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Indigenous People

Sins of the Father: Conservation and Human Rights Then and Now

David Wilkie | Posted 02.02.2016 | Green
David Wilkie

Across the globe, we partner with indigenous and local peoples to help them to achieve their vision for a more secure future in which wildlife remain a visible and culturally valued part of the wild places where they live.

Mexico Matters: Pope Francis's Most Important National Tour

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for a meeting with religious for the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life at Paul VI audience hall...

14-year-old Girl Testifying Against Native American Mascots Says Crowd Shouted 'Get Off the Stage Squaw'

Tara Houska | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Tara Houska

"Get off the stage, squaw!" Bella Cornell, a 14-year old girl from the Choctaw Nation, said she heard these words as she finished her testimony against the name and mascot of the McLoud High School Redskins during a mid-December school board meeting.

White America's Racist Uncle: 3 Reasons People of Color Should Be Thankful for Donald Trump

Gyasi Ross | Posted 01.05.2016 | Media
Gyasi Ross

Donald Trump gives life to some overtly racist positions that white folks would likely deny existed in the mainstream.

White People on Patrol

Violeta Ayala | Posted 01.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Violeta Ayala

Last year ended with a bitter reality; a black 12-year-old gets shot by the police and the white policeman doesn't even face charges. I live in a world where any of my brothers or cousins, because of the color of their skin and complexion, can be shot by the police.

Government Promises, COP21 and People's Power

Tara Houska | Posted 12.30.2015 | Green
Tara Houska

Ask any tribe in North America what they think about promises from a governmental body. Then take a look at the recent climate change agreement coming out of Paris, France. Perhaps this time will be different.

Can Industry and Indigenous Interests Avoid a Collision in the Amazon?

Mark Tercek | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

More than 20% of global forest carbon and much of the world's biodiversity is found in indigenous territories. We are not going to achieve the climate goals made in Paris unless indigenous and local communities are meaningful partners in creating the solution.

A Letter to My Three-Year-Old Daughter About the Paris Climate Agreement

Natalia Caruso | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Natalia Caruso

When I got back home from Paris, I was exhausted, but I couldn't wait to see you. I had been away for weeks, meeting with activist partners from all over the world, women who are leaders in communities on the frontlines of climate change. I was tired, but when I walked through our front door, and you ran to me, I was filled with a new energy: a determination to fight for the future you deserve.

An "Uber Ambitious" New Vision for Saving the Amazon

Regina Varolli | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Regina Varolli

The vision came from the tribal healers themselves, as RUNA CEO Tyler Gage explained, "They came to us and said 'We're disappearing, and our knowledge...

5 Questions for Dr. Wade Davis on Indigenous Communities and the Paris Climate Talks

Tim Ward | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Tim Ward

Wade has studied and lived with Indigenous communities around the world for over forty years. I Interviewed him during the Paris Climate summit about what's at stake for indigenous communities.

The Story and Work of Earth-Artist, Helen Andronis Ibrahim

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 12.15.2015 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

Australian artist, Helen Andronis Ibrahim, is putting her own spiritual and modern spin on earthly enlightenment.

Could You Endure a Sweat Lodge Ceremony?

Garry Rodgers | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Garry Rodgers

Sweat ceremonies clean and heal, both physically and mentally. They purge the mind, bring clarity, and test participant's endurance, strength and courage. They're holy places where people renew their inherent deep and natural connection to the universe.

Addressing Climate Change and Deforestation: A Solution From Guatemala

Anika Rahman | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Anika Rahman

The Paris talks related to climate change have ended and now we all face the challenge of limiting global warming and meeting the aspirational goal to cap temperature rises to 1.5 C.

Why I Went to the Paris Climate Talks

Andrea Blaugrund Nevins | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Andrea Blaugrund Nevins

There was hope when the head of outdoor gear company, Patagonia, suggested we mend our torn jackets rather than replace them. There was hope when Darian Rodriguez Heyman, a head of the UN's Impact Investing Global Summit, said a new, green economy was already starting to grow.

Pushing Back Against an Amazon Gold Rush: Maps Lead the Way

Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.

Each year, of course, brings new issues and priorities, but I have noticed that a particular problem is increasingly weighing on the minds of the Trio Indians of Kwamalasamutu village: some men are being seduced by the opportunity for pay in distant gold mining ventures, leaving the village for long periods of time and occasionally not returning at all.

Climate Change's Most Vulnerable

Nicole Anderson | Posted 12.07.2015 | Green
Nicole Anderson

Which of these statements is true for you: "climate change is tomorrow," or "climate change is today?" The answer depends upon where and how you live in the world.

Earth to Humans: There Is No Planet B.

Alexia Parks | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Alexia Parks

Does approval of the UN treaty by the U.S. Congress really matter any more? No. If the weight of public opinion is strong enough, "We the People" have the right to VOTE the nay-sayers out of office in Election 2016.

How About Helping Forest Communities Help Us Fight Climate Change?

Robert Hii | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

Several studies over the past few years have indicated that if some of the remaining bits of the planet's forests are to be protected successfully, that the people who live in them must be engaged. I won't link them all here as an online search for "local+communities+conservation" will yield enough reports to support this statement.

Meet the Real Climate Warriors Going to Paris

Louis Belanger | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Louis Belanger

As world leaders, diplomats, climate activists and journalists are set to meet in Paris at the end of November for a crucial conference to tackle climate change, a group of leading indigenous peoples groups are also making their way to the French capital.

Sorry, You Probably Can't Sleep Just 6 Hours A Night

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living

A recent study published in Current Biology on the sleep habits of three "pre-industrial" societies has been making waves in science journalism circl...

Game Over: Chevron's RICO Case Spectacularly Implodes as Corrupt Ex-Judge Admits to Making It Up in Exchange for Chevron Payoff

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron's polluted house of cards has come crashing down around them. Their witness is a liar, and he freely admits it.

Cannabis, Medical Science, and Fundamental Human Rights, With Dr. Ethan Russo

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

Where cannabis has been made medicinally available in a limited fashion via local regulatory frameworks, which often in themselves conflict with higher-level jurisdictional laws, it is most certainly under-utilized.

Why We Should Keep Columbus Day

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Byrd

Columbus Day is a warning for present and future America. There are new explorers. Like Columbus, they have access to the world's deepest pockets. Like Columbus, they seek unguarded access to our country's resources and labor force.

Indigenous People's Day

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Yasmina Blackburn

My kids are sleeping in this morning in honor of Columbus Day. When they wake up, I'm going to give them a history lesson before we embark to the pumpkin patch for some fall, family bonding time. I'm going to remind them that this country was built on genocide.

This Columbus Day, Seeking the Real History of Native Americans

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 10.11.2015 | Books
The GroundTruth Project

This year, Dunbar-Ortiz has toured the U.S. in support of An Indigenous Peoples' History and her stops have intertwined with developments tied to Indigenous rights in America.