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Macostism and the Redskins

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 10.29.2014 | Sports
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"Mascotism," as we might name the use of terms, stereotypes, and images, touches on the very difficult issue of colonialism, domination and racism that is so deeply entrenched in American history and society.

Momentum on Climate Change: NGO Forest Trends Helping to Pave the Way

Forest Trends | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

The People's Climate March, Sept. 21, 2014 Last month, an astounding step was taken in the fight against climate change. More than 400,000 peop...

Positive News: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Since Jan. 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our Daily Giving Community is honored to support this week.

Amazon Leader Tashka Yawanawá Highlights Indigenous Issues at Global TED Talks

Forest Trends | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Tashka Yawanawá at TEDGlobal 2014 (photo courtesy of TED) As a boy, Tashka Yawanawá watched as the culture of his people was nearly wiped out by ...

Columbus Day In Seattle Replaced With A New Holiday

AP | PHUONG LE | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council is replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day in the city. The resolution that passed unanimously ...

The Climate 'Marchers' Who Fought and Died in the Amazon

Forest Trends | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Participants from Physicians for Social Responsibility at the People's Climate March in New York City, Sept. 21 (photo courtesy of Gloria Gonzalez) ...

What Climate Change Means for Indigenous Peoples

Alina Saba | Posted 09.26.2014 | Green
Alina Saba

When I was born in an Indigenous Limbu village of Eastern Nepal, no one had heard of climate change. It was impossible, then, for anyone in the village to imagine that I might one day speak at the United Nations during a Climate Summit.

Forests Slow Climate Change, But to Protect Them, You'll Want the Help of Indigenous People

Cándido Mézua | Posted 09.26.2014 | Green
Cándido Mézua

We can embrace the battle against climate change, but we will continue to protect the forest when new words are used to describe what we do.

The Word 'Redskins' And Natives: We've Earned the Right To Use It How We Want

Chelsey Luger | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Chelsey Luger

When my dad says it, it's endearing. When I see it on the back of a jersey, it's irritating. Yes, I'm talking about the word "Redskins" and no, I'm not particularly troubled if that's a double standard.

Keep the Oil in the Ground!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 09.19.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Our future is in peril and the changing climate is a key indicator. Scientists warn us that global warming is spiraling out of control which is why we need to see immediate action now. Preserving the Amazon basin is essential for humanity's survival.

World Bank President Goes Pinocchio

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.19.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

European Civil Society Organizations staged a protest in front of the World Bank Group office in Brussels on Thursday to protest the weakening of environmental and social safeguards by the institution.

Nuns To Pope Francis: Revoke 'Doctrine Of Discovery'

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

(RNS) In November, Sister Maureen Fiedler hand-delivered a letter to Pope Francis’ ambassador in Washington, D.C., urging the pontiff to renounce a ...

Filmmakers Sign Historic Agreement With Huichol Authorities in Mexico City

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

As part of the opening of the Festival of Indigenous Cultures of Mexico City, "Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians" was screened last week in the Zócalo, in the historic heart of the city, with 3,000 people attending.

Finally! A Candid Exposé of Chevron's Dirty Tricks

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

It's not easy to try to explain the saga of the decades long battle to hold Chevron to account for deliberately poisoning people and planet in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Finding One's Voice: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Reason for Climate Change Optimism as Forest Strategy Is Validated

Forest Trends | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working. For a long time, experts have theorized that in...

Pocahontas' First Marriage: The Powhatan Side of the Story

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 10.09.2014 | Arts
National Museum of the American Indian

As Virginia institutions celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pocahontas-Rolfe marriage this year, a crucial event in the Commonwealth's venerable self-image, we should recognize that existing Native traditions put it in a very different perspective.

On Indigenous Peoples Day, Let's Move on to a New View of Native Americans

Mary Annette Pember | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Mary Annette Pember

Our traditions and spirituality are essential elements of our survival. As human beings we know this. Unfortunately, much of the world has forgotten.

UN World Food Programme in Ecuador: Capturing Realities of Indigenous Rural Women

Nick Sexton | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Nick Sexton

Rural Ecuadorian women are saddled with domestic duties, in addition to the responsibilities of tending agriculture and living a rural lifestyle, which often entails withstanding domestic abuse and marginalization. Rural indigenous women in Ecuador experience a disproportionate amount of domestic violence.

Uncontacted Tribe Emerges From Rainforest After 'Violent Attacks'

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.01.2014 | World

A previously uncontacted tribe has emerged from the jungles of Brazil suffering from flu and saying they've been shot at, according to reports. Foo...

Ten Years on the Front Lines of Indigenous Struggles: Interview With Intercontinental Cry Founder/Editor John "Ahni" Schertow

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

Ten years ago, when John "Ahni" Schertow launched the award-winning magazine Intercontinental Cry, about 50 Indigenous Nations led their own fro...

False Testimony Forced Chevron To 'Prep' Its Million-Dollar Witness For 50 Days In Ecuador Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Just when you thought the long-running and bitter Chevron/Ecuador legal battle could not get any more bizarre, it does.

Interview With the Last Peyote Guardians: Marakame José Luis "Katira" Ramírez and Son

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Tracy L. Barnett

José Luis "Katira" Ramírez was serving as the governor of his community of San Andrés Cohamiata, Jalisco, when he met Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vilchez. He was not like any governor Vilchez had ever met.

An Interview With Directors of Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tracy L. Barnett

When Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vílchez made his way up into the remote Wixarika community of San Andrés Cohamiata Tateikie high in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico, he knew he would be entering another world. What he didn't know was how deeply it would change his own life.

When Chevron Subpoenas an Amnesty International Activist

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

In an unprecedented legal move, 17 U.S.-based civil society organizations - among them Amnesty International, Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, and Friends of the Earth - have just filed an amicus brief in federal appeals court defending their First Amendment rights from attack by Chevron.