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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Hero of the Week: Kendall Edmo

Hero of the Week: Kendall Edmo

For nearly 40 years the Blackfeet Nation has been fighting in Montana to protect the Badger-Two Medicine – an area of deep spiritual significance to the tribe – from oil and gas drilling. While many people have denounced drilling in this incredible landscape, for the Blackfeet Tribe confronted with the threat to their ancestral land, this is a […]

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The Makah Tribe Wants to Resume Hunt Whales, NOAA Must Pick a Side in Animal vs. Tribal Rights

The Makah Tribe Wants to Resume Hunt Whales, NOAA Must Pick a Side in Animal vs. Tribal Rights

As the LA Times recently reported, this year, an administrative trial in Washington state could dictate whether the Makah tribe can resume hunting gray whales. The Makah, who live in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula have asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a waiver from the Marine Mammal Protection Act so they can restart their […]

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Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Acting without the consent of the indigenous people of the Amazon, who have a guaranteed right to their land under the Brazilian constitution, the country’s new Minister of Mining and Energy announced a plan to permit mining companies to conduct operations on previously protected indigenous lands. 

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Indigenous women pass down cultural heritage to daughters through smartphones

Indigenous women pass down cultural heritage to daughters through smartphones

Climate change threatens indigenous communities around the world as it drives the destruction of their land and the migration of their people to bigger cities. This also means that indigenous traditions and languages are at risk of disappearing as the modern world encroaches in on them. The Awajún people of northern Peru, renowned as skilled […]

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Brazil’s Amazon Protected Areas Now At Risk

Brazil’s Amazon Protected Areas Now At Risk

Brazil’s new President, Jair Bolsonaro, who is ultra-conservative and ran on a promise of deregulation similar to President Trump’s, has moved the administration of Brazil’s extensive protected areas in the Amazon from the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs to the Agriculture Ministry.  This “paves” the way for new and increased development in the Amazon and the loss of a major global carbon sink.

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