Tribes

The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development
The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development
Alisha Murphy discusses her vision of a robust tribal economy and the importance of community input.
Census undercount threatens federal food, health programs on reservations
Census undercount threatens federal food, health programs on reservations
Federal money, important for aid programs, is tied to the inaccurate population numbers.
Two Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage
Two Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage
Tribal communities in Arizona and Utah face environmental problems connected to the same radioactive resource: uranium.
Rekindling connections in the small flame of a qulliq
Rekindling connections in the small flame of a qulliq
An Inupiaq writer welcomes the nourishing glow of a seal oil lamp into her home.
Tribes call out Oregon’s reckless gaming regulation
Tribes call out Oregon’s reckless gaming regulation
Using horse-racing laws, a shadowy state agency and a billionaire push for a private casino that threatens tribes’ self-sufficiency.
‘The clinic, it’s going to be the heart of it all’
‘The clinic, it’s going to be the heart of it all’
Members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the newest federally recognized tribe, will have guaranteed access to health care when their new medical center opens.
EPA prohibits White Mesa Mill from receiving Superfund waste
EPA prohibits White Mesa Mill from receiving Superfund waste
Energy Fuels Resources was found in violation for improper handling of radioactive waste storage.
‘Cultural resources are not a renewable thing for us.’
‘Cultural resources are not a renewable thing for us.’
The West’s largest green energy storage project would destroy a Yakama sacred site. Now, the nation is fighting back.
A shellfish company gets into the weeds
A shellfish company gets into the weeds
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community shows how eelgrass and aquaculture can coexist in Puget Sound.
A mural painter helps kids deal with gun violence
A mural painter helps kids deal with gun violence
Warren Montoya draws from his own trauma to facilitate art projects that help others express theirs.
40 years after its closure,  the Jackpile Mine’s toxic legacy continues
40 years after its closure, the Jackpile Mine’s toxic legacy continues
‘They have to look at it every day and wonder if that’s the reason why they’re dying.’
Religious gatekeeping in red-rock country
Religious gatekeeping in red-rock country
A resort capitalizes on a nearby Yavapai-Apache religious site despite having no meaningful relationship with the tribe.
Arizona’s utility commission slashed just transition assistance for tribes
Arizona’s utility commission slashed just transition assistance for tribes
The Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe will receive significantly less funds to assist in economy after the end of coal.
A federal drought relief program left southern Oregon parched
A federal drought relief program left southern Oregon parched
For two decades, the Bureau of Reclamation incentivized farmers to pump water faster than the resource could recover, despite warnings from its own scientists.
Seeing COP26 through the lens of Ríos to Rivers’ chief storyteller
Seeing COP26 through the lens of Ríos to Rivers’ chief storyteller
Paul Robert Wolf Wilson’s photos take you into the streets and behind the scenes of the convention.
Judge rejects a Trump-era water contract in a win for tribes in California
Judge rejects a Trump-era water contract in a win for tribes in California
A bid to benefit agribusiness has stalled again, leaving the Hoopa Valley Tribe hopeful that the next contract follows the law.
The nation’s last uranium mill plans to import Estonia’s radioactive waste
The nation’s last uranium mill plans to import Estonia’s radioactive waste
Utah says the White Mesa Mill isn’t contaminating groundwater, but its neighbor, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, disagrees.
Pueblos in New Mexico turn to goats for fire management
Pueblos in New Mexico turn to goats for fire management
As climate change exposes wildfire risks, tribes by the Rio Grande experiment with a four-legged technique to nibble away fuels.
The ways Afro-Indigenous people are asked to navigate their communities
The ways Afro-Indigenous people are asked to navigate their communities
Two leading scholars discuss the complex relationship between Black and Native people.
Alaska Native villages band together to keep the Yukon River’s wild salmon afloat
Alaska Native villages band together to keep the Yukon River’s wild salmon afloat
‘As a unified voice, we are unstoppable — and we can manage the river better.’
Decolonizing Idaho’s road signs
Decolonizing Idaho’s road signs
A new effort will add Indigenous history to historical markers across the state.
Nevada’s Thacker Pass highlights how federal courts routinely dismiss Indigenous concerns
Nevada’s Thacker Pass highlights how federal courts routinely dismiss Indigenous concerns
‘These legal systems are not set up for Indigenous people at all.’
How tribal leaders want Chuck Sams to lead the Park Service
How tribal leaders want Chuck Sams to lead the Park Service
The Umatilla leader would be the first Native person in charge of the agency, which has a thorny history with tribes.
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