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We Will Defend Each Other

We Will Defend Each Other

July 6, 2018

On the day Americans note their independence from Britain in the year 1776 when slavery officially still existed, I reflect on the words of Frederick Douglass: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick…

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Growing CO2 Levels in Earth’s Atmosphere: Massive Danger to Indigenous Peoples

Growing CO2 Levels in Earth’s Atmosphere: Massive Danger to Indigenous Peoples

January 22, 2018

CWIS Study Preliminary Findings The world’s indigenous peoples who are reliant on natural foods and medicines are at great risk due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the…

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Overturning Bear’s Ears: A Monumental Disaster for Indian Country Part 2

Overturning Bear’s Ears: A Monumental Disaster for Indian Country Part 2

January 4, 2018

It’s no secret that releasing massive segments of Bear’s Ears and Staircase from monument designation also releases restrictions on resource extraction. The monuments exist within a geographical region known as…

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Overturning Bear’s Ears: A Monumental Disaster for Indian Country Part 1

Overturning Bear’s Ears: A Monumental Disaster for Indian Country Part 1

December 18, 2017

This month the Trump administration began the process to make good on a campaign promise: to overturn the Obama-era national monument designation of Bear’s Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante in southern…

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Nations in the Nuclear Cloud

September 28, 2015

Seventy years after the first nuclear bomb detonation in 1945 as of July 2015 indigenous peoples’ territories and peoples remain at greatest health and environmental risk to radioactive and toxic…

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Ending FW Wars: A Proposal

February 13, 2015

My colleague Heidi Bruce writes in “Paved with Bad Intentions” a piece recounting the Ñatho (Otomî) efforts to stop construction of the Toluca-Naucalpan Super Highway by the Mexican government, “lasting…

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Winter Berries – Coastal Salish

January 24, 2015

Wild Berries for Winter Health By Elise Krohn Elise@cwis.org CWIS Fellow for Native Plants and Nutrition We are in the thick of winter. It has been cold and rainy for…

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FW Economy Dead End

January 22, 2015

Fourth World peoples throughout the world generally do not benefit from state economies that measure their economic future using the Gross Domestic Product (GDP – production minus cost) and productivity….

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Azawad: A Stateless Democracy

January 14, 2015

In To Make a World, Part II: The Art of Creating a State, Jonas Staal observes that in contrast to the mass-performance of the French, which was staged to reinforce…

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Biocultural Synergy

January 8, 2015

People are animals too, but too frequently human beings chose to step out of the chain of biological and cultural relationships that make the planet work more smoothly. Conventional scientists…

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Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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