The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release

Jennifer K. Falcon,

IEN Statement on the Thrive Act


The Indigenous Environmental Network champions the THRIVE act because it represents the historic opportunity for Congress to act big and bold on climate, care, jobs, and justice. By passing a transformational economic recovery and infrastructure package that puts 15 million people to work, addresses the climate crisis, and advances racial, Indigenous, gender, environmental, and economic justice, the THRIVE act delivers the scale necessary to tackle several interlocking crises at once.

By codifying Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), the THRIVE act helps dismantle harmful colonial systems that continue to oppress us all and moves us toward a future in which Indigenous nations and communities are full partners in all decision-making processes that impact us and our lands. Free, Prior, and Informed Consent is the pathway toward restoring Indigenous autonomy, righting colonial wrongs, & ensuring we all have healthy land, air, and water for many future generations to come. By advancing THRIVE, we advance FPIC and we normalize consent. THRIVE is for us.

Thrive is the NDN Country, it's #TimetoTHRIVE!

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.