Native Affairs

San Gorgonio Mountains

Sand to Snow National Monument Keeps Protected Status

The area is a sacred place for many Native American tribes, and home to various endangered species.

The village of Shishmaref, Alaska, which sits upon the Chukchi sea, is seen on July 9, 2015.

White House to Eliminate Office Tasked With Relocating Native Alaskan Coastal Communities

“We were getting down to the brass tacks of relocation [of towns at risk] and now work has just stopped.”

Tohono O'odham Reservation

READ: How Native American Communities Are Faring Under the Trump Administration

From the border wall to land rights, an op-ed from Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez explores the president’s policies for indigenous people.

Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline To Run From Canada To Gulf Of Mexico

Weeklong Public Hearings Begin on the Keystone XL Pipeline

A five-member state commission will decide if TransCanada’s permit should get the green light.

Pencils

READ: How Public Schools Fail Native Students

The Nation explores how underfunding, disproportionate punishment and inferior instruction push Native American students out of classrooms.

A solar generating station at the Nellis Air Force Base on February 16, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Activists Launch a Solar Campaign to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

If the idea is successful, panels would dot the route instead.  

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.

Company Behind DAPL Removes Private Security Firm From Site

Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson: “We continue to have security measures in place in North Dakota, just no longer need boots on the ground.”

An abandoned lighthouse is seen surrounded by water in Plaquemines Parish August 3, 2006, near Venice, Louisiana.

READ: In Southern Louisiana, A Question of Whether to Stay or Go

Climate change has hit the region hard, and residents must answer an urgent question.

Indigenous children at the L'eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp on June 24, 2017, in southern Louisiana.

New Louisiana Anti-Pipeline Camp Increases Security by Requiring Water Protector Application

The vetting process is intended to keep out infiltrators and protect camp occupiers.

 Coal has become a hot topic again in the Northern Cheyenne Reservation now that President Donald Trump is advocating for the dying fuel source.

ICYMI: The Montana Tribe Torn Between Coal and Culture

The Northern Cheyenne Reservation sits atop the Powder River Basin, which holds 40 percent of the U.S. coal supply.

LISTEN: Rewire's CHOICE/LESS Podcast Takes on Sterilization Abuse in Native Communities

The episode is a deep dive into the history of sterilization among Native communities at the hands of U.S. government and medical officials.

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.

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.

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.

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.”