Sara Moncada (Yaqui/Irish), chief program officer at the Cultural Conservancy, left, and Melissa K. Nelson (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), president and CEO of the Cultural Conservancy, right, tending plants together. | Still from "Tending Nature"

Restoring The River with the Yurok, Hupa and Karuk

For the past two centuries, California has relied heavily on the natural resources of the North Coast region, exploiting its pristine watersheds for agriculture and its forests for timber. But today, the environmental costs of timber extraction and damming have reached a tipping point. Now the Yurok are working with local and state organizations to revitalize the forests, rivers and wildlife, a comprehensive feat requiring collaboration among community leaders up and down the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. This episode features interviews with:

Tiana Williams, Yurok Tribe condor biologist; Rosie Clayburn, Yurok Tribe heritage preservation officer; Bob McConnell, Yurok Tribal Elder and executive director of the Cultural Fire Management Council; Charley Reed, Karuk / Yurok / Hupa Indigenous scholar and traditional dip-net fisherman; Ron Reed, Sr., Karuk ceremonial leader and traditional dip-net fisherman; Eric Weissmann, Yurok Tribe fisheries biologist; DJ Brandowski, Yurok Tribe river restoration engineer; Roger Boulby, Yurok / Blackfoot / Cree, Yurok Tribe river restorationist; Mike Dixon, interim executive director of Trinity River Restoration Project; Keith Parker, Yurok Tribe fish biologist; and Chris West, Yurok Tribe senior wildlife biologist.

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Cultivating Native Foodways with the Cultural Conservancy

The commodification of food has led to a bottom-line approach that has disconnected people from their food sources entirely, as modern, genetically modified foods put seed diversity at great risk. The Cultural Conservancy, an inter-tribal organization headquartered on Ohlone land in modern-day San Francisco, is revitalizing indigenous knowledge by inviting people to re-engage with the land, honor heirloom seeds, grow clean food and medicines, and decolonize their foodways.

  • 2020-12-02T21:30:00-08:00
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Rethinking The Coast with the Ti'at Society

Climate change and urban development have significantly altered ocean conditions and our ability to access the coast, making it more and more difficult for the Tongva tribe to carry on their long-held seafaring traditions. Today, members of the Tongva, Chumash and Acjachemen are rebuilding their connection with the ocean and the Channel Islands by rebuilding a Ti’at, a traditional Tongva canoe.

  • 2020-12-09T21:30:00-08:00
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Holistic Healing with the Syuxtun Collective

Since the 20th century, Western medicine has focused on treating a patient’s symptoms, not the underlying cause. Today, scientists and doctors are realizing that we should be wary of a health system that relies on direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising and are embracing alternative, preventive whole body options, which start with a healthy mind, body, and spirit. These are concepts Indigenous peoples have practiced for thousands of years, by using medicinal plant knowledge that informed much our pharmacopeia. 

  • 2020-12-16T21:30:00-08:00
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Guarding Ancestral Grounds with the Wiyot

The Wiyot tribe from present-day Humboldt County have fought a long and hard battle for recognition and restored access to their land, including regaining ownership of traditional ceremonial grounds on Tululwat, an island in Arcata Bay. When leading energy developer, Terra Gen, proposed a large wind project on a spiritual and gathering area, the Wiyot opposed the greater ecological disruption that the project would deliver and rallied the community to defeat it.

  • 2020-12-20T11:30:00-08:00
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Preserving the Desert with NALC

Native peoples have long lived in the desert and their understanding of the desert’s fragility has made them one of the region’s most outspoken protectors. Today, a collaborative group of desert tribes, concerned citizens and funders have formed the Native American Land Conservancy whose central goal is to acquire, preserve and protect Native American sacred lands through protective land management, educational programs and scientific study.

  • 2020-12-27T11:30:00-08:00
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