Indigenous Impact

Indigenous tribes across the USA & around the world face distinctive challenges not only during times of disaster, but even in calm periods. GEM’s latest initiative of supporting these communities will be done so in direct collaboration with tribal leaders, elders, and residents in order to be most respectful to the lands and the cultural history on which we preform our work. Our Tribal Impact pillar will have year-round programs and missions, solely dedicated to disaster relief, preparedness, and long-term strengthening through education. Through this pillar, we also hope to encourage and empower indigenous voices and rights and be an advocate on local, national, and international levels for the preservation and equality within these communities.

Cold Springs Rancheria

GEM USA West team continually supports the Cold Springs Rancheria tribe. This is a low-income community that faces societal challenges, as well as hardships around preserving their culture. The GEM team is working with this tribe to reestablish and preserve their culture, in order for future generations to continue their heritage. GEM also supports this group, located in Tollhouse, California, with supplies such as mattresses, home goods, school supplies, Family Necessity Kits, and more.

Tule River

Located in Tulare County, California, the Tule River Reservation is presently home to 1,900 tribal members. GEM has a close relationship with this community, its Chief, Tribal council members, and spiritual leader. Initially responding to flooding, GEM now supports this community on a routine basis. Immediate needs, like food, is always important, but we strive to offer this community longer-term solutions to strengthen itself. For example, computers for schooling or large-scale water supplies.


Our GEM LATAM Director met and spoke with indigenous entrepreneurs in Guatemala, for training and education. Promoting education and business programs that sustain indigenous communities is important for preservation of their culture and livelihoods.

United States
On January 16, 2021 a fire destroyed Tuluksak’s only source of clean, running water in this Alaskan tribal community.

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