American Indian Solutions to Environmental Challenges

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Our Homeland

Located in northern New York, along the Canadian border, the Akwesasne Mohawk people live in an ecologically rich environment. The people are closely tied to their homelands and the resources they’ve used for centuries.

Key Terms

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    A compound that causes the leaves or foliage to drop from a plant.

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    A substance used to kill pests or contain their activities.

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    A thin, flat, pliable wood strip prepared by splitting a log.

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    A low-lying area that is saturated with water for all or part of the year.

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    An area of land reserved in treaty negotiations for tribes’ exclusive use.

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Explore: Baskets

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Try These Questions

Which of the following is not a condition that encourages black ash growth?
What qualities make a black ash tree good for basketmaking?
True or false? In New York, road maintenance crews have tried to kill off the sweetgrass Mohawk people use in basketmaking because many people find the grass unsightly.

Take Notes for Story Project

What is the local environment like? (land, water, climate, plants, animals)

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Name some ways the environment supports the tribe’s cultural traditions and economy.

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