Indigenous Affairs

Honoring Blackfeet author James Welch: A Q&A with Lois Welch
Honoring Blackfeet author James Welch: A Q&A with Lois Welch
The former director of the University of Montana’s creative writing program reflects on life with her late husband and the upcoming James Welch Native Lit Festival.
At Oak Flat, courts and politicians fail tribes
At Oak Flat, courts and politicians fail tribes
Chi’chil Biłdagoteel exemplifies the larger struggle tribes face over protecting off-reservation, culturally important lands.
What Indigenous leaders think about co-managing Bears Ears with the feds
What Indigenous leaders think about co-managing Bears Ears with the feds
Native advocates share their hopes and relief after decades of fighting for their ancestral lands.
Police shootings of Native Americans spark a movement
Police shootings of Native Americans spark a movement
A new generation of activists on and off reservations struggle for visibility.
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Zinke is losing the faith of a tribal coalition as a monument review looms.
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A major federal court decision acknowledges that tribes have priority rights to groundwater — and could limit how much other users can take.
What the Navajo Generating Station will leave behind
What the Navajo Generating Station will leave behind
Cleaner air, wounded economies.
Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans
Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans
Tribal issues cut across party lines.
Journalist arrested amid Dakota Access protests
Journalist arrested amid Dakota Access protests
Jenni Monet’s jailing raises concerns about press freedom and the First Amendment.
Five ways Indian Country can challenge Trump’s policies
Five ways Indian Country can challenge Trump’s policies
Practical pointers for resistance.
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
Protesters from afar didn’t just take a stand in North Dakota — they brought the movement back home.
How Standing Rock blew up
How Standing Rock blew up
In a short time, a tribal concern became a massive movement.
Standing Rock’s men at war
Standing Rock’s men at war
By challenging our myths of the West and its warriors, Native men find their voice.
Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
The Blackfeet Tribe fought for this decision for more than 30 years.
How Obama began to mend broken tribal relations
How Obama began to mend broken tribal relations
Native American leaders say Obama’s legacy is this: He listened.
What Trump’s Interior Secretary pick could mean for tribes
What Trump’s Interior Secretary pick could mean for tribes
Rep. Ryan Zinke has long listened to Montana tribes, but environmentalists say he tilts in favor of extractive industry.
We talked to protesters at Standing Rock. Here’s what they learned.
We talked to protesters at Standing Rock. Here’s what they learned.
What protesters are thinking as crowds dissipate and cold seizes camp.
At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
‘Water protectors’ say they won’t move on a Dec. 5 eviction notice.
Meet Denise Juneau, who hopes to be the first Native American woman in Congress
Meet Denise Juneau, who hopes to be the first Native American woman in Congress
Indian Country votes will help determine whether this seat flips to blue.
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
The feds have promised lodging at traditional fish camps — but haven’t delivered.
Salmon power
Salmon power
A historic legal victory could give Alaska tribes more control over their fish, wildlife and homelands.
Native American women still have the highest rates of rape and assault
Native American women still have the highest rates of rape and assault
A flawed tribal court structure, little local law enforcement and a lack of funding fail to protect women from violence.
A new Klamath water deal emerges, but unease persists
A new Klamath water deal emerges, but unease persists
Agreement picks up the pieces of the failed landmark accords.
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