A collection of articles and links centering my interests around environmental, racial, and social justice. Much of it intertwines with Indigenous knowledge.
CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT
- Fire History on Star Island (Windigoominis) – A fire history documenting the influence of Ojibwe land use on forest landscapes, to share eco-cultural perspectives on fire, land use, and environmental history.
- Lithium Valley’ could save one of the most polluted areas in California, Popular Science (November 2021) – Sustainable lithium extraction is necessary for a renewable-energy and EV friendly future, but mining has traditionally been tricky.
- New course at University of Alberta combines science with Indigenous knowledge, CBC (August 2021) – Kim TallBear, an associate professor in the University of Alberta’s faculty of Native studies, created a course called Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience. The goal of the course is not only to dismantle the myth that science and Indigenous knowledge are separate, but also to include Indigenous voices in science-based decision-making.
- What Traditional Ecological Knowledge Can Teach Us, Union of Concerned Scientist’s Got Science? Podcast (August 2021) – Dr. Daniel Wildcat, a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation, explains how Traditional Ecological Knowledge can work in tandem with science to help us understand the natural world.
- ‘Mind blowing’: Grizzly bear DNA maps onto Indigenous language families, Science (August 2021) – The bears and Indigenous humans of coastal British Columbia have more in common than meets the eye. The two have lived side by side for millennia in this densely forested region on the west coast of Canada… A new analysis has found that the grizzlies here form three distinct genetic groups, and these groups align closely with the region’s three Indigenous language families.
- Climate Reports, UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Key reports on climate impacts and solutions from around the United Nations.
- Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs, The Guardian (July 2021) – Cutting emissions more urgent than ever, say scientists, with forest producing more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
- ‘Changes to giant ocean eddies could have ‘devastating effects’ globally, The Guardian (April 2021) – Researchers fear increasing energy in these eddies could affect ability of Southern Ocean to absorb C02.
- kúkuum yáv nukyâati peethívthaaneen, The Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources (February 2020) – “We make the world good again.” [AMAZING INTERACTIVE SITE!!!]
- Learning how to die in the Anthropocene, The New York Times (November 2013) – Samurai philosophy meets climate change.
- Lifeways of the Little Colorado River – White Mountain Apache, Zuni, Navajo, Hopi, and Hualapai people share their personal and cultural ties to the Little Colorado River.
- Coyote Gulch (Ongoing) – The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land — Luna Leopold
- The Colorado River is in Crisis, and It’s Getting Worse Every Day, Washington Post (May 2022) – It is a powerhouse: a 1,450-mile waterway that stretches from the Rocky Mountains to the Sea of Cortez, serving 40 million people in seven U.S. states, 30 federally recognized tribes and Mexico. It hydrates 5 million acres of agricultural land and provides critical habitat for rare fish, birds and plants.
- The Colorado River is Drying Up. Here’s How that Affects Indigenous Water Rights, Grist (October 2021) – “The basin is free-riding off of undeveloped tribal rights.”
- People — Not Just The Megadrought — Are Driving The West’s Water Crisis, Buzzfeed (August 2021) – The shrinking Colorado River is becoming an urgent water crisis for millions of people in the West. “The question is, how intense does that crisis get?” one river scientist said.
- Drought forces first water cuts on the Colorado River. They’re just the beginning., Politico (August 2021) – A two-decade-long megadrought along the river is set to push the Western seven states and parts of Mexico that rely on its flows into a formal shortage declaration.
- ‘Save our water’: meet the rain harvesters taking on the US west’s water woes, The Guardian (July 2021) – The age-old concept of rainwater collection is growing in popularity in a region hit by droughts and heatwaves.
- Down by the River, Orion Magazine (November 2015) – Yuma, Colorado River, Quechuan people.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE & POLICE REFORM
- The Untold Story: Criminal Injustice with Jay Ellis and Travon Free, Lemonada Podcast (2022) – Our nation’s courts and prisons are complicated systems that are difficult to understand and navigate. As a result, thousands of people are wrongfully incarcerated, creating after-effects that ripple through our entire society. Jay talks to real people who have experienced the effects of these policies first-hand, as well as academics, scientists, organizers, and city officials who are all part of the effort to answer the question: What can we do to ensure that America’s justice system is truly delivering justice to its citizens? Presented by Campaign Zero.
