In the words of Kyle White, “Indigenous peoples are among the most active environmentalists in the world, working through advocacy, educational programs, and research.” And as John Grim tells us, “Wherever Indigenous peoples have endured, they have maintained a loving experience of place and an understanding that spiritual forces abide in all of these places.” This section offers a glimpse into the breadth and depth of that work and the deep understanding and experience of the indigenous relationship to the land–to Earth.



Overview Essay

You'll find two introductory articles here: a link to “Critical Investigations of Resilience: A Brief Introduction to Indigenous Environmental Studies & Sciences” by Kyle White, and the full text of “Indigenous Ecologies and Lifeways” by John Grim.

Advisory Group Members
This is a list of all of the Forum advisors working on the intersection of Indigenous traditions and ecology, including brief biographies and contact information.  Go here to read more about the Forum Advisory Group. 

This very substantial offering by Dr. John Grim and Dr. Leslie Sponsel lists works that touch on the complex interplay between indigenous communities, place, and nature. It contains seminal works dating back to the 1920s, as well as more contemporary contributions.


This section contains links to a handful of statements by indigenous organizations and elders regarding the environmental crisis.

Engaged Projects

Here we list indigenous projects and organizations from around the globe who are engaging with and tackling head-on these important environmental issues. If you would like your project to appear here, message our webmaster, using the Contact Form.

Sacred Texts
Here you will find a small selection of passages relating to Earth and the environment. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but serves as a jumping off point for further investigation.


Listed here are multimedia offerings about Indigenous peoples from various parts of the world and their struggle to preserve their sacred sites and ceremonies.
Ecojustice Resources
This page contains lists of resources related to Indigenous Ecojustice, organized by category (books, articles, etc). To see all of the Ecojustice resources on the Forum site, go to our new religiously-engaged Ecojustice hub

In addition to the links in the Engaged Projects section, we have provided a brief list of additional online resources here.


Header photo: Petroglyphs, Newspaper Rock, Utah