Indigenous Environmental Network

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Indigenous Environmental Network is incorporated under the non-profit organizational name of Indigenous Educational Network of Turtle Island.

Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of community and tribes to address EJ issues, development of initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others. IEN convenes local, regional and national meetings on environmental and economic justice issues, and provides support, resources and referral to Indigenous communities and youth throughout primarily North America – and in recent years – globally.

Exective Director is Tom Goldtooth.


It Takes Roots November 1 · 2019.

50 social justice activists from across the United States and Puerto Rico just landed in Havana, Cuba for the It Takes Roots delegating to the Continental Convergence for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism.


We are here to build deeper relationships, to affirm the principles of solidarity and grassroots internationalism, and to continue to fight for a systemic transformation against capitalism. It Takes Roots is a multiracial effort led by women and gender oppressed people of color and Indigenous peoples on the frontlines of racial, housing and climate justice. It Takes Roots is made up of the members of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Right to the City, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliancee — with Shaun Grogan-Brown, Monica Atkins, Randy Jackson, Jade Leah Daniels, Indigenous Environmental Network, Maria Irene Lopez, Cindy Wiesner, Darryl E. Jordan, Tom Goldtooth, Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, PODER (SF), Ironbound Community Corporation and East Michigan Environmental Action Council - EMEAC.

AOC connection

Climate Justice Alliance January 10 · 2019·

Excited to share our vision for a #JustTransition and the #GreenNewDeal with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Climate Justice Alliance members from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Indigenous Environmental Network, the New Economy Coalition the Labor Network for Sustainability, and UpRose Bk shared their solutions and brought the frontlines to Capitol Hill. Stay tuned for a video message from Representative Ocasio-Cortez.

  1. ClimateJustice #GreenNewDeal #JustTransition #GND — with Cynthia Mellon, Lex Barlowe, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Ananda Lee Tan, Angela Adrar, Tom Goldtooth and Marion Gee.

Lee connection

The Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, based in Albuquerque, works very closely with Pam Tau Lee, since the mid 1990s.

She also works closely with the Indigenous Environmental Network, a network of various tribal representatives and community groups from native lands all over the U.S. and in Canada. Also the the Southern Organizing Committee for Environmental and Economic Justice.[1]

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Coordinating Committee

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Coordinating Committee, as of 2015;[2]


  1. [Full text of "Community and union organizing, and environmental justice in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1967-2000 : oral history transcript / 2003"]
  2. Global Justice Alliance CC