indigeneous people

The Climate Crisis, the Tribes, and the IRA

Biden’s signature climate law spotlighted the need to support tribal responses to climate change.

Five hundred and thirty-one years ago today, Christopher Columbus went ashore at Guanahaní, an island in the Bahamas. That date marked the beginning of an era of European settlement and colonialism, accompanied by widespread destruction of existing American societies. Today, Native Americans communities face another crisis: climate change.  Many tribes are at high risk from …


Pilgrims versus Vikings: A Thanksgiving Fable

Once upon a time, there were two places that people settled from a great distance.  But they had very different histories. You could call them the “Tale of Thanksgiving” and the “Tale of the Un-Thanksgiving.”   The first story is about religious dissenters who fled their homeland. We all know the story: they nearly starved until …