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Cambridge
Massachusetts 02139
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Target demographics: Indigenous Peoples worldwide, of all ages from children through elders.

Direct beneficiaries per year: About 1.5 million Indigenous persons worldwide

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: help coordinate a local educational event about Indigenous Peoples and the environment, and how friends and neighbors can help this cause.

Programs: Global Response (advocacy around Indigenous human rights and environmental concerns); Endangered Languages (language revitalization); Guatemala Radio (indigenous rights and empowerment, health, civil rights, culture and languages); Communications (public education around Indigenous Peoples' issues)

Mission:
Around the world, Indigenous Peoples face serious threats to their lives, human rights, hereditary lands and natural resources, and to their cultures and languages. Cultural Survival works in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to defend their endangered lands, languages, cultures, and human rights.
Results:
This year alone, Cultural Survival and our allies have halted two highly destructive mining projects in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea; worked to alter an oppressive law in Guatemala; halted much police violence against the minority Samburu ethnic group in northern Kenya; assisted four Native tribes to secure funding for their language programs; and are building a website to provide curriculum resources for many more tribes. We have advocated for the Obama administration to sign the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, together with 565 North American tribes; sponsored several Indigenous community leaders to testify before Congress on violations of Indigenous Peoples' human rights; and succeeded in bringing a case to the Inter American Court on Human Rights, where a government (Panama), in concert with an American-owned energy giant (AES Corp. of Virginia) used violence, intimidation, and trickery to push Indigenous Panamanian people, the Ngobe, out of their river valley to make way for a giant hydroelectric dam that will flood their villages and farms, and threaten the biodiverse river ecology of the region.

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03/15/13
SC has not published its 990 IRS forms for several years, nor any annual reports in some time. So it is impossible to get much idea of what they are spending. They seem to be involved in a program involving the revitalization of American Indian languages, including one that has been "dead" for over ... more »
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03/07/11
I have donated to several nonprofits, and I must say that Cultural Survival [CS] is one I will continue to give to, even when resources are tight. CS is the only nonprofit that has personally reached out to me after I made a donation, and sought to established a personal relationship. Also, I have... more »
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03/02/11
Cultural Survival has done so much not only for us as artists, but for the Indigenous peoples of the world. As Native Americans, we have seen so many organizations who say that they are helping Native people, but Cultural Survival actually does it! They have been instrumental in finding ways to save... more »
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