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The Washington Post

Samantha Schmidt

12 October 2021

La Giajira, Colombia

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IPSI Palaima is working to vaccinate Indigenous families who live in hard-to-reach areas of La Guajira, where there are no paved roads, electricity, or running water and staff must use cars, boats, and motorbikes to r...

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Kimberly Mas

22 September 2021

United States

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Prescribed burning or controlled burning is an ancestral indigenous practice in which specific sections of a forest are burned. Controlled burning also happens naturally like when lightning strikes a forest. Controlle...

The Eastern Door

Marisela Amador

Callie Giaccone

21 September 2021

Caledonia, Ontario, Canada

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"Land defenders" from the Six Nations blocked a planned housing development on contested land by swiftly moving to occupy the site, even after a police raid in which nine protesters were arrested. In place of the now-...

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Aaron Fernando

7 September 2021

Eureka, California, United States

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In California, the Wiyot tribe and the city of Eureka are forming a Community Land Trust to return to their ancestral land to the Wayat tribe. The trust ensures the Wayat tribe keeps decision-making powers concerning ...

The Washington Post

Hailey Sadler

Darian Woehr

30 August 2021

Navajo Nation, Utah, United States

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Multigenerational homes allowed indigenous families to pass down culture and language for thousands of years but living in crowded homes left them more vulnerable to COVID-19. Navajo teams have built 300 8-by-15-foot ...

Cabin Radio

Meaghan Brackenbury

18 August 2021

Canada

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The Strong People, Strong Communities mural-painting festival highlights positive Indigenous stories. The project paired 11 young artists with 11 elders in six teams, each of which painted a mural with a distinct them...

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...

CalMatters

Charlotte West

Emma Hall

5 August 2021

California, United States

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Indigenous students find a sense of community and belonging at new tribal colleges in California. As the racial group with the lowest rates of college attendance, indigenous students face a long list of obstacles. Hav...

The Imprint

Elizabeth Amon

21 July 2021

Ferndale, Washington, United States

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The Lummi Tribal council created Sche'lang'en Village to provide a supportive community for Native families that have been torn apart by the foster system, drugs, or domestic violence. The more than 30 families accept...

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...

Yes! Magazine

Alberto Mariani

30 June 2021

White Mountain Apache Nation, Arizona, United States

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The White Mountain Apache Tribe curbed COVID-19 death rates with contact-tracing, surveillance of high-risk people, and vaccinations. After a devastating COVID-19 outbreak, health officials began daily home visits to ...

High Country News

Louise Johns

4 June 2021

United States

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Research suggests that in the 1500s there were 30 million to 60 million bison, 400 years later roughly 1,000 remained. Today, their ecosystem, the Great Plains, is one of the most endangered in the world. However, the...

The Washington Post

Rachel Hatzipanagos

26 May 2021

United States

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Comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination strategies helped some Native American Nations achieve high vaccination rates. Tribal sovereignty gave Nations the flexibility to create their own methods of distributing the vaccine...

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Mikayla Temple

25 May 2021

East Lansing, Michigan, United States

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Many parents and community members lobbied the Okemos School Board, which approved a name change for the public schools’ mascot from one that objectifies and stereotypes Native Americans to one that promotes a positiv...

CBC

Franca G. Mignacca

24 May 2021

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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The Wild Basket allows community members of Temiskaming First Nation to gain traditional knowledge about native food sources and foraging techniques while re-connecting to the land and their roots. The initiative also...

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...

IndigiNews

Athena Bonneau

16 May 2021

Oliver, British Columbia, Canada

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The Experiential, Project-based, Indigenous and Community (EPIC) program was designed to strengthen connections with Indigenous students and boost attendance at a high school in Oliver, B.C. The new program is offered...

The Daily Yonder

Kristi Eaton

13 May 2021

Stilwell, Oklahoma, United States

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The Cherokee Nation had a hard time sourcing personal protective equipment for health workers, citizens, and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal leaders decided to use a portion of the CARES Act funding to cre...

Dissent Magazine

Michelle Chen

16 April 2021

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation, Maine, United States

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Like standard drug courts, the Penobscot Nation's Healing to Wellness Court refers people facing drug-related criminal charges to substance abuse counseling as an alternative to punishment. But this court and other tr...

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...

The Guardian

Mario Koran

7 April 2021

Lac Courte Oreilles, Wisconsin, United States

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Waadookodaading is an Ojibwe immersion school that meets state and federal academic standards but does so entirely in the indigenous language by connecting children to their cultural heritage. The school goes through ...

Crosscut

Manola Secaira

22 March 2021

Washington, United States

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Washington state’s Native communities have led the way in distributing the Covid vaccine to their communities' most vulnerable and are now helping to vaccinate those who are outside of their tribes. Their success is d...

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Dariya Baiguzhiyeva

12 March 2021

Ontario, Canada

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Word Up is an Indigenous-focused podcast that connects students, teachers, and community leaders for an opportunity to learn and explore social issues. The podcast began as a way to diversify how indigenous literature...

The Daily Yonder

Kristi Eaton

8 March 2021

Cherokee Nation, United States

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Tribal members are being paid to learn the Cherokee language through the Master Apprentice Program. The $16 million effort to maintain a tie to the culture through language is being funded from the tribe’s casino reve...

The Monthly

Jenan Taylor

1 March 2021

Melbourne, Australia

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The Marram-Ngala Ganbu program, also known as Koori Family Hearing Day, provides a child-protection specialist to support Indigenous families before family court hearings, support them in the hearing, connect them to ...

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