Native Affairs

A stop sign stands outside the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) building on May 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

EPA Ordered to Freeze All Contracts and Grant Programs, Including Environmental Justice Ones

Agency employees were told not to disclose this information, but anonymous sources leaked the information last night.

Black man speaks into megaphone, protestors surround him

The Inauguration Protests in 11 Tweets

From Black Lives Matter to #NoDAPL, activists are out in full force in Washington, D.C.

People watch on the National Mall the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Washington and the entire world have watched the transfer of the United States presidency from Barack Obama to Trump, the 45th president.

Hundreds of Women Disrupted D.C. Offices to Challenge White House Cabinet

The group included veterans, Indigenous women, climate justice activists, women of color and their allies.

Native American and other activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

READ: Tribal Rights and Sovereignty Can Save the Climate Justice Movement Under Trump

The #NoDAPL battle at Standing Rock shows how Indigenous people are the cornerstone of a movement.

President Barack Obama waves to local people cheering for him after attending a service event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Jobs Have Priority Naylor Road Family Shelter January 16, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

President Obama Transfers Half a Billion Into Climate Fund

The $500 million will help developing nations brace for and adapt to climate change.

A map of where the pipeline will cut through in Suwannee County, Florida, where yesterday's arrests happened. The pipeline crosses over the Suwannee River in the map's northwest portion, seen above.

Direct Actions Against Pipeline in Florida Leads to 8 Arrests

Those arrested include two women who locked themselves to a construction truck.

Brown sign with yellow text reading "Havasupai Reservation" on two light brown poles against white snow-covered desert

Havasupai Native Children Sue U.S. Government For Right to Quality Education

The complaint accuses the Bureau of Indian Education of denying the students an adequate and culturally competent education.

 Miles of unused pipe, prepared for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, sit in a lot on October 14, 2014, outside Gascoyne, North Dakota.

Louisiana Environmentalists Rally Against Pipeline Developed by Same Company Behind DAPL

In the past weeks, Energy Transfer Partners has been served with a lawsuit and become the target of protests in both Lousiana and North Dakota. 

A water protector who has chosen to remain unnamed locks herself to a piece of construction equipment on January 12, 2017. She was not arrested.

Texas Water Protector Locks Herself to Construction Equipment

Her action was in direct opposition to the Comanche Trail Pipeline, a 195-mile long natural gas pipeline in the Texas town of San Elizario.

Tina Johnson walks alongside Charlleen Charles, on horseback, and Ricky Mckenzie and Celine Desiree Jade Charles, with her fist raised as they make their way to Standing Rock, North Dakota, from Saskatchewan, Canada.

Canadian Native Youth Arrive at Standing Rock After Walking for Almost a Month

Buffalo greeted the youth as they arrived at the #NoDAPL camp site.

A Black woman protester wearing a black coat is pushed out of a Senate office building by a White policeman

When and Where to Watch Senate Confirmation Hearings for Trump's Cabinet Picks

A flurry of Senate confirmation hearings for Trump's cabinet nominees are happening this week. Here's when and where to watch.

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during a game against the Atlanta Falcons on December 18, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. He announced his December donations for his $1 million pledge Friday, January 6.

Colin Kaepernick Donates $50K to Standing Rock Health Clinic

Half of the quarterback's December 2016 donations went toward the free healthcare clinic providing support to frontline #NoDAPL supporters.

A fracking site is situated on the outskirts of town in the Permian Basin oil field on January 21, 2016, in the oil town of Midland, Texas.

Case on Federal Regulatory Power Over Fracking on Public Lands Pushed to March

This means that President-elect Donald Trump's administration will oversee the decision.

A protestor of the Dakota Access Pipeline hangs by a harness from the rafters during the second quarter of the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears game on January 1, 2017, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

3 Water Protectors Released From Jail After Dropping Banner During Football Game

The #NoDAPL supporters risked arrest to send a message to a bank behind the pipeline.  

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The Biggest Environmental Justice Wins of 2016

It was the year three California counties banned fracking, a tribe beat big oil and more.

Black man next to Black woman in blue clothes against tree background; Brown girl in navy shirt against brown background; Native women in brown head attire and brown jackets; Black man in in brown suit next to Brown man in grey suit against blue/purple

Year-End Goodness: The Best 2016 Movies, Music, Hashtags and More

Brilliant art, media and pop culture gave us something to celebrate in 2016. Here are Team Colorlines' favorites, from music videos to podcasts.

Two people holding red signs with white text in front of brown building.

Updated: A Living History of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Going back to 2014, the steps to build the DAPL—and the global actions taken to stop it. 

Water protectors and their support team prepare for their trial today, December 19, 2016, at the Morton County District Court.

First Round of #NoDAPL Water Protectors Head to Court

Ten defendants will be on trial today—the first of more than 550 people the Morton County Sheriff's Department arrested.

Sophia Wilansky, 21, arrives to her New York home on December 10, 2016.

Water Protector Who Almost Lost Arm Returns Home, Faces Lengthy Recovery

Sophia Wilansky, 21, was one of 300 activists injured during a face off with police in November at Standing Rock. 

The Missouri River on July 24, 2013, in Williston, North Dakota. Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline worry that pipeline can spill into the river. Their worries have only increased with a separate pipeline spill just 150 miles away from Standing Rock.

75% of Pipeline Spill in North Dakota Entered Waterway

It is the largest release of crude oil since 2013.