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.

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.