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Sharon Doll:
Supporting Future Generations

When Sharon Doll of Lincoln, Nebraska first heard in the news about the threats to Indigenous People she thought, “It was tragic to lose these cultures since we have a lot to learn from their knowledge.” After searching for non-profits working with Indigenous communities, Sharon came across Cultural Survival and liked what she saw. Twenty years later Sharon is still supporting Cultural Survival!

Recently, Sharon decided to take her support to the next step and included Cultural Survival in her estate plans. She says, “It is important to give back to your community.”

We are so grateful to Sharon and others like her who have decided to support Cultural Survival with a gift from their estate. With their help, Cultural Survival will continue our mission to partner with Indigenous Peoples defending their lands, languages, and cultures.

For information on how you can support the future work of Cultural Survival, contact Miranda Vitello by phone 617-441-5400 x18  or email Or visit


Mary Anne Saul:
Why I Wholeheartedly Support Cultural Survival

"If there were only one organization to which I could give my time and resources, my choice would be Cultural Survival. Its mission of working with Indigenous Peoples to fight for their rights and to make their own choices is absolutely crucial right now.

I first learned about Cultural Survival over 35 years ago when I took my high school social studies classes into the Peabody Museum of Anthropology at Harvard in Cambridge, MA and found Pia Maybury-Lewis, one of the founders of Cultural Survival, eager to talk with us about the challenges Indigenous Peoples faced. I was hooked and joined the effort.

In the years since, Cultural Survival has enriched my teaching in unbelievable ways. My students have discussed different takes on women’s rights with Massai women, the best ways to honor the environment with Navajo and Penobscot teens, and debated how “fierce” the Yanomami people of the Amazon really were. And Cultural Survival brought this all to my students’ front door through publications like the Cultural Survival Quarterly, which activates and mobilizes students and others worldwide in support of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

I am constantly inspired by the many ways that different cultures tackle life’s challenges. I find ideas for better decision making, paths for healing, and works of beauty I could never have imagined are available to me and others through the work of Cultural Survival."


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Together, We Can Support Indigenous Communities in Nepal

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Cultural Survival is not a disaster relief organization. We work towards a world in which the rights of Indigenous Peoples are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

Bikalpa Gyan Kedra, an organization in Nepal founded by our Board Member Stella Tamang offers alternative educational opportunities to Indigenous girls and is not a disaster relief organization either, but since the earthquake they have been acting as a shelter to 300 local families. They need basic items like drinking water and food.

Radio Kairan in Kubu-Kasthali is asking for help with purchasing a power generator to get his community radio station back up and running to provide an essential means of communication for villagers on relief efforts as well as to power his community. Cost for this generator would be about $2,500

We have set up a special fund to assist our Indigenous contacts in Nepal. With your help, we can provide some limited assistance to our friends in desperate need.

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