Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, Crownpoint, NM

ap photo of chrichrock mininig operations in the navajo nationEastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) is working to stop the construction and operation of three new uranium solution mines in Navajo communities in northwestern New Mexico.

Individuals from this organization are concerned about the impacts of proposed uranium solution mining on the Crownpoint region’s sole source of drinking water, the Westwater Canyon Aquifer. The aquifer supplies water to 15,000 people in this arid region. ENDAUM is also concerned about the effects of releases of radioactive materials on people who live in Crownpoint within a mile of a proposed central processing plant. The proposed uranium processing plant, located in the village of Crownpoint near schools, churches, and homes, also poses a risk of air contamination.

ENDAUM has engaged the services of scientific and legal experts who are testifying about the dangers of the proposed mine in hearings before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

This undated photo provided by the Navajo Nation shows the abandoned Northeast Church Rock mine site near Gallup, N.M. (AP photo/Courtesy of Navajo Nation) via

www.krqe.com and the Associated Press.

Traditional Culture and Education

A movement to protect and perpetuate traditional Native culture is underway throughout the country. Lannan Foundation supports organizations that exist to revive or perpetuate traditional Native belief systems, traditional cultural practices, and traditional knowledge.

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Language Preservation

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Environmental Protection

Lannan Foundation has made it a priority to support efforts made by local Native communities to protect their lands and water from degredation and destruction. The foundation has also supported efforts by groups that implement and advocate for alternative, renewable energy systems.

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Legal Rights

Lannan Foundation recognizes that the U.S. legal system can be an important means to advance the rights of indigenous peoples who are fighting to protect their traditional ways of life. The foundation supports legal efforts that benefit Native issues and causes, particularly in the area of environmental protection.

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Special Projects

Lannan Foundation recognizes the need to occasionally step out of the regular grant program guidelines and invest in unique and critical projects. These special projects are developed through an invitation process, and are awarded funds outside of the regular Indigenous Communities Program grant budget.

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Funding in Indigenous Communities

Cover of Lannan ICP Funding ReportBecause the foundation’s staff and board believe that indigenous peoples have important cultural traditions that should be shared with people around the world, it is pursuing creative ways to promote the values and visions of indigenous communities and projects from which it has learned over the years. Lannan believes that supporting indigenous communities has profound implications for the future of all cultures and ecosystems.

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Piegan Institute, Browning, MT

school child at piegan institutePiegan Institute, a nonprofit organization chartered in Browning, Montana, on the Blackfeet Reservation, was created as a vehicle to research, promote, and preserve the language of the Blackfeet Tribe. Its most powerful representation of this focus has been the construction and staffing of two neighborhood-based private schools, one for pre-school children, the other for grades one through four.

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Traditional Native American Farmers Association, Santa Fe, NM

TNAFA director Clayton BrascoupeNative farmers are deeply concerned about the erosion of community support for agriculture. TNAFA, which now includes 50 families from 18 tribes, seeks to reverse the recent decline in farming by re-invigorating agricultural traditions and increasing economic opportunities for farmers.

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Environmental Justice for Maya Leaders Alliance

Maya leaders in the courtroomThe Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law secured a major victory for people in the Maya communities of southern Belize when, on June 28, 2010, the Supreme Court of Belize ruled in their favor.

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O’odham Rights Cultural and Environmental Justice Coalition

protest in sonoytaO’odham Rights was founded by ceremonial and traditional leaders of the O’odham peoples in Mexico and the United States. It was formed in direct response to a proposal by a Mexican company to build a giant commercial hazardous waste landfill near the ceremonial site of Quitovac and O’odham villages on both sides of the border.

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Western Shoshone Defense Project, Crescent Valley, NV

mt tenabo in the western shoshone defense projectThe Western Shoshone Defense Project affirms Western Shoshone jurisdiction over Newe Sogobia (traditional Western Shoshone territory) through the protection, preservation, and restoration of Newe rights and responsibilities for present and future generations based upon cultural and spiritual traditions. The project conducts outreach and education on issues affecting the Western Shoshone Nation, including sovereignty rights, land rights, and environmental quality.

