Tribal Affairs

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.
A judge’s ruling on Standing Rock reinforces treaty rights
A judge’s ruling on Standing Rock reinforces treaty rights
The first in a series of lawsuits sides with tribal sovereignty.
Police shootings of Native Americans spark a movement
Police shootings of Native Americans spark a movement
A new generation of activists on and off reservations struggle for visibility.
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Zinke is losing the faith of a tribal coalition as a monument review looms.
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A major federal court decision acknowledges that tribes have priority rights to groundwater — and could limit how much other users can take.
What the Navajo Generating Station will leave behind
What the Navajo Generating Station will leave behind
Cleaner air, wounded economies.
Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans
Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans
Tribal issues cut across party lines.
Journalist arrested amid Dakota Access protests
Journalist arrested amid Dakota Access protests
Jenni Monet’s jailing raises concerns about press freedom and the First Amendment.
Five ways Indian Country can challenge Trump’s policies
Five ways Indian Country can challenge Trump’s policies
Practical pointers for resistance.
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
Protesters from afar didn’t just take a stand in North Dakota — they brought the movement back home.
How Standing Rock blew up
How Standing Rock blew up
In a short time, a tribal concern became a massive movement.
Standing Rock’s men at war
Standing Rock’s men at war
By challenging our myths of the West and its warriors, Native men find their voice.
Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
The Blackfeet Tribe fought for this decision for more than 30 years.
How Obama began to mend broken tribal relations
How Obama began to mend broken tribal relations
Native American leaders say Obama’s legacy is this: He listened.
What Trump’s Interior Secretary pick could mean for tribes
What Trump’s Interior Secretary pick could mean for tribes
Rep. Ryan Zinke has long listened to Montana tribes, but environmentalists say he tilts in favor of extractive industry.
We talked to protesters at Standing Rock. Here’s what they learned.
We talked to protesters at Standing Rock. Here’s what they learned.
What protesters are thinking as crowds dissipate and cold seizes camp.
At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
‘Water protectors’ say they won’t move on a Dec. 5 eviction notice.
Meet Denise Juneau, who hopes to be the first Native American woman in Congress
Meet Denise Juneau, who hopes to be the first Native American woman in Congress
Indian Country votes will help determine whether this seat flips to blue.
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
The feds have promised lodging at traditional fish camps — but haven’t delivered.
Salmon power
Salmon power
A historic legal victory could give Alaska tribes more control over their fish, wildlife and homelands.
Native American women still have the highest rates of rape and assault
Native American women still have the highest rates of rape and assault
A flawed tribal court structure, little local law enforcement and a lack of funding fail to protect women from violence.
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