Tom Goldtooth

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Tom B.K. Goldtooth (born July 27, 1953) is a Native American environmental, climate, and economic justice activist, speaker, film producer, and Indigenous rights leader within the climate and environmental justice and indigenous movement. Tom is active in local, national and international levels as an advocate for building healthy and sustainable Indigenous communities based upon the foundation of Indigenous traditional knowledge. Tom has served as executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) since 1996 after serving as a member of the IEN National Council since 1992.

Goldtooth has been a presence within the Native American community and with Indigenous Peoples globally for over three decades, advocating and organizing with Native-Indigenous communities for environmental and economic justice on a local, national and international level. Tom holds the indigenous portfolio work on policy issues of nvironmental protection, climate change, energy, biodiversity, environmental health, water and sustainable development.

Tom co-authored the REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) booklet on the risks of implementing the REDD (a mechanism of carbon trading and carbon offsets) program within indigenous territories. He is a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change — the indigenous caucus within the UNFCCC. Goldtooth is a board member of the Science & Environmental Health Network, a member of the Global Alliance on the Rights of Nature, a member of the Steering Committee of the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) and Coordinating Committee member of Grassroots for Global Justice (GGJ).


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Board Member