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The rush is on, and CO2 could be the new gold.
Or is it another scheme to appropriate tribal land and resources without addressing the root cause of climate change?
The complicated world of carbon markets could mean millions of dollars for tribal communities across Indian Country that are willing to sell carbon dioxide credits for their untapped lands and pristine forests.
For some, carbon dioxide — a key component in climate change — could replace gaming as a key economic force. Others fear tribes are being manipulated to allow continuing destruction of the world’s climate.
It’s a key point of discussion at the United Nations’ Climate Conference, known as COP26, underway now through Nov. 12 in Glasgow, Scotland, where world leaders are working to find ways to halt the rapid changes in climate.
A number of Indigenous activists and organizations will be on hand at COP26 for several days holding informational events and protests at the conference’s public Green Zone to call attention to what they describe as false solutions such as carbon markets to addressing climate change.
“How can we put a price on the air we breathe?” asked Tom Goldtooth, Dine’ and Dakota, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network who is attending COP26 in Glasgow. READ MORE. — Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today
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An Indigenous fashion label founder in Australia won a business excellence award recently and is preparing to drop new items ahead of the holiday season.
Murri Quu Couture founder and CEO Cheryl Creed was recognized by the Cairns Chamber of Commerce in October.
The Queensland fashion designer - from the Gungarri, Pitta Pitta, Bindal and Quandamooka communities - won the Indigenous Business Excellence Award at the BEX Award Gala Ball.
Murri Quu Couture was first featured on the ICT Newscast earlier this year, when the label made a Milan Fashion Week debut on the Emerging Talents Milan runway in the Palazzo Visconti on Feb. 23.
Creed was the first Indigenous designer to have her label appear on that runway and she envisioned it before it happened.
“I dreamed of that building. If I ever go over there - I didn’t know where ‘there’ was, I just saw this building - I would grab one of the local ladies and ask to put the dress on so I can take a photo and say that I’ve been...Then I found out that was the venue it was happening in. It was like I was drawn there,” Creed said.
Now the designer is preparing to roll out new items, like jewelry. — Carina Dominguez, Indian Country Today
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt Gov. Peggy Flanagan, White Earth Nation, held a ceremonial bill signing Monday affirming the government-to-government relationship with tribal governments.
The law affirms tribal sovereignty; requires state agencies to appoint tribal-state liaisons and recognize the unique legal relationship between Minnesota; and mandates tribal-state relations training for state leaders and employees, according to a news release.
“For far too long, state government has not worked with or for Native people – the governor and I are committed to changing that, for the long term,” Flanagan said in a statement. “I am filled with gratitude for the friendship and partnership – from tribal leaders, from legislators, and from community voices – that got this bill across the finish line and into state law. Today is a historic, important step for the future of tribal state relations in Minnesota.” — Indian Country Today
SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico officials have been inundated with critical letters on proposed K-12 social studies standards over the inclusion of racial identity and social justice themes in a majority Latino state where Indigenous tribes have persevered through war, famine, internment camps and boarding schools aimed at stamping out their cultures.
If approved, the standards would require students starting in kindergarten to “identify some of their group identities” and “take group or individual action to help address local, regional, and/or global problems.”
By high school, students would examine “factors which resulted in unequal power relations among identity groups.”
Critics, including some Hispanics, say the standards promote victimhood, while supporters have praised the standards as “more just and anti-racist.” READ MORE. — The Associated Press
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More than a year and a half after COVID-19 concerns prompted the U.S. to close its borders to international travelers from countries including Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and much of Europe, restrictions are shifting to focus on vaccine status.
Beginning Monday, bans on travel from specific countries are over. The U.S. will allow in international travelers, but they must be vaccinated — with a few exceptions.
The U.S. is also reopening the land borders with Canada and Mexico for vaccinated people. Most trips from Canada and Mexico to the U.S. are by land rather than air.
Click here for some questions and answers about the changes. — The Associated Press
The American Indian Film Festival kicked off its 46th year and annual showcasing of films in San Francisco and virtually Nov. 5.
The festival is the longest-running Native American film festival in the country and was started by Native actor Will Sampson, well-known for his role in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and his close friend Michael Smith in 1975.
The festival in San Francisco has screened well over 3,500 films since that time. In 2021, the festival hosted 126 films — 30 of them competing in six categories to include feature, documentary feature, documentary short, live short, animated short, and music video. Past feature film winners include "Wind River” in 2017, “Barking Water” in 2009, and some of Indian Country’s favorites in “Smoke Signals” in 1998 and “Powwow Highway” in 1989.
The American Indian Film Institute’s Executive Director Mytia Zavala announced that 2021 would incorporate some on-site theatrical viewings, but COVID-19 remained a factor. READ MORE. — Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today
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- The Lewis and Clark expedition from an Indigenous perspective
- A Wampanoag retelling of Thanksgiving
- Dear President Biden and Administration: Release Leonard Peltier
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- Football’s Indigenous history: ICT’s Kaitlin Onawa Boysel has more on the impact Indigenous people have made on the highly popular sport of pro football.
- In Peru, rumors feed vaccine reluctance among Indigenous: While more than 55 percent of Peruvians have gotten at least one shot, only about 25 percent of people in Indigenous areas have been vaccinated.
- Program seeks to remove barriers to learning Lakota: By providing a full-time wage to individuals interested in completing a Lakota language course, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe hopes to bump the number of dwindling fluent speakers.
- Cherokee elder pedals way into national cycling competition: Simeon Gipson, who turns 76 next month, has no plans to quit cycling anytime soon.
- Montana commission finalizes congressional district lines: The 2020 Census gave a second congressional district for the first time in 30 years, spurring a redistricting process that has included debate about the changing nature of the state.
- An Indigenous chef is putting her heritage on the menu with landmark restaurant.
- Yahoo reimagines logo for Native American Heritage Month.
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