Justice

Can Indian Country  withstand the new Supreme Court?
Can Indian Country withstand the new Supreme Court?
The High Court is set to hear a case that will affect thousands of Native kids. Is it qualified to judge?
Will the Supreme Court gut the Clean Water Act?
Will the Supreme Court gut the Clean Water Act?
The justices could remove federal protection from 80% of the Southwest’s streams.
How to prevent a hike from resulting in a heist
How to prevent a hike from resulting in a heist
A new proposal aims to make trailheads near Seattle safe from car break-ins — but some worry it could compromise their own safety.
Workers report feeling unsafe at Nevada’s largest gold-mining corporation
Workers report feeling unsafe at Nevada’s largest gold-mining corporation
After a controversial merger put the company in the hands of Barrick Gold Corp, employees say the shift has incentivized production over worker safety.
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.
(Not) one nation, under God
(Not) one nation, under God
To truly become a more equal society, look to our youth, the ‘nones.’
The EPA has more options to rein in climate change than you think
The EPA has more options to rein in climate change than you think
There are still many ways to shut down major polluters — including some options the agency isn’t using.
Jury awards damages to Lummi Nation for 2017 fish spill
Jury awards damages to Lummi Nation for 2017 fish spill
After suing the Canadian corporation for negligence, the tribe was recently awarded $595,000.
The Supreme Court’s attack on tribal sovereignty, explained
The Supreme Court’s attack on tribal sovereignty, explained
Four federal Indian law experts digest the Supreme Court’s ‘shocking‘ decision to grant state governments the power to prosecute crimes in Indian Country.
SCOTUS has shown poor judgment before
SCOTUS has shown poor judgment before
Remembering Japanese internment on a journey to Heart Mountain as Roe falls.
Who does the state of Wyoming consider a poacher?
Who does the state of Wyoming consider a poacher?
Three years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the Crow Tribe’s off-reservation hunting rights. But treaty hunters in Wyoming still risk prosecution, even as non-Natives poach wildlife on tribal land with impunity.
The Colorado stream case that could revolutionize river access
The Colorado stream case that could revolutionize river access
‘There are waters I’ve wanted to fish for 50 years, and I’ve been denied the use of a state-owned resource.’
A chronic polluter closes its doors. What’s next?
A chronic polluter closes its doors. What’s next?
The owner of a wood treatment plant is trying to walk away from its mess in West Eugene, Oregon. Neighbors say, not so fast.
A community poisoned by oil
A community poisoned by oil
People living in Wilmington, California, experience higher levels of illness and ailing mental health.
Nebraska’s curious ‘canal to nowhere’ would siphon water from Colorado
Nebraska’s curious ‘canal to nowhere’ would siphon water from Colorado
Water experts say the $500 million project won’t really do anything to help the Cornhusker State’s water supplies. What’s going on?
Reconsidering Wilma Mankiller
Reconsidering Wilma Mankiller
As the Cherokee Nation’s first female chief’s image is minted onto a coin, her full humanity should be examined.
When the heat is unbearable but there’s nowhere to go
When the heat is unbearable but there’s nowhere to go
How last year’s record-breaking heat wave caused misery and chaos for Washington’s incarcerated population — and why it’s set to happen all over again.
Western courts grapple with climate change
Western courts grapple with climate change
Rocky Mountain teens sue over fossil fuel-friendly policies.
How a California archive reconnected a New Mexico family with its Chinese roots
How a California archive reconnected a New Mexico family with its Chinese roots
Aimee Towi Mae Tang’s Chinese American family never talked about the past. She decided to change that.
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.
How a Tacoma gas facility started a fight over climate change, sovereignty and human rights
How a Tacoma gas facility started a fight over climate change, sovereignty and human rights
A Washington methane gas project is compounding a crisis of tribal consultation, pension funds and national immigration practices.
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