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Yes! Magazine

Mary Annette Pember

9 June 2018

Oxford, Ohio, United States

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The Myaamia Center, a language initiative led by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University, has led to the preservation of the Myaamia language and culture. The center, which has become a model for other univer...

Los Angeles Times

Louis Sahagon

1 May 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In 1968 Mexican students organized one of the largest high school walkouts in U.S. history, demanding better education and equal treatment. There efforts proved successful and lead to administrative changes. “A year a...

Yes! Magazine

Debra Utacia Krol

2 April 2018

Sonoma, California, United States

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In 1915, the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians who lived off of the coast of Northern California had their land stripped away as United States territories formed. A century later, the tribe has successfully regained their l...

Pacific Standard

Melody Schreiber

23 March 2018

Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada

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In a town called Clyde River, located in the Arctic Circle, the Ilisaqsivik Society is attempting to reverse the trauma inflicted on the Inuit people by climate change and cultural trends away from tradition. The Ilis...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

13 January 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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“It’s like my tongue is tap-dancing,” is how one student described learning Lushootseed, an indigenous language. Colleges and universities are allowing students to get a credit for learning an indigenous language. A f...

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Mary Annette Pember

5 January 2018

United States

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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...

The New York Times

Declan Walsh

28 December 2017

Cairo, Egypt

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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 C...

Investigate West

Rebecca Clarren

30 November 2017

Klamath, California, United States

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A growing number of tribal judges nationwide - including Judge Abby Abinanti of the Yurok Tribal Court - are using a framework of traditional culture and an approach known as "restorative justice" to address both the ...

Yes! Magazine

Stephen Miller

11 October 2017

Alaska, United States

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The siglaug, is an Inupiaq word for ice cellar. It is also how the Inupiaq people are preserving a part of their culture. The siglaug, opened after the Farm Bill was passed, which allowed for the opening of a food p...

Bright Magazine

Anna-Catherine Brigida

5 June 2017

Ecuador

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A program in Ecuador invites indigenous parteras, or midwives, into state hospitals in order to accommodate and better provide services for indigenous women. After the program was implemented the child birth rate drop...

The Taos News

Cody Hooks

20 April 2017

Taos, New Mexico, United States

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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 agri...

Environmental Health News

Brian Bienkowski

23 August 2016

Crow Reservation, Montana, United States

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Reservations often have to fight legal battles for access to clean water, and state and federal agencies often exclude tribal members from decision-making because they deem tribal members unqualified unless they have ...

Slate

Alexandria Neason

8 June 2016

Hilo, Hawaii, United States

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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 ...

Yes! Magazine

Tristan Ahtone

24 May 2016

Arizona, United States

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Tribal systems are preserving their culture by teaming up with advocates and lawyers to write tribal food codes. Food codes are federal laws that govern food processing, and are supposed to protect consumers. However...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Rhitu Chatterjee

17 September 2015

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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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.

Mongabay

Jeremy Hance

24 June 2015

Brazil

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The Matsés, an indigenous population in Brazil in Peru, teamed up with Acaté, a conservation group, to create a medicinal knowledge encyclopedia. The encyclopedia was compiled by five shamans, took two years, is 500 p...

NPR

Amy Martin

2 May 2015

Missoula, Montana, United States

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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 ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 December 2011

Guinea

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“For many tiny, endangered languages, digital technology has become a lifeline.” Phones, the web, software systems, these are all technologies being employed to keep heritage languages alive.

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