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Peter Seligmann with Indigenous leader Beto Marubo, in Vale do Javari, in 2018. Photo credit to Daniela Lerda/Nia Tero.

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Indigenous Peoples Should Be Rewarded For Fighting Climate Change, Says Peter Seligmann, Founder of Nia Tero

In an interview for the Brazilian news outlet Um Só Planeta, Nia Tero’s CEO, Peter Seligmann, talks about the role played by Indigenous Peoples in fighting global warming and protecting biodiversity.

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June 5, 2024

Asserting Our Power by Connecting with Each Other: Growing Interest in a US Network of Indigenous Guardians

Michael Painter and Nancy Kelsey

Young Lummi Nation Blackhawk  dancers filled a hall in northern Washington State with joy and hope at a gathering in April.

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Vina Brown (Heiltsuk) and Heiltsuk and Haida dancers at the ceremonial gathering before the meetings began welcomed participants.
Residencies of Indigenous Peoples living in isolation in the Peruvian Amazon Photo Credit Regional Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the East

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May 30, 2024

In a Major Victory for Indigenous Peoples, Peru Establishes Reserve for Peoples in Voluntary Isolation and Initial Contact

The decision marks a long-awaited victory for Indigenous rights and environmental protection in the Amazon rainforest.

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May 21, 2024

New Film "Indai, Apai, Darah" (Mother, Father, Blood) to Make World Premiere at 2024 Mountainfilm Festival

A young girl growing up in the Indigenous-held forests of central Borneo follows ancient connections to earn the gift of a story – her People's 1973 fight to preserve their lands amid rampant deforestation.

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Researcher Chanel Sam and local village partner Japanesei Lalep help identify tree species recorded during forest surveys in the island of Tanna, Vanuatu.

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May 16, 2024

Indigenous Guardianship Contributed to Pacific Island’s Forest Recovery After Cyclone, Study Finds

The remarkable case of Vanuatu serves as a powerful example of the vital role of customary land practices in protecting biodiversity, to be remembered on International Day for Biological Diversity.

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Free Land Camp 2019 in Brazil. The Free Land Camp is the largest annual assembly of Indigenous leaders in Brazil.© Christian Braga / MNI

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April 24, 2024

Acampamento Terra Livre Preview with Dinamam Tuxá

Thousands of Indigenous Peoples from across Brazil are gathered in the country's capital, Brasília, for the 20th Acampamento Terra Livre (ATL), or in English, Free Land Camp.

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Acampamento Terra Livre 2024

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April 24, 2024

Seedcast em Português: Prévia do Acampamento Terra Livre com Dinamam Tuxá

Esta semana, milhares de povos indígenas de todo o Brasil estão reunidos na capital do país, Brasília, com ousada esperança no futuro para compartilhar cultura, celebrar e exigir seus direitos a suas terras e a seus modos culturais.

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April 17, 2024

Seedcast Earns Two Honorable Mentions from the 2024 Webby Awards

Two episodes of Nia Tero’s Seedcast podcast were honored by the Webby Awards. Learn more about these episodes, featuring Indigenous Peoples elevating their ancestral wisdom and deep connection to their territories.

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Indigenous Peoples gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for the opening of the 2023 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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April 4, 2024

Indigenous Rights Defenders Join in Virtual Trainings Ahead of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Four virtual training sessions will cover important information for Indigenous rights defenders to effectively participate in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, taking place in New York City this April.

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The workshop supported by Nia Tero was led by Indigenous technicians from Fundación Kara Solar in Achuar language. Photo: Kara Solar Foundation.

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March 19, 2024

Indigenous-Led Workshop Kicks Off Internet Installations for Achuar Communities in the Amazon

The Kara Solar Foundation trained four Achuar communities in Ecuador to increase connectivity and strengthen Indigenous guardianship.

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March 18, 2024

Reciprocity Project Season Two Brings Indigenous Perspectives to the Big Screen

As the world navigates an escalating climate crisis, Reciprocity Project films uplift the diversity of Indigenous wisdom worldwide.

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Podcast

March 13, 2024

Sonic Journey Five: Pili Ka Moʻo

Seedcast

This is the story at the heart of our latest Sonic Journey. We’re sharing the story of the Fukumitsu family who is protecting their land -- their ‘āina -- through the Emmy Award-winning film “Pili Ka Moʻo”.

