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Deb Haaland Confirmed As 1st Native American Interior Secretary

By Nathan Rott Photo: Jim Watson , AP

Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo, has become the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history.


There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way.

By Somini Sengupta, Catrin Einhorn and Manuela Andreoni Photo: Victor Moriyama

With a million species at risk of extinction, dozens of countries are pushing to protect at least 30 percent of the planet’s land and water by 2030. Their goal is to hammer out a global agreement at negotiations to be held in China later this year, designed to keep intact natural areas like old growth forests and wetlands that nurture biodiversity, store carbon and filter water.


How Native Tribes Are Taking the Lead on Planning for Climate Change

By Nicola Jones

On a hot summer’s day, marine ecologist Courtney Greiner walks the shore of a rocky Washington beach at low tide with a handful of staff and interns. They stake out the ground and hunch down, digging up the top two inches of mud, silt, and gravel looking for baby clams.


How Indigenous Communities Are Adapting To Climate Change

By Paul J. Schramm, Angelica L. Al Janab

Climate change directly threatens human health, with substantial impacts on Indigenous peoples, who are uniquely vulnerable as climate-related events affect their practices, lifeways, self-determination, and physical and cultural health. At the same time, Indigenous communities are leading the way in innovative health-related climate change adaptation work, using traditional knowledges and novel approaches. In 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Indian Health Board created the Climate-Ready Tribes Initiative to support these efforts.


14 Stories of Resiliency and Food Justice in Indigenous Communities

By The Civil Eats Editor

This year, Thanksgiving is fraught for many reasons, chief among them the ongoing and escalating crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. Many families have canceled or limited travel and festivities, and some are only gathering virtually.


EPA Strips Tribes in Oklahoma of Environmental Regulatory Rights

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted Oklahoma environmental regulatory control of nearly all tribal lands in Oklahoma, rolling back sovereign rights for dozens of tribes.


SAGE Development Authority Launches Crowdfunding Initiative

Project Will Utilize Renewable Energy Resources to Advance Economic Development for a Tribal Nation and Provide a Replicable Model for Other Native Communities


Louisiana lawmaker paid to push proposed pipeline through Black, Indigenous communities

By Sara Sneath

Dorothy Ingram is among dozens of Raceland, Louisiana residents who say they’ve received few details about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut through historic Black churches and graveyards in their community, which sits about 40 miles west of New Orleans.


Oklahoma governor asked EPA to strip tribes of environmental authority

By Ti-Hua Chang By Shealah Craighead

Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) has asked the EPA to give his state jurisdiction over environmental regulations on Native American reservations. This would include regulating fossil fuels, a multi-billion dollar industry which donated $239,102 to Stitt this election cycle.


No power, poor cell service: pandemic exacerbates energy inequality for Native Americans

By Joseph Lee Photo: Andrew Hay, Reuters

The pandemic has exacerbated severe energy and economic inequalities on Native lands in America – so people are turning to renewable energy