Time to Pay Attention to Climate Change


September 8, 2021

On Saturday, Native Americans and allies gathered at the "Pipe Out Paddle Up Flotilla" at the Straits of Mackinac to call for the shutdown of Line 5. (Photo/Native News Online)

Summer does not officially end until the third week of September, but Labor Day weekend often is seen as a threshold to wind down summer activities into life's normal routines.

Before we hasten back to our routines, though, it may be timely and wise to pay attention to what the summer brought across the United States, including Indian Country.

Summer wildfires in the West put members of the Klamath Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservations and other Native Americans at risk. Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in the Southeast, including devastation to the United Houma Nation. These and other weather incidents across the country proved that maybe we should not settle back into our routines when it comes to Mother Earth.



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