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A Sustainable Arctic Has to Include Indigenous Groups

Assimilation and colonization are still happening in our own backyard.

by Isabelle Cojocaru-Durand |May 15, 2020

Culture, Resilience, and Sustainability of the Salish People

In mid-February, a member of the Bitterroot Salish Tribe spoke to students about his tribe’s management and protection of natural resources.

by Minji Ko |April 7, 2020

The Tribe that Brought a Damaged Shoreline Back to Life

How the Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribe in Long Island, NY, transformed a desolate and barren stretch of shoreline to protect their land from erosion and sea-level rise

by |September 18, 2019

The Risks and Impacts of Expropriating Community Lands

While a government might consider that a community’s lands can generate greater public benefits if used as the site of a large-scale project, such as for agriculture or forestry, that needs to be balanced with how taking the land will affect the people who lived there and depended on that land.

Protecting Indigenous Land Rights Makes Good Economic Sense

Indigenous peoples and other communities hold and manage 50 to 65 percent of the world’s land, yet governments recognize only 10 percent as legally belonging to these groups, with another 8 percent designated by governments for communities. That’s bad economic policy.