CS50: Celebrating 5 Decades of Indigenous Rights and Resilience

May 10, 2018

Cultural Survival is approaching our 50th anniversary in 2022! We have launched a new annual Giving Day, culminating on June 1, our founding date. We are celebrating five decades of work supporting Indigenous Peoples’ rights and resilience and want to personally thank our donors who have made this work possible.

This month, be on the lookout for emails and social media posts highlighting our work over the past 46+ years. Each update will focus on a different decade of our history and share stories from Indigenous communities we have worked with over the years.
Your gift to Cultural Survival on June 1 will help us continue advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples around the world. We wouldn’t be here without you!

1970s: “Founding”

The impulse for the founding of Cultural Survival arose during the 1960s with the opening up of various remote regions in the world, including the Amazonian rainforests of South America. Governments all over the world sought to extract resources from areas that had never before been developed. The drastic impact this had on Indigenous Peoples underscored the urgent need to partner with Indigenous communities to defend their human rights, autonomy, resources, and cultural survival. Cultural Survival was founded to facilitate this process of partnership.  Read more

1970s: Supporting Nicaragua’s Radio VER

In 1979, Cultural Survival provided interim aid to Radio Vos Educativa Regional (VER) that allowed the station to continue broadcasting until government funds became available. The bilingual educational radio station was organized and managed by the Miskito of Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast. We received this letter of thanks from the station director:
Dear Cultural Survival,
In the name of Radio VER, I would like to extend a warm and sincere thank you to Cultural Survival. With the financial assistance you gave to our station earlier this year, at a time when we most desperately needed it, were were able to stay on the air. The VER staff was extremely grateful to have salaries, which they had not received for over three months because of a lack of funds. After working through the red tape of other organizations, the immediate response we received from your organization impressed me tremendously. Without Cultural Survival’s rapid response to our urgent need, our office would have had to close its doors, thus halting the educational benefits the people of our region are receiving from our broadcasts. So we are grateful to you, both for the VER staff and for the Miskito people of the region. Best wishes to you with your fine work.                          
- Modesto Vaughn-Watson, Director, Radio VER
Jackie Tiller (Tlingit), Cultural Survival Keepers of the Earth Fund Manager 

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