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.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s 1866 boundaries upheld by Supreme Court
Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s 1866 boundaries upheld by Supreme Court
‘Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word.’
Yellowstone grizzlies keep endangered species protections
Yellowstone grizzlies keep endangered species protections
A court ruling disallows sport hunting the bears in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
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.
Video: Reclaiming the Klamath
Video: Reclaiming the Klamath
Yurok attorney Amy Cordalis leads the tribe into litigation over more water for salmon in the Klamath.
Seattle volunteers look out for Black Lives Matter demonstrators
Seattle volunteers look out for Black Lives Matter demonstrators
As protests continue, mutual aid networks have sprouted up to provide food, medical assistance and rides home.
Catching a band of wildlife killers
Catching a band of wildlife killers
How a bounty of digital evidence led to the downfall of one of the nation’s deadliest poaching crews.
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
How a Revolutionary War-era flag evolved into an anti-government symbol.
Protesting immigrant detention during a pandemic
Protesting immigrant detention during a pandemic
Will new forms of collective action lead to permanent societal changes?
Fallout: First cancer, now delayed compensation for Indigenous downwinder communities
Fallout: First cancer, now delayed compensation for Indigenous downwinder communities
Bureaucratic roadblocks mean ‘apology’ payouts are hard to access for Indigenous communities exposed to nuclear tests.
Teenagers in ICE detention are worried about COVID-19
Teenagers in ICE detention are worried about COVID-19
Alone in Pacific Northwest facilities, undocumented youth are in precarious situations, advocates say.
Amidst North Dakota’s fracking boom, people keep disappearing
Amidst North Dakota’s fracking boom, people keep disappearing
Journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch documents Lissa Yellow Bird’s search for the missing.
Domestic violence in New Mexico is on the rise, but shelters are nearly empty
Domestic violence in New Mexico is on the rise, but shelters are nearly empty
Stay-at-home orders keep domestic violence survivors inside with their abusers.
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.
How the U.S. immigration system has grown increasingly cruel
How the U.S. immigration system has grown increasingly cruel
The nation’s migration deterrence policy shapes the way immigrants are seen and treated.
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.
A long journey awaits transgender migrants in detention
A long journey awaits transgender migrants in detention
After mistreatment by ICE, LGBTQ women are transferred around the West.
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Decriminalization campaigns follow a Denver ballot initiative to regulate shrooms that passed last year.
The residual power of Ammon Bundy
The residual power of Ammon Bundy
What’s it like when the West’s most notorious anti-government figure comes to your town?
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
The president’s executive order meant to limit resettlement, but the West is opting for more.
Our detention system is bankrupting immigrants
Our detention system is bankrupting immigrants
As corporations cash in, mixed-status families are thrown into deep poverty.
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