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Learning from our oldest cultures.

An Indigenous View on #BlackLivesMatter An Indigenous View on #BlackLivesMatter
by Leanne Simpson
I was reminded over and over this week that black and indigenous communities of struggle are deeply connected through our experiences with colonialism, oppression, and white supremacy.
An Alaska Native Myth Tells of a Never-Ending Blizzard—Now You Can Learn About It on Xbox An Alaska Native Myth Tells of a Never-Ending Blizzard—Now You Can Learn About It on Xbox
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The first video game developed by an indigenous-owned company uses gaming’s immersive storytelling style to connect players with Alaska Native culture.
Video: A Four-Point Plan to Protect Indigenous Lands from the Canadian Government Video: A Four-Point Plan to Protect Indigenous Lands from the Canadian Government
The Canadian government has relaunched a process that many First Nations leaders believe would terminate their land claims. But indigenous-led grassroots movements are on the case.
Photo Essay: Indigenous Farmers Gather  in the Andes to Plan for Climate Change Photo Essay: Indigenous Farmers Gather in the Andes to Plan for Climate Change
by Adam Kerby
These photos document a gathering of indigenous groups from China, Bhutan, and Peru. They met in the spring to discuss climate change and plan a crop exchange program.
Guardians of the Plains: One Lakota Family's Plan to Fend off South Dakota's Epic Drought Guardians of the Plains: One Lakota Family's Plan to Fend off South Dakota's Epic Drought
by Kristin Moe
Long years of drought in South Dakota have made it difficult for the soil to absorb water. A group led by indigenous women hopes to change that through a ambitious dam-building project.
Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change with Biodiversity Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change with Biodiversity
by Erin Sagen
As climate change makes it more difficult to practice agriculture in their ancestral homelands, indigenous communities are exchanging seeds in hopes of finding the hardiest varieties.
Study Finds Indigenous Land Management Highly Effective in Combating Climate Change Study Finds Indigenous Land Management Highly Effective in Combating Climate Change
by David Kaimowitz
The study highlights the story of Brazil, where increasing indigenous rights to the rainforest helped cut carbon emissions by 3.2 billion tons.
Photo Essay: First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada's Dystopian Tar Sands Photo Essay: First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada's Dystopian Tar Sands
by Liana Lopez
Organizers agreed that the annual marches have helped raise awareness about the mining project. But their work is far from done.
These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way
by Christine St. Pierre
Longhouse Media helps indigenous artists step behind the camera and document their lives.
US Patent Office Says It Won't Protect a Racial Slur. Here's What It Means for the Washington Team US Patent Office Says It Won't Protect a Racial Slur. Here's What It Means for the Washington Team
by Molly Rusk
Democracy Now talks to Amanda Blackhorse, the Navajo activist who started a lawsuit to get the Washington football team to change their name.
Brought Together by Keystone Pipeline Fight, "Cowboys and Indians" Heal Old Wounds Brought Together by Keystone Pipeline Fight, "Cowboys and Indians" Heal Old Wounds
by Kristin Moe
As natives and ranchers work together to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, they're also learning to understand one another's history, culture, and relationship with the land.
Photo Essay: "Cowboys and Indians" Against Keystone XL Bring Newfound Unity to DC Photo Essay: "Cowboys and Indians" Against Keystone XL Bring Newfound Unity to DC
by Kristin Moe
On the frontlines of resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline, ranchers and tribal members join forces in a striking display of solidarity.
Meet the Ambassadors from Canada's Indigenous Fossil Fuel Resistance Meet the Ambassadors from Canada's Indigenous Fossil Fuel Resistance
by Kristin Moe
In 1885, a revolutionary leader wrote, "My people will sleep for one hundred years" and then wake up. In the "genocidal" wilderness of Canada's tar sands, that renaissance has begun.
Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government
by Laura Carlsen
The Zapatistas are still running their own schools and hospitals, raising new generations, and carrying on a dialogue with the outside world that has enriched both sides.
Movement to Resist Tar Sands "Megaloads" Brings Together Northwest Tribal Members, Environmentalists Movement to Resist Tar Sands "Megaloads" Brings Together Northwest Tribal Members, Environmentalists
by Rachael Stoeve
The struggle pits the tribes and their allies in the environmental movement against the General Electric subsidiary that manufactured the evaporators and the hauling company that is providing transportation for them.
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