Tribes

A road trip through New Mexico’s atomic past
A road trip through New Mexico’s atomic past
As nuclear tourism booms in the Land of Enchantment, histories of violence are packaged, sold and consumed.
Bears Ears’ only visitor center isn’t run by the feds
Bears Ears’ only visitor center isn’t run by the feds
With the monument facing stripped-down protections and sky rocketing visitation, a local nonprofit built its own guerrilla visitor center to educate the masses.
Will the Trump administration boost uranium?
Will the Trump administration boost uranium?
Energy industry lobbying could lead to more mining from Bears Ears to Wyoming.
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.
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.
Trump administration rubber stamps Arizona copper mine
Trump administration rubber stamps Arizona copper mine
An industry-friendly ruling contradicts years of concerns over potential damage to endangered species, water systems and Native American cultural sites.
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.
Mining companies pollute waterways. Citizens pay.
Mining companies pollute waterways. Citizens pay.
Nearly 2 billion pounds of toxic waste were dumped into western waterways in 2017, and taxpayers are left to clean up the mess.
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
In her new novel, Valeria Luiselli explores the possibilities and limits of writing about the border crisis.
The Karuk Tribe fights a growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding
The Karuk Tribe fights a growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding
Surrounded by forests they often can’t manage without breaking the law, California tribes struggle to protect themselves from wildfires.
Is a new copyright law a ‘colonization of knowledge’?
Is a new copyright law a ‘colonization of knowledge’?
Indigenous oral histories have often been recorded and sold without permission.
‘A dangerous game of chicken’ on drilling near Chaco Canyon
‘A dangerous game of chicken’ on drilling near Chaco Canyon
Feds go back and forth on leasing culturally important lands.
When conservation provides a cover for anti-Indigenous sentiments
When conservation provides a cover for anti-Indigenous sentiments
A nation of laws cannot exist on stolen land.
Supreme Court takes on a case of treaty rights vs. state taxation
Supreme Court takes on a case of treaty rights vs. state taxation
The Yakama Nation and Washington state square off over a right to travel without burden.
Environmental victories don’t guarantee economic justice
Environmental victories don’t guarantee economic justice
Without a just transition, the Navajo Generating Station closure will have harmful consequences.
The Grand Canyon turns 100
The Grand Canyon turns 100
A reflection on the peculiar history that lead to the iconic national park designation.
The Two Bulls family leads an Indigenous art renaissance
The Two Bulls family leads an Indigenous art renaissance
The Lakota family’s first group show is a celebration of tradition and experimentation.
The making of a desert surf rock band
The making of a desert surf rock band
Meet the Nizhóní Girls on the road to stardom.
Why was a study on trafficking in Indian Country canceled?
Why was a study on trafficking in Indian Country canceled?
After the Trump administration transition, the Department of Justice killed a critical needs assessment initiative.
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The year in essays, analysis and investigations from across the Western U.S.
Update: New law makes it easier to kill salmon-eating sea lions
Update: New law makes it easier to kill salmon-eating sea lions
In the Columbia River, up to 920 sea lions can be removed each year to protect fish.
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