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Topic: Indigenous Rights & Culture

Aerial view of the Iriri River on Arara Indigenous land, in the Amazon, on March 15th, 2019.

Indigenous Communities Are Better at Preserving Biodiversity, Research Shows

A new study adds to research showing concrete links between Indigenous rights to land and sustainable conservation.

An Indigenous woman holds a Brazilian national flag stained in with a blood-like red during a march in Brasilia on April 26th, 2019, on the last day of a protest to defend Indigenous land and rights.

The Killing of an Indigenous Leader in Brazil Is Part of a Global Trend of Attacks on Environmentalists

In 2018, more than 160 land and environmental defenders were killed—many of them Indigenous.


Searching for Savanna

She was young. She was pregnant. She was one of thousands of Native women who go missing every year. Now her disappearance could help others to be found.

A computer rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Scientists Voice Their Support for Native Hawaiians Protesting the Thirty Meter Telescope

With the hashtag #ScientistsforMaunaKea, scientists are sharing their opposition to the construction of the $1.4 billion telescope on sacred land.

The Cultural Property Advisory Committee's role is to advise the president on appropriate U.S. action to protect cultural heritage.

Trump Removed the Only Native American Member From the Cultural Property Advisory Committee

An Obama-appointed Native American woman was replaced last week by an attorney who has worked closely with Trump.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Can Economic Pressure Curb Jair Bolsonaro's Anti-Indigenous Agenda?

An impending trade deal with the E.U. has instigated further pushback from non-governmental organizations and local activists against any deal with the Brazilian government.

Chief Commissioner Marion Buller speaks at the closing ceremony marking the conclusion of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, on June 3rd, 2019. After two and a half years of hearings, a Canadian inquiry released its final report on the disappearance and death of hundreds if not thousands of indigenous women, victims of endemic violence that the commission controversially said amounted to "genocide."

When Will North America Reckon With the Ongoing Genocide of Indigenous Women?

A two-year study by a Canadian commission has declared that a genocide is taking place—but the only people who seem to care are indigenous.

A man protests using Native Americans as mascots for sports teams at the 10th Annual New Years Eve Sobriety Powwow in 2003.

Maine Banned Native American Mascots in Public Schools

Efforts to get privately owned teams like the Redskins and the Cleveland Indians to drop offensive mascots may have stalled, but states can enact bans in the public sector.

A Brazilian indigenous young woman marches along Paulista Avenue during the commemoration of the International Women's Day in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

'We Are Resisting to Exist': Indigenous Women in Brazil Are Fighting for Their Rights and Their Lives

The far-right government of President Jair Bolsonaro has instituted new policies that put indigenous land rights and health services under threat.

Crow lodge

The Supreme Court Upheld Treaty Rights for the Crow Nation

Amid continued standoffs between tribes and states over treaties signed before statehood was achieved, the ruling is a victory for Native rights.

A three-toed sloth mother and baby are two of the many inhabitants of Central America's rainforest ecosystem.

'Nature Is Always Speaking': Proposed Dams Threaten Indigenous People and Wildlife in Central America

More than 400 dams are currently proposed for Central America's rivers, but thanks largely to a feisty indigenous resistance—as well as a non-profit—they are still yet to be built.

The Ramirez family with a Speckled Sussex Chicken named Nora the Explora.

How to Craft Climate Financing That Helps Minorities and Lower-Income Americans

We can help build a non-extractive economy by offering non-exploitative loans to people of color and the formerly incarcerated.

Waorani indigenous people march toward the provincial court to demand the non-exploitation of oil in their territory, in Puyo, Ecuador, on April 11th, 2019.

A Landmark Lawsuit Sets New Precedent for Indigenous Land Rights in the Amazon

The Waorani community in Ecuador won a historic ruling that may create a new guide for other indigenous communities looking to protect their lands from oil interests.


In the Land of Hope and Grief: Indigenous Teens Address Suicide Through Art

An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community.

Greg Grey Cloud with his horse, "my friend, my horse nation relative, my brother Leon and I, sharing and trading back emotions and communicating."

How Lakota Horse Culture Is Helping Treat Child Trauma in South Dakota

Greg Grey Cloud is combining traditional Lakota horse rituals with equine therapy to treat PTSD—and much more.

The Cofan guardia on one of their land patrols, watching as mining activities destroy the banks of the river on the other side.

How Drones and GPS Are Helping Indigenous People in Ecuador Save the Amazon

Maps, long used by colonizers to dispossess native peoples, are becoming a tool for indigenous people to reclaim sovereignty over their lands.

Members of the Kwe Pack at the Moose Mountain 25k in 2018.

These Native Women Are Healing Themselves and Their Communities by Running

The Kwe Pack has a simple but radical mission: to improve indigenous health in mind and body by encouraging women to sign on for long-distance runs.

A ballot drop box in Washington.

Could Washington State Be a Model for Native Voting Rights Reform?

Bills securing native voting rights are destined to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate, but might find success at the state level.

Volunteers look over the U.S.–Mexico border fence.

How a Border Wall Would Separate Indigenous Communities

Tens of thousands of people belonging to U.S. Native tribes live in the Mexican states and routinely cross the border to participate in cultural events.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil's Bolsonaro Government Wants to Circumvent the Constitution to Allow Mining on Indigenous Lands

The Brazilian minister of mines and energy stated that Brazil would open its indigenous territories to mining interests without the consent of the affected population.


The Worsening Housing Crisis Plaguing Canada's First Nations Population

First Nations reserves residents are often forced to live in arduous conditions due to a system that prevents them from owning land or getting a mortgage.

Bees pollinate pollinating honeybees

An Indigenous Critique of the Green New Deal

Nishnaabeg scholar Leanne Betasamosake Simpson explains why "green growth" isn't enough to save the planet.