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Indigenous Leadership

Learning from our oldest cultures.

People We Love: Maria Aguinda People We Love: Maria Aguinda
by Oliver Lazenby
An indigenous elder from the Amazon takes Chevron to court.
Keepers of the Seeds Keepers of the Seeds
by Winona LaDuke
Winona LaDuke: How Native farmers and gardeners are working to preserve their agricultural heritage.
Photo Essay: Crude Reflections from the Amazon Photo Essay: Crude Reflections from the Amazon
by Lou Dematteis
After enduring years of toxic dumping and rising cancer rates, indigenous Ecuadorians took oil giant Chevron to court to fight for the life of the rainforest—and its people.
The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill
by Nick Buxton
A new law expected to pass in Bolivia mandates a fundamental ecological reorientation of the nation's economy and society.
Our Animal Selves Our Animal Selves
by Linda Hogan
All around us are radiant species. What can the first peoples teach us about restoring our relationship with animals?
Good Governance in Indian Country Good Governance in Indian Country
by Michael Lipsky
Honoring Nations recognizes tribal leadership.
All in the Ohana All in the Ohana
by Puanani Burgess, as told to Doug Pibel
How Hawaiians embrace the land, its abundance, and their responsibility to each other.
At Climate Talks, an Answer Grows Outside At Climate Talks, an Answer Grows Outside
by Luis A. Ubiñas
In Mexico, communities own and manage their own forests, a proven method for reducing deforestation.
Ho'oponopono Ho'oponopono
by Puanani Burgess
How Hawaiian tradition sorts out family disputes.
Stories That Light Up The Dark Stories That Light Up The Dark
by Sanjay Khanna
The experiences of our ancestors offer us wisdom for surviving today's crises.
A New Age of People Power: Lessons from the Dongria Kondh A New Age of People Power: Lessons from the Dongria Kondh
by John Perkins
With greater power to build alliances across boundaries, the Davids of the world are having more success throwing off the Goliaths.
Tribes Unite to Fight BP Tribes Unite to Fight BP
by Sue Sturgis
Indigenous leaders from Ecuador visited Louisiana to share what they learned in a decades-long battle with Texaco.
Western Showdown: Saving the Klamath Western Showdown: Saving the Klamath
by Alice Outwater
How the tribes of the Klamath River stood up for the salmon—and won.
Alaska Native Wisdom for Modern Times Alaska Native Wisdom for Modern Times
by Llarion Merculieff
The Roman Empire lasted for 500 years; southwest Alaska’s Aleuts for 9,000. As the economy crumbles, what can Alaska Natives teach us about sustainable economics?
Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing
by Arturo Sandoval
New Mexico's acequias—communal irrigation canals—still function as a tool to preserve and share scarce desert water.
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