- The Jail Tapes in the Dumpster, Reveal Podcast (April 2021) – A murder conviction sent Myon Burrell to prison for life when he was a teenager. An investigative reporter dug into what seemed a hopeless case. What she found helped free him.
INDIGENOUS RIGHTS & SOVEREIGNTY
- Makoce Stories – Iconic Twin Cities locations, as seen through perspectives from Native Americans, pre-colonization.
- This Land, Crooked Media Podcast (2022) – The second season of This Land is a timely exposé about how the far right is using Native children to quietly dismantle American Indian tribes and advance a conservative agenda. The first season is about a Supreme Court case about Native land in Oklahoma.
- Fort Nisqually: Indigenous Voices Podcast – Advancing Native voices in the telling of Puget Sound history.
- Oak Flat by Lauren Redniss – A powerful work of visual nonfiction about three generations of an Apache family struggling to protect sacred land from a multinational mining corporation.
- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland on Being the First – and the Future, InStyle (July 2021) – America’s first Indigenous Cabinet member, Haaland steps into her historic role with pragmatism, empathy, and the spiritual guidance of her ancestors.
- Whose independence? Why some Native Hawaiians don’t celebrate on July 4, The Christian Science Monitor (July 2019) – What does American liberty mean? It depends on whom you ask. While Independence Day is a joyful celebration for many Americans, for some Native Hawaiians, it is a painful reminder of the loss of sovereignty.
- Fear, Inc: The Islamophobia Network, Center for American Progress (2012) – A visual exploration of the $57 million dollar network fueling Islamophobia in the United States.
- Fear, Inc: The Roots of the Anti-Islamophobia Network in America, Wajahat Ali (2011) – A look at the Islamophobia network that profoundly misrepresents Islam and American Muslims in the United States.
- Alok Vaid-Menon: The Urgent Need for Compassion, The Man Enough Podcast (August 2021) – As the creator of the growing movement to degender fashion, ALOK is helping others move beyond the binary into full expression. In a conversation filled with wisdom, historical insight, and radical mercy, ALOK challenges us to value compassion over comprehension, to try harder for each other in the name of love, and reminds us that learning is a sign of being alive.
ENTERTAINMENT & ART
- The Man Behind the Myth: Should We Question the Hero’s Journey?, Los Angeles Review of Books (August 2021) – [Joseph] Campbell’s synthetic, undeniably alluring model presented a hero who reluctantly accepts the call to adventure, using the tribulations of his odyssey to reshape himself into the savior humanity needs before returning home. Campbell claimed his theory, which has gone on to influence everything from Star Wars to Disney’s Aladdin, arose from a universal structure inherent in the global myths of antiquity. The problem is, that’s a lie. Campbell’s theory is as mythological as the stories from which it borrows.
- The Man Preserving Endangered Colours, BBC (August 2021) – For Zapotec artist and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez, colour is a way to connect with his ancestors’ way of life, which has sustained civilisations by living in symbiosis with nature.
- An Indigenous Perspective on Frida Kahlo, Hyperallergic (July 2021) – In both in her art and personal style Kahlo promoted the construction of a mythologized Indianness at the expense of Indigenous people.
- Oli London Says They’re ‘Nonbinary Korean’, Paper Magazine (June 2021) – Oli London is facing immense online backlash for announcing they “identify as nonbinary Korean.” On Monday, the white British influencer posted a YouTube video elaborating on previous tweets, in which they said they were now using they/them pronouns, in addition to “kor/ean” and “Ji/min” neopronouns.
- The Redemption of Justin Bieber, GQ (May 2021) – He made every mistake a child star can make, including the ones that nearly destroyed him. Now—fortified by God, marriage, and a new album, Justice—Justin Bieber is putting his life back together, one positive, deliberate step at a time.