Activities Related to American Indians and Alaska Natives
(U.S. Geological Survey, 1997).
Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations
(Environmental Protection Agency, Archive: Fourth World Documentation Project, 1984).
American Indian Environmental Office
An EPA office under the American Indian Water Office.
American Indian Tribal Rights, Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities, and the Endangered Species Act
Discusses and clarifies the responsibilities of the federal government when enforcing the endangered species act on tribal lands, or when the ESA has an impact on the exercise of tribal rights. (US Department of the Interior, Interior/Commerce Secretarial Order, June. Archive: NAE, 1997).
An Analysis of Current and Pending Indian Water Rights Settlements
A review of U.S. water rights law. (National Indian Water Rights Project, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation and the Office of Trust Responsibilities, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C, 1996).
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA), Native American Work Group Web Page
"The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is charged with protecting America's agricultural resources by keeping foreign pests and diseases out of the country, minimizing damage caused by wildlife, and protecting certain animals from inhumane treatment." APHIS works with tribal governments and others to achieve these goals on tribal lands, in accordance with trust obligations and respectful of tribal sovereignty. A number of pages describe APHIS in relation to this issue.
Annotated Environmental Justice Bibliography
Annotated. (Andrew Szasz and Michael R. Meuser, 1999).
Anti-Indian Movement in the Wise Use Movement
(Rudolph C. Ryser, Center for World Indigenous Studies. Archive: Fourth World Documentation Project, 1993).
Anti-Indian Movement on the Tribal Frontier
(Rudolph C. Rsyer, Center for World Indigenous Studies. Archive: Fourth World Documentation Project, 1992).
Assessment of Indian Forests and Forest Management
This executive summary from a report by the Intertribal Timber Council reviews the adequacy of forest management on reservation lands in the United States. (Intertribal Timber Council, Indian Forest Management Assessment Team. Portland: Intertribal Timber Council. Archive: NAE, 1993).
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Trust Responsibilities
The Division of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Division of Forestry and the Geographic Data Service Center.
Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawai'i
The 24 life-sustaining plants of Native Hawaiians (sp?). (Lynton Dove, 1994).
Competing Sovereignties in North American and the Right-Wing and Anti-Indian Movement
(Center for World Indigenous Studies, Archive: Fourth World Documentation Project, 1988).
Defense Environmental Network and Information Exchange
This section deals exclusively with Native Americans, Alaskan and Native Hawaiians, and includes a number of documents.
Environmental Equity: Broadening The Scope of Environmental Collections
Guide to library research on environmental justice. A little dated, but see information about the EGJ. (Catherine Flanagan, Electronic Green Journal 1(1). Archive: NAE, 1994).
Environmental Inequality Bibliography
Annotated. (Andrew Szasz and Michael R. Meuser, 1999).
Green Party Platform on Indigenous Peoples
The platform of the Green Party USA (The Greens) has a section detailing their position on Indigenous Peoples. (2000).
High Country News
In keeping with this newspaper's focus on western land and resource issues, the paper's on-line page of Native American articles includes items on environmental laws, water, land rights and development issues.
How do you Define Sacred?
"A Comanche writer points out that Native Americans rarely agree on anything, including sacred places and spirituality, but believes that the discussion is good for us and that common sense can lead to mutual respect." (Paul C. Smith, High Country News 29(10), May 26, 1997).
Indian Burial Grounds for Nuclear Waste
A very good article on the recent history of attempts to bury nuclear waste on reservations. (Randel D. Hanson, Multinational Monitor 16(9). Archive: Fourth World Documentation Project, 1995).
Indian Policy Implementation Guidance Memorandum
(Environmental Protection Agency, Archive: Fourth World Documentation Project, 1984).
Indian Sacred Sites
Addresses access to sacred sites on federal lands. (Willam Clinton, Executive Order, May 24. Washington, DC: United States Government, 1996).
