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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.
A Native Answer to "The Onion" (And 4 Other Great Things Happening on Reservations) A Native Answer to "The Onion" (And 4 Other Great Things Happening on Reservations)
by Aura Bogado
Native people are crafting some seriously creative and progressive ways of life, from same-sex marriages in states that don't allow it to the revitalization of indigenous languages.
"Cowboys and Indians" Camp Together to Build Alliance Against Keystone XL "Cowboys and Indians" Camp Together to Build Alliance Against Keystone XL
by Kristin Moe
At the Ponca Trail of Tears Spiritual Camp, tribal members and their ranchers are learning to understand each other as never before.
How a Small California Town Curbed a Teen Suicide Epidemic—By Talking About It How a Small California Town Curbed a Teen Suicide Epidemic—By Talking About It
by Jane Braxton Little
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year-olds in rural America, and Native American kids are hit the hardest. After Indian Valley lost its sixth teenager, residents started talking about suicide out in the open—and it's working.
Can Fracking Showdown on Native Land Help Break Canada's Cycle of Colonialism? Can Fracking Showdown on Native Land Help Break Canada's Cycle of Colonialism?
by Leanne Simpson
When members of the Elsipogtog First Nation attempted to prevent seismic testing on their land that could lead to fracking, armed police appeared and violence ensued. Here, indigenous writer and academic Leanne Simpson puts the issue into context.
A Win for Indigenous History at Columbia University A Win for Indigenous History at Columbia University
by Nur Lalji
Students in Columbia's Native American Council think the University could do more to acknowledge indigenous history, and they're helping to make it happen.
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