This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InmarIdeasThatMatter November is Native American Heritage Month and it’s a good time to learn about indigenous people and also their work to protect the environment we all share.
We are finishing Native American Heritage Month and it’s a good time to talk about some of the indigenous groups and people helping to protect our environment.
Oklahoma is home to 39 tribes, including my own tribe Choctaw. These tribes have a strong history of protecting our environment, something that continues today.
Here in Oklahoma, the Choctaw Nation is helping to lead a clean energy future, along with other tribes that are also dedicated to helping bring clean energy to their communities.
Grassroots indigenous groups are also working hard to protect our environment. Groups like Indigenous Environmental Network.
Indigenous Environmental Network was established in 1990 by a grassroots group of indigenous people to address environmental and economic issues in the United States.
Another big win for the indigenous community and our environment has been Deb Haaland becoming United States secretary of the interior. She is the first indigenous person to hold a cabinet position and she has made the environment a huge part of her work. One thing she has done is establish a climate task force.
These indigenous environmental leaders and groups can help us learn a lot about taking care of our environment. Here are some actionable steps you can take to help our environment and the missions of indigenous environmental leaders.
Actionable Steps to Take for Native American Heritage Month
- Donate to indigenous environmental groups like Indigenous Environmental Network.
- Visit local National Parks to learn to appreciation nature more.
- Find ways to reduce your use of carbon fuels, like reducing your energy use.
- Help protect our water by reducing your water use.
- Get involved with local environmental groups.
- Reduce your waste by adding zero waste practices into your life.
- Find out if your bank is funding climate change and ask them to stop, or find a new bank if they are.
These are just a few first steps to start taking to help protect our environment. Be sure to continue to learn about environmental and indigenous issues.
Use these resources to continue learning about indigenous people and environmental issues. These are things we should continue even after Native American Heritage Month.
- Indigenous Environmental Network
- Interior Secretary Deb Haaland: The Difference an Indigenous Leader Makes
- Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
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