A Native Future is a sustainable future for Indigenous peoples with whom we partner and the ecosystems on which they depend.
Our current work takes place with Indigenous people of Panama.
Wounaan land rights legally recognized and actively respected.
Ngäbe, Buglé, and Wounaan receive education that meets their personal and Indigenous development goals.
Strong, self-sustaining indigenous governance institutions and NGOs supporting Indigenous rights and development needs of their people.
Wounaan communities protecting and managing their forests and natural resources in a sustainable, productive, and conservation-oriented manner, as they have done for generations.
Native Future's work with partners has helped bring about change.
Today, 120 native elementary, high school and university students are in school with our help.
We assisted Leonides Quiroz in attending law school (the first Wounaan from his village). His testimony helped pass Panama Law 72, a special procedure for collective title of native land. He continues to work as legal counsel for his people.
We have helped increase Wounaan capacity to communicate in the press and on social media the threats to their land and natural resources.
Three Wounaan communities have received collective title to their land: Puerto Lara, Caña Blanca and Arimae.