Tribal Affairs

In Montana, anti-public lands and anti-Native groups converge
In Montana, anti-public lands and anti-Native groups converge
At a property rights conference, prominent critics of tribal sovereignty and federal land management found common ground.
National Congress of American Indians roiled by claims of harassment and misconduct
National Congress of American Indians roiled by claims of harassment and misconduct
Indian Country’s most prominent advocacy group will meet this month amid massive staff departures and calls for investigations.
5 obstacles for Native voters in the November midterms
5 obstacles for Native voters in the November midterms
Native Americans have low participation rates in federal and state elections, but the problem doesn’t lay with political passivism.
Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
In rural areas without access to banking, tribal enterprises are helping fill gaps.
Latest: Yurok Tribe cancels salmon season on Klamath River
Latest: Yurok Tribe cancels salmon season on Klamath River
For the third year in a row, the tribal citizens won’t have commercial fishing.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s impact on Indian Country
Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s impact on Indian Country
The recently confirmed justice was heavily opposed by Indigenous leaders.
Tribal members bear the cost of ending blood quantum certificates
Tribal members bear the cost of ending blood quantum certificates
The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ move to abruptly end its longstanding ‘policy’ is disingenuous.
Why don’t anti-Indian groups count as hate groups?
Why don’t anti-Indian groups count as hate groups?
The current understanding of ‘hate groups’ excludes those who undermine tribal rights and sovereignty.
Indian Health Service provider vacancies a ‘never-ending cycle’
Indian Health Service provider vacancies a ‘never-ending cycle’
A new report reveals that chronic understaffing at the Indian Health Service denies patients quality care.
We traveled 2,000 miles to save Chaco Canyon
We traveled 2,000 miles to save Chaco Canyon
Pueblo historic sites face oil and gas development on unprotected public lands.
A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force
A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force
Despite continuous underfunding, a new academy is training cadets to protect the Nation on its own terms.
Activists want to remove Seattle’s iconic totem poles
Activists want to remove Seattle’s iconic totem poles
Opponents say the art fixtures misrepresent the local Native community.
Where are the Indigenous children who never came home?
Where are the Indigenous children who never came home?
An untold number of students at Carlisle Indian School disappeared. Tribal nations raise the stakes in search of answers.
Congress must prioritize Native women through legislation
Congress must prioritize Native women through legislation
The critical Violence Against Women Act is set to expire at the end of this month.
Indigenous peoples are decolonizing virtual worlds
Indigenous peoples are decolonizing virtual worlds
Video games have a malicious history of inaccurate portrayals of Indigenous characters.
Navajo voters will pick presidential candidates from among 18 hopefuls
Navajo voters will pick presidential candidates from among 18 hopefuls
This year’s election centers on clean water, purged voter rolls and a fading coal economy.
How Native filmmakers are restoring cinematic narratives
How Native filmmakers are restoring cinematic narratives
Indigenous film festivals showcase Native stories, but more support is needed to reach mainstream audiences.
Trevor Noah owes Indigenous women an apology
Trevor Noah owes Indigenous women an apology
Racially and sexually objectifying Aboriginal women reflects a long practice in Australia and abroad.
The next Supreme Court pick could shape Indian law for decades
The next Supreme Court pick could shape Indian law for decades
The highest court in the land holds legal power over tribal nations, but it lacks knowledge of tribal law.
Meet the Native Americans running for office in 2018
Meet the Native Americans running for office in 2018
Indigenous candidates are seeking governorships, seats in Congress and more.
Journalism is less diverse than Hollywood — and Congress
Journalism is less diverse than Hollywood — and Congress
Stop enabling news organizations that shun inclusive coverage.
Pawnee comic Howie Echo-Hawk wants to see you squirm
Pawnee comic Howie Echo-Hawk wants to see you squirm
Echo-Hawk’s ‘punishment comedy’ draws on his experiences as an Indigenous man living in Seattle.
We are not Pocahontas
We are not Pocahontas
When Indians — especially Indian women — are used as props for a political agenda, call it out.
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