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Indian Country Today

Meghan Sullivan

12 August 2021

United States

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Defining and maintaining indigenous identity is an ongoing process for tribes who want to ensure a strong future. Various enrollment policies have worked for different tribes, from lineal descent to blood quantum requ...

Capital Daily

Jolene Rudisuela

6 July 2021

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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The Nisaika Kum’tuks and Tsawalk learning centers provide alternative schooling options for Indigenous students to learn more about their culture and languages. The centers teach a total of 100 students from 23 differ...

The Imprint

Elizabeth Amon

17 May 2021

Minnesota, United States

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The 43-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act continues to make a "profound" difference to Native American families and tribes, despite being under frequent legal attacks. The law limits the placement of Native children in...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tolu Olasoji

12 April 2021

South Africa

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WikiAfrica Education increases information about Africa’s diverse languages, cultures, and politics from the voices and perspectives of African people. AfroCuration events enlist the help of young people to create and...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Joseph Perez

11 April 2021

Tsaile, Arizona, United States

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Diné College, the first tribally-controlled accredited college, provides over 1,300 students with opportunities to learn cultural traditions and the Navajo language, alongside traditional academic subjects. The school...

Yes! Magazine

Andrew McCormick

4 March 2021

Xinjiang, China

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A growing community of young Uyghurs are working to preserve and promote their culture from the diaspora. Many online networks provide ways for young people to connect, and also offer courses on traditional culture, U...

CBS News

Li Cohen

28 January 2021

United States

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Native and Indigenous individuals are using TikTok to share aspects of their traditions, challenge stereotypes, and empower young people to be proud of their culture. The videos range from instructional, teaching peop...

70 Million

Emily Schwing

2 November 2020

Toksook Bay, Alaska, United States

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Remote Alaskan villages traditionally followed the native practice of banishing members of their communities for serious, chronic wrongdoing. Created in the absence of a functioning criminal justice system of police, ...

Next City

Valerie Vande Panne

2 November 2020

Maine, United States

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To confront and fix Maine's practice of removing Native American children from their communities and giving them to white families for adoption, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commissi...

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...

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Precious Adesina

3 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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The African Jazz-Art Society & Studios (AJASS) kickstarted the Black is Beautiful movement with 1960s fashion shows elevating Black models with dark skin and full bodies, who agreed to keep their hair natural year-rou...

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...

Mongabay

Karlston Lapniten

21 April 2020

Cordillera Administrative Region, Indonesia

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To combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, provinces in the northern Philippines have implemented a tengao, an indigenous version of a lockdown. Since community elders invoked the lockdown, the region has recorded...

The Atlantic

Alia Wong

9 December 2019

Hawaii, United States

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Experiential and immersive learning preserves indigenous cultures and languages. After nearly being lost by the mid-twentieth century, the Hawaiian language has seen a resurgence thanks to the culture-based educationa...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

27 November 2019

Dabeiba, Colombia

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In an effort to reincorporate former guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Colombian government created Territorial Training and Reincorporation Spaces (ETCRs) to allow partial autonomy for the...

The Globe and Mail

Genesee Keevil

23 June 2019

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

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The people of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, in Canada’s Yukon, have improved safety and defused some of the tensions with Royal Canadian Mounted Police by forming their own unarmed community safety officer corps focus...

SURFER Magazine

Ashtyn Douglas

2 April 2019

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

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Support from the international surfing community has empowered women in Sri Lanka to push back against patriarchal social norms and participate in outdoor recreation. Working to change a culture that discourages women...

Essence

Brittney Oliver

16 January 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Creating new platforms allows underrepresented and often "tokenized" artists to drive their own narrative. To address the lack of representation of Black artists in legacy institutions, an art nonprofit in Memphis, Th...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

9 January 2019

United States

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Trans- and queer-affirming people often feel isolated in a fitness industry where even the gym sign-up forms only have selections for either female or male. Decolonizing Fitness, an Instagram-based community, aims to ...

The New Republic

Melody Schreiber

9 October 2018

Northwest Territories, Canada

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Faced with the existential threat posed by an oil company in their community, the Gwich’in nation banded together with a former rival, Greenpeace, to take the company to court. By highlighting the failure of the compa...

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Rozena Crossman

19 September 2018

Latvia

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In Latvia, a nonviolent revolution against Soviet oppression was started by an incredible moment of music. The grassroots movement then spread, using performance art, demonstrations, and even a human chain to challeng...

The National

Olivia Cuthbert

11 September 2018

Reading, England

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Popping up in various places around England is a performance space for young British Muslims to create and share their uniquely intersectional experiences with identity. The organization, operated as a non-profit coll...

The Atlantic

Natalie Escobar

7 September 2018

United States

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In 1968 Cal State founded the first Chicano studies program, which focused on the history of Mexicans and their relationship to the U.S. Since then, several universities followed suit. The program was also made poss...

Artnet

Kate Brown

25 June 2018

Canada

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A recently proposed Canadian law would create comprehensive support for the repatriation of cultural objects back from museums to First Nations people. The law addresses a common and critical hurdle for repatriation: ...

The New York Times

Raul Vilchis

21 June 2018

Cusco, Peru

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Luis Soto, is the first indigenous Peruvian to voiceover a soccer game in his native language, Quechua, since 1982. In Peru, indigenous people “make up about a fifth of the nation’s population” and continue to grappl...

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