Indigenous Environmental Network


Point of Contact: Jennifer Falcon

E-Mail Address:

Phone Number: 218-751-4967    

Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities. IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of community and tribes to address EJ issues, development of initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others. IEN takes the approach of food sovereignty as a primary driver for economic equity and impact on the health and wealth of our rural community using a teaching garden, food catering classes, Indigenous permaculture, and an ecosystems approach to food access. IEN convenes local, regional and national meetings on environmental and economic justice issues, and provides support, resources and referral toIndigenous communities and youth throughout primarily North America – and in recent years – globally.