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Indigenous Outdoor Organizations You Can Support

For indigenous communities, the mountains, the coasts, the deserts, and the plains are more than outdoor spaces. These communities view them as a source of life, heritage, ancestry, and most importantly, these lands are their original home. Despite their innate connection to these places, the outdoor industry still lacks a true representation of these original outdoor stewards.

During this Thanksgiving season, we encourage our community to address and recognize the painful history associated with this holiday and use that reflection and acknowledgment as a catalyst to do more. A good place to start is land acknowledgments, which is the practice of recognizing and respecting the traditional territories of Indigenous tribes. Gaia GPS just added a new feature that makes it easier than ever to learn about tribal lands. 

If you want to do even more, here are five incredible Indigenous organizations you can support directly. 

Native Outdoors

https://www.instagram.com/NativesOutdoors/

"Our mission is simple: We are in business to empower indigenous communities through our products and storytelling for a sustainable world."

Native Women’s Wilderness

https://www.nativewomenswilderness.org/

To inspire and raise the voices of Native Women in the Outdoor Realm. To encourage a healthy lifestyle grounded in the Wilderness. To educate Natives and non-Natives on the rich beauty and heritage of the Ancestral Lands beneath our feet.

Native Like Water

https://www.nativelikewater.org/

"Native Like Water prepares Indigenous youth and adult volunteers in science, outdoor education, conservation, wellness, and cultural self-exploration."

Indigenous Women Hike

https://www.instagram.com/indigenouswomenhike/?hl=...

"Healing through our inherent connection to the land."

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

https://www.niwrc.org/

“The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native nonprofit organization that was created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women.”

Melanin Base Camp

https://www.melaninbasecamp.com/

"Whether you bike, climb, hike, or paddle, Melanin Base Camp is your own home too. Join us as we work together to increase representation and opportunities for people of color in outdoor adventure sports. Along the way we won’t shy away from sensitive topics (race and gender) but we’ll do so in a way that creates a safe space for people with marginalized identities. Join the movement and help us" 

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