Native Affairs

U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. President-elect Donald Trump has offered him the interior secretary position.

Trump Picks a Pro-Coal Congressman to Head the Department of the Interior

Rep. Ryan Zinke has worked closely with Native communities in Montana, to varying outcomes for different tribes.  

Military veterans, most of whom are Native American, confront police guarding a bridge near Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on November 30, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

#NoDAPL Tribal Leaders Testify Before International Human Rights Commission on Abuses

Native women's rights and excessive force by law enforcement were discussed in-depth. 

Despite blizzard conditions, military veterans marched in support of water protectors at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 5, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Now, vets are looking to head to Flint.

Vets at Standing Rock Want to Help With #FlintWaterCrisis Next

U.S. Army veteran Wes Clark Jr.: "People have been treated wrong in this country for a long time."

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Company Behind Dakota Access Pipeline Wants Courts to Allow It to Finish Construction

Energy Transfer Partners filed paperwork requesting a judge reverse the Army Corps of Engineers latest decision.

President-elect Donald Trump after a day of meetings at Trump International Golf Club on November 19, 2016, in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. His transition team announced yesterday that they plan to privatize Native lands.

President-Elect Trump Plans to Privatize Native Lands

His Native American Affairs Council shared plans to tap the $1.5 trillion worth of oil and gas reserves in these areas.

Native person holds brown drum and wears black hat and multicolored top in front of other native peoples in multicolored clothing and attire against blue sky

Shaun King Launches 'Injustice Boycott' Against State Violence

The New York Daily News columnist launched the first phase of the boycott in San Francsco, New York City and Standing Rock.

Hawk Laughing, a Mohawk originally from northern New York, helps to build a tipi at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 3, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Standing Rock Chairman Asks #NoDAPL Occupiers to Return Home for Winter

Chairman Dave Archambault II is also requesting the same of law enforcement.

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.

10 Inspiring Moments from the #NoDAPL Victory

Images of a victory well-earned and worth celebrating.

Water protectors celebrate the announcement that the Army Crops of Engineers denied the easement to cross their sacred land and water on December 4, 2016,

Water Protectors Celebrate Army's Halt of Pipeline, Brace for Trump Pushback

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been paused, but the incoming president will have the power to put the project back into motion.

Image pulled from Morton County Sheriff's Department Facebook page on December 2, 2016.

#NoDAPL Movement Delivers Supplies to Local Sheriff's Department

Recipients of the aid are the same officers who have used water cannons, pepper spray and batons on water protectors.

The Wells Fargo letter from Jon R. Campbell, head of government and community relations, asking for a meeting with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe elders.

Wells Fargo Bank Requests a Meeting with Standing Rock Elders

The invitation was extended after a direct action on their Minneapolis corporate office.

Image taken from website on December 1, 2016

December Kicks Off as #NoDAPL Global Month of Action

People in cities around the world are organizing actions to pressure banks to withdraw their investments in the $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.

Snow covers Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on November 30, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Standing Rock Responds to Governor's Emergency Evacuation Order With Emergency Proclamation

Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II: "It’s time for the United States to end its legacy of abuses against Native Americans."

Currently under blizzard warning, snow covers the Oceti Sakowin Camp on November 29, which is under evacuation orders by the North Dakota governor.

North Dakota State Officials Threaten Standing Rock Camp Suppliers With Fines

Under an eviction notice by the governor, water protectors are preparing for violent actions from authorities.

Inupiat eskimo children play along the banks of the frozen Arctic Ocean June 7, 2006, in Browerville, Alaska. Scientists now know that climate change will submerge or destroy much of their coastal land, including the village of Shaktoolik.

READ: Alaskan Villages Must Decide to Leave or Stay as Sea Levels Rise

Storms are taking an average of 38,000 square feet a year from the town of Shaktoolik.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks at the first annual Demographics Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, on the state's diversified economy and how it is managing the fluctuations in the energy and agriculture industries.

North Dakota Governor Orders Immediate Evacuation of #NoDAPL-Occupied Lands

This follows a similar order by the Army Corps of Engineers, who want the area cleared beginning December 5. 

In a video by Fusion, actor Mark Ruffalo stands with other water protectors calling for the release of Red Fawn Fallis.

#FreeRedFawn Calls for Support of Dakota Access Pipeline Battle's 'Political Prisoner'

Red Fawn Fallis was in court today, where she faces charges carrying a possible 20-year sentence.  

This map shows the areas the Army Corps of Engineers will prohibit water protectors from occupying on December 5, as well as the designated free speech zone.

ICYMI: #NoDAPL Camp Facing Eviction on December 5

The Army Corps of Engineers ordered the land cleared just five days after one woman was severely injured.

A plume of exhaust extends from a coal-fired power plant built in New Eagle, Pennsylvania. The plant was shut down, but Donald Trump wants to bring back the industry.

What A Trump Presidency Means for Environmental Justice Leaders

Though there were varying concerns, one point was loud and clear: organize, organize, organize.

 Sophia Wilansky, 21, in pain after being hit by a concussion grenade on the night of November 20, 2016.

UPDATE: 21-Year-Old Water Protector Faces Arm Amputation After Dakota Access Pipeline Police Confrontation

New Yorker Sophia Wilansky was handing out water bottles when she was injured.