Indigenous Affairs

New study finds DDT in California condors
New study finds DDT in California condors
Chemicals dumped in the 1970s are still seeping into the food chain. But the Yurok Tribe is confident their birds will be OK.
The Yurok Tribe is bringing condors home to Northern California skies
The Yurok Tribe is bringing condors home to Northern California skies
Hunters, dairy farmers, utility operators, loggers, government agents and conservationists have all supported the tribe in helping North America’s largest land-based birds.
Duwamish Tribe sues Interior in federal court, alleging sex discrimination
Duwamish Tribe sues Interior in federal court, alleging sex discrimination
After decades of back-and-forth with federal authorities, the matrilineal descendants of Chief Seattle want federal recognition, once and for all.
The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development
The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development
Alisha Murphy discusses her vision of a robust tribal economy and the importance of community input.
Two Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage
Two Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage
Tribal communities in Arizona and Utah face environmental problems connected to the same radioactive resource: uranium.
The plan to ensure Indigenous peoples have a voice at the U.N.
The plan to ensure Indigenous peoples have a voice at the U.N.
At the close of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, leaders urge greater protections for human rights.
How place names impact the way we see landscape
How place names impact the way we see landscape
Western landscapes and their names are stratified with personal memories, ancestral teachings, mythic events and colonial disturbances.
Indigenous women say ‘no’ to extraction for sustainable future
Indigenous women say ‘no’ to extraction for sustainable future
Women from the frontlines of extraction projects, and the boardrooms that fund them, came together to call for the end of extraction to ensure a sustainable future.
Following 14,000-gallon fuel spill, Pacific representatives call for U.N. investigation
Following 14,000-gallon fuel spill, Pacific representatives call for U.N. investigation
Indigenous youth caucus calls for demilitarization of Hawai‘i.
‘This is what reconciliation work can look like’
‘This is what reconciliation work can look like’
A researcher explains why she’s using settler-colonial methods to interrogate settler-colonialism in national parks.
 Free, prior and informed consent is the gold standard of Indigenous rights. Why isn’t it followed?
Free, prior and informed consent is the gold standard of Indigenous rights. Why isn’t it followed?
Indigenous leaders at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples push for stronger support of the consultation process.
National parks center colonizer histories through place names
National parks center colonizer histories through place names
A recent study analyzes the impacts of appropriated and derogatory place names in the nation’s national parks.
Indigenous leaders convene at U.N. to push for human rights protections
Indigenous leaders convene at U.N. to push for human rights protections
The international forum provides a rare opportunity for communities from across the globe to meet. Here’s what’s on the table.
On ‘Yellowstone,’ and the white desire to control the narrative
On ‘Yellowstone,’ and the white desire to control the narrative
We don’t share land here.
Revolution, Coast Salish Style now!
Revolution, Coast Salish Style now!
Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe on accepting failure as a path to creative healing in her debut memoir, ‘Red Paint.’
Interior is pushing states to replace derogatory place names with colonial ones
Interior is pushing states to replace derogatory place names with colonial ones
In Washington, 18 place names with the ‘sq—’ slur are being changed to names like ‘Columbia.’ State officials say that’s not good enough.
The children at rest in 4-H Park
The children at rest in 4-H Park
The city of Albuquerque is finally working to address the legacy of its boarding school cemetery.
Images from the first-known Native American female photographer
Images from the first-known Native American female photographer
Jennie Ross Cobb put her subjects at ease for uniquely candid photos from early 1900s Indian Territory.
Congress meets with Native leaders to discuss co-management of federal lands
Congress meets with Native leaders to discuss co-management of federal lands
Staving off attempts by Republican officials to talk about Russia, tribal leaders spent the morning in D.C. highlighting the benefits of co-management plans and tribal sovereignty.
Missing map by William Clark turns up with an unflattering revelation
Missing map by William Clark turns up with an unflattering revelation
The historian who found the map says it exposes an ‘aggressive’ colonizer.
Tribes along the Colorado River navigate a stacked settlement process to claim their water rights
Tribes along the Colorado River navigate a stacked settlement process to claim their water rights
The gantlet leaves those nations in an unjust state of limbo.
Tribes negotiate for a fairer future along the Colorado River
Tribes negotiate for a fairer future along the Colorado River
The Colorado River Interim Guidelines will expire in 2025, and Indigenous officials like Daryl Vigil are pushing to replace them with a more inclusive framework.
Colorado River, stolen by law
Colorado River, stolen by law
Indigenous nations have been an afterthought in U.S. water policy for over a century. That was all part of the plan.
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