Native Groups Partner For Green Jobs - Green Economy - Let's Thank Raul Grijalva
Submitted by Native Workplace
Austin, TX , January 5, 2009: A new national alliance is forming to encourage the expansion of the Green Job-Green Economy movement in Indian country.
Native Workplace, Navajo Green Economy Coalition and Honor the Earth are joining forces to invite tribal members around the nation to start a green information group in their own communities. The purpose of this alliance is to ensure that green career education will reach everyone in Indian country and so that all tribal members feel included and that their voice is represented.
"It is very important that we have a national effort that grows from within our own community. Green career and business opportunities vary from region to region, and the alliance can offer our existing resources to tribal members that need help getting started,” said Cristala Allen, Executive Director of Native Workplace.
The National Native Green Alliance will be an informal network, designed to support emerging groups and promote green business development by sharing information and connections. The talking circle will have no regular meetings, no fees and no “Roberts rules.” Events will be promoted throughout the network.
Anna Marie Rondon, of the Navajo Green Economy Coalition says, "The alliance is practicing a long tradition of tribal members uniting and creating an inter-tribal effort that will protect and benefit the general well being of indigenous peoples."
Coordinators feel that green business development is equally important as green career education. There are a variety of options for tribal members to consider, but the information needs to become widely available.
"This alliance is about creating and actualizing a new vision for the future by supporting our peoples and protecting the earth," said Nellis Kennedy, National Campaign Associate at Honor the Earth. "It is a way to create a networking strategy for ideas and communication."
All of the organizations are working to build an Indian economy based on traditional values of preserving our natural resources.
Enei Begaye, Black Mesa Water Coalition Co-Director and Navajo Green Economy Coalition member says, "A green economy is nothing new to Indigenous peoples, we have been practicing this way of life in harmony with Mother Earth before Wall Street. But today, what we strive to do is unite the modern non-polluting technologies, such as wind and solar, with the tradition technologies, such as weaving and farming; and with that unity we can open up new doors of opportunity for ALL our people - young and old, college educated and land educated alike."
Alliance members can be reached by contacting them through their websites, by email or phone. Student and Veteran groups are encouraged to join. A list of participating organizations will be posted on the Native Workplace website.
"We have very bright people in our community, and we are confident that more tribal members will be stepping up the effort to provide information to their families and elected officials on the various opportunities coming to their areas," said Cristala. "We can be more effective if we work together.”
Cristala Allen: Native Workplace
Anna Marie Rondon: Navajo Green Economy Coalition
Nellis Kennedy: Honor the Earth
SUWA AND I THANK CONGRESSMAN RAUL GRIJALVA - HOW ABOUT YOU?
In the waning days of the Bush administration, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has sought to industrialize much of Utah's redrock country by finalizing land use plans that would open up millions of wilderness-quality acres to oil and gas development and off-road vehicle use. The finalization of these Resource Management Plans (RMPs) resulted in an oil and gas lease sale on December 19, affecting tens of thousands of acres of redrock wilderness.
While this picture may look bleak, there is hope -- thanks in part to your Representative, Raul Grijalva! As chairman of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Grijalva wrote a a letter protesting the Bush administration's damaging plans for Utah wilderness.
This letter in opposition has already resulted in the deferral of some of the original lease sale parcels, and will also prove very helpful in our efforts to reverse the final lease sale and revise the RMPs during the next administration.
Please take the time to thank Rep. Grijalva for his leadership in protecting Utah wilderness!
For Wild Utah,The SUWA Grassroots Team
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