Across deserts, coastlines, and forests, five Native American tribes work to restore their traditional ways of managing and protecting land.

Passion River

For millennia, Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain their traditional land management practices. 

From deserts, coastlines, forests, mountains, and prairies, Native communities across the US are restoring their ancient relationships with the land. As the climate crisis escalates these time-tested practices of North America's original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

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