Indigenous Rights & Climate Justice Platform 2023

We are at a historic moment for Minnesota with an approximately $17 billion state budget surplus and a climate-led House, Senate, and Governor's office.

We have an amazing opportunity this legislative year to effect meaningful change with a bold climate and equity platform.

As people of faith and Indigenous leaders, we're taking the “green road” to build a local renewable economy that supports vibrant Native and non-Native communities living in right relationship with the land.

Our platform is based on years spent building an authentic coalition between people of faith and Native and Indigenous people. It represents a fundamentally long-haul plan for true healing, respect, and sustainability. Regardless of what happens in the 2023 legislative session, we will never cease striving for the realization of this vision.

Join us in ushering in a new world!


We need your voice!

Join us on February 15 at the MN State Capitol to call for legislative actions to fulfill treaty promises and build an equitable renewable economy.


Our platform includes five categories of work in which we see real opportunities for progress and funding in this 2023 legislative session. Questions? Contact Juventino Meza, MNIPL's legislative affairs coordinator, at [email protected]



Engages in the work of truth telling, relationship building, and spiritual grounding; moves individuals and communities to political solidarity and wealth return.


Climate Goals & Truth Telling

Creates a 100% carbon-free electric energy supply and restricts approval of C02 pipelines if they deliver carbon for Enhanced Oil Recovery.


Economic Development & Just Transition

Increases funding for renewable energy workforce training, solar on schools, and locally feasible, climate-helpful crops.


Regulatory Protection of People, Land, Air, & Water

Advances tribal authority and tribal sovereignty. Prioritizes consumer demand, not energy industry demand.


Environmental Justice

Centers the needs of BIPOC and Indigenous communities and builds a sustainable future in which all people in Minnesota can thrive.

Get Involved

Sign up to be more involved! You could join a rapid response team, help engage your faith/spirituality or other community, organize a forum with local legislators, write a letter to the editor, or join a study group,

Sign a letter of support for this platform. These will be personalized and sent to targeted legislators over the course of the 2023 session as specific opportunities arise to advance elements of our legislative agenda.

Read and share our 2023 Platform Overview with details about the five areas where we seek funding and policy changes.

Watch a recording of our 2023 Platform Launch held on January 11. Speakers included Winona LaDuke, Patricia Torres Ray, Robert Blake, Jim Bear Jacobs, and MNIPL staff.

Make a financial gift to MNIPL to help us continue our leadership and engagement in this critical moment in history. You can become a sustaining donor with a monthly contribution or make a one-time donation.


Reparations Learning Table

Feb. 9, 23; 12-1 pm - Online
This multi-part learning series offers a different perspective on our shared relationship to reparations and helps you relate reparations conversations to your own community. Join any of the sessions (recordings available for the ones you missed). Learn more/register.

Advocating for Change

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7-8:30 pm - Online
Learn values-based advocacy skills so you can be ready to show up and bring your voice to a 2023 legislative agenda pushing for large-scale change. Led by Julia Nerbonne, an expert in creating effective ways to multiply our “people power!” Learn more/register.

Rally for Indigenous Rights & Climate Justice at the Capitol

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11 am-4 pm - St. Paul
Join us in calling on legislators to take action to fulfill treaty promises and build an equitable renewable economy. MNIPL and a broad coalition of Indigenous, faith, social, and environmental justice organizations at the State Capitol need everyone's support in pushing for bills and opportunities outlined in our 2023 Indigenous Rights and Climate Justice platform. Learn more/RSVP for the rally.

Learn about key legislative opportunities

Learn more about two specific legislative opportunities to advance economic development and climate justice:

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