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Towards a Just Recovery with Indigenous Peoples

By Norly Grace Mercado Photo: Greenpeace, John Novis

For more than two decades August 9 has been celebrated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – a day that recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. Their way of life reflects the experiences and lessons of harmonious living with nature and the sustainable use of natural resources.


A Sustainable Arctic Has to Include Indigenous Groups

By Isabelle Cojocaru-Durand Photo: Fiona Paton/Flickr CC

Assimilation and colonization are still happening in our own backyard. …


A U.S. tribe’s uphill battle against climate change

By Valerie Volcovici Photo by Stephanie Keith

The Quinault’s struggles reflect the broader challenges of Native Americans, who are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because their tribes are tied to reservation land and rely on natural resources for subsistence and trade, according to the National Climate Assessment report written by federal agencies.


Indigenous People Are at the Forefront of Climate Change Planning in North America

By Naveena Sadasivam Photo by Bill schaefer

“Tribes have local, place-based cultures and their cultural survival depends on the land.”


How Native American Communities Are Addressing Climate Change

By Kyle Whyte Photo: Dominique David-Chavez

Indigenous peoples are one of the most vulnerable communities when it comes to the effects of climate change. This is due to a mix of cultural, economic, policy and historical factors. Some Native American tribal governments and councils have put together their own climate risk assessment plans. Native American communities are very diverse—and the challenges and adaptations are just as varied. Professor Kyle Whyte, a tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, says that many of the species and food resources that are affected by climate change are also important cultural pieces, which are integral to the identity and cohesion of tribes. Explore the interactive map of Indigenous people’s resilience action plans below.


Indigenous community votes down proposed nuclear waste bunker near Lake Huron

An Indigenous community has overwhelmingly rejected a proposed underground storage facility for nuclear waste near Lake Huron, likely spelling the end for a multibillion-dollar, politically fraught project years in the making.


Study: Native Americans Barely Impacted Landscape for 14,000 Years. Europeans Came and Changed Everything

There’s a theory going around that Native Americans actively managed the land the lived on, using controlled burns to clear forests. It turns out that theory…


Indigenous Activist Sherri Mitchell is Fighting For Environmental Justice

By NowThis

Sherri Mitchell is an Indigenous rights lawyer and activist who has fought for environmental justice for more than 25 years. Mitchell was born and raised in the Penobscot Nation, a federally-recognized native tribe in Maine, where she witnessed the impacts of the climate crisis firsthand. Mitchell talked with NowThis about elevating the voices of Indigenous people, the importance of peaceful demonstrations, and the climate crisis.