Since most news stories about indigenous peoples are about dislocation and legacies of colonialism, this special section includes more nuanced stories of resilience, legal gains, educational advancement, and positive projects of creativity, hope, and memorialization.  Readers are welcome to contribute more examples from around the world.


This section highlights the advancements, achievements, and presence of indigenous peoples and their cultures in higher education environments. 


Jacob Rosales, the Red Cloud Indian School, Class of 2017

Jacob Rosales, a Lakota Indian recently graduated from the Red Cloud Indian School on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, has defied the odds. Fighting the negative statistics plaguing Pine Ridge Reservation, not only is Mr. Rosales attending Yale University in the Fall of 2017, but he has been accepted to seven of the Ivy League Colleges. Read more about this young Lakota man's achievements: "Beating the Toughest Odds, New Graduate on the Pine Ridge Reservation Accepted to Seven Ivy league Colleges." (June 2017)

First Nations, Canada

Nunavut Land Claim Agreement Act (1993)

A Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Resource Development Principles (2015)

"Guardians of a Vast Lake, and a Refuge for Humanity:" First Unesco Biosphere Reserve led by indigenous community (2017)

Native American Activism and Recognition

"American Indian musem comes of age by tackling this country's lies:" Philip Kennicott of The Washington Post (January 2018)

American Indians March on Washington (March 2017)

"Honoring Our Patriots:" Kevin Gover on the National Museum of American Indian Honoring Veterans Project (Fall 2016)

Federal Recognition Process for Six Virginia Indian Tribes on the 400th anniversary of the burial of Pocahontas (March 2017)

New Zealand

The Māori campaign to have the Whanganui River granted legal rights:

The Guardian: "New Zealand River Granted Same Legal Rights as Human Being" (March 2017)
BioEdge: "New Zealand River Declared a Legal Person" (March 2017)
The New York Times: "In New Zealand, Lands and Rivers Can Be People (Legally Speaking)" (July 2016)