Native Movement

Native Movement

Fairbanks, AK

Native Movement plays a key role in uplifting Indigenous leadership in the fight to protect Native land, the environment, and the safety of Indigenous womxn, girls, and Two Spirit, and trans people, while filling critical gaps in grassroots organizing capacity across the state.

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Key Issues
  • Climate Justice
  • Indigenous Justice

In October 2020, Native Movement organized a “Global Day of Action against Arctic Oil Extraction” across the U.S., Canada, and in London. In collaboration with Indigenous grassroots leadership, Native Movement coordinated a banner drop all pointed at raising awareness of the threats to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the inter-tribal solidarity (Inupiat and Gwich’in, supported by many other Indigenous peoples) to stop Arctic oil extraction.

The action maintained a media and grassroots presence of the Arctic Refuge’s importance to the rights of Indigenous peoples.

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In December 2020, lease sales were announced and Native Movement was able to take the momentum of that October day of action to quickly organize another day of action opposing the lease sales, which happened in early January 2021.

Native Movement continues to work with partners to support steady and meaningful relationship building between Gwich’in and Inupiat peoples, along with working with Indigenous partners at The Wilderness Society to support dialogues on what meaningful tribal land management and protection could look like in regards to the coastal plain.