Native activist Tom Goldtooth and peace advocate Kathy Kelly received the Gandhi Peace Award before a rapt audience at the United Church on the Green in New Haven last Friday (October 30). The prestigious award has been bestowed annually on select recipients for their outstanding contributions to world peace since 1960 by the national organization Promoting Enduring Peace. Past recipients include such luminaries as Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothy Day, Caesar Chavez and most recently to Bill McKibben and Medea Benjamin.
Goldtooth is of Diné and Dakota ancestry and is Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. The IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous Peoples to address environmental and economic justice issues.
Read more or listen to Tom’s acceptance speech on YouTube.