Native groups like Sierra Seeds, White Earth Seed Library and Dream for Wild Health are building up seed resources to strengthen traditional varieties of vegetables and other plants. In some instances they’re reviving plants species that neared extinction because of increasingly commercialized farming practices. These seed stewards say they are working toward better plant diversity and increased food sovereignty.
It’s National Aunt and Uncle Day. We’re taking the time to talk about the role aunties play in our lives. Some of us were raised by our aunts. Others had aunts who occasionally stepped in to get us in line. Either way, aunts hold a special place in Native America. We’ll also get advice from everyone’s favorite aunt, Auntie Beachress. Send us your favorite auntie stories to [email protected].
In an interview with his publisher, Louis V. Clark III said, “I hope that my words bring a better understanding to those of us who share this planet.” That’s in reference to his book “How to be an Indian in the 21st Century.” He was born and raised on Wisconsin’s Oneida Reservation and is a member of the Iroquois Confederacy. His book is a weaving of words that take the shape of verse and prose. He delves into moments in his own Native life to help the conversation on race in America blossom even further. He encourages the masses to “Speak the truth, confound the idiots, [and] listen to the silence.” Find out more on this writers take on life on our July Book of the Month spotlight.
From health care to Standing Rock to tribal politics, we take time to regularly speak with journalists, newsmakers and others about the important issues of the day. We’ll devote the hour to catching up on major news events throughout Native America. Join us for our regular news round-up.