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Indigenous Leadership

Learning from our oldest cultures.

Indigenous Women Take the Lead in Idle No More  Indigenous Women Take the Lead in Idle No More
by Kristin Moe
Motivated by ancient traditions of female leadership as well as their need for improved legal rights, First Nations women are stepping to the forefront of the Idle No More movement.
“Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side “Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side
by James Trimarco
Speakers at an Idle No More event in Seattle drew comparisons between spiritual and political struggles, making the movement seem closer to Civil Rights than Occupy.
Welcome to Blockadia! Welcome to Blockadia!
by Melanie Jae Martin, Jesse Fruhwirth
The corporate push to construct tar-sands pipelines is transforming the environmental movement across North America by increasing the involvement of local residents and normalizing the use of direct action.
 In Rural Mexico, Student-Led Education Heals Old Wounds In Rural Mexico, Student-Led Education Heals Old Wounds
by Mike Emiliani
Unitierra has no classrooms, no teachers, and no formal curriculum. Yet the school has successfully helped local people learn practical skills for years.
Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet
by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben on the tradition of environmental activism he’s seen among members of First Nations, and the unique role of the Idle No More movement in the fight against climate change.
Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water
by Winona LaDuke
In an urgent pursuit for environmental justice and basic human rights, First Nations gather across North America under the banner of Idle No More.
Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America
by Kristin Moe
Idle No More has organized the largest mass mobilizations of indigenous people in recent history. What sparked it off and what’s coming next?
A Mall of America Flash Mob for First Nations’ Rights A Mall of America Flash Mob for First Nations’ Rights
by YES! Online Staff
Hundreds of supporters of the Idle No More movement performed a Round Dance flash mob, one of many similar actions around the world to fight for indigenous land rights.
Emmonak: A Modern-Day Eskimo Town Fights for Subsistence Emmonak: A Modern-Day Eskimo Town Fights for Subsistence
Emmonak is a Yup'ik Eskimo town on the western coast of Alaska where families are struggling to maintain the subsistence lifestyle of their ancestors.
Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings
by Sarah van Gelder
This weekend, the S’Klallam tribe made the historic Heronswood botanical gardens available free of charge to gay and lesbian couples who wanted to get married on the first day it was legal.
Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade
by Anna Willow
On December 3, 2002, members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation blockaded the road used to haul logs out of the area. Ten years later, their persistence has paid off in the form of cleaner water and a healthier forest in which to live.
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van Gelder
It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California’s Carbon? Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California’s Carbon?
by Jeff Conant
A California proposal would offset the state’s climate-altering emissions by paying for forest conservation in Chiapas. Could there be unintended consequences in a region with a history of human rights abuse and land grabs?
Book Review: Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave Book Review: Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave
by Rebecca Leisher
Native American poet Joy Harjo declares, "I was not brave." But her memoir is a gift that urges us to enlist our own crazy bravery to step through the doorways in our lives.
Winona LaDuke: Why I’m Voting for Obama Winona LaDuke: Why I’m Voting for Obama
by Winona LaDuke
First Nations author and activist Winona LaDuke ran for vice president twice on the Green Party ticket. Here’s why she’s supporting Barack Obama this time around.
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