Seattle’s South Lake Union may be home to Facebook, Google, and Amazon, but now, thanks to Native rights activists, it will once again be home to hand-carved canoes, too.
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Returning national parks to tribal sovereignty could help remedy what is often called America’s “best idea.”
Tribes are using grassroots actions and intense lobbying to restore their river and their culture.
After the disruption of colonization, numerous tribal efforts aim to reinvigorate traditional foods and the health benefits they provide.
Indigenous, Black, and queer farmers are buying land with the aim to restore and nourish nature along with their cultures and communities.
Indigenous-led efforts are conserving land on an unprecedented scale while enabling scientists to study threats to northern ecosystems.
The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas is suing to protect the tribe’s ancestral land.
Historically, Indigenous and Black folks have been turned against each other by colonizers and enslavers. Now, communities are learning from one another and finding solidarity in efforts to reclaim stolen lands.
Colonization, through genocide, land theft, and the imposition of private property, has dispossessed Indigenous and Black peoples of their homelands across the continents for generations.
Their success is changing the perception of Aboriginal communities from “fish thieves” to leaders in regional development.
Climate-conscious farmers are a powerful force for growing community and a more resilient future.
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“Once we collectively feel this connection, this relationship, we can then begin to understand the responsibility we have—the responsibility that I feel, and that my ancestors felt.”
Native farmers want newcomers to know there’s nothing novel about caring for the land that grows our food.
By elevating Traditional Ecological Knowledge, a forestry center in Minnesota works to restore ecosystems and Indigenous sovereignty.
Local communities’ traditional methods of conservation reduce conflict and can offer strong protection for threatened animals.
As an Indigenous child soldier caught in El Salvador’s civil war, my father found safety in a deep, reciprocal relationship with nature.
Verbena Fields in Northern California is an emerging model of what decolonizing land via Traditional Ecological Knowledge can look like, supported by partnerships between Native and non-Native communities.
Indigenous communities and partners are combining ancient knowledge with modern technology to revitalize food systems and self-determined economies in the face of ever-increasing climate pressures.
The decision offers hope to First Nations everywhere: Commercial investors cannot ignore the consent of Indigenous communities.
Tribal nations are finding sustainable ways to generate jobs and food security.
Dozens of tribes are investing in solar, wind, and hydro projects, building toward a more sustainable future.
These native breweries are taking back the social and economic power of storytelling.
“Wild Coast communities are using the courts to fight for the right to determine what happens in their territory and strengthening their hand in a country heavily marred by colonialism.”
“The ultimate cause of homelessness is our spiritual break with the land.”
“For 16 disquieting days, Sassia and I felt like we were chasing liberty—but whose, was the daily question. It never seemed like it was ours, or that of others obstructed from the American Dream. Not the Nez Perce’s, for sure.”
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