For Immediate Release: August 5, 2022
Rapid City — Yesterday, NDN Collective sent formal letters to President Biden, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, outlining the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on Indigenous communities.
The letters expressed support for the meaningful climate justice investments proposed in the Inflation Reduction Act, but ultimately asked them to reject all new fossil fuel projects, including onshore and offshore drilling – and asked President Biden again to declare a climate emergency to unlock critical defense funding.
To read the letters in full, click here.
“Tying essential climate resilience infrastructure and resource conservation efforts to continued fossil fuel development is both politically weak and a grave danger to people and the planet – especially to the Indigenous communities whose land is systematically targeted and destroyed by the fossil fuel industry,” said Jade Begay, NDN Collective climate justice director and member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. “We cannot continue deferring the climate crisis to future generations. We are calling on the people in the highest positions of power to use every tool available to advance a truly just, renewable energy future.”
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.