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In response to yesterday’s COP26’s theme of ‘finance’ and the continued emphasis by U.S. leaders participating in COP26 on the Build Back Better Act, NDN Collective released the following memo: How the Build Back Better Act Can Meaningfully Mobilize Investment to Indigenous Communities and Uphold Free Prior and Informed Consent in the Process.

The memo lays out major concerns with the currently proposed Build Back Better Act, including the legislation’s lack of mandate around consent from tribes regarding fossil fuel projects, and unclear definitions of consultation contained in Section 70105 which discusses the proposed “Native American Consultation Resource Center.”

The memo also outlines clear recommendations for implementing the Build Back Better Act in a way that gets funds and resources directly to Indigenous communities with the most urgent needs in an equitable way.

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Additionally, in response to the recent announcement that philanthropists will allocate $1.7 billion to help Indigenous and local communities protect the biodiversity of tropical forests, Ben Yawakie, climate justice organizer at NDN Collective, stated the following: 

“This initial five year investment is an important step in financing the protection and advancement of Indigenous land tenure rights. This funding has come with the promise of giving Indigenous peoples a role in ‘decision-making and design of climate programs and finance instruments — a promise that must be brought to fruition through actionable and transparent steps to ensure Indigenous communities affected most directly by climate change are reached, engaged with, given real access to conversations around climate, and most importantly, that their decisions are respected and implemented.

“Furthermore, it is important to state that this initial investment is only the beginning of what should be a flood of money invested into protecting not just tropical biodiversity, but also land tenure rights of Indigenous peoples across the globe.”

About NDN Collective

NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms. 

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