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The Real Talking Stick: A Visit to a Reservation in Scottsdale

Judith Fein | Posted 03.08.2015 | Travel
Judith Fein

The houses got sparser and the flat, parched, winter landscape was crowned and made glorious by the red-hued mountains in the distance. We tried to imagine what our meeting with Royce and Debbie Nez-Manuel would be like. It was nothing like our imaginings.

We Are All to Blame for Michael Brown and Eric Garner Not Getting Justice

Gyasi Ross | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

One can only serve on a grand jury if one is a registered voter. Moreover, that registered voter can only serve on a grand jury if he or she sticks around long enough to serve on that jury and doesn't try to outsmart justice by giving silly-ass excuses to get off that jury -- like I did. I let the Eric Garners and Michael Browns down.

Hall of SHAME? We Have a Winner!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Please vote for Chevron in the 2014 Corporate Hall of Shame today! Reposted from the Eye On The Amazon There are many corporations worthy of being c...

The Venezuelan Revolution & The Indigenous Struggle

Dan Kovalik | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Dan Kovalik

In the midst of the unrest this year in Venezuela, there was little attention paid in the media to the conditions facing Indigenous peoples in that country and where they stood in regard to the anti-government demonstrations.

Business Journalists Rush to Rescue Chevron From Its Ecuador Disaster

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron got a little help from its friends in the corporate media last week. The resulting echo chamber is a startling reminder that, like the big banks, Chevron is considered by many to be too big to fail.

An Open Letter to Black America: Why You Should Want the Redskins Name Changed, Too

Gyasi Ross | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

Just like school districts had to do with segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, the NFL should have to explain why it's OK to treat Natives different than every other race.

For Natives in 2014, the Struggle Continues

Gyasi Ross | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

The principle that a young Native kid could be denied his right to education -- in 2014 -- because of his hair... well, it seems anachronistic. A throwback. But in a bad way. We gotta do better than that.

Saving Native American Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Colleen M Fitzgerald

The vitality of all U.S. Native American languages is a dicey proposition. A number of languages already have lost their last fluent speaker. For other languages, only a handful of elderly speakers remain.

Michael Brown, Ferguson, and Why a Police Force Should Reflect the Community It Serves

Gyasi Ross | Posted 10.27.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

I think about my teenage years: Broke. Confused. Horny. Doing stupid shit. Which brings us to Ferguson. Which brings us to Mike Brown. Which brings us to a militarized police force that enforces laws on a community that it doesn't know.

Stop Pulling Up the Ladder on Immigrants: The Wilberforce Act and Our Short National Memory About Immigration

Gyasi Ross | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

Don't let your elected officials succumb to the pressure of a few hypocrites/bigots with loud microphones. Hear these immigrants out the same way that this nation's Indigenous people heard this nation's white ancestors out. That's what the Wilberforce Act requires.

Time and the Machine

Peter Buffett | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Peter Buffett

Over time, we internalized this idea of dominion over things. Because we could harness the power of the seasons, we marveled when we learned to harness the power of water and steam, electricity and the atom.

Who's Bribin' Who?

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Do people give people backpacks full of cold hard cash in exchange for legal testimony? People do. Chevron should know. They did exactly that.

Is Sport Hunting a Sin?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Our treatment of animals may in the future help shape relationships between peoples as much as with such creatures. Religion and culture may play role...

Donald Sterling v. Daniel Snyder: A Case Study in How the NBA and NFL Handle Racism Differently

Gyasi Ross | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

The NFL is a league that, unlike the NBA, allows allegations of racism to exist and actually justifies and explains it away.

I'm a Millennial, Not a Hippie: 4 Ways I Go Green With Tech

Kara Kamenec | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Kara Kamenec

I do care about the environment, but it's hard to do so when you live in a city, on a budget. As an alternative, I turn to tech to do so for me. Instead, of becoming obsessive, I simply choose to go eco-friendly using technology -- a method that doesn't completely tamper my lifestyle.

Leaving the Reservation: Modern Day Assimilation

Gyasi Ross | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Gyasi Ross

Native students who are getting back acceptance letters right now: I'm proud of you. Your people are proud of you. You have an opportunity to do something amazing. Do it. We'll be waiting for you.

Life's Purpose Becomes Clear In Hawaii

Catherine Bauknight | Posted 03.30.2014 | Hawaii
Catherine Bauknight

`Ehu Kekahu Cardwell is one of those fortunate people who knows his life's work. He believes answers to unsolved problems in the world lie with indigenous cultures, and specifically Hawai`i's culture and people.

Social Finance vs. Traditional Finance: What's the Difference and Why it Matters

Don Shaffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Most growth businesses face challenges raising capital at some stage in their development. But for social enterprises, which use the power of business to directly improve society and our environment, the obstacles tend to be tougher and more persistent.

Richie Incognito, Redskins and Racism in the NFL

Gyasi Ross | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Gyasi Ross

News flash: football is bullying; let's not romanticize the game and pretend that sportsmanship is a vital part of the game. In fact, that is the game -- to be the better bully than the other guy.

Women Reclaim Cultural Knowledge in Northwestern Amazonia

Amazon Conservation Team | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amazon Conservation Team

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg This remote forest -- ringing with the sounds of frogs, monkeys and parrots --seemed surreal, as did my reason for visiting.

Revolutionizing Education in the Colombian Rainforest

Amazon Conservation Team | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amazon Conservation Team

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg While top-of-the-line outdoor gear and insect repellents work well in the Northern California backcountry, they're next to worthless in the Colombian jungle.

Community Defenders Celebrate 4th Anniversary Blockade of Proposed Hydroelectric Project on Oaxacan Coast

Beverly Bell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Beverly Bell

October 3, 2013 Guest post by Jonathan Treat. Photos are by the author. This post is also available in Spanish. To view this article with pictures c...

Indigenous Children With Disabilities Have Rights Too

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Shantha Rau Barriga

Olga thought she had been segregated from other students as a punishment for not understanding Spanish. Only after she'd become an adult did she realize that the teacher had been trying to protect her from getting injured by her classmates.

PAN! The Universal Call of the African Drum

Jessica Joseph | Posted 07.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jessica Joseph

The film tells the story of the notoriously ingenious, multicultural people of Trinidad and Tobago, who fought to hold on to their African drum and in the process created the steel-pan, the only new instrument to be invented in the 20th century.

Growing Your Own Coffee? Choose The Best Plants For Your Region

Kim and Barry Hovland | Posted 12.22.2012 | Taste
Kim and Barry Hovland

The terrain here in Costa Rica varies sometimes from footstep to footstep. When we decided on growing coffee, we set out to find a coffee plant that would meet our unique requirements.