One of the key concerns in much of WEA’s work is around the continued presence of environmental racism and environmental violence in Indigenous communities around the world, and how that presence impacts women in particular.  We see this appear in many ways: the siting of hazardous waste facilities, American corporations’ sale and exportation of poisonous…

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The Ponca Trail of Tears and the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline are expected to intersect on the land of Mekasi Horinek in South Dakota, of the Lakota nation. Horinek has led an effort to bring back sacred and native plants and, in the process, combat poor health in tribal communities, and take…

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In it’s recent report, Climate Change Impacts in the United States, the U.S. Global Change Research Program found that “Indigenous communities in the Southwest are more vulnerable to climate change than ever before.  30% of the Navajo population not served by municipal systems like water will face even greater challenges with increased threats from: drought,…

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By: Sophie Sparksworthy, WEA Intern “Indigenous peoples have the right to the conservation and protection of the environment and the productive capacity of their lands or territories and resources.” — Article 29, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples   The physical health and cultural well-being of Indigenous communities are threatened by increasing environmental…

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