Published on November 8, 2011 by Amy
Tom Goldtooth, Dine’/Dakota, is the executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). His achievements have been recognized for over three decades as an activist for social change in the Native community. From a Native student leader in 1971 at Arizona State University to a military tour in the US Army to developing Native programs in social services, Tom has applied his professional academic training in social work practice from Pacific Lutheran University to build sustainable community development.
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His environmental justice leadership in the First National People of Color Environmental Justice Leadership Summit in 1991 in Washington D.C. has continued to the Eighth Session of the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2009. He co‐produced an award winning documentary film, Drumbeat for Mother Earth, which addresses the affects of bio‐accumulative chemicals on Indigenous peoples. From the strength of his community organizing experience, he has brought the local issues of environmental and economic justice and the rights of Indigenous peoples to the international level through UN treaty‐making bodies and conventions on issues of persistent organic pollutants, climate change, mineral extraction, protection of biodiversity, globalization, and water. He is active on many other Indigenous, environmental and social justice organizations.
Birth Name: Tom B.K. Goldtooth
Place of Birth: Dakota
Date of Birth: unknown