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Indigenous Leadership

Learning from our oldest cultures.

Going Home
by Sarah Ruth van Gelder
One tribe took a chance on inviting a coalition of native and non-native people to help them win back their ancient village site and the home of Chief Seattle.
The Warriors Who Turned to Peace
by John Mohawk
John Mohawk discusses what we can learn from the legacy of Haudenosaunee peace making: peace is the result of righteousness, reason, and power.
Zapatistas and the Globalization of  Resistance Zapatistas and the Globalization of Resistance
by Bill Weinberg
They launched their uprising as NAFTA took effect, brought activists together in the jungles of southern Mexico, and inspired a worldwide justice movement. Ten years later, the Zapatistas are still thinking global.
the gifts from the four directions
by Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff
the gifts from the four directions by Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff. The elders tell us that when the people of the four sacred colors come together at last, we will see the beginnings of a new world.
Tribes Find Power In Wind Tribes Find Power In Wind
by Winona LaDuke
Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, COUP, first wind generator dedicated on Rosebud Reservation, clean energy windshed. sustainable homeland economic development. summer 2003.
Bolivians Topple President Bolivians Topple President
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
The people of Bolivia took to the streets in October 2003 to bring an end to the leadership of President Gonzlo Sanchez de Lozada.
Turning Scarcity Into Abundance
by Vandana Shiva
The solution to scarcity is not more mega-projects, more control by giant corporations, or more globalization. The solution to scarcity is more democracy
Bringing Back Desert Springs
by Gary Nabhan
The Hopi people of the Black Mesa region know how to farm and thrive in the desert Southwest. But a giant coal company is draining the aquifer that feeds their sacred springs and makes their livelihood possible.
American Women American Women
by Sally Roesch Wagner
How did early activists for women's rights dare to dream their revolutionary dream? They caught a glimpse of the possibility of freedom because they knew women who lived liberated lives, women who had always possessed rights beyond the suffragists' wildest imagination—Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women.
In the Native Way
by Tom Goldtooth
For a sundancer and bundle-keeper in the Dakota tradition, the world and the spirit are identical.
Innayan* Just Don't Do It!
by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
The culture and technologies of the Kankanaey-Igorot people include an agricultural system and community life that has sustained for many generations.
Peacemaking: a family affair Peacemaking: a family affair
by James W. Zion
Peacemakers in the Navajo Nation can quickly get to the bottom of a situation that resulted in a crime.
Navajo Justice
by The Honorable Robert Yazzie Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation revises criminal code, reduces sentences, and requires peacemaking.
Wild Rice Moon
by Winona LaDuke
The ancient, wild rice-centered culture of Minnesota's Anishinaabeg people confronts cultivated "wild" rice.
Indigenous Voices
by Berito Kuwar U'wa
Banking on Earth, Light, Water by Berito Kuwar U'wa of the U'wa People -- Buddhist Self-Reliance by Tuenjai Deetes -- Eco-Justice in the Niger Delta by Oronto Douglas
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