Indian Treaty Rights
(Zoltan Grossman, Reprinted from When Hate Groups Come to Town: A Handbook of Effective Community Responses. Atlanta, GA: Center for Democratic Renewal, 1992).
Indigenous Environmental Network
"An alliance of grassroots indigenous peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting the traditional teachings and the natural laws."
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
"ITEP acts as a catalyst among tribal governments; research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University; various federal, state, and local governments; and the private sector in support of environmental protection of Native natural resources."
Intertribal GIS Council
More like a business card than a web page, and four years old. (Rick Krause, 1995).
Intertribal Timber Council
The ITC is a nation-wide consortium of tribal governments and others "dedicated to improving the management of natural resources of importance to Native American communities" (particularly forests).
Medicinal Plants of Native America
Created by Daniel E. Moerman and Stephen M. Beckstrom-Sternberg. The database contains 17,634 items on foods, drugs, dyes, fibers and other uses of plants, but Moerman has expanded this work and published it, as well as offering it online. Search the bibliographies for his name. (1994).
Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Management of the Bison Population in Yellowstone
(National Wildlife Federation and the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative, Archive: NAE, 1997).
Municipal Solid Waste Management in Indian Country
Waste Management in Indian Country now provides information on managing
hazardous waste, construction and demolition waste, industrial solid waste,
mining waste, munitions waste, and municipal solid waste. (Environmental Protection Agency).
National Park Service, American Indian Liaison Office
Mission (shortened): To improve relationships between Native Americans and the National Park Service through consultation, outreach, technical assistance, education, and advisory services.
National Park Service, Tribal Preservation Program
The Program "assists Indian tribes in preserving their historic properties and cultural traditions."
National Tribal Environmental Council
"NTEC was formed in 1991 as a membership organization dedicated to working with and assisting Tribes in the protection and preservation of the reservation environment." Includes job and internship information.
Native American Environmental Associates
"Native American Environmental Associates (NAEA) is a Native American owned & operated environmental consulting firm
. Our staff of experienced & professional Native American biologists, archeologists and other environmental specialists will help you reach your environmental development and management objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner. NAEA is skilled in conducting environmental/cultural site surveys, regulatory compliance, archaeological evaluations, environmental and natural resources planning, environmental economic evaluations, threatened/endangered species inventories and monitoring, environmental quality sampling (i.e., water, soil, wetlands, etc.), and preparation of technical reports."
Native American Fish and Wildlife Society
"NAFWS has developed a national communications network for self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management. The Society represents professional biologists, natural resource managers, technicians, and conservation law enforcement officers."
Native American Food Plants
A database version of the 1936 USDA publication, "Food Plants of the North American Indians," programmed by Stephen Beckstrom-Sternberg and James A. Duke. (1994).
Native American Repatriation & Reburial: A Bibliography
(Barb Bocek, Archive: Southwestern Archaeology, 1992).
Native American Sacred Sites and the Department of Defense
The report, which is to aid the DoD in managing cultural and natural resources on lands under its jurisdiction, is available on-line. This is quite a resource, including maps, citations, etc. (Vine Jr. Deloria and Richard W. Stoffle, Department of Defense, 1998).
Native and Environmental Grassroots Movements
An article on the Indigenous Environmental Network, threats to native communities and environmentalism. (Zoltan Grossman, Z Magazine 8(11):42-50. Archive: NAE, 1995).
Native Lore: Eagle Stories
A couple of stories about eagle feathers, including a story about obtaining a feather under the Endangered Species Act.
New Endangered Species Policy is Designed to Enhance Native American Participation
About a Secretarial order of the Interior and Commerce Departments "to clarify the responsibilities of both Departments when actions taken under authority of the Endangered Species Act involve Tribal land, Tribal trust resources, or Tribal rights." (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, June 5, 1997).
New Front In The Waste WarsPart 2: The Poisoners Invade Indian Country
(Peter Montague, RACHEL's Environment and Health Weekly 239. Annapolis: Environmental Research Foundation, 1991).
