For U.S. Tribes, A Movement To Revive Native Foods And Lands

On ancestral lands, the Fond du Lac band in Minnesota is planting wild rice and restoring wetlands damaged by dams, industry, and logging. Their efforts are part of a growing trend by Native Americans to bring back traditional food sources and heal scarred landscapes.

Traditional wild rice harvesting on a restored Fond du Lac reservation lake. One person poles the canoe across shallow water, while the other knocks grains loose with ricing sticks. (Photo credit: Cheryl Katz)

Two by two, the wild rice harvesters emerge from the grass-filled lake and drag their canoes to shore. The harvesters, Lake Superior Chippewa, are reaping their ancestral food in the traditional way — one poling the boat through the waist-high tangle, and the other bending the stems and gently brushing ripe seed loose with a pair of batons. It’s

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American Indian Tribes To Discuss Legal Marijuana At Conference

There’s been a lot of discussion among tribes since the Justice Department announced in December that it would allow them to grow and sell marijuana.

SEATTLE  — American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state. Organizer Robert Odawi Porter, a tribal law expert and former president of Seneca Nation in New York, says there's been a lot of discussion among tribes since the Justice Department

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Bakken Region Tribes Fight Back Against Human Trafficking

The Bakken oil boom is bringing man camps of strangers into the region’s small, isolated tribal communities, which are seeing rises in drug addiction, sexual assault and prostitution. These communities are uniting to protect their communities and help victims through healing.

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POPLAR, Montana --- Over 200 people gathered in Bismarck, North Dakota, last week for the first summit hosted by FUSE -- Force to end Human Sexual Exploitation, a coalition formed earlier this year in response to a growing concern statewide: human trafficking. During the two-day summit, speakers from various agencies -- including women’s

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Government Accelerating Program To Re-Consolidate Tribal Lands

Interior Department will spend almost $2 billion to buy 10 million acres of privately held land to give to 150 tribes across the country.

  WASHINGTON – Federal officials are stepping up a massive new program to return millions of acres to Native American tribal management – land that, over generations, has been repeatedly broken up into a confusing patchwork of ownership, a legacy of U.S. government action more than a century ago.  The “buy-back” program is part of a major

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