Tribal Affairs

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe goes solar
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe goes solar
An image of sovereignty in the Colorado high desert.
High Country News wins 19 National Native Media Awards
High Country News wins 19 National Native Media Awards
For the past two years, we’ve built a tribal affairs desk that centers Native voices for a Native audience.
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.
No happy ending in ‘The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open’
No happy ending in ‘The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open’
The new film is a character study of two Indigenous women developing a rocky friendship in real time.
California governor apologizes to tribal nations for past atrocities
California governor apologizes to tribal nations for past atrocities
‘It’s called genocide. There’s no other way to describe it.’
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.
Characters on the margins: An interview with Sydney Freeland
Characters on the margins: An interview with Sydney Freeland
Navajo director Sydney Freeland shares the story behind a career spent celebrating the lives of outsiders and underdogs.
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.
‘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.
Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
The Obama administration wanted to rethink coal leasing; now, Trump is rushing forward.
The Cherokee Nation’s next chief will have a big footprint in Indian Country
The Cherokee Nation’s next chief will have a big footprint in Indian Country
Saturday’s election in the largest Native American tribe could shape policy and law in tribal communities across the country.
Where water is life, many on the Pine Ridge Reservation go thirsty
Where water is life, many on the Pine Ridge Reservation go thirsty
A pipeline’s promise is fulfilled for white ranchers while tribal communities are left waiting.
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.
Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
83% of respondents said stories about tribal government affairs often go unreported due to censorship.
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.
Tantoo Cardinal shines in the new film ‘Falls Around Her’
Tantoo Cardinal shines in the new film ‘Falls Around Her’
Darlene Naponse and Tantoo Cardinal team up to create a fascinating study of a First Nations musician who leaves her career behind.
Indigenous educators fight for an accurate history of California
Indigenous educators fight for an accurate history of California
The Golden State is ignoring a history of violence against Native Americans.
The Blackfeet Nation is opening its own national park
The Blackfeet Nation is opening its own national park
Members of the Blackfeet Nation want tourists to understand how the story of Glacier National Park is really the story of their nation.
Indian Country can help solve rural America’s decline
Indian Country can help solve rural America’s decline
Tribal homelands have an edge for luring tourist dollars and retaining communities.
Portraits of resilience
Portraits of resilience
Through tintypes, Kaska Dena photographer Kali Spitzer creates collaborative images of her community.
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.
How ‘pretendians’ undermine the rights of Indigenous people
How ‘pretendians’ undermine the rights of Indigenous people
We must guard against harmful public discourse about Native identity as much as we guard against harmful policy.
Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Oppression of tribal nations denies our shared potential to harness the power of sport.
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