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Indigenous Leadership

Learning from our oldest cultures.

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.
Traditional Foods Help Remind Us Who We Are Traditional Foods Help Remind Us Who We Are
by Kim Eckart
Tribes are pursuing a hands-on approach to finding and preparing Native foods that give spiritual sustenance, too.
Alberta Tar Sands Illegal under Treaty 8, First Nations Charge Alberta Tar Sands Illegal under Treaty 8, First Nations Charge
by Kristin Moe
In 1899, First Nations in northern Alberta signed a treaty with Queen Victoria that enshrined their right to practice traditional lifeways. Today, it’s the basis for a legal challenge to Shell Oil’s mining of tar sands.
The Dark Side of the “Green Economy” The Dark Side of the “Green Economy”
by Jeff Conant
Why some indigenous groups and environmentalists are saying no to the “green economy.”
For Sale: The Sacred Center of the Sioux Universe For Sale: The Sacred Center of the Sioux Universe
by Winona LaDuke
The site of Pe’ Sla has been privately owned since 1876, but indigenous people have always been free to worship there. All that could change on August 25, when the land is set to be auctioned off.
Occupy the Dam: Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising Occupy the Dam: Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising
by John Perkins
In the Amazonian backcountry, tribes are challenging construction of the world’s third-largest dam—by dismantling it. Here’s what they can teach us about standing up to power.
Same-Sex Marriage Brings Healing to Me—and My Tribe Same-Sex Marriage Brings Healing to Me—and My Tribe
by Madeline Ostrander
Heather Purser set out to win gay marriage rights within the Suquamish Tribe and found herself on a personal journey toward self-acceptance.
Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe
by Sena Christian
Decades ago, the legendary journey of the open-ocean canoe Hokule‘a revealed secrets of Hawai‘i’s past and sparked pride in native culture. Now, a voyage around the world offers a new generation lessons about Earth’s uncertain future.
A Plea for Rio+20: Don’t Commodify Nature A Plea for Rio+20: Don’t Commodify Nature
by David Korten
David Korten: Indigenous wisdom reveals a path to the future that does not include a buy-out of the earth’s natural systems.
A Dakota Way of Life A Dakota Way of Life
by Kris Kolb
Diane Wilson’s new book asks, how do you raise beloved children and break the cycle of self-destruction in native communities?
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