What does it mean to be "New-Native"?

Indigenous/Original peoples currently are collectively labeled as the Native population of the world. Native American Indian, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian are the United States’ documented Indigenous population. Many Indigenous do not like being referenced as "Native" due to its confusing and sometimes negative connotations. However after over 500 years of colonization, there has yet to be a unanimous definition of a "new" Native culture. Americans are not indigenous peoples. It is time for us to formally acknowledge our American heritage/lineage. Let's add more clout to the word "Native" instead of using it loosely in reference to being "native" of our town or region. As long as we dwell in America, America is our New-Native home. To be considered "New-Native" requires responsibility for the land and not just its assets. Take the New-Native Pledge!

Why is the Hyphen in "New-Native" so important?

A hyphen is used to create a compound word, or indicate combined meaning.  In the case of New-Native, the hyphen is used to reduce offense. It is not our intention to create new Indigenous peoples, or replace Indigenous peoples in any way. Such offense could be insinuated by the omission of the hyphen in New-Native. With the hyphen added, we encourage the forming of a new unified "branding" of non-indigenous Americans who do not rely solely on, nor exploit, Indigenous cultural knowledge. These New-Native Americans are determined by their commitment and follow-through to the New-Native Pledge.

What is the Purpose of the Foundation?

We intend to define an American system of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ATEK). New-Native Foundation seeks to network together Educators of American Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ATEK) skills whom uphold the New-Native Foundation Mission and Pledge. These Educators will be made searchable via our New-Native Educator Database resource. Further resources will be developed in time and are listed on our Initiatives page.

Only for Americans?

New-Native Foundation is currently focused on networking with Americans of the United States. As a case study, the mission and philosophy could be applied to any region of the world.

How do Indigenous peoples benefit?

The Indigenous peoples of America are the original Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) keepers. Americans have a history of building knowledge atop the knowledge of others, therefore removing personal experience from the process. As a way to help protect Indigenous knowledge, tradition and culture, New-Native Foundation proposes the support of non-Indigenous American Educators who teach from first-hand experience through a personal environmental connection. We seek to outline an American system of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ATEK).

A Non-Profit?

Not quite yet. Currently all this hard work and related projects are funded by our Founder. We have been exploring the 501(c)3 process, though we are not yet certain if it is the path necessary to take. Thank you, but we do not accept monetary donations. It is FREE to be a Member, all you have to do is take the Pledge!  Find out how to be listed as a New-Native Educator! We are an all-volunteer staff! Find out how you can support New-Native Foundation!

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New-Native Foundation may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1-JULY-2015.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name and interests
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This page was last modified on 1-JULY-2015