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The Cornerstone of Climate Justice: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Updated: Nov 17, 2023

Indigenous speakers featured in Youtube premiere on November 1, 2023.

November marks a special time in the United States dedicated to celebrating National Native American Heritage Month and honoring the rich history, culture, and contributions of Native American and Indigenous communities.

It's also an opportunity to acknowledge the pivotal and leadership roles Indigenous people in the fight for climate justice, a struggle that affects us all. As we celebrate this month, we want to highlight the profound connection between Indigenous resistance and the battle for a just and sustainable future.

On November 1, to kick-off Native American Heritage Month, is co-sponsoring a Youtube premiere of Land Back + Indigenous Resistance, a program hosted by Climate Reality Bay Area and Climate Reality Project San Diego Chapter.

The premiere features Indigenous leaders Theresa Harlan from the Alliance of Felix Cove, Jason Deschler and Joe Sanchez of the Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin, Bernadette Demientieff of the Gwich'in Steering Committee and Angel Stickman of the Alaska Mining Impacts Network via the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

Check out the organizations featured from this event and actions you can take to support their work and campaigns:

The Alliance for Felix Cove advocates for the protection and restoration of the only remaining 19th century Tomalko (Coast Miwok Tomales Bay)-built home at Point Reyes National Seashore. Learn more about the Alliance

The Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin was organized in February, 2020, by a core group of lineal Marin Coast Miwok descendants, exercising their right to self-determination governance under PL 93-638, a federal law enacted on January 4, 1975. Learn more about the Council

Donate or send checks to Huukuiko, Inc., PO Box 725, Nicasio, CA 94946

Talk with neighbors, friends, and your estate planning attorney about Land Back opportunities in Marin County and across the SF Bay Area

The Gwich’in People are a tribe in the northern part of Alaska and Canada, preserving and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-Coastal Plain, the Porcupine Caribou Herd and the Gwich’in Way of life. Learn more about the Gwich'in | Check out videos from D4CJ

Donate by sending checks to:

Gwich’in Steering Committee, 3401 Airport Way, Suite 201,

Fairbanks, AK 99709

NOTE: is the official website of the Gwich’in Steering Committee. The website starting with "gwichinsteeringcommittee" is outdated and is being integrated.


A group of Gwich’in people, including the Gwich’in Youth Council are traveling to Washington DC in early December 2023, on the anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to lobby for permanent protection of the Refuge. Ask your MOC to create permanent protection from oil drilling of ANWR!

Alaska Mining Impacts Network establishes a convening space for conservation, tribal, and community leaders to create and share resources, build relationships, foster collaboration and strengthen advocacy efforts focused on the impacts of hardrock mining in Alaska.

Donate to the Alaska Conservation Foundation (Please write “Mining Impacts and Prevention Fund” in the comments)

Submit public comments by or before December 1: Take Action - Defend Brooks Range

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