Our work with Indian peoples has for years drawn connections between indigenous land rights, environmental protection and human rights. In most indigenous cultures, separating these issues makes no sense. Our Mission Statement points out the intersection of these threats to indigenous peoples:
Indian nations and tribes and other indigenous communities throughout the world are afﬂicted by poverty, poor health and discrimination. When indigenous peoples are deprived of their ways of life and their ties to the earth, they suffer, and many have disappeared completely.
Our projects with the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council in Alaska and the Yukon Territory and with the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes of the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana have been designed to address the over-arching issues of land, environment and human rights.