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Grant Prompts Improved Coverage of Indigenous Perspectives at Bears Ears

Inspired by a discussion at a Society of Environmental Journalists conference, freelancer Rico Moore (pictured, left) applied for a Fund for Environmental Journalism grant to report on Bears Ears National Monument. Then, armed with advice for better covering Indigenous communities and Native American tribes, Moore found a new way to write about the cultural and environmental richness of those lands. His experience, in the new FEJ StoryLog.

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"On The Hunt For Yellowstone’s Bison"

"Deer and elk were no problem for Kashius Gleason. The 19-year-old member of the Yakama Nation had hunted plenty of them around his reservation in the state of Washington. Yet standing in freezing temperatures at the doorstep of Yellowstone at daybreak one February morning, he was nervous as a herd of bison trekked out of the park."

Source: Washington Post, 05/15/2023

Environmentalists Aim To Block Gold Mine Near Yellowstone — By Buying It

"For decades, conservationists have fought against gold mining at the edge of Yellowstone National Park, fearing hard-rock extraction could fragment its wildlife habitat and pollute its waterways. Now park lovers say they say have a permanent way to preserve this crown jewel of the national park system: buying gold rights at Yellowstone’s doorstep."

Source: Washington Post, 05/12/2023

New Mexico Officials: FEMA Delays Lead To Mistrust Among Wildfire Victims

"Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are criticizing federal emergency managers for missing deadlines as residents seek recovery assistance following the largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history."

Source: AP, 05/11/2023

"The Pink River Dolphins of the Amazon Have a Warning for Humans"

"It was a rare sight, an endangered species emblematic of the Colombian Amazon, considered sacred by the region’s Indigenous communities: the pink dolphins."

Source: Washington Post, 05/10/2023

‘It Gives Life’: Philippine Tribe Fights To Save A Sacred River From Dam

"Each year, members of the Dumagat-Remontado tribe gather at the Tinipak River to observe an Indigenous ritual to honor their supreme being and pray for healing and protection. This year, the rite had an additional intention: to ward off an impending dam project they fear will inundate the site of the ritual."

Source: Mongabay, 05/10/2023

Climate Change Forces a Rethinking of Mammoth Everglades Restoration Plan

"Even as the $21 billion effort unfolds, officials realize that its water infrastructure cannot contend with rising seas, violent storms and Florida’s non-stop influx of residents."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/10/2023


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