Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told

Havasupai Councilwoman Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss said her tribe has made some progress on internet connectivity but it – like other residents of rural areas – is in danger of being left behind without broadband. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) By Miranda Faulkner | Cronkite News Thursday, July 11, 2019 WASHINGTON – The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency …

Challenge to BLM oil and gas sales in 6 Navajo and Apache counties

AP, 16 July 2019, HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — Three environmental groups have sued the federal government over oil and gas lease sales in eastern Arizona. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the leases last September. They cover more than 6 square miles (17 square kilometers) in Navajo and Apache counties. Two are near Woodruff and the third is near …

Original Nations add solar for a long-term revenue stream

Solar is the ‘new casinos,’ offering long-term steady income Renewables targeted as a green path to stimulate economies Bloomberg, July 11, 2019 Dozens of new solar and wind projects are sprouting up on tribal lands across the U.S.  In the fall, Wirsol Solar AG expects to start building a 110-megawatt solar project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. And last …

A UN report shows an estimated 2 billion people now face moderate or severe food insecurity as the planet heats

By Georgina Gustin, July 15, 2019, Inside Climate News The combined forces of climate change, conflict and economic stagnation are driving more people around the world into hunger, reversing earlier progress, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported on Monday. Although the numbers fluctuate as economies rise and fall, conflicts come and go, and climate emergencies intensify and recede, …

Navajo Nation proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy

FARMINGTON — Legislation that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Elmer Begay, proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy and direct the Navajo Nation Department of Justice to draft a replacement policy. It would also establish a task force to address the pending closures of the Navajo …

Healing the soil Healing the soul

Spring Newsletter Regenerative Farming and Soil Life 2019 – Indigenous Farming and Ranching, bBy James Skeet Since we have started our journey to farm and ranch on our ancient lands, we have been challenged to create a perspective that describes and articulates our relationship to the land. As a result, we have come across some very creative and wonderful ways …

The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean by Gerald Horne

Kindle location 35: From the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries nearly 13 million Africans were brutally snatched from their homelands, enslaved, and forced to toil for the greater good of European and Euro-American powers, London not least. Roughly two to four million Native Americans also were enslaved and traded by European settlers in the Americas, English and Scots not least. …

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, by Gleb Raygorodetsky

Loc: 74 Indigenous or traditional knowledge is the wisdom and know-how accumulated from the past to the present, which guide a wide array of human societies in their interaction with their environment. Loc: 79. Their worldviews, values, cultures, and spirituality are intricately linked with the ways they relate to the environment, and with their past, present, and future, the living …

Nebraska tribe’s latest energy project: reclaimed solar thermal heaters

In addition to this Nebraska example, solar thermal heating technology is alive and well in Minnesota, where the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) designed its own heater and for years manufactured and installed them at no cost to low-income households. RREAL has shifted its focus to community solar and licensed the design to the White Earth Nation in northwest Minnesota. The tribe …