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Mattaponi Heritage Foundation, West Point, VA

mattaponi reservation in virginiaMattaponi River Saved - Lannan Foundation expresses its solidarity with the Mattaponi Tribe of Virginia in its courageous struggle to protect its ecological, historical and cultural resources for future generations.

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Ponca Tribe, Oklahoma, launches legal case against the Continental Carbon Company

ponca tribe child in oklahomaUPDATE: The Ponca Tribe recently celebrated a $10.5 million dollar settlement it reached with the Continental Carbon Company, which the tribe and individual tribal members had sued for damages caused by black dust created during years of the company’s carbon black plant operations in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

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Indian Law Resource Center, Helena, MT

bobbie billie, seminole indianThe Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit law and advocacy organization established and directed by American Indians. It provides legal assistance to Indian and Alaska Native nations working to protect their land, resources, human rights, environment, and cultural integrity. The principal goal of the Center is the preservation and security of Indian and other Native nations and tribes. The organization also helps indigenous leaders and Indian communities to develop the capacity to advocate for and protect their own interests.

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Picuris Pueblo Files Aboriginal Title Claim to Protect Cultural Site

San Lorenzo de Picuris Church by Jim McKenzie on FlickrFebruary 20, 2004 — The Picuris Pueblo, which received a grant from Lannan Foundation for legal expenses, announced that it has filed an aboriginal title claim in order to stop destruction of a sensitive cultural site by industrial mica mining companies.

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Blackfeet Reservation Development Fund

eloise cobellSince 1998 Lannan Foundation has supported the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior, which has been found guilty of breaching trust obligations to at least 300,000 American Indian individuals. Since the late nineteenth century the government has been in charge of a trust fund known as the Individual Indian Monies Trust accounts. The trust was established when the U.S. Congress broke up and parceled out land owned by a number of American Indian tribes.

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Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD

sinte gleska university graduationThis grant provides funds for the design and construction of a gymnasium that will function as a sports facility as well as a site for university ceremonies on the campus of Sinte Gleska University. The grant was made in response to the university’s pressing need for adequate facilities for sports and other campus events. A leader in tribally controlled higher education, Sinte Gleska University serves the population of the Rosebud (Sicangu Lakota) community in the southern part of South Dakota.

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InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, NE Mendocino County, CA

Elk at Sinkyone WildernessWith significant support from Lannan, the nation’s first intertribal wilderness has been created on a 3,845-acre parcel of redwood forestland located along the Lost Coast north of Fort Bragg. The InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness land is only a small portion of the original indigenous Sinkyone Indian territory.

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Santa Clara Pueblo, Española, NM

Santa Clara Pueblo gatheringIn July 2000, Lannan Foundation awarded a grant to Santa Clara Pueblo in the amount of $4.5 million to allow the people to purchase more than 5,000 acres of their ancestral land, known as P’o Pii Khanu. The foundation also made grants that allowed the Pueblo to work with an attorney with extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of Indian land rights to help best define and assert the tribe’s legal rights to the land, known as Baca Location #1.

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Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

maine indian basketmakers allianceIn 2013 Lannan Foundation made a grant for general operating support of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) in support of preserving and extending the ancient tradition of ash and sweetgrass basketmaking within Maine’s Native American community. Read more here.

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‘Aha Punana Leo, Hilo, HI

children preparing to sing and dance in honoluluʻAha Punana Leo was formed in 1983 to reestablish and develop the Hawaiian language. During the 1920’s the Hawaiian language ceased to be spoken by children when schools began mandating that the curriculum be taught only in English. Since its formation, ʻAha Punana Leo has been a key force in changing legislation in the state of Hawaii, and also at the federal level, to lift the bans that formerly existed regarding the use of Hawaiian in schools.

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