This is a nice site, but there's evidence that it hasn't been updated since 1997.
The platform of the Green Party of California has a section detailing their position on Native Americans. (Green Party of California, 1998).
Portage Engineering and Environmental Services
A Native American-owned engineering and environmental services firm incorporated in Idaho in 1992. Offices in Idaho and Montana. (1998).
Project Willow: Understanding Native American Culture Through Enviromental Education
I think this is a pretty cool lesson plan: "Project Willow is a hands-on science curriculum
designed to introduce fourth graders to basic environmental science concepts from the perspective of the Washoe Indians. It traces Washoe encounters with the local environment in both traditional and modern times." (Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies, University of Nevada, Reno, 1998).
Red Hawk Laboratory, Inc
A Native American Indian owned and operated engineering firm with expertise in environmental engineering.
Report to Congress on Environmental Impacts to Native American Lands
A report by the Department of Defense on the damage they've caused to Native American lands. Of course, when you've done as much damage as the DoD, you can only write a sentence or two on each particular site. Also, they put the entire thing on one page so expect to wait forever for the full report.
The first of a series of on-line database sites that makes information on polluters and similar issues available to the public. I'll try and list more of these and move them all over to the general page.
Sacred Lands Film Project
The Project's films examine struggles to protect sacred sites such as Mt. Shasta and Devils Tower.
Seventh Generation Fund
SGF provides advocacy, small grants, financial management services and non-profit administration, leadership training and technical support to projects in four primary areas: American Indian Religious Freedom; Indigenous Peoples of the Americas; Native Environmental Initiative; and Native Sustainable Communities.
Speak Out Bureau
This is a non-profit speaker's bureau run by progressive media organizations. They coordinate the speaking engagements of several Native American environmentalists, and you can learn about their speaking schedules here.
Statements on Accepting the Green Party's Nomination for Vice President of the United States of America
(Winona LaDuke, Archive: Rat Haus Reality, 1996).
The Sacred and Profane Collide in the West
"The growing desire of Native Americans to protect their sacred sites in the West leads to sometimes acrimonious debate over public access, the First Amendment and the definition of sacred places." (Chris Smith and Elizabeth Manning, High Country News 29(10), May 26, 1997).
Tribal Environmental and Natural Resource Assistance Handbook
This is a critical reference document. It provides information on federal sources of both technical and financial assistance available to Tribes for environmental management. (PDF format. Domestic Policy Council Working Group on American Indians and Alaska Natives, Environmental Protection Agency, American Indian Environmental Office. 142 pp, 1999).
Tribes Reclaims Stolen Lands
"Using legal and financial savvy and the latest computer technology, Indian tribes across the West are taking control of tribal lands that have been in the hands of the federal government and, often, non-Indian farmers for the last century." (Greg Hanscom, High Country News 30(14), August 3, 1998).
U.S. Environmental Justice: Cases and Material
A good review of environmental justice from the perspective of U.S. law. (Vicki Been, 1998).
Unplug AmericaGive Mother Earth a Rest Day
"The 'Unplug AmericaGive Mother Earth a Rest Day' campaign was introduced in 1992 by Indigenous Peoples to invite all people to show our love and respect for our Mother Earth and all the sacred Life Circles by challenging unhealthy patterns of consumption and the continued production of poisons that destroy our environment
. October 13 is a day to 'UNPLUG.'"
Violence in Indian Country over Waste
An article about violent conflicts over toxic waste dumping on native lands. (Peter Montague, RACHEL's Environment and Health Weekly 404. Annapolis: Environmental Research Foundation, 1994).
Waste Programs Environmental Justice Accomplishments Report
For anyone with a desire to oversee bureaucratic justification, the EPA explains its progress on environmental justice for Native Americans. (Environmental Protection Agency, 1996).
Worldwide Plant Uses
The database contains 80,000 records of plant uses world-wide. Programmed by Stephen M. Beckstrom-Sternberg and James A. Duke (USDA). (1994).