NativeWeb Mission Statement
NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated
to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to
disseminate information from and about indigenous nations, peoples, and
organizations around the world; to foster communication between native and
non-native peoples; to conduct research involving indigenous peoples' usage of
technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services
to facilitate indigenous peoples' use of this technology.
NativeWeb es una organización educativa internacional, sin fines de lucro, dedicada al uso de las telecomunicaciones incluso la tecnología de computación y la Internet para diseminar información de y sobre naciones, pueblos, y organizaciones indígenas alrededor del mundo; para criar la comunicación entre pueblos indígenas y no indígenas; para dirigir investigaciones que involucran el
uso indígena de tecnología y la Internet; y para proporcionar recursos, consejos, y servicios para facilitar el uso indígena de esta tecnología.
NativeWeb is a project of many people. Our vision touches ancient teachings
and modern technology. Our purpose: to provide a cyber-place for Earth's
As access to the Web grows and indigenous peoples reach out through
cyber-space, NativeWeb will grow also. Through NativeWeb, indigenous people
(and peoples) become visible to each other and themselves and organize actions
in a multitude of local, national, and international institutions. The shape
of indigenous social action changes as wider audiences are created and
especially as the means of creating audiences become the means by which
audiences become actors. From Chiapas to Nunavut and from Samiland to
Thailand, indigenous communities widen, coalesce, and interact as they work,
communicate, and organize via the Internet.
Indigenous Peoples have much in common amidst great diversity: spiritual
practices celebrating inter-relatedness of all Life on Earth; and historical
suffering at the hands of industrialized nations and corporate entities.
NativeWeb is concerned with all this: indigenous literature and art, legal and
economic issues, land claims and new ventures in self-determination.
Our purpose is not to "preserve," in museum fashion, some vestige of the past,
but to foster communication among peoples engaged in the present and looking
toward a sustainable future for those yet unborn.