American Indian Solutions to Environmental Challenges

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Our Strategies

In order to solve current environmental problems, the Campo Kumeyaay have turned to their traditional practices of land management. Today they are using ancient Kumeyaay knowledge to bring surface water back to the reservation.

Key Terms

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    Any physical, chemical, biological, or radiological substance or matter that has an adverse effect on air, water, or soil.

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    Knowledge within a culture about plants and how they have been used as foods, medicines, or tools. This knowledge is remembered and passed down from generation to generation.

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    The topsoil, sand, and minerals washed from the land into water, usually after rain or snow melt.

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    The underground level at which the soil becomes saturated with water.

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    A channel occupied, or formerly occupied, by a stream.

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Explore: Restoring a Damaged Wetland

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Try These Questions

What is the first thing that happens when the rock-drop method is used to restore a stream bed?
Rock-drop method
True or false? To earn money for the tribe, the Campos plan to sell wind power.
Windmills
Through their environmental work, the Campo people are restoring the plants that are part of their heritage. Which of the plants shown below do they use for basket weaving?

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How are the people of this Native community working to repair the damage to the environment?

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Which groups of people are working together to fix the environment?

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