The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release

Jennifer K. Falcon, , 218-760-9958

Indigenous Environmental Network and Partners Launch National Platform to Cultivate a Regenerative Economy

Centering indigenous rights in fourteen plank policies.


Last week, the Indigenous Environmental Network joined a group of sixteen frontline and climate justice organizations from across the U.S. to announce the creation of the United Frontline Table, a network of alliances, coalitions, and community organizations. This national formation has come together to advance significant policy change towards building a new economy called the Regenerative Economy. As an educational primer the United Frontline Table has just released "A People's Orientation to a Regenerative Economy", a fourteen plank document that details the policy changes that need to happen to ensure a sustainable and renewable future for all peoples.

Communities around the country will use this primer as a tool to better inform lawmakers at all levels of government about the Regenerative Economy and to ensure the people leading the development and implementation of policy center frontline needs at every level of the policy process.

This guide can be used by current and potential policymakers to ensure that as we recover and rebuild, we also reimagine and reshape our economy in sustainable ways that will not reproduce historical harm or enable future social, climate, environmental, or health crises.

Policy Priorities:
Free, Prior, and Informed Consent
Address and Heal Broken Responsibilities
Indigenous Just Transition
Strengthening and Reclaiming Power

Over the next few weeks, the United Frontline Table will spotlight one policy plank per week during what is being coined 14 Weeks of Regeneration.

Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN's activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.