This Week at First Nations: July 15, 2022

July 15, 2022

First Nations Hosts Conservation Planning Training and Workshop

Members of First Nations’ Stewarding Native Lands team are onsite this week and next week in Arizona hosting a six-day conservation planning training and workshop in collaboration with White Mountain Apache Tribe, Land Operations Department. Through this comprehensive training, livestock producers will learn how to develop conservation plans for their livestock operations, and leave with the tools to improve soil health and water quality and quantity and manage resources in line with the Indigenous values of respect for the environment.

Indigenous People and Sports Go Hand in Hand

Indigenous people have been playing sports since time immemorial. Staying active and creating new ways to improve strength, coordination, and dexterity helped our ancestors both spiritually and physically. In our new blog post, First Nations Development Officer Marisa Page discusses the connection between sports, health, and Native resiliency, and shares her list of the top Native GOAT (greatest of all time) athletes.

Conservation and Range Management Field Day Coming Soon

Native agricultural farmers, ranchers, and producers are invited to a special 1.5-day convening, August 19 and 20, 2022, to explore the latest practices and trends in conservation strategies in the Southwest. Hosted by First Nations, in collaboration with Padres Mesa Demonstration Ranch, this unique field day of learning covers multiple aspects of implementation and sustainability plans. Reminder: A limited number of travel stipends are available. To apply, register here by today, July 15, 2022, at 4 pm MT. 

In Case You Missed It: First Nations’ Raymond Foxworth Featured In “Dreaming in Color”

In the episode of Dreaming in Color released last week, Raymond Foxworth, Ph.D., discussed innovation, community development, and Indigenous resistance. He also shared his experience growing up in a matrilineal society, land preservation as part of his family heritage, and the struggles of dealing with white-dominant institutions.

Listen to the episode here.

Stand Up for Native Kids and Support ICWA

First Nations continues to join the National Indian Child Welfare Association in calling for support of tribal sovereignty, which is being challenged in front of the U.S. Supreme Court later this year in the Brackeen v. Haaland case. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a 40-year old law that gives child welfare jurisdiction to tribal nations in order to curb generations of harm caused by forced assimilation. If opponents repeal ICWA in the Supreme Court case later this year, legal consequences will ripple into other matters concerning tribal sovereignty. To stand up for Native kids and join the Protect ICWA movement, follow the Protect ICWA campaign on Twitter and Instagram @protecticwa to learn more.

How Native People are Revitalizing the Natural Nourishment of the Pacific Northwest

Tribal communities in the Pacific Northwest have started a movement to revive First Foods, a diet dating back five or six generations incorporating food staples that changed with the seasons, such as nettles, camas, shellfish, and salmon. Native leaders of this food movement know First Foods will restore bodily, cultural, and spiritual health to Indigenous people. The Seattle Times has created a beautiful video essay on this revitalization effort. Read and watch here.

Photo credit Erika J. Schultz

Indigenous Tribes and the Environment Pay the Price for California’s New Reservoirs

A coalition of Native leaders from California are sounding the alarm over the proposed $4 billion Sites Reservoir that would pull water from two rivers and negatively impact Indigenous tribes already affected by a megadrought not seen since 1500, according to Daily Kos.

“The Sites Reservoir is just another half-baked solution to these drought problems that don’t have solutions through settler-colonial policies,” said Brittani Orona, a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. The Sites Reservoir is funded by state and federal funds, and largely benefits private agricultural firms based in the Central Valley.