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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.

Silenced Again: Native Americans Insulted after Pope Francis Makes Junípero Serra a Saint

Tara Houska | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Tara Houska

It was with great sadness that many throughout Indian country watched last Wednesday's canonization of Junípero Serra. Billed as a historic moment in which the pope elevated the first Hispanic priest to sainthood on U.S. soil; Serra's controversial background was largely overlooked.

Your Vacation Can Shrink the Wealth Gap

G Adventures | Posted 09.30.2015 | Travel
G Adventures

Your vacation dollars have the power to change the world. By simply being conscious of where your travel money goes, your hard-earned getaway can help to preserve cultures, strengthen families, promote peace, educate children and lift communities out of poverty. The bonus? You can do all this while having the time of your life.

Pope Francis' Historic Visit to the U.S. and the Chance to Spur Action on Climate Change

Bianca Jagger | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
Bianca Jagger

I hope that world leaders attending COP21 will listen to Pope Francis, act with courage and conviction and emerge from the conference with an agreement that, in the words of the Pope, "protects our common home."

A 'Savage Cannibal' Movie in 2015? We Can Do Better

Tara Houska | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Tara Houska

If Eli Roth has concerns about the plight of Amazonian tribes, perhaps he could use his platform to expose the threats to their homelands and way of life instead of portraying them as animalistic cannibals.

Canada Decision Is Message to Chevron: Stop Deaths in Ecuador Now!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 09.10.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada handed Chevron another defeat in its efforts to forever avoid paying to clean up its toxic mess in the Amazon. It ruled unanimously that the Ecuadorian communities could pursue an enforcement action with the aim of seizing Chevron's Canadian assets to cover its $10 billion liability.

The Ojibwe Take A Stand For Treaty Rights, Hoping To Defeat A Pipeline

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

About 40 members of several Ojibwe communities in Minnesota staged a protest this week over their right to hunt, fish and harvest wild rice off t...

Rewriting the Human Story

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Oh, sacred planet. The terror of climate crisis is a long time in the making. As I read about the mass mobilization forming around the upcoming U.N. climate change convention, which is likely to accomplish far too little, I feel a desperate impatience, a tearing at my soul.

The Forgotten History Of 'Violent Displacement' That Helped Create The National Parks

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

Tuesday marked the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service, perhaps the most-loved division of the federal government. For many Americans, excu...

Native Vote Could Make The Difference In Canada's Elections

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

Canada is facing a critical moment in its history. The Canadian dollar is at an 11-year low, and some say the country is in a recession. Oil produce...

UNESCO Recognizes Indigenous Rights, Cultures in World Heritage Rules

Steven Kallick | Posted 08.21.2015 | Green
Steven Kallick

By adopting new rules on the rights of Indigenous peoples within the World Heritage process--and by working to integrate the review of natural and cultural values in its evaluations--UNESCO has taken important steps in the right direction, which the people of Pimachiowin Aki hope will improve the ability of Indigenous peoples.

We Were Born of the Land Lent to Us By Our Future Generations

Amazon Watch | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Amazon Watch

As human beings we have a right to freedom of choice. Under this government, we have lost even the right to express our opinions without running the risk of being put in jail. We are living under a regime that terrorizes the population so it can maintain power.

The Firsthand Racism I Experienced in Australia

Violeta Ayala | Posted 08.13.2015 | Travel
Violeta Ayala

Ironically, the most disadvantaged Australians aren't from somewhere else at all. We talk proudly about the fact that Australia is a multicultural country, as long as the multi-cultural society remains subordinate to the dominating white culture.

A Pope for All People?

David Moore | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas know Junipero Serra's legacy, but Californians know it best, and many would like to know what the devil is going on. I truly want this Pope to have moral authority.

Pope's Apology For Imperialism Foreshadows Upcoming Canonization Of Junipero Serra

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

(RNS) If Pope Francis’ powerful denunciation of the global economic system was the heart of his talk to Bolivians on Thursday (July 9), hi...

Pope Apologizes For Catholic Church's 'Offenses' Against Indigenous Peoples

Associated Press | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

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Pocahontas' Descendants Get Official Recognition 2 Decades After The Disney Movie | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

From Christopher Columbus' first bootprints in the New World -- where he declared that the people he met were "Indians" because he thought he was some...

Pope Francis, Meet Bolivia's Pachamama

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

As Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia on Wednesday, he’ll encounter a country where indigenous gods and religious beliefs are holding their ground. ...

Mist of the Earth: A Stunning Exhibition of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Region

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

It was during a visit to São Paulo that a budding acquaintance with Denise Milan was spawned. I was drawn to her work and a world of discovery that she presented to me through her stone constructs and the multilayered tableaus that resonated throughout her installations.

Will the World Take Action to Stop the Destruction of a Unique Global Heritage?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The member states of the World Heritage Committee have so far declined to declare Lake Turkana a World Heritage in Danger. They have instead asked the Ethiopian government to avert the destruction of Lake Turkana by carrying out a strategic environmental assessment of the projects in the Omo Valley. Yet so far, the Ethiopian government has thumbed its nose at the UN body.

Pope Francis Speaks Up for the Earth and Indigenous Peoples So How Can He Canonize Serra?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Matthew Fox

I read Pope Francis' eco-encyclical with profound hope that it will effect a turning point in the global understanding of the impact of climate change on our Mother Earth.

The Pope, the Animals and the Earth: The Vatican Says, Stop Exploiting; Do Something!

Julia Orr | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Julia Orr

The recently published encyclical has some astonishing statements. While I differ with the Vatican on a number of issues, I cannot diminish the incredible stand the new Pope has taken on issues of global injustice, the environment, animal welfare and poverty.

A Patron Saint for Colonizers and Racists?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Matthew Fox

It is sad that a reforming pope who has actively sought the perspectives of the faithful would be so blind to the history of indigenous peoples on two continents, and deaf to the protests of indigenous and non-indigenous Christians alike.

How Indigenous People Are Exploring Many Shades Of REDD

Forest Trends | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

REDD could, in theory, help them address their needs and keep illegal logging at bay, but to earn REDD offsets, they'll have to prove two things.

Same Chevron Shareholder Circus? Look Closer!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

The circus of lies, denial and propaganda videos that has become the Chevron annual shareholder meeting took place at Chevron's San Ramon, California headquarters once again yesterday.