The Indigenous Peoples’ Power Project (IP3) – The Ruckus Society’s ongoing commitment to supporting the fight of Native communities for Environmental Justice, Human Rights, and Self Determination.
As much as ninety percent of the world’s remaining natural resources are on indigenous peoples’ lands. The extraction of those resources promises nothing but continued genocide for native people, as the land is stripped bare and the people left destitute and disenfranchised. Treaty rights and sacred sites alike are trampled, so that a few can profit from water dams, uranium mines, nuclear waste dumps and coal, gas and oil extraction projects.
The Ruckus Society recognizes the critical position of native people at the intersection of key struggles for social, political and environmental justice and is committed to providing tools, training and support to key organizations and campaigns through our Indigenous Peoples’ Power Project. Through a series of regional camps, technical assistance and campaign support, we are providing training including strategic campaign development, non-violent direct action theory and practice, community organizing, leadership development, media and messaging and arts in action.
The Indigenous Peoples’ Power Project is particularly committed to the new generation of young leaders emerging across the continent, who are bringing innovation, creativity and inspiration to struggles to keep their homelands from becoming wastelands. They are are simultaneously fighting against exploitation and promoting viable solutions, including biodiesel and vegetable oil technologies, wind power, and other sustainable energy sources. Their explorations of modern technologies are also grounded in their commitment to maintaining indigenous traditions, languages and cultures.
The Ruckus Society is proud and privileged to team up with these emerging leaders, their organizations and constituencies to help build capacity through training, campaign and actions support, and training for a new generation of native trainers.