Mission & Vision
What We Do
The United Nations’ working definition of Indigenous Peoples describes Nations as “those which, having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of the societies now prevailing on those territories, or parts of them. They form at present non-dominant sectors of society and are determined to preserve, develop and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories, and their ethnic identity, as the basis of their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural patterns, social institutions and legal system.” As distinct and often self-governing political entities, a Nation (or Tribe) may be defined by one physical territory and name, or a multitude of territories of various names that fall under its political or cultural umbrella. Also note that as we recognize that there are often multiple chapters or bands of Nations that exist today, for simplification purposes we organize our listings according to the (Historical) Nation Name. (ie.“Eastern band of Cherokee” = Cherokee). Nations listings were compiled using data from Tribal Nations Maps and multiple websites of information on Nations in the US and Canada.
Confederacies were developed to provide heightened benefit for member Nations through increased military strength, resource access, land security, and political strength. Members of such alliances could levy their partnerships to advance their interests against opposing Nations or forces. Some confederacies, such as the Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee), were established prior to European influence and its member Nations shared similar cultural ideologies, religious beliefs, and languages. In many instances, the existence of a confederacy enabled its member Nations to to withstand challenges and pursue interests with greater strength. Many Confederacies are actively engaged in their respective alliances today to confront modern-day issues and concerns. Confederacies listings were compiled using data from Tribal Nations Maps and multiple websites of information on Nations in the US and Canada.
INITIATIVES & PARTNERS
Powwow Pop Art / Sosakete Perkins
Artist Sosakete Perkins. Creator of Indigenous World ONE PEOPLE ONE PLANET Logo.
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
Native News Online
Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
First Nation News
Assembly of First Nations
Native Women’s Association of Canada
Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations
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