The following are examples of Rex beneficiaries working in different ways to protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival.

Sierra Madre Alliance - Rex beneficiary 2003

The mission of Sierra Madre Alliance is to advise and support their Mexican partners to advance community based conservation, appropriate development, and environmental and agrarian justice in the Sierra Madre Occidantal of Mexico. One of the principal goals is to empower indigenous people. Bilingual education and leadership training, community planning and mapping of resources are focus areas.ÊInclusion of traditional knowledge into the education strengthens the culture.

The Association for the Preservation of Peruvian Textiles - Rex beneficiary 2005

The Association for the Preservation of Peruvian Textiles (TAPPT) is a nonprofit organization with the intention to preserve and empower the textile tradition and indigenous wisdom of Peru's ancient civilizations. Without a written language, the ancient Inca's communicated their wisdom in cloth, documenting and representing cultural and ancestral concepts and beliefs. TAPPT's mission is to promote the continuation of the traditional lifestyle of harmonious existence with the environment while creating a sustainable economy for the tribe through the marketing of their textiles. The Rex Foundation grant will fund TAPPT's model for sustainable economic activity based on nurturing a symbiotic relationship between modern technology and indigenous knowledge and traditional lifestyles as a paradigm to be recognized and reproduced by other projects and nations.

Eyak Preservation Council - Rex Beneficiary 2006

Eyak Preservation Council's (EPC) mission is to protect the inherent rights of culture, heritage, language and ancestral lands needed to preserve and restore the Eyak tribes' continued existence as an independently recognized Alaskan tribal nation. EPC was founded in 1989 following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The people of the Sound began to rally, finding hope, courage, and strength. Their collective voices grew. The fisherman united with Natives and environmentalists to convert tragedy into cutting edge conservation, preserving nearly 700,000 acres of endangered wild salmon habitat. Since that time, EPC has continued to produce tangible and cutting edge results in the Copper River watershed. Today, EPC is recognized as the leading Native founded and led conservation organization in the region.

U'wa Defense Project (UDP) - Rex beneficiary 2003

UDP provides legal, community development, advocacy and research support to the Indigenous U'wa people in Colombia as they work to defend their life, land and cultural autonomy, particularly in defense of the lethal effects of petroleum extraction. UDP is currently focused on building the leadership and technical capacity of U'wa youth and a Legal Defense program enabling the U'wa to further a number of precedent setting legal cases in Columbian and international courts to stop drilling on U'wa land. All of UDP's projects are created under the guidance of the U'wa Traditional Authorities - the legal and community-elected representatives of the U'wa.

Save our Sounds - The Zuni Tapes - Rex beneficiary 2002

Save Our Sounds is a project of the American Folklife Center, which strives to preserve and digitize some of the most endangered sound recordings in the Center's collections, thus assuring that the valuable music, song and story on these recordings will no longer suffer from the slow deterioration that affects all analog media. As a result, these collections will be permanently available for researchers and musicologists, as well as avid fans of traditional music and story. Of particular interest is the Zuni Storytelling Collection.

Suy‡ Indians - Rex beneficiary 2002

The Suy‡ Indian community is a tightly organized indigenous group, known in Brazil as a tribe, who speak a distinctive language and has established and maintained distinctive cultural identity. The Suy‡, through political and judicial action recently recovered 580 square miles of their former territory by a Brazilian government decree. They are working to protect the flora and fauna of that territory and their adjacent territory, as well as to repair damage to their reclaimed lands caused by Brazilian cattle ranching between 1970 and 1995. The Rex Foundation grant provides the communication equipment needed to enable the Suy‡ns to communicate easily among their villages, monitor trespassers and mobilize teams to take action as needed.

The Tibet Fund - Rex beneficiary 1988

The Tibet Fund's primary mission is the preservation of the distinct cultural, religious and national identity of the Tibetan people. The Tibet Fund is a non-profit organization that administers grants and supports projects that advance this mission by:

  • Supporting and strengthening the Tibetan refugee community in India and Nepal.
  • Offering scholarships and cultural exchange programs to Tibetan students.
  • Supporting health, education and small economic development projects inside Tibet.
  • Supporting projects to preserve Tibet's unique culture and arts.
  • Providing support to monasteries and nunneries outside of Tibet.
  • Coordinating international humanitarian and educational assistance efforts.
  • Fostering the growth of other organizations designed to address the identified needs of the Tibetan people.

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) - Rex beneficiary 1984

(IITC) is an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America and the Pacific working for the Sovereignty and Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands. The objectives are:

  • To seek, promote and build official participation of Indigenous Peoples in the United Nations and its specialized agencies, as well as other international forums.
  • To seek international recognition for Treaties and Agreements between Indigenous Peoples and Nation-States.
  • To support the human rights, self-determination and sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples; to oppose colonialism in all its forms, and its effects upon Indigenous Peoples.
  • To build solidarity and relationships of mutual support among Indigenous Peoples of the world.
  • To disseminate information about Indigenous Peoples' human rights issues, struggles, concerns and perspectives.
  • To establish and maintain one or more organizational offices to carry out IITC's information dissemination, networking and human rights programs.

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