About Cultural Survival

More than 45 years of experience partnering with Indigenous communities has equipped Cultural Survival with a trusted network of Indigenous partners and international human rights advocates across the globe.

Our work is predicated on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We engage opportunities to leverage our experience and leadership in advocacy, media, public education, programs, and in providing platforms to amplify and empower the voices of Indigenous Peoples as they work to claim their rights to self-determination, their lands, cultures, and precious ecosystems that are essential to the whole planet.

Cultural Survival supports a movement of empowered Indigenous Peoples organizing their communities to engage the international processes, national policies and human rights bodies to respect, protect, and fulfill their rights. Our organization is Indigenous-led and has a diverse board of directors bringing experiences from the Indigenous and non-Indigenous worlds to inform our perspectives and scope of work.

Our Mission

Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures and political resilience since 1972.

Our Vision

Cultural Survival envisions a future that respects and honors Indigenous Peoples' inherent rights and dynamic cultures, deeply and richly interwoven in lands, languages, spiritual traditions, and artistic expression, rooted in self-determination and self-governance.

Our Work

Since 1972, Cultural Survival has partnered with Indigenous communities to advance Indigenous Peoples' rights and cultures worldwide. The core of our efforts rest on the principles of supporting, amplifying efforts and raising awareness of self-determination for Indigenous communities. Cultural Survival employs a participatory, rights-based approach to our relationships that respects and strengthens Indigenous rights while honoring traditional Indigenous worldviews and lifeways. Our programs work to inform, create resources for, support access to information, bolster freedom of expression, and assist Indigenous communities to organize and shape their futures in ways consistent with their traditions, languages, cultures. We publicize Indigenous Peoples' issues through our award-winning Cultural Survival Quarterly; we mount on the ground campaigns and other advocacy efforts to stop environmental destruction and abuses of Indigenous Peoples' rights, always at the community’s invitation. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we have satellite offices in Guatemala and New Mexico. Cultural Survival also holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic Social and Cultural Council.

Board & Staff

“Cultural Survival advocates for meaningful engagement and participation of Indigenous Peoples in all matters that affect them. Only such processes can lead to mainstream acceptance of traditional holistic approaches and connections to the land that can save our planet.”

Board of Directors

Duane Champagne (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa),  President

Steven Heim,  Vice-President

Jason Campbell (Spokane),  Treasurer

Nicole Friederichs, Clerk

Evelyn Arce Erickson

Kaimana Barcarse (Native Hawaiian)

Jason Campbell (Spokane)

Joseph Goko Mutangah

Laura Graham

Jean Jackson

Ajb’ee Jiménez (Mam Maya)

Lesley Kabotie (Crow)

John King

Stephen Marks

Tui Shortland (Māori)

Stella Tamang (Tamang)


Suzanne Benally (Navajo and Santa Clara Tewa),
Executive Director


Mark Camp, Deputy Executive Director

Maria Eugenia Chavez, Indigenous Rights Radio Program Manager

Jessie Cherofsky, Bazaar Program Manager

Avexnim Cojti (Maya K’iche’), Community Media Grants Project Manager

Danielle DeLuca, Advocacy Program Manager

Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan), Indigenous Rights Radio Producer

Sofia Flynn, Accounting & Office Manager

Nati Garcia (Maya Mam), Indigenous Youth Community Media Fellowship Coordinator

Cesar Gomez (Pocomam), Community Media Program Coordinator

Bia’ni Madsa’ Juárez López (Mixe/Zapotec),  Program Associate, Community Media Program and Indigenous Rights Radio

Dev Kumar Sunuwar (Kumar/ Sunuwar), Program Associate, Community Media Grants Project

María del Rosario ‘Rosy’ Sul González (Kakchiquel Maya), Radio Producer

Jamie Malcolm-Brown, Communications & Information Technology Manager

Katharine Norris, Program Assistant

Teresita Orozco Mendoza, Community Media Program Regional Coordinator

Agnes Portalewska, Communications Manager

Angelica Rao, Executive Coordinator and Community Media Program Coordinator

Melissa Stevens, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships 

Jackie Tiller (Tlingit), Keepers of the Earth Fund Project Manager

Miranda Vitello, Development Associate