Native Affairs

Ancient granaries, part of the House on Fire ruins, are shown here in the South Fork of Mule Canyon in the Bears Ears National Monument on May 12, 2017, outside Blanding, Utah.

The Trump Administration Suggests Reducing the Size of Bears Ears National Monument

The site, home to ancient cliff dwellings and ancient rock art, currently covers 1.35 million acres.

Flags of the G7 group of nations, as well as the flag of the European Union, stand on a stage in the ancient amphitheater prior to the beginning of the G7 Taormina summit on the island of Sicily on May 26, 2017, in Taormina, Italy.

U.S. Does Not Sign G7 Document on Climate Change

This is the administration’s latest move in staying out of the Paris Agreement.

 Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 16, speaks at a rally for the federal climate lawsuit, of which is a plaintiff, on February 20, 2017, in Denver.

5 Things to Know About The Youth-Led Climate Lawsuit Against Trump

For one, the case didn’t always involve the 45th president.

Journalist Maria Hinojosa speaks after "The Latino List: Volume Two" Screening on September 21, 2012 in New York City. Listen to her and co-host Julio Ricardo Varela interview two guests on their podcast, "In the Thick."

ICYMI: This Podcast Breaks Down a Deeper Issue Hidden in the Paris Agreement Withdrawal

And that’s environmental racism.

Support ships are seen near the Deepwater Horizon spill site on July 3, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Jeffrey Bossert Clark was on the legal team representing BP for the incident.

Trump's Latest Environment Nominee Has History With Oil and Gas Industry

The president announced Jeffrey Bossert Clark as his assistant attorney general nominee for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Located near Page, Arizona, the Navajo Generating Station is a coal-fired power plant that employs almost entirely Navajo people.

Navajo Nation Moves Forward on Coal Plant Lease Extension

In order to extend through 2019, the tribe still needs the approval of two-thirds of the full council.

People drive ATVs along the streets of town, which sits on a barrier island in the Chukchi sea, on July 8, 2015, in Shishmaref, Alaska.

READ: An Alaska Native Village Faces Relocation Due to Climate Change

The town was hoping to receive funds for the move, but the proposed federal budget eliminates all funding earmarked for it.

Politicians and Environmentalists React After Trump Pulls US From Paris Agreement

The president says he’s open to negotiating the terms of the agreement, though world leaders assert it can not be renegotiated.

Guillermo Rosette (L) and Linda Velarde of the Chichimeca Anasazi tribe from Taos, New Mexico, join hundreds of other Native Americans and their supporters in a traditional Round Dance outside the Trump International Hotel April 27, 2017, in D.C.

Report Outlines How Federal Agencies Can Improve Tribal Consultation

But none of it is enforceable.

Military veterans confront police guarding a bridge near Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota, during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Report Claims the Company Behind DAPL Tried to Sabotage the Movement

The Dakota Access Pipeline developer used counterterrorism tactics to monitor and surveil pipeline protestors, says a new investigative article.

A house sits on the edge of the Chukchi Sea on July 7, 2015, in Shishmaref, Alaska. In April, the Trump administration approved offshore drilling for gas and oil in Arctic regions, including the Chukchi sea.

Diverse Alliance Calls on Interior Secretary to Protect Arctic and Atlantic From Drilling

The 38 groups include Latinx, Black, Asian American and indigenous people.

Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Thousands of protesters and members of Native nations marched in D.C. to oppose the construction of the pipeline.

Company Behind Dakota Access In Spotlight for Numerous Pipeline Incidents

The Dakota Access Pipeline has already had three spills; the Rover Pipeline is facing litigation over incidents, too.

(L-R) Samantha Jones and Tashina Red Hawk of the Sicangu Lakota Band of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe from South Dakota and Casey Camp of the Ponca Nation help raise a large tepee as part of a demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline on April 22, 2014.

READ: In Nebraska, a Tribe Joins With Landowners to Challenge Keystone XL

The Ponca Tribe may not live on Nebraskan land anymore, but it’s still their home.

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.