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To Manage Wildfire, California Looks To What Tribes Have Known All Along

For more than a century, California's Native American tribes were largely banned from doing traditional burning of the landscape. Now, they're restoring that practice to help prevent fires.

One Climate team member, Beth Rose Middleton, talks about creating hands-on experiences regarding cultural burning for land stewardship on National Public Radio.


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This video from 2018 features Ron Goode, Tribal Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe, leading Beth Rose Middleton Manning's students through a cultural burn. Students participated in preparing the land and igniting the fire, and contributed to a historic indigenous tradition. Cultural burning practices empower Native American communities, and could possibly be used a tool to help alleviate devastating wildfires.

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