Articles about Indigenous Issues
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Bioregional Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Place in Which You Live?
In the vast emptiness of space there are an unimaginable number of galaxies, each galaxy containing billions upon billions of stars. Looking at one galaxy we find an average...
Precarious Lives: Memorializing Women of Color Who Died After Police Encounters
The editorial staff of Othering & Belonging: Expanding the Circle of Human Concern, a publication from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and I
For Little Girls Inspired by Hillary Clinton
As an Indigenous woman who organizes in the hopes that both Black and Brown people might know greater freedom, safety and self determination, I am no fan of electoral...
The Iroquois Confederacy
In 1987, the United States Senate passed a resolution which acknowledged the contribution of the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations to the development of the United States...
Mushrooms as Spiritual Teachers, A Brief History
The human use of fungi for changing consciousness extends far into pre-history. Arguably, the first food product humans produced was a mead (honey wine). Early humans, so the...
How Native Americans Managed "Wild" Land Long Before Settlers
When European settlers first came to North America, they assumed they were looking at "untouched" nature. Sure, there were native peoples, but history tells us they didn't...
Dear White People. An Open Letter to White People on Becoming Indigenous
Dear white people, For as long as I can remember, I have always been white. Like you. I just didn’t know it. Born in the bipolar Nigerian city of soaring skyscrapers and...
We Are All Related: Working Together to Fight Fossil Fuels
As I write this, I’ve just returned from seeing my niece’s newborn baby girl. As I gazed into her eyes, I said a silent prayer hoping we can find a way to shift the systems of...
Infographic: The Heart of the Amazon Faces a Serious Threat. Here's What You Need to Know
The Tapajós River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire Brazilian Amazon. But this river in the heart of the rainforest and the people and ecosystems that depend...
World Wildlife Fund Partners with Logging Company
French logging company and official partner of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is deforesting a huge area of rainforest in southeast Cameroon without the consent of local Baka...
Joseph Medicine Crow, Last Crow War Chief and Living Link to Battle of Little Bighorn, Dies at 102
Devoted Indigenous rights advocate and chronicler of Plains Indian history died this weekend in hospice in Billings, Montana
What Do You Think About When You Hear People Say That 'We're All One'?
Sometimes I feel this in my body and it's hard to describe. And I say 'we are all one' as a verbal way to describe the feeling. Other times it is an intellectual idea which I...
90 Inspiring and Visionary Films That Will Change How You See the World in Profound Ways
The world today is in crisis. Everybody knows that. But what is driving this crisis? It's a story, a story that is destroying the world. It's a story about our relationship to...
The Warriors of the Rainbow Prophecy
Are the ancient stories of the Native Americans coming true?
Indigenous Board Game Brings Collaboration, Stewardship, Generosity, and Gratitude to the Table
If you look on a board game shelf, how many games will you see with actions based on collaboration, stewardship, generosity, and gratitude? Most likely, you’ll find mechanics...
Why Survival International has made a formal complaint to the OECD against WWF
WWF’s support for 'fortress conservation' has led to serious human rights abuses for indigenous peoples, and nowhere more so than in Cameroon, where the Baka are considered...
Landmark Deal to Protect Canadian Rainforest Called a 'Gift to the World'
"From conflict to collaboration, we now celebrate the protection of areas of cultural and ecological importance while ensuring economic opportunities for the communities exist...
Australia's Day for Secrets, Flags and Cowards
On 26 January, one of the saddest days in human history will be celebrated in Australia. It will be "a day for families", say the newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch. Flags will...
Peru Creates 'Yellowstone of the Amazon': 3.3M Acre Reserve Home to Uncontacted Tribes, Endangered Wildlife
After more than a decade of discussion and planning, Peru on Sunday (November 8) will officially designate Sierra del Divisor National Park, a 1.3 million hectare (3.3 million...
Near-Extinct Amazonian Tribe so Connected With Nature They Reportedly Breastfeed Animals
A photographer has claimed he witnessed a close-to-extinction Amazonian tribe breastfeed their pets until the animals are fully grown.The Awa tribe reside in the forests of...
Ruptured Dams Engulf Brazilian Village in Toxic Mine Waste
More than a dozen are feared dead, with scores missing, after a tailings owned by some of the biggest mining companies in the world burst
Lakota Wisdom: Why Native American Truths Can Heal the World
The word wisdom is used frequently every day, whether it is spoken and heard or written and read. Yet it is debatable, in my opinion, if most of us know what it is. In most...
Indonesia's Palm Oil Fires: Interview With Friends of the Earth Indonesia
Massive forest fires have engulfed Indonesia for several months, and produce more daily CO2 emissions than the entire U.S. economy. The fires are responsible for as many as...
