Mni Ki Wakan Report

We believe that Indigenous water rights and water justice will be achieved by mobilizing Indigenous Peoples, youth, and elders to proactively innovate, boldly articulating the rich soveriengty of Indigenous worldviews, wisdom, and transformative visions trhough advocacy, education, and alliances that inform policy, governance, sustainability, and Indigenous communities. As Indigenous Peoples, we believe water is sacred gift that occupies a central relationship to all life and is essential to our existence.

Indigenous Water Research Directory

This literature list was compiled in partnership with the Wilder Foundation, Indigenous Youth Research & Development Center, and Indigenous researcher and Mni Ki Wakan team. Water resources are works by other authors focusing on the interdisciplinary field of Indigenous water governance, justice, and education.

This is a resource designed to serve and increase the capacity of Indigenous Peoples, youth, Indigenous organizations, water advocates, allies, and diverse communities in supporting Indigenous water rights.

Indigenous Youth Water Sovereignty Report

We are working in partnership with Migizi, a leading Native youth organization in the Twin Cities. Native youth are leading an evaluation of their Water Sovereignty Program. Their findings will improve, and develop the Native Youth Water Sovereignty Program. This report will serve as a model for other Native communities. Native youth participants utilized qualitative methodologies that are culturally responsive such as talking circles, photo-voice, and interviews.

Native Youth Water Sovereignty Report

During the summer of 2022, Mni Ki Wakan Co-Conveners partnered with Migizi, a Native youth organization located in the Twin Cities, United States, co-developing a Native youth water sovereignty program. Afterward, MKW Co-conveners, Thorne and Wakinyan LaPointe, Dr. Nicole MartinRogers, co-led its evaluation with Migizi Native youth utilizing Indigenous Youth Participatory Action Research. The Native Youth Water Sovereignty Program took place on the traditional waters of the Dakota, known as Mnisota Makoce: The Land of Misty & Foggy Waters. Otherwise known as Minnesota today, the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

During the initial planning phase, MKW Co-Conveners helped develop Indigenous water programming drawing from years of Indigenous-led water programming experience. Indigenous youth experienced and learned about water by connecting with Indigenous water knowledges, teachings, elders, and traditions. The program was founded on the belief that the traditional canoe places us back into sacred relationship with water and that water is a relative. The lessons learned from this past year of programming will help strengthen next summer's Native youth water sovereignty programming.