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Reasons to be Cheerful

Lauren Kaljur

5 October 2020

Canada

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The First Nation–Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative is a nationwide initiative to foster positive relationships, empowering First Nation and municipal leaders to talk as equals. There have been hundre...

Wall Street Journal

Richard Schiffman

30 September 2020

United States

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The absence of an active "fire culture" in the American West has contributed greatly to the scale of catastrophic wildfires fueled by decades of aggressive fire-suppression tactics. In Florida, Australia, and pockets ...

Bitterroot

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...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Luke Simmons

Daja E. Henry

29 September 2020

Navajo Nation, Arizona, United States

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Navajo Nation volunteers combine COVID relief events with efforts to ensure residents are counted by the Census. Working together, aid organizations hand out supplies like food, water, diapers, and “hygiene kits” with...

The Boston Globe

Julia Sklar

26 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A volunteer organization is helping to address a language barrier as it pertains to COVID-19 by translating and distributing public health information in the native languages of tribes. Although this is not as simple ...

High Country News

Jessica Douglas

22 September 2020

Oregon, United States

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Indigenous communities in need of clean drinking water have turned to aid from a Black-led nonprofit in Portland. Don't Shoot Portland raised $16,000 dollars for water and other basic supplies for the Warm Springs Tri...

The Narwhal

Kelly Boutsalis

20 September 2020

Canada

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A 3-year pilot is developing a traditional fire management program for First Nation communities using cultural burns, a practice banned for over a century. Cultural burns are used to reinvigorate the landscape so that...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

22 August 2020

Quebec, Canada

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Canopy works to preserve the untouched Broadback Forest, which stores twice as much carbon as the Amazon and is central to the Cree Nation. The nonprofit works with 750 corporations, including fashion brands, commerci...

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. ...

100 Days in Appalachia

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

22 July 2020

Cherokee, North Carolina, United States

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reacted to COVID-19 with aggressive measures that yielded fewer illnesses than in neighboring counties, and no deaths, all without outside help. But one of their preventive measure...

Life & Thyme

Annelise Jolley

21 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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Food bartering helps families during times of food insecurity, which is often exacerbated by crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Families with lower incomes have bartered for food for a long time but the pandemic ha...

CBS News

Dana Jacobson

18 July 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Renaming the Washington Redskins to remove a racist name and logo will require a difficult and delicate process juggling a host of issues that other professional and college sports franchises have successfully navigat...

Bitterroot

Ross Coyle

10 July 2020

Utah, United States

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In 2016, court ordered redistricting gave Navajo nation residents in San Juan County fairer representation and required in-person polling locations and translation assistance. Shortly after, the Bear Ears National Mon...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jean Hopfensperger

11 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Volunteer street patrols organized by the American Indian Movement, the national civil rights group, saved the heart of the Twin Cities’ native American community from damage during the looting and arson that broke ou...

Albuquerque Journal

Elise Kaplan

6 June 2020

Navajo Nation, Arizona, United States

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The Community Health Representative Program has been helping connect the Navajo Nation with health-care resources for decades, but when the Covid-19 pandemic began to impact community members, the role of the represen...

Ensia

Andrew Wight

2 June 2020

Guatemala

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Indigenous seed banks preserve and reintroduce native agricultural varieties, which in some cases are more nutritious than other varieties. Qachuu Aloom runs a one-room seed bank that provides raw materials for its 50...

Ensia

Per Liljas

19 May 2020

New Zealand

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A native tree species known as the kauri is being threatened by a deadly pathogen in New Zealand, so Western scientists, the government, and the Māori people are working together to stop it. Early tests suggest that c...

Southerly

Barry Yeoman

12 May 2020

Houma, Louisiana, United States

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The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw has long had a culture of cyclicality which is now coming in handy during the Coronavirus pandemic. Because they assume that hardship will come after periods o...

Wyoming Public Media

Savannah Maher

7 May 2020

Wyoming, United States

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Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes share land, and despite previous disagreements, they collaborated to create one of the state's most effective coronavirus testing clinics. 3,000 people from both tribes hav...

National Observer

Janice Cantieri

6 May 2020

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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The number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada is high, so a group of Indigenous women formed an organization called Power Our Women (POW) to teach other Indigenous women across the country self-defense...

High Country News

Page Buono

24 April 2020

Yurok Reservation, California, United States

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The Indigenous Peoples Burning Network works with a group of other similar networks with the shared goal of promoting prescribed fire in a positive and safe manner that will help local ecosystems and minimize the risk...

The New York Times

Priya Krishna

13 April 2020

Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, United States

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Indigenous people across the United States—like the Oglala Sioux on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—are relying on survival tactics that their ancestors used to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, like seed saving, c...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Zak Podmore

10 April 2020

Towaoc, Colorado, United States

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The Ute Mountain Ute people have enacted a number of COVID-19 preventative measures for the tribe. These include implementing a curfew, transforming their casino into a food distribution hub and lodging for first resp...

The Believer

Lorraine Boissoneault

1 April 2020

Menominee, Wisconsin, United States

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Efforts are underway on the Menominee Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin to preserve the at-risk language of Menominee. That looks like conducting school entirely in Menominee, printing Menominee-language books, up...

Marketplace

Laurel Morales

17 February 2020

Tuba City, Arizona, United States

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In the Navajo Nation, more than 70 percent of local income leaves the tribal area, but one effort is helping native-owned businesses expand their reach. Change Labs, a business incubator, helped birth Rez Rising, an a...

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