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March 4, 2024

Part I: The Sepik Peoples' years-long battle to halt mining along the Frieda River in Papua New Guinea

Nancy Kelsey

This article is the first in a two-part series about the years-long battle faced by the Sepik Peoples to halt the construction of a gold and copper mine on the Frieda River, an upper tributary of the Sepik River.

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Sepik Peoples rowing on a boat along the Sepik River.

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March 4, 2024

Part II: The Fight for Free, Prior and Informed Consent for the Indigenous Peoples along the Sepik River

Nancy Kelsey

This article is the second in a two-part series about the years-long battle faced by the Sepik Peoples to halt the construction of a gold and copper mine on the Frieda River, an upper tributary of the Sepik River.

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Forest Coverage in the Upper Cuyuni Region close to the Guyana-Venezuela Border. Credit: Amerindian People Association (APA)

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February 29, 2024

Essequibo: How the Tensions between Venezuela and Guyana are Affecting Indigenous Peoples

Though tensions have diminished since last December, the threat of a dispute on Guyana’s border with Venezuela intensifies the conflicts that Indigenous Peoples in Guyana are already experiencing.

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Contemporary fine art photographer Jeremy Dennis of the Shinnecock Indian Nation explores the evolution of Native American art and building Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, an artist retreat and communal art space in New York, in this verité short doc.

Podcast

February 28, 2024

Sonic Journey Four: Ma's House

Seedcast

In our latest Sonic Journey, join us on the lands of the Shinnecock Nation, which have been cared for by the Shinnecock People for over 10,000 years.

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Film still from SÜKÜJALA TEI directed by David Hernández Palmar (Wayuu). Photo courtesy of Reciprocity Project.

Podcast

February 14, 2024

Sonic Journey Three: SŪKŪJULA TEI (Stories of My Mother)

Seedcast

Who’s ready for a little Indigenous joy, knowledge, and inspiration? We’re starting Seedcast Season Four with deep listening, as a powerful way to witness one another.

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February 2, 2024

Centering Indigenous Rights in Global Policy: A Year of Advocacy

2023 was a defining period in advancing Indigenous rights within global policy forums.

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Podcast

January 31, 2024

Coming Soon: Seedcast Season 4 – An Invitation to Listen

Seedcast

We can’t believe that we are kicking off Season 4 of Seedcast on February 14! And with so much chaos and noise around us, we’re going to start off this season by getting grounded and listening to Indigenous song and language.

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Filming GATH & K’IYH in honor of king salmon and birch trees, in Alaska near the Boreal Trail. (From left to right: Tracy Rector, Princess Daazhraii Johnson, Yo-Yo Ma and Adeline Peter Raboff). Photo courtesy Reciprocity Project

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December 21, 2023

Joy is an Act of Reciprocity

By Tracy Rector, Managing Director, Storytelling

Family, community, and deep connections to land, language, spirituality, and culture are invaluable sources of joy and strength for many global Indigenous Peoples who are reclaiming and reshaping their stories about Indigenous life.

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Sending light this winter solstice 2023. Graphic Design by Joel Schomberg

Podcast

December 20, 2023

Sending Light This Winter Solstice

Seedcast

Here in the northern hemisphere, as the winter solstice approaches, the light is changing quickly, and the sun sits lower on the horizon with each passing day.

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Indigenous women from Brazil marched at COP28, symbolically advocating for Indigenous rights in climate negotiations. Credit: Estevam Rafael/Presidência do Brasil.

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December 20, 2023

Indigenous Peoples Demand Effective Participation and Justice in the COP28 Energy Transition

The summit in Dubai was marked by Indigenous Peoples voicing shared concerns and promoting climate solutions based on traditional knowledge.

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Kin Theory team members at imagineNATIVE 2023

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December 12, 2023

My Year of Kinship

By Victoria Cheyenne

My Year of Kinship by Victoria Cheyenne

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Indigenous person holds Annatto seed. Amazonia, Brazil. Photo by Kamikia Kisedje

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December 9, 2023

Stop Marginalizing Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Negotiations

By Valérie Courtois and Chris Filardi

Indigenous Peoples are living the change that all recent scientific reports call for; this provides a baseline for policymakers and governments at COP 28.

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New Film "Indai, Apai, Darah" (Mother, Father, Blood) to Make World Premiere at 2024 Mountainfilm Festival

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