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Lisa Bartfai

12 October 2020

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation, Maine, United States

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The Penobscot Nation's Healing to Wellness Court is a drug court, diverting people charged with drug offenses from possible fines and jail into therapy. But it has an added cultural element, providing traditional heal...

Life & Thyme

Bailey Berg

12 October 2020

Oklahoma, United States

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A coalition of Native American–owned breweries is using lagers and ales to educate the public about their heritage and to correct the racist narrative about Indigenous peoples’ relationship to alcohol. For example, Sk...

U.S. News & World Report

Cole Premo

8 October 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis is utilizing telehealth practices to treat both the medical and spiritual needs of the community and its patients. Although the "spiritual-meets-traditional care pro...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

Manish Kumar

6 October 2020

Telukunchi, Andhra Pradesh, India

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The Asian openbill stork makes its home in the Telukunchi village in India for six months of the year, and the locals band together to protect this migratory bird. The birds thrive off of the wetlands environment and ...

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Jake Bullinger

30 September 2020

Wyoming, United States

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Massive herds of bison once roamed the American prairie, powering the "wildlife economy" and making Plains Native American tribes both rich and healthy. Now, indigenous tribes are bringing back what was once a cultura...

The Tyee

Andrew MacLeod

24 September 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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Finding common ground between environmentalists, logging companies, and indigenous communities to protect the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada took years of discussion and even a dance at an Elton John concert. But the...

Bloomberg CityLab

Serena Solomon

22 September 2020

South Auckland, New Zealand

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In South Auckland, epicenter of New Zealand's high rates of domestic violence, police respond to calls for help but instantly call in Te Taanga Manawa, a Māori-led team of multiple, culturally appropriate social-servi...

BBC

Kalpana Sunder

10 September 2020

Gopalganj, Bihar, Bangladesh

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Bangladeshi communities are reviving a traditional method of crop cultivation known as floating vegetable gardens to grow food during monsoon season. On these floating organic beds, farmers can grow vegetables like ok...

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Ty Baniewicz

2 September 2020

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, United States

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Indigenous communities in Louisiana are working with scientists to restore wetland ecosystems and protect tribal mounds along the Gulf Coast through backfilling projects. Depleted oil wells and canals in the area are ...

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Lauren Sommer

24 August 2020

Mariposa, California, United States

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To combat wildfires in California, Native American tribal leaders and government officials are coming together to facilitate “cultural burnings” or controlled burns. Regularly burning the landscape prevents thick, dri...

Native News Online

Valerie Vande Panne

22 August 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Remembering global indigenous connections allows tribes and those whose families were forced from their native lands, to strengthen their familiarity of traditions and of knowledge that was handed down for centuries. ...

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Sarah Sax

21 August 2020

Maranhão, Brazil

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Women “warriors” of the indigenous Guajajara people in Brazil use drones to patrol their territory of the Amazon rainforest in an effort to prevent deforestation. Because of their work, they have been able to cut defo...

BBC

Arnel Murga

28 July 2020

Iloilo, Philippines

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Conservations in the Philippines are using indigenous beliefs known as “mariit” — which is the belief that nature is inhabited by unseen dwellers and should be respected and taken care of — to protect the country’s en...

Life & Thyme

Annelise Jolley

21 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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Food bartering helps families during times of food insecurity, which is often exacerbated by crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Families with lower incomes have bartered for food for a long time but the pandemic ha...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

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Jacqueline Robledo

19 June 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Aware that already-high rates of mental health problems and suicide in native American populations could grow even worse during COVID-19 isolation, a number of support groups rolled out online sessions that have attra...

Yes! Magazine

Tracy Barnett

17 June 2020

Oaxaca, Mexico

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Mark Brown has brought Ghandian economic principles of economic justice and local autonomy to the Mexican countryside to form a farm-to-garment textile business that employs villagers who once made woolen textiles unt...

Religion News Service

Daysha Eaton

30 May 2020

Alaska, United States

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To the Gwich’in Athabascan people living inside the Arctic Circle in Alaska, the decades-long fight against oil drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) represents more than an environmental struggle: I...

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Mona Gable

26 May 2020

New Mexico, United States

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Across Navajo Nation, young people are coming together to protect their elders through grassroots efforts and campaigns. They’ve created online campaigns, like Protect the Sacred and #NavajoStrong to help provide accu...

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Per Liljas

19 May 2020

New Zealand

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A native tree species known as the kauri is being threatened by a deadly pathogen in New Zealand, so Western scientists, the government, and the Māori people are working together to stop it. Early tests suggest that c...

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Karlston Lapniten

21 April 2020

Cordillera Administrative Region, Indonesia

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To combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, provinces in the northern Philippines have implemented a tengao, an indigenous version of a lockdown. Since community elders invoked the lockdown, the region has recorded...

Mongabay

Mahima Jain

15 April 2020

Palakkad, Kerala, India

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The Kudumbashree Mission aims to encourage agrobiodiversity projects in India and empower women farmers. These projects revive traditional and sustainable farming practices called “panchakrishi.” So far, there are 192...

The Believer

Lorraine Boissoneault

1 April 2020

Menominee, Wisconsin, United States

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Efforts are underway on the Menominee Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin to preserve the at-risk language of Menominee. That looks like conducting school entirely in Menominee, printing Menominee-language books, up...

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Stephanie Parker

10 March 2020

The Spirit Lake Reservation, North Dakota, United States

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Native American communities combat pervasive food insecurity with novel approaches to their Food Distribution Program which is a part of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The Spirit Lake Reservat...

Mongabay

Basudev Mahapatra

10 February 2020

Odisha, India

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By returning to indigenous varieties of crops, farmers can increase ecological diversity and reliance to climate change. In India, hundreds of farmers in the state of Odisha have been returning to indigenous crops, li...

The New York Times

Jack Losh

28 January 2020

Moloukou, Central African Republic

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In Central African Republic, the first community forest was created with the hope of reversing the area’s deforestation and empowering the Indigenous communities living in the forests. By placing the community forest ...

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