Lawrence, KS Mayor Declares Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day in Place of Columbus Day
After years of protesting, the Native American community can officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in place of Columbus Day in Lawrence. At the City Commission meeting...
An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma
The Healing Power of Listening in Stillness
History Professor Denies Native Genocide: Native Student Disagreed, Then Says Professor Expelled Her From Course
A Cal State Sacramento University professor who allegedly told his United States History class he did not like the term ‘genocide’ in relation to Native Americans in history...
Ten Films You Need to Watch About The Reality Of The World's Indigenous Peoples
Films that show the complex reality of indigenous health and well-being.
Biocultural Rights: A New Paradigm for Protecting Natural and Cultural Resources of Indigenous Communities
This article proposes a new concept of “biocultural rights” that justly reflects a broader intellectual and policy trend to holistically address the protection of Indigenous...
Greed Dies Hard in a Poisoned Land
When Arizona Sen. John McCain met with the Navajo Nation’s tribal government earlier this month at their capital in Window Rock, Arizona, after arriving in a big black SUV, he...
What's in a Name? in Some Cases a Legacy of Oppression
There is an increasing global movement to change colonial place names that refelect changing attitudes toward colonialsim and imperialism and a wish to throw off the schackles...
What Is White Supremacy?
White Supremacy is an historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and...
Indigenous Knowledge Systems / Alaska Native Ways of Knowing
'The depth of indigenous knowledge rooted in the long inhabitation of a particular place offers lessons that can benefit everyone, from educator to scientist, as we search for...
Why Sacred Places Matter
Film series tells the stories of eight embattled indigenous communities around the world
9 Examples of Indigenous Sense in a Nonsensical Time
Sometimes it seems like we live in nonsensical times. Do you ever wonder what happened to good old common sense? Indigenous voices from around the world who are fighting for...
You Have to See These Pictures of Seattle's Kayaking Climate protesters
  An estimated 500 climate activists took to kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and even a solar-powered party barge on Saturday to tell Shell to get the hell out of Seattle...
Early Men and Women Were Equal, Say scientists
Study shows that modern hunter-gatherer tribes operate on egalitarian basis, suggesting inequality was an aberration that came with the advent of agriculture Our prehistoric...
The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn
Not long ago, a Diné (Navajo) friend of mine, Lyla June Johnston, sent me a one-line email: “I am not going to Harvard… I am going to plant corn.” Her statement signals a...
Report Shows Increased Killings of Environmental Activists, with Indigenous Communities Hardest hit
Killings of land and environmental activists in 2014 reached an average of more than two a week, a new Global Witness report reveals – an increase of 20% from 2013. How Many...
Nature Needs a New Pronoun: To Stop the Age of Extinction, Let's Start by Ditching "It"
Calling the natural world “it” absolves us of moral responsibility and opens the door to exploitation. Here's what we can say instead. Singing whales, talking trees, dancing...
Anthropology Is so Important, All Children Should Learn it
Anthropology, the study of humankind, should be the first of all the sciences our children encounter, writes Marc Brightman, with its singular capacity to inspire the...
10 Quotes From an Oglala Lakota Chief That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society
Luther Standing Bear was an Oglala Lakota Sioux Chief who, among a few rare others such as Charles Eastman, Black Elk and Gertrude Bonnin occupied the rift between the way of...
Revolution without Upheaval: A Manual Of Change
When we talk about saving the world, what world are we talking about? Not the globe itself, obviously. But also not the biological world—the world of life. The world of life...
A Love That's Louder than Rage: The Beautiful Revolution
At first I thought… The most powerful thing that you can do for your people, your future, your land, your air, your water is to fight and die for what you believe in. But it’s...
When the Grandmothers Awoke
Becoming a global family, one that unites ancient indigenous wisdom with other faith and cultural traditions, is essential if humanity is to overcome the crises of climate...
The Lessons Ancient People Have for Us
From the San and the Kogi: Value community and cooperation; we are part of the world, not separate from it. One of the oldest cultures on Earth is that of the !Kung Bushmen...
Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil
Patricia Gualinga stands serenely as chaos swirls about her. I find this petite woman with striking black and red face paint at the head of the People’s Climate March in...
Recovering Our Sense of Place, Reconnecting with Pachamama
The popular expression, “there is no place like home” can echo deep within the fiber of our beings. Remembering our homes intuitively invokes a sense of place for many of us. A...
10 Natives Who Should Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill
In 2012, we spotlighted Andrew Jackson as our top pick for worst U.S. president—because he earned his “Indian Killer” nickname. He was a major proponent of Indian removal, his...
They Sang with a Thousand Tongues: The Poetry of Diversity
Let me tell you a story about how the world began. I promise you the story is not completely false.
Comic Explaining Colonialism
Colonialism past and present. As for the future, it's up to us to confine colonialism to the history books.