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Smong: The Tsunami Story

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Ten years after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, researchers are looking at how one community used traditional cultural knowledge to avoid major casualties.

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After the Wars, Common Ground in Oregon's Forests

Investigate West

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Summer in the Northwest presents great risk of wildfires. A pile burning operation, just one facet of the strategy that Oregon has enacted in conserving its forests, clears undergrowth to lessen the risk of megafire.

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Kenyans Reacquire an Old Taste: Eating Healthier

The New York Times

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In colonial times, diets and agricultural work in Kenya focused on corn and rice, alongside produce grown elsewhere. Health-consciousness is now restoring nutritious local fruits and vegetables to Kenyan tables, in part by teaching horticulture students in university.

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Education in Indian Country: Obstacles and Opportunity

Education Week

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Native American student graduation rates are much lower than that of any other demographic. The Red Cloud school teaches students on a reservation in South Dakota, about the Lakota history to empower the kids and encourage resilience.

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Can grains of the past help us weather storms of the future?

Ensia

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After a devastating cyclone changed the nature of local soil, NGOs preserved Indian rice crops by reintroducing traditional rice varieties that can be cultivated even in salt ridden earth.

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For U.S. Tribes, a Movement to Revive Native Foods and Lands

Yale E360

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Property rights, circumscribed jurisdictions, and conflicts with neighbors exacerbate Native American efforts to restore tribal land and resources. Some tribes have found success by tapping into a trend of support from the government and conservationists.

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Four Ways Mexico's Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Yes! Magazine

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With a global food crisis, farmers look for how to get long-term high yields out of difficult farmland. In Oaxaca, Mexico, farmers farm like a forest, eat low on the food chain, restore damaged land, and have reverence for the planet.

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The Changing Face of California Agriculture

The New York Times

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Immigrants from Laos farming in California are using traditional knowledge and small-scale farming to make farming economically viable.

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Birth Control for Bambi

Undark

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The overpopulation of white-tailed deer is a conservation realization and an environmental disaster for the communities that harbor them. Hastings-on-Hudson, a progressive community, has opted for a humane birth control method PZP that is injected by darts into does. The method is successful for ...

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How the Fight Against Ebola Tested a Culture's Traditions

National Geographic

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In the face of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in modern history, health officials found themselves struggling to prevent the virus from spreading due to clashes with local traditions, cultural mistrust of outsiders, conflict, and misconceptions about healthcare in West Africa. To effectively treat ...

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