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Are Ohio Native Sites Poised for World Heritage Designation?

Magnificent 2,000-year-old Indigenous earthworks in Ohio may be headed for equally grand accolades. In 2023, UNESCO  is expected to designate them  World Heritage sites. As such, the sites would join Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Chartres Cathedral and other places UNESCO has deemed of great historical and cultural importance to humanity. A version of my article below, about tribal involvement in the process, first appeared in 2019 on  Rural America In These Times .  For more on topics like this, please see my book,  American Apartheid: The Native American Struggle.... Ohio’s many monumental earthworks were laid out with a “god’s eye view” in mind, says a research team. C hief Billy Friend of the  Wyandotte Nation  addressed a crowd in Dublin, Ohio. The event was a celebration of the city’s new  Ferris-Wright Park , which features several of the state’s numerous ancient geometric earthworks and mounds, or artificial hills.  Ancestors of today’s Native people built the earthen sites betw

Time to Save the Planet!

Winter hasn’t hit hard yet in much of the country. Talk to gardeners in your area and see whether you still have time to plant trees and enable their positive effects on the climate. A version of this article first appeared in 2018, but its topic is even more urgent now. For more on related subjects, see my book, American Apartheid: The Native American Struggle.... D on’t despair about the immense challenges the planet faces. So says Clayton Apikan Brascoup√©, a Mohawk farmer, shown left, who has lived and worked for many years at Tesuque Pueblo, in New Mexico. What to do? “Start by planting trees,” he says. “They are a positive answer to climate change and much more. Trees build up soils organically and increase their water-holding capacity. They sequester excess climate-altering carbon dioxide. They attract beneficial insects that help other crops and produce food, medicine, building material and other useful items. Planting them can transform a community.”  Brascoup√© directs the Trad