Led by Indigenous women, we are working to revitalize and preserve our native languages, traditions and cultures. We are a vital resource providing safe spaces for community discussions about critical issues.
Our Mission is to restore the health and balance for all people and our environment by utilizing traditional knowledge and wisdom, respectful land-based practices, ceremonies and a deep understanding of the dynamics and peoples of our communities.
We are working to revitalize and preserve our native languages, traditions and cultures. We are deeply rooted in the frontlines of activism, engaging with our communities in proactive response to climate adaptation; cultivating green pathways in local economic development; and building individual and community capacity.
Indigenous Lifeways continues to be a vital resource as we support and provide safe spaces for community members to gather and discuss issues such as environmental racism to sexual violence. We recognize that our pre-pandemic non-violent direct action frontline efforts have been the foundation of our Covid-19 emergency response efforts. By expressing ourselves through art and participating in traditional ceremonies communities, families find their voice and purpose.
As an indigenous women led organization we ensure our matriarchal indigenous beliefs are instilled in all programming we conduct.
Indigenous Life Ways (ILW) began as a collective action, culture-based organization in 1987 as the Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum. In our 30 years, we have worked with over 150 Tribal communities and convened a gathering of Indigenous peoples from Alaska, North America, Bolivia, Japan near Acoma Pueblo to discuss uranium developments and share knowledge, experiences, and strategies combating nuclear power worldwide.
We continue our work protecting Sacred Sites and our precious water.
Below are photos of our founders and early activism. Their courage and activities tell our story in its humble beginnings.
In 1992, Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum was able to present multiple times at the Protecting Mother Earth: Sovereignty and the Environment
Anna Rondon and John Redhouse also had time to speak during the same gathering with Manuel Pino. All three individuals have planted seeds of knowledge across the world.
Thank you again for your life-long dedication to our indigenous people.
After a peyote meeting in 1989, Anna Rondon stood in solidarity in Oregon at the Green Conference in 1989.
Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum hosted the Cleansing of the Universe Ceremony with a Rinpoche on top of the Chuska Mountains in New Mexico. September 1990.
Western Shoshone Anti-Nuclear Bomb Demonstration at the entrance of the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. 1989
World Uranium Hearing 1992. Carletta Tilousi (Havasupai), (Far left) Thomas Banyaca (Hopi) (middle) and Claus Beigert, (far right) photo by Unknown * please contact us for credit
Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum was able to host the Walk across America initiative in 1992 at Fire High Ranch, NM
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We are an Indigenous, woman led 501c3 non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax deductible.