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Indigenous climate efforts vital to fight against environmental destruction

By Kiara Alfonseca

When the oil tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound, hundreds of thousands of acres of water were threatened.


Following 14,000-gallon fuel spill, Pacific representatives call for UN investigation

By Tristan Ahtone Photo: Tristan Ahtone

The Global Indigenous Youth Caucus on Thursday demanded that the United Nations send investigators to Hawaii to probe the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a series of World War II-era reserve tanks which have leaked at least 14,000 gallons of fuel-laced water into Honolulu’s groundwater aquifer. The Caucus also urged the U.N. to re-inscribe Hawaii on the list of non-self governing territories – a move that would classify Hawaii as a colonized territory alongside Guam, the Falkland Islands, Western Sahara and 14 others.


The Wrap: Celebrating 50 years of legal work

Photo: Patty Talahongva , India Country Today

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The Wrap: Children’s books

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Renewable Energy: Jobs of the future

By Ted McDermott

The job market in Indian Country is tough. Edmond Salt knows that as well as anybody. A 42-year-old father of five and a Navajo citizen from Kayenta, Arizona, Salt once wanted one of the in-demand jobs with the local coal mine. While he managed to get a temporary job, Salt couldn’t snag a permanent position in a competitive environment with relatively few


Air Pollution in American Indian Versus Non–American Indian Communities, 2000–2018

By Maggie Li, Markus Hilpert and Others

Objectives. To compare fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations in American Indian (AI)-populated with those in non–AI-populated counties over time (2000–2018) in the contiguous United States.
Methods. We used a multicriteria approach to classify counties as AI- or non–AI-populated. We ran linear mixed effects models to estimate the difference in countywide annual PM2.5 concentrations from well-validated prediction models and monitoring sites (modeled and measured PM2.5, respectively) in AI- versus non–AI-populated counties.


Bioneers , a revolution from the heart of nature

For centuries, Indigenous peoples have leaned on traditional knowledge systems to impart strength, perseverance, and adaptability that have helped them endure the disruptive forces of colonialism. The impacts of colonialism include genocide, land theft, and the destruction of traditional Indigenous


Colorado River, stolen by law

By Pauly Denetclaw Photo: Gabriella Trujillo/High Country News

Indigenous nations have been an afterthought in U.S. water policy for over a century. That was all part of the plan.


Wyoming Defies U.S. Supreme Court Over Crow Tribal Hunting Rights

By Eric Galatas

Wyoming will appeal a recent district court decision affirming Crow tribal hunting rights granted under treaties signed in the 19th century, rights recently affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan Lewerenz, staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, said tribal leaders were very clear about maintaining hunting rights before they agreed to move into a reservation on just a portion of lands they had occupied for centuries.


Native Americans’ farming practices may help feed a warming world

By Samuel Gilbert Photo: Cassidy Araiza

Indigenous peoples have known for millennia to plant under the shade of the mesquite and paloverde trees that mark the Sonoran Desert here, shielding their crops from the intense sun and reducing the amount of water needed.