Indigenous Affairs

Beads are easier to connect than family
Beads are easier to connect than family
In Beth Piatote’s first short-story collection, a niece learns beading and other lessons.
Native nonfiction authors experiment with form in new anthology
Native nonfiction authors experiment with form in new anthology
In a collection of essays, writers defy expectations and examine place.
Interview: On negotiating brutality and beauty
Interview: On negotiating brutality and beauty
In his debut collection, poet Jake Skeets summons beauty through darkness.
Joy Harjo’s singing trees and trickster saxophones
Joy Harjo’s singing trees and trickster saxophones
The U.S. poet laureate’s new collection of poems incorporates history and breaks time.
When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid
When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid
U.S. citizens recovering from natural disasters receive $26 per person, per year from the federal government. Tribal citizens? Just $3.
The U.S. has spent more money erasing Native languages than saving them
The U.S. has spent more money erasing Native languages than saving them
As tribes fight to save their languages from extinction, has the government done enough?
Salmon swim above the Grand Coulee Dam for first time in 80 years
Salmon swim above the Grand Coulee Dam for first time in 80 years
Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation gather to begin a new cycle for salmon.
A hunt for tribal recognition at the U.S.-Canada border
A hunt for tribal recognition at the U.S.-Canada border
Rick Desautel shot an elk to prove the Arrow Lakes Band — unrecognized as a First Nation in Canada — still exists.
A canoe journey to Alcatraz on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
A canoe journey to Alcatraz on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay island’s occupation.
Feds give Navajo uranium contract to firm with sketchy past
Feds give Navajo uranium contract to firm with sketchy past
A High Country News investigation finds the EPA awarded Tetra Tech a contract despite knowing its subsidiary had likely engaged in data manipulation, false reporting and profiteering.
The U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West
The U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West
Indian boarding schools held Native American youth hostage in exchange for land cessions.
Ancestral remains to be returned to Navajo and Hopi nations
Ancestral remains to be returned to Navajo and Hopi nations
Finland will repatriate more than 600 items to 26 tribes.
‘Smoke Signals’ was needed, but it doesn’t hold up
‘Smoke Signals’ was needed, but it doesn’t hold up
The seminal film, while important for finally having Native representation, relied on stereotypes.
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
A Yurok Tribe resolution allows cases to be brought on behalf of the river as a person in tribal court.
An Indigenous way of life for these California tribes breaks state laws
An Indigenous way of life for these California tribes breaks state laws
In Mendocino County, ‘guerrilla gatherers’ risk fines and jail time to keep food culture alive.
Stickball: Indigenous women show who’s got game
Stickball: Indigenous women show who’s got game
Physicality and communication are key elements at the Choctaw Nation’s annual tournament.
America’s obsession with killing Indians hasn’t died
America’s obsession with killing Indians hasn’t died
Why remaking ‘Last of the Mohicans’ isn’t just damaging, it’s lazy and unimaginative.
San Juan County ends legal fight against Voting Rights Act decision
San Juan County ends legal fight against Voting Rights Act decision
The first-ever Navajo majority commission halted a legal challenge to the ruling that ended discriminatory voting boundaries.
Far-right extremists appropriate Indigenous struggles for violent ends
Far-right extremists appropriate Indigenous struggles for violent ends
From Nazi Germany to Norway and El Paso, white nationalists use Indigenous imagery to justify racist violence.
A Maori filmmaker and the fight for proper Indigenous narratives
A Maori filmmaker and the fight for proper Indigenous narratives
Hepi Mita offers a fascinating look at his mother’s life in ‘Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen.’
Lingerie company Yandy quietly removes Native American-themed costumes
Lingerie company Yandy quietly removes Native American-themed costumes
Dozens of Native American-themed costumes are no longer available online.
When public lands become tribal lands again
When public lands become tribal lands again
A story of fire, stolen lands, and how hard it is to get the U.S. to follow its own laws.
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
Public lands are often the only places where Indigenous sacred landscapes still exist.
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