A makeshift memorial for the Indigenous children who died more than a century ago while attending a boarding school, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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For Indigenous Peoples Day, a scholar of Native American studies explains why understanding the tragic history of Indian boarding schools is important for healing to take place.
More than 30 U.S. states have passed laws intended to stop protests like the one against the Line 3 pipeline.
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Native Americans have long struggled to practice their spiritual rituals and protect their landscapes. Crackdowns on Indigenous protests could further erode the free exercise of their religions.
In heat and drought like the western U.S. and Canada are experiencing in 2021, all it takes is a spark to start a wildfire.
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Every year, the number of wildfires caused by humans spikes on Independence Day. There are safer ways to celebrate amid the heat and drought.
Colorado’s East Troublesome Fire jumped the Continental Divide on Oct. 22, 2020, and eventually became Colorado’s second-largest fire on record.
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Scientists studied charcoal layers in the sediment of lake beds across the Rockies to track fires over time. They found increasing fire activity as the climate warmed.
What determines whether a genetically modified vegetable or fruit is natural?
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What criteria should be used to determine whether a food is natural? What if gene-editing techniques produce changes indistinguishable from those that evolve naturally? Is the food still natural?
The January 2019 collapse of a dam in Brumadinho, Brazil, sent mining tailings and mud over the landscape for miles, destroying this bridge and killing 300 people.
Dams built to hold enormous quantities of toxic mining waste have a long history of spills. Decisions in the Pacific Northwest threaten three free-flowing rivers there.
Ojibwe women conduct a year-long ritual for their girls when they start menstruation.
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Historically, indigenous people celebrated a girl’s transition to womanhood with a year-long ritual. Many such ritual practices were made ‘illegal’ by the US and Canadian governments.
Rural Americans are more likely than urban Americans to experience disability.
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The Trump administration has proposed a new category that they say will save US$200 million in terminated benefits.
A suffrage parade.
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In 1911, lesbians led the nation’s largest feminist organization. They promoted a diverse and inclusive women’s rights movement.
Sophonisba Breckinridge and Edith Abbott.
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Long before Chasten Buttigieg became a ‘not-so-secret weapon’ in his husband Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, another same-sex couple profoundly reshaped American social policy.
Since the Great Recession, the employment rate has gone up — but some rural groups lag behind.
There’s a notable disparity between the rate of employment for people with and without disabilities, especially in certain pockets of the US.
Wounded Knee Memorial at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
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Wounded Knee is among the worst massacres in Native American history, when in 1890 the US military shot and killed 146 unarmed men, women and children in South Dakota.
Oil refiners are fined for exceeding air pollution limits when rules are enforced.
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Data gathered from EPA reports, staffers and retirees show the Trump administration has brought fewer environmental enforcement actions to conclusion and deferred more to states.
The Blackfeet always faced their tipis towards the rising sun, including on winter solstice.
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For indigenous peoples, winter solstice has been a time to honor their ancient sun deity. Their rituals reveal a deep understanding of the natural world.
Plastic floats on and near the surface of the ocean.
Cleaning up plastic pollution in the ocean is good – and long overdue. But where will the waste go? Recycling isn’t always an option. Bacteria and enzymes could process it, raising new questions.
Dance is a unique way of passing on cultural stories to a younger generation.
Many Native languages are dying, and their loss has deep and profound implications for our world.
Una madre hondureña y su hijo con un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza.
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Esta tradición es tan fuerte en EEUU que se alienta a todos los abogados a ofrecer al menos 50 horas de servicio voluntario pro bono al año.
People protest the shrinking of Bears Ears National Monument.
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Despite the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, passed by the US Congress 40 years ago, Native Americans still struggle to protect public lands where they practice their religions.
Honduran mother and child with a Border Patrol agent.
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This tradition is so strong in the US that all lawyers are encouraged to volunteer at least 50 hours of pro bono service per year.
The First Salmon ceremony being performed.
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Indigenous people from around the world revere certain traditional foods as sacred. Activists, scholars and chefs are revitalizing these food systems.