Tribal Affairs

How to tell better stories from Indian Country
How to tell better stories from Indian Country
Native communities are an integral part of the nation’s history—and future. It’s time we started treating them as such.
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
Utah-area tribes explain the continuing relevance of North America’s oldest spud.
A Northwest tribal sovereignty battle, centered on culverts
A Northwest tribal sovereignty battle, centered on culverts
21 tribal nations wait to see if the Supreme Court will hear a decades-old case about salmon.
Tribal nations fight removal of grizzly protections
Tribal nations fight removal of grizzly protections
Leaders worry delisting could invite energy exploration in historic areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new Klamath water deal emerges, but unease persists
A new Klamath water deal emerges, but unease persists
Agreement picks up the pieces of the failed landmark accords.
Can a legal victory make Indian Country whole again?
Can a legal victory make Indian Country whole again?
For over a century, federal law has split Native American land holdings into tiny pieces. A settlement unites some of the splinters, but at a steep cost.
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes have long wanted a stake in the state's occasional oil booms, but the size, scope and speed of the Bakken development caught them completely unprepared.