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Tending Nature

Preserving the Desert with NALC

Native peoples have long lived in the desert and their understanding of the desert’s fragility has made them one of the region’s most outspoken protectors. Today, a collaborative group of desert tribes, concerned citizens and funders have formed the Native American Land Conservancy whose central goal is to acquire, preserve and protect Native American sacred lands through protective land management, educational programs and scientific study.

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A hand holds an olive branch at the Séka Hills olive grove. | Still from "Tending Nature" episode "Reclaiming Agriculture with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation"
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26:39
Tending Nature

S3 E3: Reclaiming Agriculture with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

the Yocha Dehe people are combining ecological knowledge with modern science to rethink community-centered agri-business using sustainability practices that include high-efficiency irrigation.
Cheryl Seidner and other members of the Wiyot tribe at a hearing for Terra-Gen's wind farm proposal. | Still from "Tending Nature" episode "Guarding Ancestral Grounds with the Wiyot"
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26:39
Tending Nature

S3 E1: Guarding Ancestral Grounds with the Wiyot

The Wiyot tribe from Humboldt County have fought for restored access to their land.
Sara Moncada (Yaqui/Irish), chief program officer at the Cultural Conservancy, left, and Melissa K. Nelson (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), president and CEO of the Cultural Conservancy, right, tending plants together. | Still from "Tending Nature"
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26:23
Tending Nature

S3 E4: Cultivating Native Foodways with the Cultural Conservancy

The Cultural Conservancy, an inter-tribal organization, is revitalizing indigenous knowledge by inviting people to re-engage with the land, honor heirloom seeds, grow clean food and medicines, and decolonizing their foodways.
“Managing Groundwater with the Paiute” Alan Bacock, Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley's Water Program Coordinator, testing water levels.
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26:42
Tending Nature

S2 E4: Managing Groundwater with the Paiute

California’s Native peoples have lived with drought cycles for millennia and today, the Paiute are shepherding conversations around access to water resources, raising key questions about how our snowpack, streams and aquifers are used and maintained.
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26:42
Tending Nature

S2 E3: Restoring The River with the Yurok, Hupa and Karuk

The environmental costs of timber extraction and damming have reached a tipping point in the North Coast region of California.
Julie Cordero-Lamb leads a plant walk in Santa Barbara. | Still from "Tending Nature" episode "Holistic Healing with the Syuxtun Collective"
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26:42
Tending Nature

S2 E2: Holistic Healing with the Syuxtun Collective

Scientists and doctors are embracing alternative concepts that Indigenous peoples have practiced for thousands of years, by using medicinal plant knowledge that informed much our pharmacopeia.
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26:42
Tending Nature

S2 E1: Rethinking The Coast with the Ti'at Society

Climate change and urban development have significantly altered ocean conditions and our ability to access the coast, making it more and more difficult for the Tongva tribe to carry on their long-held seafaring traditions.
Ray Alvarez looking into the iron sights of his rifle while hunting near the Pit River. | Still from "Tending Nature"
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26:40
Tending Nature

S1 E3: Tribal Hunting with the Pit River Peoples

This episode explores how members of the Pit River Tribe in Northeast California are reviving traditional hunting practices and embracing Community Science initiatives to preserve and monitor wild elk and deer populations.
A member of Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation casts his net the beach. | Still from Tending Nature
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26:40
Tending Nature

S1 E1: Protecting The Coast with the Tolowa Dee-ni'

This episode journeys to the Smith River near the Oregon border to discover how the Tolowa Dee-ni’ are reviving traditional harvesting of shellfish while working with state agencies to monitor toxicity levels.
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26:40
Tending Nature

Healing the Body with United Indian Health Service

A new generation is jump starting several food sovereignty programs across California.
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