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Survival International USA

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Causes: International, International Development

Mission: Survival International is the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights. We’re the only organization that champions tribal peoples around the world. We help them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures. Tribal peoples have developed ways of life that are largely self-sufficient and extraordinarily diverse. Many of the world’s staple crops and drugs used in Western medicine originate with them, and have saved millions of lives. Even so, tribal peoples are portrayed as backward and primitive simply because their communal ways are different. Industrialized societies subject them to genocidal violence, slavery and racism so they can steal their lands, resources and labor in the name of ‘progress’ and ‘civilization’. Our work is preventing the annihilation of tribal peoples. We work in partnership with them. We give them a platform to speak to the world. We investigate atrocities and present evidence to the United Nations and other international forums. We educate, research, campaign, lobby and protest. We won’t give up until we all have a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.

Target demographics: tribal peoples' around the world

Programs: researching, educating, campaigning, protesting to protect tribal peoples' rights.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

After becoming a religious studies major in university, I started developing a strong interest in the traditions and cultures of native and ancient peoples the world over. And after years of research and study in cultural anthropology and the ways and spiritual beliefs of native and ancient peoples from around the globe I have become convinced that these peoples and their way of life are the only link we have to a truly balanced and harmonic state of being. One that brings us into a healthy equilibrium with the surrounding environment, within ourselves, and with the collective whole of humanity. Survival International is one of the few organizations around that takes it upon themselves to make sure we do not lose this ever more tenuous connection. They help, assist, and defend cultures and peoples, who in today's modern world have virtually no voice of their own. And they do so in a manner that is highly efficient, organized, and effective. I am incredibly thankful for everything that they do, and will without a doubt be a life time supporter of their efforts. They are doing a great service to not only the peoples, tribes, and communities they aim to directly support and sustain through their efforts but to the whole of humanity.



Rating: 5

Appreciate Survival International USA's ability to contribute to the indigenous people of countries meaningful to me, that are a part of my heritage, like Sweden and Canada. Americans devastated their indigenous tribal culture. It's the least we can do to help those that still exist in these modern times. Sincerely, Elaine Anderson