Bioneers: Making Connections for Environmental Activism

Bioneers is a non-profit organization based in New Mexico and California that is dedicated to issues of environmental activism. Founded in 1990, Bioneers aims to connect experts, innovators, and activists in the fields of environmentalism, ecology, and conservation to create new solutions in the name of environmental justice. Bioneers has a wide variety of events and initiatives, such as their yearly conference, Everywoman Leadership program, and Indigeneity Program!  

The Indigeneity Program at Bioneers is a Native-run initiative promoting Indigenous approaches to solving environmental issues. There are five spheres that the Indigeneity Program focuses its efforts around:  

  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge  
  • Native Youth Leadership  
  • Rights of Nature 
  • Media for Social Change  
  • The Indigenous Forum 

Their Native Youth Leadership Program, founded in 2011, is a program that provides Native and Indigenous students with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, network with mentors and their peers, and attend the Bioneers national conference. They also offer scholarships to cover the cost of the conference. To learn more about this program, check out the page here: 

Their Indigenous Forum is designed to be a sovereign space for Native and Indigenous peoples to come together to develop environmental solutions as a collective. It brings together Indigenous and Native peoples across different communities to network, collaborate, and learn in a space that celebrates Indigeneity. To learn more about their Indigenous Forum, use this link:  

If you want to learn about more career resources for Native and Indigenous peoples, check out our Native and Indigenous Peoples Affinity Community page!  

By Avery Caya
Avery Caya Graduate Assistant, CLAS/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (They/Them/Theirs)