Indigenous Affairs

Cherokee Nation adopted racism from Europeans. It’s time to reject it.
Cherokee Nation adopted racism from Europeans. It’s time to reject it.
As our tribe debates Cherokee history and identity, Cherokee citizens with white privilege carry the most responsibility to move our tribe forward.
How the ‘only family’ argument is used against Indigenous families
How the ‘only family’ argument is used against Indigenous families
The phrasing was once deployed to keep Native families together under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Now, the narrative has been reversed.
‘What choice do we have?’
‘What choice do we have?’
As the Arctic warms, the Inupiat adapt.
Fighting and winning with Louise Erdrich
Fighting and winning with Louise Erdrich
The author opens up to Tommy Orange about family, her new novel and the third wave of Indigenous writing.
Tribal nations demand response to climate relocation
Tribal nations demand response to climate relocation
Five Indigenous communities have asked the U.N. to investigate the United States’ failure to live up to legal obligations.
A captive orca and a chance for our redemption
A captive orca and a chance for our redemption
Tokitae has spent nearly 50 years in captivity. It’s time she returned home.
Agricultural extension agents help farms succeed. But in Indian Country, they’re scarce.
Agricultural extension agents help farms succeed. But in Indian Country, they’re scarce.
On the Hopi Reservation, one agent is helping her community grow food. But for how long?
Coronavirus shows we must change how we live or face self-destruction
Coronavirus shows we must change how we live or face self-destruction
Indigenous knowledge has a lot to teach us about global pandemics.
Land-grab universities
Land-grab universities
Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system.
Further reading on HCN’s land-grants university investigation
Further reading on HCN’s land-grants university investigation
Dive deep into our bibliography.
How we investigated the land-grant university system
How we investigated the land-grant university system
A methodology of our two-year inquiry into the origin of wealth that undergirds the nation’s system of higher education.
Misrepresenting traditional knowledge during COVID-19 is dangerous
Misrepresenting traditional knowledge during COVID-19 is dangerous
Indigenous scholars say claims of herbal cures amounts to malpractice.
MMIW families still need enforceable legislation
MMIW families still need enforceable legislation
Too often, tribal, state and federal governments mishandle cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. This has to change.
‘This system cannot be sustained’
‘This system cannot be sustained’
This year, tribal nations enter negotiations over Colorado River water.
The Cherokee Nation once fought to disenroll Gov. Kevin Stitt’s ancestors
The Cherokee Nation once fought to disenroll Gov. Kevin Stitt’s ancestors
Documents show the Oklahoma governor’s connections to the tribe may have originated in an act of fraud more than 100 years ago.
Oklahoma’s tribes unite against a common foe: Their Cherokee governor
Oklahoma’s tribes unite against a common foe: Their Cherokee governor
Gov. Kevin Stitt’s demands for more money from Indian casinos have sparked a bitter feud with economically powerful tribes — including his own.
Indigenous women face extra barriers when it comes to reproductive rights
Indigenous women face extra barriers when it comes to reproductive rights
Across Indian Country, advocates claim Indian Health Service is failing Indigenous women.
As the 2020 elections loom, the House hears testimony about Native voting rights
As the 2020 elections loom, the House hears testimony about Native voting rights
The hearing coincided with an appeals court allowing Arizona’s ban on ‘ballot-harvesting’ — a practice advocates say helps Native voter turnout.
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reintroduces bighorn sheep on tribal lands
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reintroduces bighorn sheep on tribal lands
For the first time in roughly 100 years, the species returns to historic habitat.
How an Indigenous filmmaker is challenging narratives and boundaries
How an Indigenous filmmaker is challenging narratives and boundaries
Adam Piron’s film collective, COUSIN, pushes the needle in the Indigenous film ecosystem.
One woman took a stand against tribal disenrollment and paid for it
One woman took a stand against tribal disenrollment and paid for it
How a burglary, social media and politics led to a Nooksack Tribal Councilwoman being bullied out of office.
Indigenous zines elevate authenticity
Indigenous zines elevate authenticity
The craft’s lack of limitation allows for powerful storytelling.
The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrates federal recognition
The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrates federal recognition
The tribal nation in Montana is the 574th to be recognized by the United States.
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