In all of our work, we take a stance of deep respect for American Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and First Nations communities. We believe a new model of development is possible only through authentic engagement with the people who first inhabited the place we call home.
Since 1991, Ecotrust has been working with tribes and First Nations from Alaska to California to support a growing network of indigenous leaders, increase education opportunities for Native youth, and broker resources for economic sovereignty, repatriation, and improved management of traditional lands.
And, we work directly with tribes to share our technical expertise in the areas of fisheries and marine planning, forest and watershed restoration, and food systems to help restore and support Native communities, economies, and natural environments.
Since 2001, we have honored 58 indigenous leaders. Learn more about Ecotrust's Indigenous Leadership Award.