Of Water, Starlight & Raspberries

A letter from the banks of Wounded Knee Creek

Debra White Plume

Ke Kuanaʻike ʻŌiwi

In Hawaiian

Kaimana Barcarse

Tony Skrelunas, Diné

Tony Skrelunas was raised by his grandparents on the Big Mountain Navajo reservation in Arizona, in what he calls “the old lifestyle” of the Diné (Navajo) tribe. His family would move their tradi...

Katherine Gustafson

The Thin Red Line

Across North America, Indigenous communities are often on the frontlines of efforts to halt extreme energy projects, massive mines, and other ill-conceived “development” projects. Here are just some of the fights currently underway.


Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Kankanaey Igorot

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz was appointed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People last year. A member of the Kankanaey Igorot people in the Philippines, she is one of the In...

Terri Hansen

A Crush Course on Old Ways

The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest
by David Roberts
W.W. Norton & Company, 2015, 327 pages

Gerry Wigenbach

Re-Indigenizing the People to the Planet

This special issue of Earth Island Journal is not a how-to manual, nor is it a warning message or a self-help treatise – though it includes all of those elements and more. It is, simply, a message f...

Melissa K. Nelson (Anishinaabe)

Honor the Treaties, Protect the Earth

The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign and the Demand for Sovereignty

Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Thunderbirds Versus The Black Snake

On Anishinaabe Akiing, an epic battle against oil pipelines is underway.

Winona LaDuke

Beauty in the Ear of the Beholder

Voices of the Wild: Animal Songs, Human Din, and the Call to Save Natural Soundscapes
by Bernie Krause
Yale University Press, 2014, 166 pages

The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World
by Trevor Cox
WW Norton & Co, 2014, 331 pages

Mark J. Palmer

Letters and Emails

Inspired to Action Thank you for such an informative cover story on the plight of African elephants (“The End for Elephants,” Summer 2015). I knew that elephants were being killed for their ivory ...


Oren Lyons, Onondaga

Oren R. Lyons is Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee (people of the Long House) whose territory once encompassed most of New York, Pennsy...

Jacqueline Keeler

Revitalizing Native Foodways

At a time when food has become better known as a commodity rather than a life source, it is more pressing than ever to remember that food, in its deepest, truest essence, is a gift. It’s a gift that...

Kaylena Bray and Melissa K. Nelson

The Radiant Life With Animals

One of my grandmothers was an eagle, a golden eagle. From the beginning she and I knew one another in a particular and mysterious manner of kinship. In all her injured shining, she was the “killer b...

Linda Hogan

Local News from All Over

Findings Pollution Makes Us Dumber Scientists have known for a while that fine particle exposure increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, and even cancer. New research adds a...


Franco Viteri, Kichwa

Franco Viteri is a Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, a community in the Ecuadorian Amazon made famous by their struggle against oil extraction in their territory. In 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human...

Megan Alpert

A Tribal National Park Rises in Canada

At the heart of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, on the west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island, something astonishing is happening. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation has declared a tribal...

Eli Ens

It’s Alive! The Amazing World of Soil

“We can’t eat those carrots,” the kids cried out. “They’re covered in dirt!” My friend had been regaling me with stories about teaching public school kids healthy eating and gardening and ...

Anna Lappé

Modern Americans

Will Wilson

Will Wilson

“Luck Has Nothing to Do with It”

The Haida Gwaii Lesson

Mark Dowie

Stand Up for Sacred Ground

Sacred Land Film Project

Christopher McLeod

The Heart of Everything That Is

Notes from Lakota Country

Jason Mark

Renewing Relatives

One tribe's efforts to bring back an ancient fish

Marty Holtgren, Stephanie Ogren, and Kyle Whyte

Meet the 16th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners

New Leaders Initiative


A Native View

On the Indigenous Perspective

Kaimana Barcarse

Indigenous Migrant Farmworkers Demand Change in the Fields

From Baja California to Washington State

David Bacon, photos and text