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Manola Secaira

21 January 2021

Taholah, Washington, United States

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In Washington state, the Quinault Indian Nation has taken an aggressive and proactive approach to control the spread of COVID-19 amongst their community, and these efforts are showing success. Using a combination of t...

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Peter Yeung

7 January 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Under an innovative scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, indigenous communities are obtaining the legal right to own and manage the forests where they reside. This ownership has shown success in slowing defores...

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Layla A. Jones

14 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The House of Umoja in West Philadelphia, created in the late 1960s in response to high rates of gang violence, succeeded in helping thousands of young men through a residential treatment program, mediating disputes pe...

The Narwhal

Matt Simmons

10 December 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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The Canadian Coast Guard is building a working relationship with indigenous communities that live on the coast of British Columbia, in order to better coordinate rescue efforts. The indigenous tribes "have intimate kn...

National Observer

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

9 December 2020

Magog, Quebec, Canada

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After its fossil fuel–powered furnace started to fail, St. Paul’s United Church converted its old radiators to electric units in order to better insulate the building and be more environmentally friendly. The church g...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Natalia Rodríguez Medina

7 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Chicago-based Latino Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Alliance (LAMDA) has helped connect "Latinos who have memory diseases with clinical support" by focusing on creating connections and using memory-health survey...

The Huffington Post

Debbie Weingarten

1 December 2020

Virginia, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the fragility of the U.S. food supply chain, yet for indigenous led-operations there has been little interruption thanks to practices that rely on shorter supply chains that "work ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

26 November 2020

Quapaw, Oklahoma, United States

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The Quapaw tribe runs the Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma where they apply combine Indigenous food and farming knowledge with modern hotel operations. They have seven greenhouses and two gardens with 20 varieties...

National Geographic

Agostino Petroni

25 November 2020

Manaure, Colombia

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A community gardening project growing the guajiro bean has allowed Wayuu farmers in the Colombian desert to achieve food security despite the effects of climate change and external pressures. While scaling this agricu...

The Washington Post

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Jovelle Tamayo

24 November 2020

Fidalgo Island, Washington, United States

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The Swinomish tribe in Washington state is combining traditional knowledge and science to combat the effects of climate change and improve the health of its land, water, and people. In recent years, their salmon harve...

Native News Online

Valerie Vande Panne

5 November 2020

Maine, United States

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By providing a forum to the Wabanaki people to tell their truth about public policies' effects on their lives, the Maine-Wabanaki Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission prompted reforms in Maine's child wel...

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Ocean Malandra

4 November 2020

Mocoa, Putumayo, Colombia

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Five different Indigenous groups formed an alliance known as the Union of Traditional Age Medics of the Colombian Amazon to practice spiritual ceremonies and community healing based on the ingestion of a potent halluc...

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Valerie Vande Panne

2 November 2020

Maine, United States

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To confront and fix Maine's practice of removing Native American children from their communities and giving them to white families for adoption, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commissi...

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Dhritiman Mukherjee

30 October 2020

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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The city of Chennai in India is engaging in wetlands restoration and stormwater management by using traditional knowledge and community action to reduce flooding and ensure that people have access to drinking water. T...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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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Christine 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 ...

NPR

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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Rosamaria Loures

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...

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