N. American Indigenous Youth Leadership Training

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Raised by 73 people in 16 days

The NDN Collective has announced it will donate $10,000 to this training if we can raise another $10,000 in the next 4 weeks.  That means your donation is doubled and makes twice the impact. Please help us reach our goal, and take part in history in the making!

Standing on the shoulders of Standing Rock and the American Indian Movement, this 7-day training -- hosted by Earth Guardians , Earth Rights and NDN Collective  -- will bring together scores of North American Indigenous Youth and Elders to address the environmental and social justice movements of today. The training is historic in that it is the first of its kind!

We only have until mid April to reach our goal! The training will bring together 25-30 participants, so if you are able and willing you can sponsor a youth by donating $1K. But we are looking for any and all sized donations.

We will plan to update regularly so please check back here for more information concerning the training.

"Earth Guardians has been organizing Indigenous youth across the world for environmental justice for decades. We’re hosting a special week-long training for native youth May 28-June 4 in Arkansas on Ponca territory stewarded by the Camp/Horinek family. It’s a revolutionary format that integrates the pragmatic campaign organizing  with a robust spiritual, social, and nature-oriented program. Basically we want Native youth leaders to have strong organizing skills and strong bonds with other youth and elders across the country. Our facilitators for this camp include: Casey Camp, Arvol Looking Horse, Tom Goldtooth, Sharon Day, Bineshi Albert, Nick Tilsen and more. We’ll be staying in tipis and most of the program takes place outside. We also cover all costs for the trainees".
-Sebi Medina-Tayac  (Earth Guardians youth organizer from the Piscataway tribe) 

 The primary objective of this training is to help 32 trainees/core leaders: a) tap into and re-activate the positive youth energy witnessed during Standing Rock 2016; b) create their own campaign platforms for environmental justice and cultural advocacy; c) preserve their cultural traditions and earth-based way of life, and d) after the training, initiate, establish and implement their own Earth Guardian Crews within their communities and work individually and collectively on land and water protection campaigns.


There is a growing need for positive mentorship and community engagement by youth, for youth on Tribal homelands lands and in urban settings. By encouraging youth leadership development, as well as specific guidance on how decolonization and environmental justice are inseparable, this training is meant to bolster Indigenous youth into positions of leadership, within the movement, away from fossil fuels and towards a regenerative future.

Native American youth suicide rates far surpass the statistics of many other demographics in the USA, as well as rates of addiction, abuse, and health problems. The world witnessed the success of the Standing Rock movement, initiated by Native American youth, which was centered around prayer, engagement of their community, and nonviolent direct action. We saw during Standing Rock that the youth suicide rate on in The Standing Rock Reservation dropped to ZERO! We believe that when young people are purpose-driven and engaged in community action, that they are provided with a new sense of meaning and hope. 

Read more about the Training, Mentors, Elders and Youth Visionaries Here!

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Please help us reach 10K via our gofundme and meet our final goal!

Tom Goldtooth is a remarkable Native elder who will be at the training working with the youth around how decolonization and the environmental justice movement go hand in hand. We are honored to have him present

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-based Indigenous Environmental Network, has been a social change activist within the Native American community for over 30 years and is an internationally renowned environmental and economic justice leader, working with many organizations around the world. Tom co-produced the award-winning documentary, Drumbeat For Mother Earth, which addresses the affects of bio-accumulative chemicals on indigenous people.

Since the late 1980’s, Tom has worked within tribal governments to develop indigenous-based environmental protection infrastructures. Tom is known as one of the environmental justice movement grassroots leaders in North America, addressing issues of toxins and health, mining, energy, climate, water, globalization, sustainable development and indigenous rights issues.

Tom was recently awarded the Gandhi Peace Award, and is co-founder of several climate justice organizations, including:

Durban Group for Climate Justice;
Climate Justice NOW!;
Environmental Justice Climate Change initiative;
International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change that operates as the indigenous caucus within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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The NDN Collective has announced it will donate $10,000 to the Training as a matching challenge if we can raise another $10,000 through the gofundme in the next 4 weeks! So now is the time to donate folks! Your donation goes twice as far if you donate now. We are so excited and honored by this generous offer from Nick Tilsen and the NDN Collective.

Nick Tilsen is one of the many mentors who will be at the training. He has a vast and accomplished background in community organizing. We are all excited to learn from his wealth of experience from the past 20 years of boots-on-the-ground work.

More about Nick:

Nick is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, father of four and founder of the NDN Collective. Nick has over 17 years of experience in working with non- profits and tribal nations on projects that have a social mission. Prior to NDN, Nick founded and served as the Executive Director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation for 12 years. Working in his home community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to build place-based innovations that have the ability to inform systems change solutions around climate resiliency, sustainable housing and equitable community development. Nick created the NDN Collective to scale these place-based solutions while building needed philanthropic, social impact investment, capacity and advocacy infrastructure geared towards building the collective power of Indigenous Peoples. Nick has received numerous fellowships and awards from Ashoka, Rockefeller Foundation, Bush Foundation and the Social Impact Award from Claremont-Lincoln University. In 2017 Nick received an honorary doctorate degree from Sinte Gleska University. Nick continues his community organizing work and sits on the boards of the Indigenous Peoples Power Project, and Water Protector Legal Collective.
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Were getting closer to our goal every day. So thank you all for contributing and sharing! Pease continue to do so. We had an incredible meeting yesterday with members of our youth team, and most of the attending elders that will be teaching at the training. Please take a look at the video below of Casey Camp Horinek, one of the elders facilitating this training. She has been an advocate for the Rights of Mother Nature, a founding member of the American Indian Movement, currently a Ponca Tribal Council Member and over-all amazing female Native American leader/activist/spiritual mentor. We are honored and humbled to be learning from her.
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Here is a little bit about the sacred nature of land we will be hosting the Training on. Please SHARE AND DONATE if you can! We can not do this without your help...

Good Medicine Camp is within miles of Eureka Springs. The Osages laid claim to this area, but never lived here. The Cherokee and the Choctaw were designated for this area but never lived here. Many Tribes in oral history speak of the land and the healing waters of the area but never lived here. That is the draw and the beauty of this place. Many Tribal peoples came here, met here, counselled here, stayed here for short periods of time, but never lived here. There are indications all over Arkansa, and at Good Medicine Camp, of the people residing in the bluff dwellings, but they never lived here. Indigenous people, from time immoral have journeyed to places to practice Ceremony, to heal, gather, rejuvenate and we believe Good Medicine Camp is one of those places.

It is the dream of the Camp/ Horinek family that people will use this land for just these purposes. They feel they were brought here to be the caretakers of this land to assist Indigenous people healing the wounds of colonization and in finding the solutions to helping mother earth heal herself."

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