Indigenous Guardianship

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

June 18, 2024

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

By Lia Hama, for Um Só Planeta*

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.


Vina Brown (Heiltsuk) and Heiltsuk and Haida dancers at the ceremonial gathering before the meetings began welcomed participants.

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.


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

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.


Riverboat trapped on a sandbank during one of the worst droughts ever recorded in the Brazilian Amazon.

November 3, 2023

Historic Drought Threatens Indigenous Lives and Ecosystems in the Amazon

In the Brazilian Amazon, an ongoing historic drought poses a significant threat to Indigenous Peoples, local communities and entire ecosystems.


THRIVING PEOPLES. THRIVING PLACES. Indigenous women leaders portrait artwork wildposting on the street in New York City, NY, USA in 2021.

September 5, 2023

Celebrating Indigenous Women as Leaders for Their Peoples and the Planet

Every September 5th, International Day of Indigenous Women celebrates the vital role of Indigenous women leaders for their communities, the ecosystems they inhabit, and, ultimately, all life on Earth.


View of the Blackfeet Ceremonial Summer Camp 2023

August 18, 2023

Reconnecting with the Sacred: A Visit to the Blackfeet Ceremonial Summer Camp

Michael Painter, Managing Director, Programs

From July 19-25, 2023, Nia Tero's Blackfeet Nation partners held their annual summer circle camp outside Browning, Montana. It is an important time of the year when the Blackfeet Nation comes together to renew their sacred connections to the world.