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Is the New Green Deal good for Indigenous People? Read it in full for yourself.

Here in Massachusetts, as the weather changes from 70 to 30 as quickly as a speeding car on the Pike with a State Trooper in sight, Climate change is on our collective minds. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Ny and our hometown Dem Senator Ed Markey introduced new legislation framework called the “New Green Deal.” This legislation calls for the elimination of our countries carbon emissions through changes to our infrastructure, specifically manufacturing processes, transportation, shipping vehicles and our farming methods.

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How Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction

The continent’s largest land mammal plays crucial role in spiritual lives of the tribes

On 5,000 hectares of unploughed prairie in north-eastern Montana, hundreds of wild bison roam once again. But this herd is not in a national park or a protected sanctuary – they are on tribal lands. Belonging to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of Fort Peck Reservation, the 340 bison is the largest conservation herd in the ongoing bison restoration efforts by North America’s Indigenous people.

The bison – or as Native Americans call them, buffalo – are not just “sustenance,” according to Leroy Little Bear, a professor at the University of Lethbridge and a leader in the bison restoration efforts with the Blood Tribe. The continent’s largest land mammal plays a major role in the spiritual and cultural lives of numerous Native American tribes, an “integrated relationship,” he said.

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