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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.

12/30/21
                                                               

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.

12/10/21
                                                               

Helping Native communities attain ​‘energy sovereignty’ with solar

By Natasha Ferguson

Vivian Hamilton has spent her entire life in the community of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians, east of Riverside, California. As a great-grandmother, she has lived enough years to see changes shape the community many times over, for better and for worse.

12/01/21
                                                               

Climate change fuels a water rights conflict built on over a century of broken promises

By Nick Kirkpatrick and others

The simple way to think about this crisis: There’s no longer enough water to go around to meet the needs of farmers and Native American populations as well as fish and birds.

11/22/21
                                                               

Indigenous and faith leaders urge Procter & Gamble to end logging of old-growth forests

By Diana Kruzman

Mitchell Lands couldn’t make the trip south from Canada, where he lives on the traditional lands of the Migisi Sahgaigan, or Eagle Lake First Nation, in the province of Ontario. But Lands’ voice echoed in early October outside the concrete and glass headquarters of Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer goods company, as he described seeing trees chopped down all the way to the shores of Eagle Lake.

11/09/21
                                                               

Forced Relocation Left Native Americans More Exposed to Climate Threats, Data Show

By Christopher Flavelle Photo: Tomás Karmelo Amaya

Centuries of land loss and forced relocation have left Native Americans significantly more exposed to the effects of climate change, new data show, adding to the debate over how to address climate change and racial inequity in the United States.

10/28/21
                                                               

It’s Time for the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

By Violet Sage Walker

Chumash people have inhabited California’s Central Coast region over 20,000 years, stewarding our ancestral waters. For the last 40 years, Chumash leaders and allies have fought to protect the extraordinary cultural and natural values of our home against new and harmful industrial development. President Biden now has an opportunity to honor this history by moving forward with the designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. He should act now.

10/27/21
                                                               

Indigenous Activists Helped Save Almost A Billion Tons Of Carbon Per Year

By Dallas Goldtooth and Kyle Gracey Photo: Ben Hovland/MPR News

This summer, Science Friday and other media outlets covered the protests against an oil pipeline project in northern Minnesota, where Canadian company Enbridge Energy was replacing and expanding their existing Line 3 infrastructure. Native American tribes in Minnesota—whose lands the pipeline would pass through and alongside—organized protests, direct action, and other resistance against the project. The pipeline was completed, and began moving tar sands oil at the beginning of October.

10/15/21
                                                               

“People vs. Fossil Fuels”: Over 530 Arrested in Historic Indigenous-Led Climate Protests in D.C.

This week over 530 climate activists were arrested during Indigenous-led civil disobedience actions in Washington, D.C., calling on President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop approving fossil fuel projects. Indigenous leaders have issued a series of demands, including the abolition of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, whose offices they occupied on Thursday for the first time since the 1970s. The protests come just weeks before the start of the critical U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which President Biden and senior Cabinet members are expected to attend. “We’re not going anywhere,” says Siqiñiq Maupin, with Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic, who traveled from Alaska to D.C. and was among those arrested during the BIA occupation. “We do not have time for negotiations, for compromises.

10/15/21
                                                               

Arrests and clashes cap week of D.C. protests by Indigenous youth and climate activists

By Ellie Silverman Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Love Hopkins, an 11-year-old enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, sat in the middle of an intersection near the U.S. Capitol, preparing to be arrested.

She had traveled to the nation’s capital from her home in White Shield, N.D., joining hundreds of climate protesters throughout the week to demand that political leaders respect Indigenous communities by rejectingfossil fuels.

10/15/21