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Celebrating Katira: 65 Years of Magic and Activism

7 stories with the shamanic protagonist of 'The Last Peyote Guardians'

I met Juan José Uxamuire “Katira” Ramírez 10 years ago this coming February. I had just come down from the mountaintop of Cerro Quemado, the Birthplace of the Sun, along with about a thousand other pilgrims, gathered there in a historic all-night ceremony to pray for the salvation of the sacred desert of Wirikuta from […]

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Totem pole travels to unite Native struggles

Lummi people lead Turtle Island quest for 'free, prior, and informed consent'

Perhaps no other Native people knows better than the Lummi the risks of megaprojects imposed on indigenous communities without consultation or consent. The tribe’s ancestral territory is located at a prime Northwest Pacific Coast shipping juncture. Battling against proliferation of toxic oil pipelines and coal ports, the heirs of Washington state’s original human settlements took […]

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Lakota child boarding school victims come home to rest

Community begins healing process with historic repatriation ceremonies

Malorie Arrow recalls the Sicangu Lakota Youth Council members’ tour of the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania like it was yesterday. Their last stop was at the gravesites of children who had died while attending the boarding school some 140 years ago. They laid small pieces of candy on the graves as offerings. Her cousins […]

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Native independence events snuff out governor’s fireworks dreams

Civil disobedience arrests draw attention to treaty rights violated under U.S. Constitution

RAPID CITY – Grassroots Native treaty rights events here during the national Independence Day holiday this 4th of July featured a peaceful but spectacular civil disobedience action: Four indigenous technical climbers scaled downtown’s landmark private grain elevator to drop a gigantic, inverted U.S. flag from the top. “An upside-down flag represents being in distress and […]

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The Blackfoot Wisdom that Inspired Maslow's Hierarchy

How Indigenous Ways of Life May Offer Us a Way Forward

Some months ago, I was telling a friend that I had come across unpublished papers by Abraham Maslow suggesting changes to his famous Hierarchy of Needs. Roberto Rivera, Executive Director of Alliance for the 7th Generation, was familiar with the subject and turned me on to something else I didn’t know.

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Native hemp farming, opportunity to lead New Green Revolution

Academics join Winona LaDuke and other Indigenous innovators to forge carbon-friendly economy

This fall, when we bring in the sheaves, they will be of hemp. Then we’ll have a harvest hoedown to follow up.

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Mapuches revitalize 'blue' indigenous economy in Chile

Collaborative effort seeks to defend the threatened ancestral 'Mapuche Paradise' of Lake Budi

Regardless of whether or not one belongs to a First Nation, more and more people and communities are seeking to resume a good life, that is, to achieve common and personal well-being in coexistence with our living planet. Throughout history, and now more than ever, learning from First Nations and the traditional knowledge they offer may be the key to our resilience as living beings “to survive well together” in the Anthropocene.

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Anti-Pipeline Grandmothers Launch Treaty People Gathering

Native pipeline fighters invite sympathizers to weeklong Line 3 opposition, shifting political center of gravity for climate justice

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – At the state Governor’s Mansion on Anishinaabe (Ojibway) ancestral land, 1,000 grandmothers rallied “for future generations” May 26th. They timed the event to punctuate a call from organizers worldwide urging allies to attend the Treaty People Gathering for non-violent direct actions against oil pipelines during the first week of June 2021. […]

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Day of Awareness honors missing, murdered Native relatives

President Biden joins commemorative events from coast to coast calling for justice

LAME DEER, Montana — With more than 200 organizations across Turtle Island backing May 5 as a National Day of Awareness for Missing Native Women and Girls, the date received widespread attention in 2021. The national movement to end violence against Native women has organized activities supporting the commemoration since 2017. The five-year campaign, led […]

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Conversations with LaDonna and Cheryl

From the Sovereign Sisters Transcripts, in honor of a mighty matriarch

Many thousands this past weekend were hit hard by the news that we had lost a living treasure on Earth, the inimitable and irreplaceable LaDonna Allard. The Lakota historian, water protector and Standing Rock movement founder had been struggling for a long time with brain cancer. And even though those of us who love her […]

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LaDonna fights on in the resistance of Native youth

Late pipeline resister inspires young Water Protectors

FORT YATES, N.D. – As the Standing Rock Sioux Nation prepared for services April 16-19 honoring late water protector LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Native youth carried on the crusade to defend treaty land from pipeline construction, which she inspired when she established the Sacred Stone Camp near here five years ago. Known as Tamaka Waste […]

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As temps rise, so do water protector arrests 

Enbridge’s Line 3, KXL face growing Indigenous-led resistance

Construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 faces growing resistance led by Indigenous groups who see the project as a violation of treaty rights. 

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Oak Flat: Fresh hope for menaced Apache sacred land

Biden tribal consultation memo waylays giant Apache Leap copper mine 

OAK FLAT, Arizona — To make good on Joe Biden’s recent Presidential Memorandum for tribal consultation and strengthening nation-to-nation relationships, the U.S. Forest Service on has rescinded its permit for a massive foreign copper mine that would engulf sacred Apache sites here. For years, the two biggest metal mining companies in the world, Rio Tinto […]

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The American Borderlands and the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been violated on American soil more than any other time in modern history

On Christmas Eve, 2018, in a remote corner of the Texan desert, Esperanza Project editor Tracy Barnett interviewed activists organizing a creative resistance against the detainment of thousands of youths at the now defunct Tornillo Child Detention Center. It was deep in winter and the wind bit at the chain-link fence as she spoke with […]

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Native observers question 'nefarious' attitude toward Deb Haaland

