Guaranteed income in Chicago, first female Navajo leader, first new Black bank in 20 years

Chicago, metro, in front of Columbia College

In this edition of Squirrel News, Chicago and other cities test guaranteed income programs, women head key positions of the Navajo Nation and a new Black bank is established in Ohio.

Guaranteed income program piloted in Chicago area

Starting in December 2022, $500 grants were sent to more than 3,000 people who qualify for the new program.

Source: The New York Times

California households given $500 a month with no strings attached

More than 12,000 people are expected to receive money from universal basic income-like experiments in California.

Source: CalMatters

Navajo Nation selects historic female leadership

Crystalyne Curley is the first woman to be Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, among other firsts for the government.

Source: SourceNM

US’s first new Black bank in 20 years established in Columbus

Adelphi Bank, whose name pays homage to a 1920s Black-owned bank, raised almost $25 million in startup capital, turning to local investors in Ohio.

Source: Next City

Hedgerows help farmers improve soil, biodiversity

Farmer-to-farmer education in California drives efforts to rehedge farms, which helps control pests, improve soil and more.

Source: Civil Eats

Track-Chair Program helps people with disabilities “hike” in Colorado

Action Trackchairs, all-terrain wheelchairs, are being piloted at Staunton State Park in Pine, Colorado.

Source: KUNC

New technology helps treat severe epilepsy

More people are becoming epileptic seizure-free thanks to new treatments, such as electrodes and laster, addressing drug-resistant epilepsy.

Source: NPR

Unions turn to women to fill gaps in trade industries

Nonprofit TradesFutures is helping pay for childcare in New York and Wisconsin, as part of a larger effort to recruit and support tradewomen.

Source: The 19th

Foster program hopes to keep Indigenous children in their community

Simply Smiles’ 8-acre Children’s Village on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota aims to support Indigenous foster children and train foster parents.

Source: Kaiser Health News

Former poachers enlisted to conserve sea turtles in the Philippines

In La Union, an initiative uses the experience of former egg thieves, improving outcomes for both turtles and reformed conservationists.

Source: Deutsche Welle

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