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High Country News

Anna V. Smith

16 August 2019

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon, United States

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After decades of failed legislation, over 17,000 acres of public land was finally restored to the Umpqua Tribe with the passage of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. The land was a constant source of tension betw...

Michigan Radio

April Van Buren

8 August 2019

Michigan, United States

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In Michigan, infant mortality for Native American babies is almost triple the rate of infant mortality for white babies. To combat this troubling reality, tribal communities are working to reintegrate traditional know...

Middle East Eye

Olivia Cuthbert

18 June 2019

Beirut, Lebanon

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Building community around storytelling preserves cultural heritage. Across Lebanon, individuals and institutions like the Lebanese Ministry of Culture and the Theatre Monnot in Beirut are working to preserve oral cult...

NPR

Celeste Noche

8 June 2019

Stornoway, Scotland

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Mobile libraries provide a crucial point of engagement for remote communities. In Scotland, the country’s mobile library service has provided residents of its Western Isles with access to books, Gaelic culture, and a ...

Fathom

Ruth Ebenstein

4 June 2019

Jerusalem, Israel

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Libraries can serve as spaces for practicing cultural inclusion. The National Library of Israel is working to broaden its target audience and increase the visibility of Muslim culture in Israel. In addition to curatin...

NBC News

Audrey Cleo Yap

16 May 2019

Maui, Hawaii, United States

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Organizations like Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu are reintroducing small-scale farmers to breadfruit — a traditional Hawaiian starchy fruit that fell out of style following the rise of plantation farming and colonialism. Growers ar...

Firstpost

Sunaina Kumar

13 May 2019

Punjab, India

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With the support of the Samaj committee, a local NGO, more and more Punjabi communities are downsizing their weddings. The events are traditionally expensive affairs, signifying pride and status, but for many, they ar...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

30 April 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an intertribal women-led organization that is working to reclaim ownership of land in the Bay Area that Ohlone people have lived on for centuries. They regained access to the land through ...

BBC

Emma Jane Kirby

16 April 2019

Ashburn, Virginia, United States

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After graffitiing a historic landmark with swastikas and racist phrases, a juvenile prosecutor chose to educate rather than punish the perpetrators. Each teen was given a list of 35 books that covered topics like race...

Yes! Magazine

Terrie Hansen

29 March 2019

Puget Sound, United States

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For many tribal and indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest, the impact of climate changes has already become terrifyingly clear. As communities attempt to plan and adapt to new environmental conditions, the C...

Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

27 March 2019

Klamath, California, United States

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Across the country, tribal courts are seeking to break the cycle of recidivism and instead focus their efforts on rehabilitation and community. Judge Abinanti’s Yurok Tribal Court in California applies traditional Yur...

The Washington Post

Max Blau

26 March 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Contextualizing artistic representations creates more complex narratives and offers an opportunity to educate about historical memory. The Atlanta History Center has opened an exhibition that illuminates the absence o...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

25 March 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Publicly-owned galleries can provide an open, inclusive space for both artists and the community. In Seattle, the Office of Arts and Culture renovated the disused third floor of the King Street Station, turning it int...

Yes! Magazine

Sydney Worth

22 March 2019

Vancouver, Canada

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Reconsidering the ways in which subject headings sort and present knowledge can help address systemic racism. The X̱wi7x̱wa Library at the University of British Columbia is rethinking the way libraries organize and pl...

Cut Bank Pioneer Press

Linda Bruch

20 March 2019

Cut Bank, Montana, United States

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Cut Bank, Montana has incorporated education about Native Americans in all grade levels with a special emphasis on and participation by Blackfeet Nation students because of the reservation's proximity. This effort is ...

Atmos

Janice Cantieri

11 March 2019

Kiribati

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Around the world, communities are creating new technologies, processes, and relationships to the land in an effort to adapt to the changing climate. From the I-Kiribati using new hydroponic systems to grow food amidst...

Yes! Magazine

Leanna First-Arai

27 February 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Soil collection ceremonies offer a meaningful way to help cope with and create institutional memory of racial violence across the United States. The Equal Justice Initiative is working to keep the victims of lynching ...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

26 February 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Instead of simply prioritizing growth, nonprofits need to implement carefully sized solutions with consideration to the longevity of their model. The closure of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, California, d...

Hakai Magazine

Erica Gies

21 February 2019

Washington, United States

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The University of Washington and Northwestern tribes have partnered to use their collective knowledge to create an online tool that helps regional tribes prepare for the effects of climate change. The tools uses clima...

The New York Times

Patrick Adams

20 February 2019

Gorongosa, Sofala Province, Mozambique

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The Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has repopulated its large mammals by over 700 percent through collaborations between wildlife authorities and nonprofits. With millions of dollars in philanthropic assistance,...

Mongabay

John C. Cannon

19 February 2019

Malaita, Solomon Islands

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In the Solomon Islands, visiting scientists and researchers have made historical and symbolic amends with the Kwaio people. The tribe, once violently attacked by colonial settlers, have felt the need for reconciliatio...

The Narwhal

Judith Lavoie

13 February 2019

Australia

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Enrolling indigenous knowledge in environmental conservation programs empowers communities and promotes responsible land management. Conservation programs in Australia and Canada rely on indigenous communities to moni...

The National

Olivia Cuthbert

5 February 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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Story-telling, poetry, and other performance art helps to bridge cultural divides and allows individuals to present more nuanced representations of their communities. Thanks to a grant from the Said Foundation, the Hi...

Next City

Cinnamon Janzer

1 February 2019

Minneapolis, United States

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In Minneapolis, they've dealt with one of the largest encampments of people experiencing homelessness - not by "clearing" it as many other cities do, but by collaborating with local organizations to help residents tra...

Christian Science Monitor

Story Hinckley

15 January 2019

Santa Fe, United States

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Wings of America is a New Mexico based organization that uses running as a way for Native Americans to reconnect with their pasts and cultures while combatting pervasive stereotypes. The organization also organizes ru...

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