Special Interview with Raina Thiele, Former White House Liaison to Tribal Governments

Special Interview with Raina Thiele, Former White House Liaison to Tribal Governments

Yesterday was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.  In recognition of that, and the key role Indigenous peoples are playing in the conservation movement today in the U.S. and globally, we sat down with Raina Thiele, who is Dena’ina Athabascan, and Yup’ik, and has worked at the highest levels of government on Tribal […]

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Columbus Day Increasingly Replaced by Indigenous Peoples Day

Columbus Day Increasingly Replaced by Indigenous Peoples Day

USA Today reports that the switch to Indigenous Peoples day began in 1977 and now at least eight states, 10 universities and more than 130 cities across 34 states observe it instead of Columbus Day, which many believe improperly glorifies the colonization of Native Americans.

Why This Matters:  At a time when our country is more racially divided than ever, it is good to see that it is not all blue states and cities that are making the switch

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Watch This: Indigenous Youth Drive Climate Movement

Watch This: Indigenous Youth Drive Climate Movement

While the youth climate movement has gained a lot of attention from the media this year, the efforts of young indigenous activists in this youth movement haven’t been reported enough. One of those activists is 19-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez of Colorado.

One of Xiuhtezcatl’s most powerful messages is that our inability to see our planet as a precious and finite resource enables greed, over-extraction of resources, and disregard for the needs of future generations:

We have to end this mindset that we can take whatever we want without ever giving back.

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Native American Tribes Make CA’s Cap-and-Trade Go Round

Native American Tribes Make CA’s Cap-and-Trade Go Round

In 2006, California passed a groundbreaking law that required statewide emissions to be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020 with the state’s cap-and-trade system being one of the primary policies implemented to achieve this target. Part of California’s cap-and-trade programs allows polluters to buy carbon offsets from California Air Resources Board (CARB)-approved forestry projects to […]

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