Native Organizers Alliance responds to the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline

On January 20th, 2021 President Joe Biden signed an executive order to cancel the permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Native Organizers Alliance has been a partner in the Promise to Protect network of Indigenous activists and Tribal leaders who have been leading the resistance against these extractive industries for over 10 years.

Joe Biden has nominated Rep. Deb Haaland for the U.S. Secretary for the Department of the Interior, making her the first Native American to serve in the U.S. cabinet.

At Native Organizers Alliance we launched a campaign to advocate for Congresswoman Deb Haaland to be nominated for this important position in President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet. With your help and that of our grassroots organizers we delivered a list of 18,000 people’s names endorsing Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior to Biden’s transition team showing widespread support for her nomination.

“Rep. Haaland’s nomination to lead the Department of the Interior is a historic moment for tribes and the representation of Native peoples in our federal government. Her nomination validates the impact Native people had in this year’s presidential election. For the first time, we will have a person who looks like us and understands the complexities of treaties and tribal governments in the process of overseeing public lands.

Rep. Haaland brings deep experience in natural resources and tribal sovereignty, and an understanding of our Indigenous ways of protecting our lands, waters, fish, and wildlife. Native peoples have always been stewards of this land but we have not always been in the political positions to make the key policy decisions that shape our natural resources.

We praise President-elect Joe Biden for his decision to nominate a Native woman for a position that has tremendous impact on tribal governments and our cultures and traditions. This decision will have a lasting impact on Indian Country, and we can only hope it is the first step in reversing a long history of the federal government’s failure to uphold our treaties and a signal that the Biden administration will make good on its trust responsibilities.” – Judith LeBlanc (Caddo) Director of Native Organizers Alliance

Natives Vote

The 2020 election is an inflection point to further build Native peoples’ visibility and political power by ensuring that Native voices are heard. Our communities have untapped power because of our history, our ancestors—we must use it in many ways from the streets to the ballot box. Our collective power is necessary to move our work forward.

Natives Vote is a collaboration between IllumiNative, Native Organizers Alliance and First Peoples Worldwide. Our organizations have joined together to provide information, resources, and content to drive voter engagement in Indian Country.

Under this campaign, we are commissioning art from at least 50 Native artists including a collaboration between fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail and Steven Paul Judd with a line of apparel available at B. Yellowtail.com

We hosted two impactful virtual town halls on Facebook Live about the importance of voting and representation on Sept. 22, National Voter Registration Day, and Oct. 14.

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Indigenous Futures Survey

Until now, Native people have never been asked about what issues matter to us. The Indigenous Futures Survey centers Native voices and provides an opportunity for all Native peoples to be a part of shaping the future. Native Organizers Alliance has partnered with IllumiNative and Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth to conduct the largest survey of Native people ever conducted.

The survey will explore the impact of Covid-19 on Native peoples, their families and community, issue priorities for the upcoming election, how racism and discrimination impact Native peoples’ lives and visions for the future of Indian Country. Take the 10-minute survey now and become eligible to win raffle prizes like Nike N7 shoes, beaded jewelry, original artwork, and gift cards to your favorite Native brands. Your voice matters. 

To learn more about the Indigenous Futures Project, click here: http://indigenousfutures.illuminatives.org/

The results of the survey will help inform advocacy priorities for tribal leaders, policymakers, philanthropy as well as help to make visible the voices, needs, and issues of Native peoples to the media and American public in a critically important time in this country. 

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD TODAY! Take the survey now: https://bit.ly/IndigFuture

National Native American Town Hall

In July 2020 we co-hosted The Time Is Now National Native Town Hall on our Facebook LIVE.

Moderating our Native Peoples, Not “Native” Mascots panel is Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee), Lead Plaintiff, Harjo v. Pro Football, Inc; President, The Morning Star Institute. With panelists: Amanda Blackhorse (Diné) Lead Plaintiff, Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc., Carla Fredricks (Mandan Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) Director, First Peoples Worldwide, and Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip) University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan.

And Joined by: Notah Begay III (Pueblos of San Felipe and Isleta/Diné), PGA TOUR winner, Founder, NB3 Foundation.

The second panel is about Mt. Rushmore – the Fight for Indigenous Rights and Against White Supremacy

Join moderator Tiffany D. Cross, On-Air Analyst & Author with panelists: Faith Spotted Eagle (Yankton Sioux) Founder, Brave Heart Society, Tribal Chairman Rodney Bordeaux (Rosebud Sioux Tribe), and Nick Tilsen (Oglala Lakota) Founder, NDNCollective

Followed by How Do We Build a Multiracial Movement for Justice and Equity – moderated by Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee) Executive Director of IllumiNative, with panelists Derrick Johnson, President NAACP, So you want to talk about race- Ijeoma Oluo, our very own Judith LeBlanc(Caddo) Director, Native Organizers Alliance, and Marya Bangee, Executive Director, Harness.

Native Organizer’s Alliance Ribbon Skirt Webinar

Learn to sew a ribbon skirt with us!

We hosted a 90-minute interactive online tutorial with Alexandra Romero-Frederick (Oglala Lakota), on Indigenous ribbon skirt making.

All of our relatives, Native and non-Native, and all genders are invited to watch and learn. 

For Indigenous people, the ribbon skirt tells a story of endurance, strength, spirituality, adaptation and survival.

Today, the ribbon skirt is worn to gatherings that have political, cultural, and social significance. It is a signifier of Native women’s grassroots power.

Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum Made History

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential was held in Sioux City, Iowa August 19-20, 2019. Co-sponsored by Native Organizers Alliance and our friends at Four Directions, the forum had dozens of endorsing organizations and hundreds of volunteers.

Eleven Presidential candidates took part over the two days, responding to questions from panels of Native tribal leaders and grassroots activists.

You can watch videos of the event below.

NOA partners for the “Promise to Protect” Training Tour

The Native Organizers Alliance is honored to stand in unity with all those who are making a commitment to Mother Earth by pledging a “Promise to Protect”. Guided by on the ground leadership and vision, NOA has been helping to create the training program for the upcoming “Promise to Protect Training Tour”

“Today, a coalition of Indigenous leaders, farmers and ranchers, and their allies announced a training tour to prepare for creative resistance against the Keystone XL pipeline and other fossil fuel projects. The “Promise to Protect” Tour, named for the commitment made by more than 25,000 people to mobilize against the Keystone XL pipeline, will stop in 10 cities across the U.S. and several reservations along the pipeline route.” https://nokxlpromise.org/training-tour/

Judith Le Blanc (Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma), Director, Native Organizers Alliance: “NOA is honored to be a part of the circle of the Promise to Protect Tour. No power is greater than unity in action to protect Mother Earth. Our power grows from building community grounded in the traditional values of relationality and reciprocity. Native peoples coming together in alliance with all who put the natural world and humanity before fossil fuel corporate projects is the only path to ending the threat of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Promise to Protect Training Tour will grow the grassroots power to ensure the sovereign right of the Oceti Shakowin tribes to decide, NoKXL!”

NOA will be posting updates throughout the “Promise to Protect” training tour.