This open access online journal gives preference to publishing high impact articles written by Native Americans, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous peoples. We also publish infographics, maps, and other forms of media. The goal of this journal is to provide a place where individuals can share, access information, and humbly offer strategies for issues facing Native, Indigenous, Aborigine, American Indian, and First Nations peoples.
The Palouse Prairie, A Vanishing Indigenous Peoples GardenThe Palouse Prairie, A Vanishing Indigenous Peoples Garden by Cleve Davis, 2 February 2019
Abstract Native biodiversity has countless benefits to all peoples, but probably no more so than the people of Indigenous societies. However, with global biodiversity declining at unprecedented rates the loss is contributing to the erosion of Indigenous cultures, languages, and health. One place, where biodiversity decline has occurred at an excessive level is the Palouse prairie in the Pacific northwest. Prior to contact with Euro-Americans, the Palouse prairie was once a vast garden for Indigenous peoples. Although Indigenous peoples have relied upon the biodiversity of the Palouse for millennia, very little of the natural prairie remains. The purpose of this study was to quantify what remains of the garden (prairie) and to assess the abundance of culturally important native plants. Using remote sensing, it was found that only 1.7% of the garden remains within the region. Analysis of plot-based data revealed the frequency of food, medicinal, and other beneficial native plants is low. Steps should be taken to preserve the genetic diversity of the region before threats eliminate important native plant species. Establishment and tending to natural gardens, legal protection of prairie, and incentives to landowners to conserve prairie on private lands may help reduce the decline of native plant biodiversity.
The aim of this journal is to create hope and positive change in the lives of Native peoples, inform and encourage discussion. Therefore, the following guidelines have been established. All papers must be based upon truthful information, which includes what is known as Native Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. In this spirit, the review process may require researchers to submit their information sources and data. We also have limited capacity to publish data, and if you are interested in publishing your data here let us know. As we strive for transparency, all funding source used to support the research must be identified on all submissions. The list of authors should also reflect those who contributed significant information towards the research. In other words, if your research involved work with Native peoples you should carefully consider how you are going to acknowledge these individuals, and whether they want to be acknowledged or not, well before conducting the research.