Justice

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.
Mustafa Santiago Ali describes the path forward for environmental justice
Mustafa Santiago Ali describes the path forward for environmental justice
Former EPA program leader shares ideas for federal action in the Biden administration.
How the Biden administration can reverse Trump’s environmental policies
How the Biden administration can reverse Trump’s environmental policies
And what actions the President-elect should prioritize.
How Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election
How Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election
In Arizona and Wisconsin, Native turnout — which often leans liberal — made the difference in Biden’s slim but winning margin.
Trump gutted NEPA regulations, but a Biden presidency could restore them
Trump gutted NEPA regulations, but a Biden presidency could restore them
An environmental lawyer discusses the future of the country’s bedrock environmental law.
The Alaska Native village of Kake defends their right to hunt
The Alaska Native village of Kake defends their right to hunt
The state of Alaska sues the Federal Subsistence Board for approving an emergency hunt for the Organized Village of Kake, despite the tribal community’s dire food shortage.
Tribes defend themselves against a pandemic and South Dakota’s state government
Tribes defend themselves against a pandemic and South Dakota’s state government
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe’s COVID-19 checkpoints are at stake.
How Portland’s mutual aid supports local Indigenous communities
How Portland’s mutual aid supports local Indigenous communities
In a time of crisis, communities come together to engineer their own response.
Tribal nations face continued voter suppression
Tribal nations face continued voter suppression
A new book explains barriers at the ballot box.
Tribal nations are decolonizing cultural protection
Tribal nations are decolonizing cultural protection
A new book looks at a ‘third way’ for Indian law.
Federal boots on city streets
Federal boots on city streets
With Congress gridlocked and courts restrained, public opinion confronts authoritarian tactics.
Indigenous and Black Lives Matter activists join forces in Oregon
Indigenous and Black Lives Matter activists join forces in Oregon
An acknowledged, shared history of oppression renews the fight for justice.
Thousands forced from their homes despite California’s eviction moratorium
Thousands forced from their homes despite California’s eviction moratorium
Without clear state orders, a loophole in the law allows sheriff departments decide whether to evict.
Is ‘dismal’ the best education New Mexicans can expect?
Is ‘dismal’ the best education New Mexicans can expect?
Families fight for multicultural, bilingual and educational equity in the face of governmental evasion.
Contested water settlements inflamed the Navajo Nation’s health crisis
Contested water settlements inflamed the Navajo Nation’s health crisis
Colonial laws and federal neglect created a worse-case scenario during a global pandemic.
How the Supreme Court upended a century of federal Indian law
How the Supreme Court upended a century of federal Indian law
Half of Oklahoma is set to become tribal reservations, but what does that mean for crimes committed on those lands?
Trading in Native artifacts does real harm
Trading in Native artifacts does real harm
Federal law is woefully incomplete and ineffective when it comes to protecting Indigenous lands from looting.
New Mexico’s thin blurred line
New Mexico’s thin blurred line
Police in the state have long flirted with radical right-wing vigilantism.
Trump admin erodes landmark law protecting communities and the environment
Trump admin erodes landmark law protecting communities and the environment
New National Environmental Policy Act rules limit public input and allow federal agencies to ignore climate impacts of infrastructure projects.
University of California remains vigilant amid DACA decision
University of California remains vigilant amid DACA decision
Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA program, but immigrant rights still have a long way to go.
Tribal courts should abolish cash bail
Tribal courts should abolish cash bail
A European justice model was forced onto tribes and should be done away with.
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