Angoon Initiative

For thousands of years, indigenous people have lived in harmony with their surroundings. In many ways the Rights of Nature builds upon the worldview of connectedness that these indigenous cultures embrace.

Located on Admiralty Island about 55 miles southwest of Juneau, Angoon is the only permanent settlement on the island, with more than 500 full-time residents who maintain a strong community drawing from rich Native tribal heritage.

Earth Law Center partners with the Angoon Community Association (ACA) to address the countless issues they face, including indigenous sovereignty, pollution in Hawk Inlet, and gray water in the Chatham Straits.

We have helped draft amendments to ACA’s tribal constitution to include the recognition of Nature’s rights.

Read more about Angoon on our blog.

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For more information, contact Ocean Rights Manager Michelle Bender at