Colonialism Nearly Wiped Out the Hawaiian Language. These Public Schools Are Bringing It Back.
8 June 2016
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With the emphasis on teaching English in American public schools, many non-English speaking students can lose the language of their family’s heritage. Hawaii has “language-immersion schools” that teaches children the native Hawaiian language until about fifth grade and then English is introduced. While the schools have preserved the native tongue and its cultural values, there are still challenges for students who face competition in English-dominated secondary education and the job market.
How Seattle Got Its (Arts) Groove Back
29 June 2015
Illustrations / Under 800 Words
Arts education programs in the United States are subjected to cutting for maintaining tight school budgets. Technology sectors in Seattle seek professionals who have been trained in problem solving skills and innovative idea generation. In response, Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture collaborate to promote equity in students’ access to the arts.
#WhyLoiter reclaims public — and inner — space for Indian women
Public Radio International (PRI)
17 September 2015
Radio / 5-15 Minutes
WhyLoiter is a growing movement that encourages women in India to spend time out in the street to challenge societal restrictions on women in public.
Montana Offers A Boost To Native Language Immersion Programs
2 May 2015
Radio / 3-5 Minutes
Montana, home to nine Native American languages, becomes the second state to fund indigenous language immersion programs in public schools. The same languages were once forbidden, but now they are helping to preserve a disappearing culture and closing the graduation rate gap for Native American students.
Program offers artists low rent in exchange for free community classes
Palm Beach Post
15 June 2016
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West Palm Beach’s arts community attracts many artists and performers; however, the rent to live in the most culturally rich neighborhoods is high. Moreover, if the rent is priced outside of what artists can afford, talent and innovation may decline. Local partnerships devoted to redevelopment and education have collaborated to fund an artist in residence program that offers artists greatly reduced rent in exchange for teaching free art classes to the community.
In Crow Country, a water system brings new life
Environmental Health News
23 August 2016
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Native American Reservation often have to fight legal battles for access to clean water, but state and federal agencies often exclude tribal members from the decision making because them deem them unqualified without science degrees. So the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe placed a premium on its members getting environmental science degrees and helped write the latest fish consumption guidelines.
Native American peacemaking courts offer a model for reform
30 November 2017
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Indigenous peoples are drastically underrepresented in the criminal-justice system, and are statistically less likely to receive fair treatment in the courtroom. A growing number of tribal judges nationwide - including Judge Abby Abinanti of the Yurok Tribal Court - are taking matters into their own hands, using a framework of traditional culture and an approach known as "restorative justice" to address both the need for rehabilitation of offenders and resolution for people often failed by the regular system.
Bump, Tumble, Go Faster! In Egypt, Roller Derby Is Real Life
The New York Times
28 December 2017
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For young women in Egypt, outlets for their frustrations can be extremely limited under a political climate that oppresses freedom of expression, and in a culture where sexual harassment is rampant and systemic. The Cairo women's roller derby team is providing a welcome opportunity to vet physical energy, strengthen the bonds of sisterhood, and empower a diverse range of women through sport.
The Midwives' Resistance: How Native Women Are Reclaiming Birth on Their Terms
Mary Annette Pember
5 January 2018
Multi-Media / 1500-3000 Words
It is exceptionally difficult for indigenous people in Canada and the United States to receive culturally competent care from non-Native providers. A series of efforts focused on maternal care and the role of midwives have provided pathways for women to receive care rooted in their culture as well as endeavored to create the legal and financial infrastructure to make these efforts sustainable.
Saving seeds and stories at Taos Pueblo
The Taos News
20 April 2017
Multi-Media / 800-1500 Words
One small thing colonization destroyed was seeds. Indigenous communities used to pass seeds down from generation to generation, but according to some estimates, seed erosion has wiped off as much as 90 percent of agricultural crops. A global effort is being undertaken to save seeds, and also conserve tradition.