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.
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.
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.
Five lessons for Indian Country from the Canadian elections
Five lessons for Indian Country from the Canadian elections
A record 54 indigenous candidates ran in this election, but still occupy just three percent of the House of Commons.
Congress should appoint delegates to represent tribal nations
Congress should appoint delegates to represent tribal nations
Why indigenous voices are needed to make U.S. a better democracy.
Demographic shifts and the Native voting block
Demographic shifts and the Native voting block
In 1980, 20 percent of the U.S. population was minority; today, 37 percent is.
Tribal sovereignty remains Alaska’s unfinished business
Tribal sovereignty remains Alaska’s unfinished business
Do Alaska Native tribes posses sovereignty?
Four reasons why Keystone is a goner
Four reasons why Keystone is a goner
Climate change? Treaty rights? Sure, but the real killer is The Market.
Making sure every Native voter has the opportunity to cast a ballot
Keys to South Dakota Senate race: Tribal votes and Keystone XL
Keys to South Dakota Senate race: Tribal votes and Keystone XL
Is the die already cast for the upcoming election?
Economy, distrust complicate allocation of tribal settlement money
Economy, distrust complicate allocation of tribal settlement money
$1 billion tribal settlement mostly goes to individuals, although tribe-wide investments would have greater benefit.
Will the Badlands become the first tribal national park?
Will the Badlands become the first tribal national park?
Oglala Lakota leaders hope to transform their bombed-out Badlands and help lift the tribe out of poverty, but it won’t be easy.
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.
Regaining identity through restoration
Regaining identity through restoration
Charles Wilkinson’s new book describes how a tribe “terminated” by the federal government fought to regain its identity.
Crow Tribe to vote on water compact
Federal settlement could fund reservation infrastructure improvements.
Cobell, settled at last
Federal government finally accounts for money mismanagement of tribal nations.
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