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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...

National Observer

Emilee Gilpin

19 December 2017

Bella Colla, British Columbia, Canada

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In the the Nuxalk Nation, the deep seated effects of colonialism were felt, literally. The Nation had a housing crisis, that was exacerbated by outside contractors and architects who built subar housing. In 2015, comm...

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 ...

The Hechinger Report

Emrys Eller

28 November 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Since opening its doors in 2006, the Native American Community Academy has built up a school led by native leaders and centered around curricula informed by tribal cultures in New Mexico. The charter school has had re...

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...

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...

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Maria Luisa Gambale

7 July 2017

New York, New York, United States

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On July 7, 122 United Nations member countries approved a new treaty prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons. The legally binding agreement emphasizes humanitarian concerns, including the disproportionate impact o...

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...

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...

BBC

Valentina Valentini

25 April 2017

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

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By leveraging technology, artists living above the 60th parallel are increasing indigenous representation in filmmaking. In Yellowknife, Canada, aRTLess Collective’s Dead North Film Festival uses live streaming to rea...

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...

The Atlantic

Jon Marcus

23 November 2016

Canada

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In Canada, just under ten percent of indigenous adults hold university degrees. Canadian universities are working to make college campuses more welcoming to indigenous communities that have historically been subject ...

High Country News

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...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

19 September 2016

Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

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In Rapid City, South Dakota, talking about money is taboo among Native American families. To help improve their financial situations Black Hills Community Loan Fund offers financial literacy classes. The organization ...

Equal Voice News

Paul Nyhan

10 August 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Native American students are 237% more likely to drop out than their white counterparts. Organizations like the Native American Community Academy (NACA), are changing those statistics by creating curricula that focus ...

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...

BBC

James Fletcher

17 October 2013

Alice Springs, Australia

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The Aboriginal community in Australia is 31 times more likely than other Australians to die of alcohol-related causes. Could a "tough love" approach stressing accountability and making rehab mandatory work? Or is furt...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

8 July 2013

Tambopata, Peru

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Rainforest Expeditions, an innovative eco-tourism company in Peru, helps the local economy while also promoting conservation of the natural rainforest. By working with Infierno, the local indigenous community in a sou...

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