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VICE Motherboard
Dec 21, 2018 – 13 MIN READ

The NIH Is Bypassing Tribal Sovereignty to Harvest Genetic Data From Native Americans

NIH’s plan to collect DNA from Native Americans without properly consulting them is “biocolonialism,” Indigenous leaders say, arguing that tribes must be in control of their data. The National Institutes of Health is collecting DNA from 1 million…Read more…

PBS | Native America
Dec 13, 2018 – 10 MIN READ

How the Iroquois Great Law of Peace Shaped U.S. Democracy

Much has been said about the inspiration of the ancient Iroquois “Great League of Peace” in planting the seeds that led to the formation of the United States of…Read more…

The Revelator
Nov 21, 2018 – 9 MIN READ

Forests and Biodiversity Need Indigenous Stewardship

Around 2011 or 2012, indigenous villagers outside Manu National Park, an internationally renowned biodiversity hotspot in southwestern Peru, noticed that bananas were mysteriously disappearing from the trees that ringed their huts. At the same time,…Read more…

YES! Magazine
Nov 20, 2018 – 6 MIN READ

This Is the Only Plant That Can Save Monarch Butterflies

Winter is a perfect time to show migrating monarchs some butterfly love. Monarchs pair—bug talk for mating—over the winter in Mexico and California, and in February they begin their 2,500-mile journey north to Canada. It takes up to seven …Read more…

YES! Magazine
Nov 8, 2018 – 7 MIN READ

“We Are Still Here”: Native Americans Win a Voice in Government

As we absorb the results of the 2018 midterm elections—and the question of whether a divided Congress and a willful chief executive means a looming constitutional crisis—it’s an excellent time to refocus our attention on the Indigenous origins of…Read more…

Earth Island Journal
Oct 30, 2018 – 7 MIN READ

Learning from Indigenous Knowledges and Lifeways

Gleb Raygorodetsky’s book The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change respectfully shares Indigenous Peoples’ insights, wisdom, and practical knowledge as their collective gift to humanity at a time of …Read more…

Pacific Standard
Sep 20, 2018 – 11 MIN READ 

Breaking a Sacred Trust: On the Exploitation of Traditional Native Knowledge

The people of the Quinault Indian Nation, in western Washington State, have harvested an abundance of bluebacks, a flavorful and fatty salmon that’s been unique to their tribe for thousands of years. Elders can remember their grandparents trading …Read more…

Indian Country
Jul 5, 2018 – 7 MIN READ

Foundation Funding Elevates Native Lives. But Indian Country Grants Plummeting

DeVonntae Amundson, Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians, graduated high school in June 2018. This fall he’s headed to college to study natural resources. Amundson is your typical 18-year-old. When he started ninth grade, Amundson was homeless, and adrift. …Read more…

YES! Magazine
Jun 11, 2018 – 6 MIN READ

Supreme Court Affirms Native American Treaty Rights to Harvest Salmon

The Supreme Court affirmed the treaty rights of tribal nations in Washington state today in a case that also confirms the treaty rights of tribes throughout the West. By ruling to leave in place a lower court decision mandating that the state of …Read more…

YES! Magazine
Apr 13, 2018 – 7 MIN READ

How Indigenous Knowledge Is Transforming the March for Science

The March for Science this year is set for April 14. Last year’s march drew tens of thousands who marched to protest the Trump administration’s war on science. Since then, a corresponding March for Indigenous Science has grown into a burgeoning …Read more…

Cultural Survival
Mar 12, 2018 – 6 MIN READ

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Talks to Cultural Survival in Wake of Terrorism Charge by Philippine Government

On February 21, 2018, the government of the Philippines filed a legal petition to have a number of organizations, associations, and leaders declared as terrorist and outlaws pursuant to the National Security Act of 2007. To the shock …Read more…

Cultural Survival
Mar 10, 2018 – 8 MIN READ

UN, Human Rights Experts, Indigenous Leaders Condemn Philippines for Placing Special Rapporteur On “Terrorist Hit List”

What to do when a country places a United Nations Special Rapporteur on a terrorist hit list? If you’re the UN, you hit back. A petition filed February 21 in a Manila court by apparently unstable President Rodrigo Duterte of the …Read more…

Earth Island Journal
Dec 4, 2017 – 8 MIN READ

European Parliament Takes a Stand on Indigenous Rights in Latin America

New group could help put pressure on Brazilian government to protect rights of Indigenous Peoples Tribal chief Marcos Verón grew up in flourishing rainforest in Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul region. His would be one of the last generations of …Read more…

YES! Magazine
Oct 10, 2017 – 7 MIN READ

Why One Native Family Is Donating Their Fracking Proceeds to Benefit Indian Country

The environmental damage versus the income producing benefits of locating fossil fuel projects in Indian Country has divided some resource-rich Native American nations—and one North Dakota Hidatsa tribal family in particular. “I love my tribal …Read more…

YES! Magazine
Aug 30, 2017 – 8 MIN READ

Tribes Were the First Climate Refugees—and the First to Build Resilience Plans

Chief Albert Naquin was astounded when emergency officials warned him in September 2005 that a second hurricane would soon hammer the southern Louisiana bayous where Hurricane Katrina had struck less than a month earlier. The leader of the …Read more…

Indian Country Media Network
May 24, 2017 – 7 MIN READ

California Salmon and Trout in Peril: Study

Salmon are at the heart of tribal cultures up and down the West Coast—their diet, commerce, ceremonies, and spirituality. Salmon are not just a way of life. They are life. And in California, they …Read more…