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Colonialism Nearly Wiped Out the Hawaiian Language. These Public Schools Are Bringing It Back.

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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....

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How Seattle Got Its (Arts) Groove Back

Bright Magazine

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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 ...

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#WhyLoiter reclaims public — and inner — space for Indian women

Public Radio International (PRI)

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.

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Montana Offers A Boost To Native Language Immersion Programs

NPR

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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 s...

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Program offers artists low rent in exchange for free community classes

Palm Beach Post

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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 an...

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In Crow Country, a water system brings new life

Environmental Health News

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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...

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Native American peacemaking courts offer a model for reform

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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 thei...

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Bump, Tumble, Go Faster! In Egypt, Roller Derby Is Real Life

The New York Times

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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 physica...

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The Midwives' Resistance: How Native Women Are Reclaiming Birth on Their Terms

Rewire

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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 wel...

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Saving seeds and stories at Taos Pueblo

The Taos News

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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 cons...

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