North American defenders face a myriad of threats to their land and their lives. Indigenous women go missing six times more than non-indigenous women, and Native Americans and First Nations peoples face disproportionate levels of police violence and incarceration. Extractivist corporations subsidized by the government and funded by large financiers consistently put profit over people, building pipelines and mining sacred land without consulting tribal governments. These projects degrade land, poison wildlife and contaminate watersheds. Native communities are subject to environmental racism and chronic food and water insecurity. The governments need to give land back.

Indigenous defenders in North America are faced with a lack of protective legislation from federal governments, police brutality and high incarceration rates, and law enforcement chronically disregards violent crime against indigenous women . Pipelines from oil and gas companies destroy sacred lands and poison wells.

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