Peace and Justice

The Lakota Martial Arts Teacher Helping Native Women Recover Their Strength
by Christa Hillstrom
A self-defense model focused on rediscovering strength rather than putting up your guard helps Native American women heal from sexual assault.
Zuni Tribe Returns to Sacred Ceremony to Strengthen Community
by Michael J. Dax
The Southwest tribe is rebuilding sacred buildings critical for teaching Zuni youth the pueblo’s core values of community and devotion to collective prosperity.
Proud of Our Pidgin: The Newest Language in the U.S. Census
by Sheldon Ito
When Hawaiian Pidgin Creole joined an official list of 350 languages spoken in U.S. homes, it lifted up communities throughout Hawai‘i and their rich immigrant history.
20 Years in the Making, Great Bear Agreement Protects World’s Largest Temperate Rainforest
by Valerie Schloredt
The landmark deal between 27 First Nations, environmentalists, forest industry, and government preserves 85 percent of old-growth in one of the world’s great forests.
The West Coast Is the World’s 5th Largest Economy. Can It Unite to Stop Big Oil?
by Arun Gupta
From First Nations activism to innovative city initiatives, the West Coast is leading the fight against global warming even as many countries lag behind.
Big Oil and Gas Want Them Out, But One Small Clan Is Standing Up to Pipeline Expansion
by Tony Manno
A First Nations clan is bringing pipeline projects to a grinding halt—simply by occupying their traditional lands.
Meet the Indigenous Eco-feminists of the Amazon
by Lindsey Weedston
In Ecuador, indigenous Kichwa women are resisting corporate interests that threaten their land.
In Photos: The Seed-Saving Farmers Who Pass Down Land to Their Daughters
by Rucha Chitnis
In northeastern India's mountainous state of Meghalaya, youngest daughters inherit the land—and the ancient food heritage of their mothers.
COP21: A Rallying Cry—No Climate Justice Without Full Indigenous Rights
by Sarah van Gelder
"We realize that in this country we don’t have political power. So we have always looked at building alliances, coalitions, or being part of coalitions."
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
The Indigenous Rituals That Heal Us
by Patricia St. Onge
How the Medicine Wheel can guide us to transform communities that have suffered from racial injustice
What Native Hawaiian Culture Can Teach Us About Gender Identity
by Jade Snow
As the documentary Kumu Hina reveals, living between both genders is the more powerful “mahu" way.
Solar Panels Are Part of the Pope’s Revolution—But So Is Dismantling Structural Racism
by Anthony Giancatarino
The Pope is talking about a revolution that goes way beyond simply adding renewable energy to our current extractive economy.
150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder's Role in the Sand Creek Massacre
by Ned Blackhawk
Under pressure from students and community members, Northwestern University and University of Denver take the first steps towards righting historic wrongs.