Indigenous Law

2016 World Indigenous Law Conference

Sacred Places Institute is honored to uplift the work of Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples and its partners via their organization of the World Indigenous Law Conference 2016. For more information, see the Seventh Generation Fund's webpage

Indigenous Health, Wellness, and Environmental Justice

Protecting Coastal Lands and Waters in California:
Gathering of California Coastal Native Nations

November 19—20, 2016

California is home to over 150 Native Nations, many of whom maintain active ties with ancestral territories along the coast. Therefore, decisions made about California's coastal lands and waters are often linked to the physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural health of Coastal Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples in California. Issues such as the lack of adequate ocean and coastal access for cultural and ceremonial purposes, ensuring that government agencies acknowledge and uphold tribal rights to subsistence ocean and coastal hunting, fishing and gathering, pollution of coastal lands and waters, and the associated health impacts on tribal citizens, and toxic algae blooms in fresh and salt water linked to climate change, are all important to tribal communities throughout the state.

Tribal engagement on these issues at the local, state, and nation level is critical to the development and maintenance of environmentally just and socially equitable national, state and local coastal and land use policies and procedures.

Recent Indigenous, environmental and cultural justice interventions at Coastal Commission hearings have resulted in a unique opportunity for Native Nations in California to advance tribal coastal and marine protection goals and uplift the role of government-to-government consultation with Native Nations in effective, up-to-date state and federal coastal marine preservation and management policies and procedures.

As a response to this unique opportunity, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples (SPI) will provide a two-day community organizing, civic engagement and public policy advocacy training to promote environmental justice in California tribal communities.

The goal of the two-day convening is to promote wellness in Native communities by building the capacity of these Native Nations and Indigenous leaders to work on behalf of their own tribal nations, and together as a collective, to achieve community-identified goals related to coastal advocacy, tribal sovereignty, and environmental justice in California. The convening will provide resources to support tribal community engagement and public policy efforts to address inequities in existing development of coastal and marine land use and access laws, policies, and procedures.

The convening will be open to all California Native Nations with ancestral territories on the coast and Indigenous-led organizations that have direct engagement with these Nations on coastal and marine issues. As a result of the convening participants will:

About the Convening Organization: Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

The Gathering of Coastal Native Nations will be organized by Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples (SPI), in collaboration with institutional, educational, and community partners including the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health, UCI OCEANS Initiative, UCI Sustainability Initiative, UCI American Indian Resource Program, and UCI School of Law Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources. SPI is an Indigenous-led grassroots environmental and cultural justice organization based in Los Angeles and an Affiliate of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. SPI's mission is to build the capacity of Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples to protect sacred lands, waters, and cultures.


For more information on how to get involved with or sponsor this convening please contact Angela Mooney D'Arcy:
Ph: 310-678-1747, Email: or donate online here.