Native Affairs

Native man in brown outfit and necklace with red and blue pendant in front of green field and trees and brown building and blue sky

Native Activist Richard Oakes Honored with Google Doodle

The Alcatraz occupation leader and Native studies pioneer would have been 75 today.

Activists hold signs as they protest in front of the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline January 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Tribes Unite Across U.S. and Canada to Oppose Keystone XL in Declaration

It is intended as a message to President Donald Trump and may be sent to the United Nations.

Two protestors hang suspended from ropes above the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears football game on January 1, 2017, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The protesters unfurled a banner in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

U.S. Bank Pulls Funds from All Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction

The financial institution is, instead, prioritizing solar and wind.

The Dakota Access Pipeline progressing across Southern Story and Northern Polk Counties in Central Iowa on September 13, 2016, when it was still being built.

#NoDAPL Camps Move to Iowa Where Legal Battle Continues

Landowners argue that the Iowa Utilities Board wrongfully took their land via eminent domain.

Bristol Bay in Naknek, Alaska, on July 6, 2007.

EPA Clears Path for Alaskan Mining Project

The Obama administration blocked the Pebble Mine Project in 2014 out of concern for its impact on waterways and dependent communities.

A sheen of oil floats in a marsh on April 19, 2011, at Middle Ground in southern Louisiana. More than seven years later, the Gulf Coast region still feels the disaster's effects.

A Louisiana Parish Just Received $45 Million To Help Rebuild From the BP Oil Spill

Plaquemines Parish still deals with the impact of the 2010 accident, and experts have differing ideas on how the money can best help the community.  

The Narragansett Indian Tribe hold a pow wow on August 12, 2012, in Charlestown, Rhode Island. They are accusing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of violating federal law in regards to their sacred sites.

Pipeline Expansion in Northeast Threatens Tribe's Ceremonial Land

The Narragansett Indian Tribe accused the Federal Regulatory Commission of violating federal law May 9.

Greyscale image of Native Hawaiian man with white shirt and grey hair

WWII Film Casts White Actor as Native Hawaiian, Critics Accuse Production of Whitewashing

Zachary McGowan will portray Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele—a Native Hawaiian who earned a Purple Heart for his heroics during World War II—in the upcoming "Niʻihau."

Native Americans and their supporters rally in front of the Trump International Hotel April 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Keystone XL Pipeline and others they say damage the environment.

Dakota Access Pipeline Sees Its First Spill

The 1,172-mile long crude oil pipeline is not yet operational.

Colorlines screenshot of video posted by Cassandra Begay, taken on May 8, 2017.

Ryan Zinke to Native Protestor: 'Be Nice, Don't Be Rude'

The secretary of the interior had some words for Navajo activist Cassandra Begay during a visit to Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Activists posted "No KXL" signs to ATMs inside the downtown Chase bank branch on Second Avenue in Seattle on May 8, 2017.

26 Activists Arrested in Seattle #ShutDownChase Actions

Native-led demonstrators hit 13 branches of JPMorgan Chase bank for the company's dealings with TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline.

People walk down the elevated, raised wooden sidewalks, which were created so people don't sink into the melting permafrost, on July 5, 2015, in Newtok, Alaska. This village has to relocate due to melting permafrost and rapid erosion of a nearby river.

U.S. Native Coastal Communities Moving Due to Change Climate Change

Rising sea levels, eroding coasts and flooding are forcing 17 communities to relocate, according to a new analysis.

 The Franklin Mountains, which sit in El Paso, Texas, where the two pipelines will run through.

DAPL Developer Has 2 New Natural Gas Pipelines in West Texas

After months of pushback from local Native and Latinx environmentalists, the Comanche Trail and Trans-Pecos pipelines are in service. 

People march from the U.S. Capitol to the White House for the People's Climate Movement to protest President Donald Trump's environmental policies April 29, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

The People's Climate March Is Over. Now What?

Five organizers on where the movement heads following last weekend's big event in Washington, D.C.

People march near the White House during the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2017, to protest President Donald Trump's attack on the climate and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Must-See Tweets From the People's Climate March

Organizers estimate more than 150,000 people showed up, despite record-breaking heat in Washington, D.C.

 Flooding in Edgecombe County, which declared a state of emergency April 25 and whose population is more than half Black.

Severe Flooding in the South Kills 2, Puts North Carolina County in State of Emergency

When a community floods, its people of color are often hit the hardest.

 From left to right: Congress members Donald McEachin (D-VA), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

3 State Reps Announce Congressional Caucus Dedicated to Environmental and Climate Justice

The task force aims to provide marginalized groups with a voice.

The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah protects one of most significant cultural landscapes in the United States, with thousands of archaeological sites and important areas of spiritual significance.

President Signs Executive Order to Review National Monument Designations

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is expected to submit a final report within 120 days.

Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013, in Qaqortoq, Greenland. Greenland loses, on average, 375 gigatons of ice per year, according to a new report.

Two Recent Climate Change Studies Paint A Grim Picture

The manmade global catastrophe is already influencing extreme weather—and that includes in the Arctic, where sea ice is melting rapidly.

Colorlines screenshot of Facebook live video posted to Shailene Woodley's Facebook page, taken on October 11, 2016.

ICYMI: North Dakota Court Closes 47 Cases Relating to DAPL Protests

However, no felony charges were dropped.