California condors, which are vital to the Yurok Tribe’s culture, are considered critically endangered species. But this year, after nearly a century, they will be reintroduced to the Pacific Northwest.
As California communities face new challenges including wildfires and ocean level change brought on by climate change, the state will incorporate Indigenous knowledge and experience in a report due out in December.
A recent “Rural Assembly Roundtable” featured Tribal leaders from Coeur d’Alene, Gila River, Walker River Paiute and the Navajo Nation. Discussions during the roundtable focused on Indigenous peoples’ response to the pandemic, the challenges the health emergency placed on Tribes, and the growing success in Tribal vaccination rates.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo, to the interior secretary position. The confirmation marks the first Cabinet level position held by a Native American.
A National Geographic article explores Indigenous traditions of controlled burns. Tribes such as the Karuk from Northern California have engaged in the practice for hundreds of years