Justice

When Arizona catches fire, prisoners step up
When Arizona catches fire, prisoners step up
In one of the West’s harshest penal systems, incarcerated wildfire fighters learn to see themselves anew.
A vigil about the true cost of family separation
A vigil about the true cost of family separation
Outside a controversial detention center in Colorado, protestors highlight both the family burdens from and the profitability of deportation.
A family held their relatives captive; a community set them free
A family held their relatives captive; a community set them free
A labor trafficking case shows Westerners can sometimes still count on each other to protect those in need.
Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
The federal government is giving contracts to agencies with checkered pasts and denying legally required aid.
How to Indigenize the Green New Deal and environmental justice
How to Indigenize the Green New Deal and environmental justice
Native nations and activists must have a seat at the table.
Lawmakers can address the MMIW crisis. Will they?
Lawmakers can address the MMIW crisis. Will they?
Canada is taking major steps to stop the murder of Indigenous women and girls. The U.S. needs to do the same.
Farmers turn to prisons to fill labor needs
Farmers turn to prisons to fill labor needs
With immigration numbers low, the agriculture industry looks to another form of disenfranchised workers.
Indigenous people face higher suicide rates in Washington jails
Indigenous people face higher suicide rates in Washington jails
Native Americans are disproportionately more likely to be in Northwest jails.
Gun-safety debate reaches Montana’s Supreme Court
Gun-safety debate reaches Montana’s Supreme Court
The politically charged case could give cities the power to curb high rates of gun violence.
‘This is genocide’: The final report of Canada’s inquiry into MMIWG
‘This is genocide’: The final report of Canada’s inquiry into MMIWG
The 1,200-page inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is firm in its calls to justice.
Treaty rights prevail in Supreme Court
Treaty rights prevail in Supreme Court
In a 5-4 vote, the court disagreed that Wyoming’s statehood nullified a Crow Tribe hunting treaty.
How do tribal nations’ treaties figure into climate change?
How do tribal nations’ treaties figure into climate change?
U.S. courts rarely favor environmental protections as a right — except when it comes to tribes expressing their treaty rights.
The grassroots groups helping asylum-seekers on the border
The grassroots groups helping asylum-seekers on the border
‘We had no choice but to make it work.’
Native American athletes and fans face ongoing racism
Native American athletes and fans face ongoing racism
The U.S. has seen a rise in hate crimes, but data shows that bigotry is a constant in Indian Country.
The woman in search of Indian Country’s missing
The woman in search of Indian Country’s missing
When authorities fail families, Lissa Yellowbird-Chase steps in.
South Dakota pushes bills to prosecute ‘riot-boosting’ ahead of pipeline construction
South Dakota pushes bills to prosecute ‘riot-boosting’ ahead of pipeline construction
The bills would allow the state to sue protesters — and their supporters — and use the money for pipeline-related costs.
New Mexico lawmakers focus on equity in the outdoors
New Mexico lawmakers focus on equity in the outdoors
A new fund would help low-income youth play in their public lands.
‘Things are not going to get better for a long time’
‘Things are not going to get better for a long time’
PG&E’s bankruptcy complicates an already difficult recovery for Camp Fire survivors.
Police-state tactics at the U.S.-Mexico border
Police-state tactics at the U.S.-Mexico border
The real crisis at the border is of Trump’s own making.
When conservation provides a cover for anti-Indigenous sentiments
When conservation provides a cover for anti-Indigenous sentiments
A nation of laws cannot exist on stolen land.
Supreme Court takes on a case of treaty rights vs. state taxation
Supreme Court takes on a case of treaty rights vs. state taxation
The Yakama Nation and Washington state square off over a right to travel without burden.
The Green New Deal is already at work in one Portland neighborhood
The Green New Deal is already at work in one Portland neighborhood
How one community is building a green workforce to combat climate change.
Why was a study on trafficking in Indian Country canceled?
Why was a study on trafficking in Indian Country canceled?
After the Trump administration transition, the Department of Justice killed a critical needs assessment initiative.
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