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About Us

Native Future is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization rooted in Peace Corps service, conservation, and Indigenous rights, and the dedication of many volunteers. We partner with indigenous communities in Panama to protect their land rights, support the stewardship of their rainforest ecosystems, and educate their youth.

Our Story

Our story begins in 2000, with Peace Corps Volunteers Sara Archbald, Zachary McNish, and Julian Dendy and their experiences living and working in Wounaan and Ngäbe Buglé villages. They got to know firsthand the often-insurmountable challenges their native counterparts face daily trying to protect their lands from deforestation or just sending their children to school. When Sara, Zach, and Julian returned to the United States, their service to their host communities did not end. Founded in 2004, Native Future is an extension of its commitment to the well-being and future of Panama's indigenous peoples.

Today, that spirit of volunteerism and service still drives our mission. Native Future is led by a small but dedicated staff along with the support of a core of volunteers. 

Meet the team

Our Work is not Done

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