black-footed ferret in burrow-usfwsNative peoples’ efforts to reintroduce fading species and restore habitats has unified environmentalists across regions — the Indigenous and non-indigenous alike.

Among the 2013 environmental victories, several species have bounced back, including a record return of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River. A healthy wolf population flourished in Yellowstone National Park, strengthening the wildlife web around it. And, tribes were instrumental in pulling the Black-Footed Ferrets back from the brink.

Here are some of the more notable wins, and the tribes involved in making them happen.

(READ the list at Indian Country Today)

Photo credit: Black-footed ferret – Fish and Wildlife Service

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