Native Affairs

People hug following a jazz funeral ceremony at Dillard University on August 28, 2015, for the 10th anniversary in New Orleans, Louisiana.

REPORT: Climate Change Impacts Mental Health, With People Of Color Hit the Hardest

"A persistent reality in American culture is the existence of environmental injustice."

 Black Thunder Mine, one of the world's largest coal mines where much of the coal is federally owned.

Tribal and Environmental Groups Sue Administration for Lifting Coal Leasing Ban

Jenny Harbine, lead attorney on case: “No one voted to pollute our public lands, air or drinking water in the last election.”

Marchers hold signs during the Women's March on January 21, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.

LA Moves Toward Divesting from Wells Fargo in DAPL Protest

Resistance against DAPL continues, even as oil flows through the pipeline.  

The currency of Norway, the krone.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Meets With Ethics Council of World's Largest Fund

Norway's sovereign wealth fund is worth $915 billion.

Pipelines in Williston, North Dakota, on June 15, 2011.

December Pipeline Spill in North Dakota 3 Times Larger Than Original Estimates

It happened 150 miles from where resistance efforts to the Dakota Access Pipeline took place.

Image downloaded via InternationalWow.com on March 27, 2017.

WATCH: This Documentary on Standing Rock Will Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

The filmmakers will also make it available online April 22.

President Donald Trump speaks about the Keystone XL decision during a National Economic Council meeting in the Oval Office at the White House March 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

State Department Issues Keystone XL Permit

Trump called it a "historic moment for North American and energy independence."

School buses carry children across the vast Navajo Nation south of Rock Point December 5, 2002, on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona.

Navajo Nation Slams Mining Company for Contaminated Water Disposal

“This is another prime example of environmental racism,” said Leona Morgan of Haul No!, an indigenous-led initiative.

An aboveground portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline at a safety valve site near Oskaloose, Iowa, is seen burnt, a result of vandalism.

Dakota Access Pipeline Vandalized in South Dakota, Iowa

Unidentified suspects torched a hole into a portion of the line.

Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Water Protector Denies Claims That DAPL Workers Have Been Threatened

“They haven’t been attacked,” says Joye Braun of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “We have.”

 Nanette Barragán, top left. Ritchie Torres, bottom left. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, right.

Meet "The Fixers" in Grist's Annual List of Environmental Leaders

In the second edition of the Grist 50, nearly half of its honorees are people of color.

Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Oil Scheduled To Start Flowing Through DAPL This Week

The pipeline will be able to carry the substance from North Dakota to Illinois.

The Depart Foundation hosts Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II for the first public conversation in Los Angeles about the Dakota Access Pipeline on December 15, 2016, in Los Angeles, California.

Standing Rock Chairman Speaks Out Against Pro-DAPL Rumors

Some have accused Chairman Dave Archambault II of selling out in the fight against the pipeline.

Donald Trump, wearing a dark jacket and striped tie, speaks at the House chamber

How Trump's Proposed Budget Will Impact People of Color

We went through the budget line by line, so you don’t have to.

Man in white feather headdress wearing a pink and gray gas mask and denim jacket beats on a drum

15 Beautiful Moments From Native Nations Rise [PHOTOS]

Thousands of Indigenous people and allies descended on Washington, D.C., last week for the three-day Native Nations Rise convening and mass march. Photographer and digital storyteller Ayşe Gürsöz captured the whole thing.  

Eva Cardenas stands before a tipi that reads, "Water is life," at the National Mall on March 10, 2017.

Why This Xicana, Indigenous Activist Helped Organize the Native Nations Rise March

Eva Cardenas has spent much of her organizing life protecting migrant rights. Now, she’s bringing that passion into Indigenous battles.

Colorlines screenshot of video, taken on March 9, 2017.

WATCH: A Sneak Peek of What to Expect at the Native Nations Rise March in DC

The march is demanding that the White House stop ignoring Indigenous voices.

Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, leaves the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on February 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C., for an earlier hearing on the court case.

Judge Denies Tribal Request to Halt DAPL on Religious Claims

The developer says oil may start flowing in the pipeline as soon as March 13.

Demonstrators rally near Trump Tower while protesting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on February 4, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.

Native People and Allies in D.C. to Launch Week of Anti-DAPL Actions

The week kicks off with open mic and cultural arts events to lead up to the march Friday, March 10.

Hubert Roberson wears a mask to a prayer service before participating in a national mile-long march to highlight the push for clean water in Flint, Michigan, February 19, 2016. Communities like Flint would be impacted by this office's elimination.

ICYMI: EPA Proposed Budget Cuts Include Eliminating Environmental Justice Office

John Coequyt of the Sierra Club: "To cut the environmental justice program at EPA is just racist."