Monday, August 2, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Modern science is struggling to understand the benefits of the traditional land management practices of the Pemón. Certainly, it's possible that living off the land locally using habitat burns could create unintended consequences in times of drought. However, one needs to look at the real problem -- how lands and peoples around them have dramatically changed through disrespect for the land and its natural cycles. And one needs to respect their long-term success in surviving in that place, and, rather than change the way native peoples live, work to restore the resilience of surrounding lands.
The other problem you will see in the article is the struggle with a non-issue: whether or not native land management alters the ecosystem. When you see humans as separate from nature, then you can indeed engage in these discussions of whether or not the landscape is native. When you see the integration of all things living, then it doesn't matter. People are part of the landscape, flowing and evolving together.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
As part of the Cochabamba Conference:
Monday, March 29, 2010
Terrol Dew Johnson, is the co-founder of Tohono O'odham Community Action – a nonprofit grass-roots organization that supports traditional farming, healthy foods and tribal culture. In 1996, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – an epidemic among tribal members. This article describes a 3000 mile healing walk on which he embarked.
Last week, the National Diabetes Education Program noted that "16 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes, compared to a national average of seven percent.".
People of all races, take care of yourself!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
California law is directing us toward respect for the earth, and understanding of our water cycle. Much of the state south of Sacramento and Santa Cruz is technically desert, and in that area, we must respect those natural water limits, while working to enhance our ability to retain, cleanse, and use the ambient rainwater and runoff that runs through our area(s)
Senate Bill x7-7 enacted in 2009 (Chapter 4, Statutes of 2009 Seventh Extraordinary Session) requires the state to achieve a 20% reduction in urban per capita water use by December 31, 2020. The law establishes that the measure of increased efficiency is on a per capita basis. The law also requires the state to make incremental progress towards this goal by reducing per capita water use by at least 10% on or before December 31, 2015." (18 March 2010)
Friday, March 5, 2010
"Food aid has hurt local agriculture" - former USDA sec Ann Veneman on KQED's Forum today. Time to restore and reclaim those traditional farming practices . . .
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tomorrow (or today, depending on your time zone) the National Congress of American Indians will deliver the State of the Nations address to highlight the collective successes and challenges of communities across the land.