KOLA is a grassroots human rights organization that was founded in September 1987 on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota. In 1990, we opened the international campaign office in Brussels, Belgium. Today, we have active members in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece,Guatemala, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.
Our main objectives are to spread correct information on every issue concerning
Indigenous people(s) worldwide: culture, politics, environment, education, philosophy & religion, judicial matters, history; and to attempt to better and/or remedy existing situations on/in the indigenous communities: land & treaty rights, fishing/hunting & gathering rights, freedom of religion, exploitation of natural resources, anti-defamation, repratriation of artifacts & human remains; and to form a bridge between people of different cultures.
KOLA is the Lakota word for friend and this word defines exactly who we are and who we would like to work with.
KOLA is a completely independent, non-lucrative organization without political, religious or any other "color".
KOLA also coordinates the International Forum of VIPs for Leonard Peltier (IPF). Because on February 6th, 2006, Leonard Peltier had been arrested exactly 30 years ago, we temporarily changed our website, and dedicated it almost completely to this indigenous human rights advocate who has
now spent over three decades in prison for a crime he did not commit! But the other campaigns for indigenous peoples worldwide, of course, continue too. You can easily participate in those campaigns, or read updates, by subscribing to our email newslists; or by visiting our Action
Alert Blog (see main menu links).
All KOLA actions are 100 % non-violent; this is the only way by which we can gain respect for this organization and more important, for the people we are "fighting" for. Actions are letter & petition campaigns: information through education, press files, speakers bureaus, expositions, cultural happenings - lobbying with political bodies;
as well as peaceful demonstrations and/or non-violent acts of civil disobedience; and so on...
Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere!