In Their Element

A Series on Indigenous Climate Solutions

Today California has out-of-control wildfires, but for centuries Indigenous tribes tended the land with fire. One North Fork Mono leader is on a journey to bring back and legalize controlled burns for cultural purposes.
Yurok people rely on California’s Klamath River for sustenance, but the dwindling fish population threatens food security. Tribal leaders aim to restore the deteriorated river for future generations.
With an infrared camera in hand, a Diné (Navajo) community activist investigates methane leaks at oil and gas sites. Environmental protectors sound the alarm and push for regulation in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin.
After years of degradation along Louisiana’s bayou, Pointe-au-Chien tribal land is rapidly disappearing. Despite land loss and intensifying storms, community members are determined to stay.