engagement, and by working with Native and non-Native allies around the world. The organization is carrying out public awareness campaigns and litigation efforts to stop the destruction of Oak Flat, a culturally significant site for the local Apache Tribes.

Bering Sea Elders Group, Anchorage, Alaska

Bering Sea Elders Group is an association of elders appointed by 38 Tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim and Bering Strait Regions who have come together to protect their traditional ways of life and the ocean. As a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Advisory Council, the organization advocates for Tribes in the region and for the protection of valuable fishery resources, like halibut, that the Indigenous people of the region depend on for subsistence. Their project goal is to strengthen organizational capacity that will contribute to policy research and provide continued participation in the NPFMC.

Blackfeet Nation, Browning, Montana

The Blackfeet Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Office is working toward permanent protection for the Badger Two-Medicine in Montana through raising local awareness and educating the public on the cultural, social, and environmental importance of the area.

Camp Migizi, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Camp Migizi is a Two-Spirit Indigenous and BIPOC-led community fighting for Indigenous rights, decolonization, and embodying BIPOC solidarity. Created on Fond du Lac lands in direct response to the multilayered threat of the Line 3 pipeline, the organization leads a frontline encampment and protest activities to stop the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline and hold the company accountable for removing the old pipeline that is threatening the land and water of Native and non-Native communities in northern Minnesota.

Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Floresville, Texas

For decades, the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas has worked to combat the fossil fuel extraction industry in Texas to prevent the destruction of habitats and pollution of the land, water and air with emissions and toxic waste. The Tribe has continuously pushed for greater due diligence and due process in the permitting and construction phases of projects. The Tribe currently has frontline protest encampments in the Rio Grande Valley and across south and west Texas to protect sites of great cultural significance from further destruction from extractive industries as well as border wall construction. The Tribe plans to use litigation tactics to stop liquified natural gas pipeline and border wall construction by conducting outreach and educational activities to raise public awareness of these threats.

Chilkat Indian Village, Klukwan, Alaska

The Chilkat Indian Village is located at Klukwan on the banks of the Chilkat River in Southeast Alaska just 22 miles north of Haines, Alaska. The Chilkat River provides an abundant source of fish, game, berries, and medicinal plants that the Tribe relies on for subsistence and that is now being threatened by the development of the nearby Palmer Mine Project. The Chilkat Indian Village is exploring ways to permanently protect the Chilkat Valley from industrial-scale hard rock mining and other large-scale industrial, municipal, or commercial development projects that would permanently degrade the land, air, water, plants and animals within their traditional territory. They aim to do this through coalition building, government-to-government consultation, and research and analysis of potential long-term protection strategies, including land buy back initiatives, Tier 3 waterbody designations, and expanding the jurisdiction of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government, Venetie, Alaska

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government continues to pursue protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a cultural landscape under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act through tribal consultation and litigation efforts. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is part of the ancestral range of the Gwich’in people and key to their survival. It serves as the calving grounds for the Porcupine caribou.

Orutsararmiut Native Council, Brethel, Alaska

The Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) is the governing body for the Alaska Native community of Bethel, Alaska. The Tribe’s way of life is being threatened by the development of the Donlin Gold Mine, a massive open-pit complex next to the Kuskokwim River in southwest Alaska, which presents devastating risks to wild salmon habitat from the west side of the Cook Inlet through the Susitna Valley drainage into the Kuskokwim watershed. As the most important subsistence river for Native Tribes in Alaska, pollution discharges and habitat destruction caused by the mine threatens dozens of Native villages that depend on these resources for their food, culture, and economies. The ONC plans to take collective action to outreach and educate Alaskans on the negative impacts of the Donlin Gold Project.

Red-Tailed Hawk Collective, Pembroke, North Carolina

The Southeast Indigenous Climate Change Working Group of the RedTailed Hawk Collective (RTHC)  was first formed as a unified base for the tribes of North Carolina to collectively oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The group raises awareness around tribal, cultural resources, and natural resource concerns from the fossil fuel industry activities. RTHC is developing materials to educate Tribes in North Carolina to increase understanding and function of self-determination, including strengthening policies and procedures that support tribal sovereignty on matters that directly impact their historic and current territories.

United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Bristol Bay, Alaska

United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTTB) is raising awareness and support through a broad coalition of partners and supporters to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine Project. Bristol Bay, Alaska, is home to a thriving, pristine ecosystem with an abundance of wildlife that supports the subsistence way of life of Indigenous communities in the region. It is also the headwaters for two of the greatest wild salmon producing rivers in the world, the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers. The proposed Pebble Mine would become the largest open-pit mine in North America and poses a significant threat to the region’s water, fish, wildlife and cultural heritage. The United Tribes of Bristol Bay is carrying out national outreach and educational campaign to highlight the importance of protecting Bristol Bay from this proposed project.

2020 Grantees

Blackfeet Nation, Browning, Montana

Blackfeet Nation will develop two narrative reports on the history of oil and gas leasing in the Badger Two Medicine and outline the tribe’s rights to co-manage the area under the 1896 Agreement with the federal government. They will use these resources to educate the community on their rights to co-manage the Badger Two Medicine.

Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Floresville, Texas

 

Juan Mancias of the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe for Project Stop Texas LNG

Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe will use funding for ongoing support of protest encampments and pursue litigation to protect the Garcia Pasture, a sacred site in the Rio Grande Valley listed on the National Register of Historic Places and threatened by an export terminal and associated pipelines from Texas Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, Durango, Colorado

Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment will continue to support the opposition of oil and gas drilling in the Chaco Canyon area, which specifically threatens the public health, Navajo culture, and tribal sovereignty of the Navajo Nation.

