Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, first solar farm on tribal land, is now online

Originally published on Solar Love and in the Santa Fe New Mexican, 22 March 2017 On March 16th, the first solar farm on tribal land in the US was activated. The 250 megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located on the 112 square mile Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, contains more than 3.2 million solar panels covering …

Memory, Fire and Hope: Five Lessons from Standing Rock

By Alnoor Ladha, Originally published on Common Dreams, 8 March 2017   “The ongoing struggle will not go down in the flames at Oceti Sakowin,” writes Ladha. (Photo: Stephen Yang/Getty Images) “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” —Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Last week, on February 22, 2017, water protectors …

Climate Conference with Justice Action Mobilization Network in NYC, March 10-11

This event is Presented By: Tisch School of the Arts, in association with Hip Hop Caucus and Justice Action Mobilization Network The Climate Action Conference will bring together diverse stakeholders on climate at a critically important time within our new political reality in America. Through the conference we intend to jump start new strategies for collaboration and communicating about climate …

Remembering Berta Cáceres and what was so neat about her

Indigenous and environmental leader Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in Honduras on March 2, 2016.  (Photo: Goldman Enviornmental Foundation) Interview by Beverly Bell in Common Dreams, 2 Mar 2017 How do you see your mother’s legacy? Berta Zúñiga Cáceres: She didn’t view her role in a top-down way, as in “I’m saving the people,” but rather she recognized the …

Yankton Sioux Challenges ‘Plenary Power’ Doctrine in DAPL Case; U.S. Has violated Article VI of the Constitution

By Peter d’Errico • February 27, 2017, Originally posted at Indian Country Media Network The Yankton Sioux and their Chairman, Robert Flying Hawk, have broken new ground in litigation against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect the waters of the Missouri River from invasion and desecration by the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL): Their complaint challenges the federal Indian law concept …

6 Solutions That Support Native Sovereignty—From Tribal Schooling to Bison Herds

Florida’s Miccosukee is the first tribe allowed to run its own school, where students fully participate in family and cultural activities. Araz Hachadourian and Christa Hillstrom posted Dec 19, 2016.  From Yes! Magazine.org.  This article is part of our state-by-state exploration of local solutions.  FROM THE WINTER 2017 ISSUE 50 Solutions Alaska In the Alaskan village of Kwigillingok, a group of volunteers …

Solar power raising income levels in Kenya

December 17th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on SolarLove Solar powered lights are changing the way people do business in Kenya. In the town of Embu, which is located in central Kenya northeast of Nairobi, Violet Karimi is a farmer who can now take advantage of the evening hours to sell her produce, thanks to the arrival of solar lights …

US position and interventions in the Mid-East, to protect oil interests, laid the groundwork of today’s problems. Here’s how

By Robert Kennedy Jr., excerpt cross-posted from Politico …America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria — little-known to the American people yet well-known to Syrians — sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIL. So long as the American public and policymakers are unaware …