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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
Native Hawaiian organizer Kaniela Ing on the moral path forward.
The Wiyot Tribe regained its sacred island home after decades of unrelenting prayer and relationship-building.
“I felt a kinship with the Nez Perce who, like my Japanese American community, were banished to less desirable land.”
“It’s not just swapping out oil and gas. It’s about changing the system so that it’s sustainable for everybody.”
The authors, who are taking part in COP26 this week, discuss ways to support Indigenous communities and their allies in healing the planet and moving forward to a post-oil future.
The author of "Braiding Sweetgrass" on how human people are only one manifestation of intelligence in the living world.