Laguna Pueblo Interior Department nominee awaits word on her confirmation after gruelling Senate hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Deb Haaland, the first Native American nominated to be a Cabinet secretary, remained characteristically cool under grilling from Republican petroleum industry defenders during Senate committee hearings, ultimately gaining a recommendation March 4 for confirmation to the post at the Interior Department. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden nominated Haaland as Interior secretary to put […]

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Navajo Nation: From No. 1 in infections to No. 1 in vaccinations

Covid-19 disparities fuel tribal vaccine rollout success

TUCSON, Ariz. – Even though Agnes Attakai is a longtime Indian health administrator, she had no way of knowing that her Diné family members would become a textbook illustration of Native America’s disadvantages in facing the Covid-19 pandemic.  Then she was forced to say goodbye to two aunts, an uncle and a cousin who succumbed […]

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Colombia's resilient Wayuu resist global and local threats

Colombia's largest Indigenous ethnic group preserves vibrant traditions in the face of a potentially desolate future

La Guajira is a dry and windy peninsular desert region between Northeast Colombia and Northwest Venezuela. The striking landscape has been harsh and borderline uninhabitable for many thousands of years.   The southernmost parts of the peninsula border the slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, where the principal waterway of La Guajira is born, […]

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Tokata Iron Eyes stars at Black Hills Film Festival

Lakota youth, at the forefront of pipeline resistance movement

HILL CITY, S.D. — A Standing Rock Sioux teen tribal member is among Native headliners to play on the moving picture screen beginning Feb. 22 during the Black Hills Film Festival’s 12th annual season. Lakota youth pipeline fighter and climate justice advocate Tokata Iron Eyes stars in “My Name Is Future,” a new independent feature […]

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Putting the Heart Back in the Valley by Putting the Fire Back in the Ground

A place-based, indigenous approach to ecological restoration in eastern Oregon

“Restoration of habitats and regenerative, localized food production need to be foundational in our economies moving forward. We should be turning resources towards these efforts with the same vigor the destruction and depletion was carried out with. Sucking the life out of our lands while polluting the water to grow human fodder void of nutrition […]

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Lakota call out inequity in law enforcement at U.S. Capitol riot

‘Overcriminalizing protests led by people of color... no accountability for white supremacist acts of violence’

PHILIP, South Dakota – The difference in law enforcement handling of peaceful Native pipeline resisters compared to that of the violent mob that breached the U.S. Capitol Building was an inequity not lost on Indian Country. “At a time when white rioters are being let off the hook after raiding the nation’s Capitol and driving […]

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Defending the Birthplace of the Sun

Wixárika People mark a decade of struggle against the extractive industries in the sacred desert of Wirikuta

It’s been a decade now since Mexico experienced its Standing Rock moment.  It was the native Wixárika people—better known  internationally by their Spanish name, the  Huicholes—who galvanized a global movement  with their call for help. In the north-central  state of San Luis Potosí, one of their most  sacred sites—the Birthplace of the Sun—was  being readied for […]

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Deb Haaland: First Native woman tapped for Interior Secretary

First-term congresswoman, supported by grassroots movements, now faces Senate for approval

“Haaland’s appointment gives us a voice in a department that has long been responsible for our exploitation.”

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Enlightening Our Way Together with Chief Phil

International community comes together to launch a new Global Center of Indigenous Sciences and Ancestral Wisdom

For many thousands who have tuned into his work, Hereditary Chief Phil Lane has been a beacon in a time of powerful transition. His work over the decades to unify the human family through his Four Worlds International Institute has taken him all over the world, and now he is consolidating that work in a […]

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Diné grassroots sow precedent in clean energy history

Tribal members obtain industry compensation offer for coaled-fired damage.

KYKOTSMOVI VILLAGE, Arizona – Some 30 years ago, when Navajo Nation member Nicole Horseherder returned to her Native land after college, her hopes of building a home like her grandmother’s near here were dampened because wells had dried up with massive coal strip mining and power plant development that drained the underground water tables while polluting Diné and Hopi communities.

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Camp Mni Luzahan launches community Covid-19 testing

Hands-Off Pandemic Policy Provokes Hands-On Response

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Isolating herself from family after her Covid-19 diagnosis on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, Sicangu Lakota great-grandmother Cheryl Angel found little choice but to traipse from one lonely hotel room to another for shelter. Angel, a veteran Water Protector and self-described Sacred Activist, vowed that if she survived the deadly contagious […]

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A Spiritual Health Shield: For the Huicholes, and For the World

Campaign seeks to finance ceremonial initiative against Covid in Wixárika communities

We recently sat down (at a distance) for an interview with Paola Stefani, producer of the movie Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians. Together with the director of the film, Hernán Vilchez, and with the collaboration of the protagonist, Wixárika Mara’akame or spiritual leader José “Katira” Ramírez, and with the approval of the authorities of two […]

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Bringing the Pachamama to the Presidency

An Andean View of Governance: A Different Kind of Acceptance Speech

For those of us who cherish the wellbeing of life on Earth, for those of us who love and long for peace, for those who envision a future that lifts up the peoples of our millenary cultures and all cultures, we celebrate as we enter an era of new possibilities. In the US, we are […]

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Treaty advocates set up tipi shelters for homeless

Police bust camp in Lakota Territory dispute

The legacy of Lakota Territory treaty violation came back to haunt city officials in the freezing wake of South Dakota’s 2020 Native American Day, as #Landback activists defied city ordinance to set up the tipi encampment to shelter homeless people.

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Great Plains historians share hope for future

Conference promotes 'wolakota' – balance and harmony –with good hearts, good minds, good bodies

DEADWOOD, South Dakota – Descendants of both the original residents and the settlers of the Great Plains brought their experience and philosophies to bear on contemporary challenges of race relations at the 28th West River History Conference Oct. 8-10, here in the heart of ancestral Lakota Territory.  “Hope is the only thing that ties us […]

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