Mary Crowe

Indigenous Environmental Network

Mary Crowe was born and raised in Cherokee, NC, and is a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. Mary was raised by social worker parents and eventually helped author the Indian Child Welfare Act. In 1993, she began working with the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and in 1994 founded the Eastern Cherokee Defense League, an economic, social, and environmental organization for the Qualla boundary. Through IEN, Mary works on a national level with Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the Climate Justice Alliance, and It Takes Roots. In between her activism work, she’s a breast cancer survivor, a widow, and has raised three children. Her children follow in her footsteps as climate and community activists.

Mary is speaking in North Carolina.


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Indigenous Principles of Just Transition

The Indigenous Environmental Network is a grassroots group that organizes to combat injustice with Indigenous worldviews at the center. The IEN created the Indigenous Principles of Just Transition to forge a path through our ongoing environmental and economic disasters. Learn about the principles and how you can support IEN's work.

Speaking At:

North Carolina, Sunday 9:00-10:30 a.m., Healing Community

Cherokee Foods, Gathering, and Wildcrafting

In Cherokee wisdom, it is essential to have a relationship with the plant and the land you are harvesting. In this workshop, our discussions will center around common wildcrafted food plants, their local history and lore, and respectful harvest methods to ensure abundance into the future.

Speaking At:

North Carolina, Saturday 4:30-6:00 p.m., Living on the Land