Gwich’in Steering Committee, Fairbanks, Alaska

Gwich’in Steering Committee will continue to ensure the long-term health and viability of the Porcupine Caribou Herd breeding grounds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which sustain the Gwich’in way of life and are under renewed threat of oil and gas exploration, and will address the climate crisis and its impact on food security through the Indigenous Climate Summit.

Magpie Buffalo Organizing

Magpie Buffalo Organizing is working to prevent the destruction and desecration of the Sacred HeSapa from gold, uranium, rare earths and aggregate mining in the Black Hills. Plans include community action and advocacy campaigns hosted on their weekly radio show (Sacred Sites on KILI-FM Radio). The organization will also practice their Seven Sacred Rites in an informal and formal camp setting to raise awareness. In addition, they will work closely with the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Technical Team with upcoming tribal consultations with the EPA and BLM by providing and gathering written comments and testimony as needed.

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Keshena, Wisconsin

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will continue to pursue opposition to the Back 40 Mine, where extraction of minerals could ultimately create acid mine drainage, which could damage historic and culturally significant sites, including burial mounds and agricultural land.

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government, Venetie, Alaska

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government exercise their sovereign rights to oppose the recent Record of Decision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling through litigation strategies.

 

Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council, Rosebud, South Dakota

Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council will protect tribal homelands from the Keystone XL pipeline proposed to go through the Great Sioux Reservation. Funds will directly support continued community outreach and engagement, as well as completion of their strategic plan and tribal council education on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Utah Dine' Bikeyah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Dine’ Bikeyah will engage local Native American communities in restoring the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument and advocating for the protection of the full 1.9 million acres in the original Bears Ears proposal. They will also support the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, defend its position in court, and continue to develop the foundation for a land-use plan that will preserve and restore Native American activities.

2019 Grantees

Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Floresville, Texas

Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe will use funding for ongoing support of protest encampments and pursue litigation to protect the Garcia Pasture, a sacred site in the Rio Grande Valley listed on the National Register of Historic Places and threatened by an export terminal and associated pipelines from Texas Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Portland, Oregon

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission will support proactive policy and litigation strategies for the protection of treaty-reserved resources and improve federal and state policies for consistency with tribal treaty rights.

Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, Durango, Colorado

Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment will support the opposition of oil and gas drilling in the Chaco Canyon area, which specifically threatens the public health, Navajo culture, and tribal sovereignty of the Navajo Nation.

Gwich’in Steering Committee, Fairbanks, Alaska

Gwich’in Steering Committee will ensure the long-term health and viability of the Porcupine Caribou Herd breeding grounds at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which sustain the Gwich’in way of life and are under renewed threat of oil and gas exploration and to address the climate crisis and its impact on food security through the Indigenous Climate Summit.

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Keshena, Wisconsin

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will pursue opposition to the Back 40 Mine, where extraction of minerals could ultimately create acid mine drainage, which could damage historic and culturally significant sites, including burial mounds and agricultural land.

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government, Venetie, Alaska

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government will exercise their federally recognized rights to participate as a cooperating agency in the Environmental Impact Study that is being fast-tracked to open drilling exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to ensure traditional knowledge and historical laws are taken into consideration.

Red-Tailed Hawk Collective, Pembroke, North Carolina

Red-Tailed Hawk Collective will support the Southeast Indigenous Climate Change Working Group to provide outreach to Native communities, tribes, and organizations in their efforts to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and associated infrastructure in North Carolina. This work also involves the development and implementation of climate change strategies.

 

Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council, Rosebud, South Dakota

Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council will protect tribal homelands from the Keystone XL pipeline proposed to go through the Great Sioux Reservation that was established by treaty. Funds will directly support community outreach and engagement.

United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Dillingham, Alaska

United Tribes of Bristol Bay will support grassroots organizing in soliciting public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement issued for Pebble Mine project, a proposed massive open-pit mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay in Alaska. The proposed mine would devastate pristine habitat that sustains the world’s largest salmon run that is essential to the culture and livelihoods of the tribes in this region.

2018 Grantees

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Portland, Oregon

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission will support proactive policy and litigation strategies for the protection of treaty-reserved resources and improve federal and state policies for consistency with tribal treaty rights.

Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, Durango, Colorado

Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment will support the opposition of oil and gas drilling in the Chaco Canyon area, which specifically threatens the public health, Navajo culture, and tribal sovereignty of the Navajo Nation.

Gwich’in Steering Committee, Fairbanks, Alaska

Gwich’in Steering Committee will ensure the long-term health and viability of the Porcupine Caribou Herd breeding grounds at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which sustain the Gwich’in way of life and are under renewed threat of oil and gas exploration and to address the climate crisis and its impact on food security through the Indigenous Climate Summit.

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Keshena, Wisconsin

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will pursue opposition to the Back 40 Mine, where extraction of minerals could ultimately create acid mine drainage, which could damage historic and culturally significant sites, including burial mounds and agricultural land.

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government, Venetie, Alaska

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government will exercise their federally recognized rights to participate as a cooperating agency in the Environmental Impact Study that is being fast-tracked to open drilling exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to ensure traditional knowledge and historical laws are taken into consideration.

The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Pawnee, Oklahoma

The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma will acquire ground-penetrating radar (GPR) for the Natural Resource Officers’ day-to-day investigations, establish training, and integrate this process to create a Subsurface Investigation Protocol to protect groundwater resources.