Funding Indigenous Resistance
About This Episode
Indigenous organizers are at the forefront of revolutionary movements for sovereignty, environmental justice and land rights, movements that confront our largely ignored history of Native genocide and broken treaty promises. Yet, foundations, many who claim to support marginalized and underrepresented communities, spend just 0.4% of their annual funding on Native communities. Native causes are overlooked and underfunded by philanthropy.
In this podcast, we hear from Indigenous organizer and tribal attorney, Tara Houska, and two social justice funders, Edgar Villanueva and Jason Franklin. We explore the tensions that arise when Indigenous activists seek grants to support their radical work and encounter funders that are hesitant to fund direct action, largely uneducated about Indigenous history, disconnected from struggles at the frontline, and financially linked to the industries that profit on the devastation of Native lands.
Follow our interviewees on Twitter:
- Edgar Villanueva: https://twitter.com/VillanuevaEdgar
- Tara Houska: https://twitter.com/zhaabowekwe
- Jason Franklin: https://twitter.com/fundingchange
Keep up with their work:
- What is Line 3? Winona LaDuke Explains Line 3
- Take action to Stop Line 3
- Keep up with the Giniw Collective
- Learn more about Native Americans in Philanthropy
- Learn more about the Solidaire Network
Protest Law, Divestment, and the Vision for Climate Justice:
- The Red New Deal, an indigenous vision for climate justice: “A Red Deal” by Nick Estes (Jacobin)
- Bans on critical infrastructure protest: “States Are Using the Pandemic to Roll Back Americans’ Rights” by Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr. (The Atlantic)
- State-by-State US Protest Law Tracker
- Stop the Money Pipeline
Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance:
- Timeline of key events: “Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight” by Rebecca Hersher (NPR)
- Investigation of private security, state power, corporate dollars, and surveillance: “Oil and Water” a series by The Intercept
- Support NoDAPL Political Prisoners
Support Indigenous Justice Organizations:
- Honor the Earth website and Twitter
- Indigenous Environmental Network website and Twitter
- International Indigenous Youth Council website and Twitter
- Water Protector Legal Collective website and Twitter
is a medical student in the UCLA PRIME program and a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her background is in community organizing, policy, and advocacy to fight for social, racial, and economic justice for marginalized communities.
is a medical student in the UCLA PRIME program and a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. His background is in community health and health disparities work, along with advocacy for racial justice and health equity.
is a joint Master in Public Policy and Master of Business Administration student at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. Her background is in creative writing, institutional fundraising, and donor organizing for local social justice organizations.