PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD: Week of November 16 – 20, 2020


U.S. News—U.S. Tops 11 Million Infections

A health worker walks along a line of cars at a King County COVID-19 testing site, Oct. 28, 2020, in Auburn, Wash.(TED S. WARREN/AP).

The U.S. has recorded over 11 million cases of the coronavirus in a pandemic that shows no signs of slowing.


2020-11-18T18:37:22+00:00November 18th, 2020|PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD|

PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD: Week of November 02 – 04, 2020


The Washington Post—Getting to the polls can be hard in Navajo Nation. This woman is leading voters on horseback.

Allie Young, 30, leading a group of Navajo voters on horseback to an Arizona polling station as part of her “Ride to the Polls” initiative to encourage Native youth to vote. (Talia Mayden for HUMAN)

2020-11-04T16:42:02+00:00November 4th, 2020|PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD|

PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD: Week of October 26 – 30, 2020


High Country News—Cornell University addresses stolen Indigenous land in new project

The university obtained almost 990,000 acres of expropriated Indigenous land through the Morrill Act and hopes to provide some remedies.

The Morrill Act of 1862 expropriated 10.7 million acres of Indigenous land to fund future colleges across the nation. Over a two-year period, High Country News located more than 99% of those acres, identified the original inhabitants, who represent nearly 250 tribes, bands and communities, and calculated the profit raised from land sales in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the top institutions involved was New York’s Cornell University, which obtained almost 990,000 acres in 15 states and 202 counties (“Land-Grab Universities,” April 2020).


Now, Cornell’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program has publicly acknowledged the university’s moral obligation to address its legacy and its impacts. The program has created the “Cornell University and Indigenous Dispossession Project” to continue researching Cornell’s Morrill Act lands and to discuss possible remedies with Indigenous communities. Notably, researchers highlighted the university’s mineral rights on 420,000 acres in the Central and Southwestern U.S. They’re asking Cornell whether those rights were received under the Morrill Act and for a full account of any revenues derived from them. Results will be shared at

2020-10-28T18:12:32+00:00October 28th, 2020|PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD|

PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD: Week of October 19 – 23, 2020


The Guardian—Big oil’s answer to melting Arctic: cooling the ground so it can keep drilling

Technology is keeping patches of Alaska permafrost frozen to preserve energy infrastructure even as indigenous residents’ world is transformed by the climate crisis.

An oil pipeline stretches across the landscape outside Prudhoe Bay in North Slope borough, Alaska. Photograph: Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images

2020-10-21T17:45:44+00:00October 21st, 2020|PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD|

PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD: Week of October 12 – 16, 2020


Huffpost—10 Photos That Celebrate The Resilience Of Indigenous Peoples Around The World

Bayan-Ölgii Province, Mongolia, 2018 ― Zamanbol, 14, with her eagle hunting partner. Zamanbol is a Kazakh nomad who lives in the Altai region of Mongolia. She lives in town during the week to attend school, but on the weekends returns to her family’s ger, or yurt. She is one of a number of young nomads who are embracing the traditional customs of their people, which stretch back centuries, in a bid to hold onto their identities and their connection to nature.

2020-10-14T17:26:11+00:00October 14th, 2020|PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD|

PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD: Week of September 28 – October 2, 2020


Vox—Scientists fear the Western wildfires could lead to long-term lung damage

Young children, older adults, and people with preexisting conditions face the highest risks.

During the peak of the recent wildfires, cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, suffered some of the dirtiest air in the world, making breathing the air like smoking a pack of cigarettes in a day.

The smoke from these fires has shrouded millions of people in dirty air, as you can see in this map of air quality from Esri, a geographic information software firm:

2020-09-30T17:49:11+00:00September 30th, 2020|PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD|

PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD: Week of September 21 – 25, 2020


Reuters—How wildfires ravaging the U.S. West Coast are sending smoke between continents and up to record heights in the atmosphere

Last week, smoke from the fires covered the entire U.S. West Coast before spreading west out over the Pacific Ocean. This week the smoke has travelled thousands of miles east, turning skies from New York to Washington D.C. hazy and reaching as far as the skies above Britain.

In the animation above, Reuters visualises organic carbon released into the atmosphere during the fires. The smoke contains a substantial portion of fine particulate matter known by the particles’ size as PM2.5, which can have a major impact on people’s health. Continue reading here.

2020-09-23T17:21:43+00:00September 23rd, 2020|PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD|
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