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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...

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Aamir Rafeeq Peerzeda

12 December 2017

Rajasthan, India

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In Rajasthan, India, the Aakar Charitable Trust is building dams in previously drought-ridden areas using traditional practices that use the contours of the land to retain water. These check dams are cost-effective, p...

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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 ...

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Amy Yee

13 November 2017

Keur Simbara, Senegal

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Many people who practice Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) consider it a private, cultural issue. The procedure, which is performed on girls, requires “cutting off the clitoris and parts of the labia and sealing the vag...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

10 November 2017

Uganda

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Pregnant women in rural African villages tend not to seek medical services until they are in labour, but there are many services that should be performed earlier in the pregnancy in order to help ensure the survival o...

National Geographic

Krista Langlois

26 October 2017

British Columbia, Canada

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In British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nations have been striving for decades to save the spirit bear, also known as Kemode bears, from trophy hunters. Since 1999, the indigenous commu...

Smithsonian

Laura Poppick

17 October 2017

Inuvik, Canada

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A graduate student from British Columbia, the Arctic Energy Alliance, and the elders of the Inuvialuit people may seem a strange team, but together they are tackling the dual concerns of climate change and the loss of...

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...

Bloomberg CityLab

Maya Kroth

2 October 2017

Mexico City, Mexico

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In a rapidly gentrifying Mexico City neighborhood, two artists refurbished an icon and set up an altar for Santa Mari La Juaricua, a saint to protect residents from eviction. The saint raises awareness and acts as a r...

The Atlantic

Alia Wong

2 August 2017

Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, United States

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After generations of waiting, the Oglala Sioux prophecy of an economic, spiritual, and social renaissance is coming true. "Now the Seventh Generation is here," and they are creating dynamic change in one the least dev...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Jacopo Pasotti

24 July 2017

Mongolia

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Mongolia’s nomadic, pastoral families are banding together to strengthen their resilience in the face of climate change. With their economic livelihoods dependent on livestock production, they feel the effects of warm...

Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

6 June 2017

Blackfeet Nation, Montana, United States

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Generations of oppression and poverty have led to severe food insecurity for many Native Americans, resulting in some of the country's highest obesity and diabetes rates. But a few dedicated individuals on the Blackfe...

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Jacob McCleland

23 May 2017

Madhubani, Bihar, India

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In many rural villages in Northern India and Nepal, long-standing cultural norms have relegated women to subordinate positions in marriage and minimal educational opportunities, stifling the social, agricultural and e...

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...

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Shaifali Agrawal

3 March 2017

India

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In India gender inequality and stereotype perpetuation have been barriers to reaching equality, Gulika Reddy tried to implement changes and work with adults but these ideas were so firmly entrenched that they could no...

Christian Science Monitor

Amy Yee

26 January 2017

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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When Bogaletch Gebre was a girl she underwent a dangerous procedure, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The practice requires the removal of all, or part of the clitoris. It can lead to scarring, bleeding, and sometimes...

Santa Fe Public Radio (KSFR)

Ellen Berkovitch

15 November 2016

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Kha'p'o Community School recently became the first of six Native American Community Academy schools in New Mexico and, after two years of planning, is now entirely under tribal control. Its educational model brings tr...

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Lucy Purdy

25 October 2016

Shropshire, United Kingdom

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The world is expecting to lose half its languages by the end of the century. People are preserving the ancestral languages by collecting and utilizing the vocabulary within their families and using apps and technol...

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Leah Todd Lin

8 October 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A New Mexico network of native schools, called the NACA-Inspired Schools Network, addresses the failure of traditional schooling to incorporate native culture into lessons by designing a culturally relevant curriculum...

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Temma Ehrenfeld

20 September 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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In an effort to rebuild after Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake, Earthbags have become a growing method of sustainable, affordable construction. These bags are carefully filled with soil, and stacked on one another ...

The Nature of Cities

Patrick M. Lydon

21 August 2016

Hongcheon, South Korea

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The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization provides some pretty grim predictions for the future of global food stability if modern, monoculture farming practices continue to degrade land, spread pesticides, and destro...

Quartz

Lily Kuo

22 June 2016

Ghana

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Recycled kitchen waste and charcoal ash makes for healthy soil healthy that is more resilient to climate change. For centuries, women in Ghana and Liberia have used this technique on their farmlands, which are renowne...

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 ...

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Benjamin Goldfarb

31 May 2016

Sahtú Region, Northwest Territories, Canada

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In the Northwestern Territories of Canada, wildlife biologists received unfavorable critiques from indigenous communities for how they were going about with their caribou studies. By forming relationships with the ind...

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...

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