Native Affairs

 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."

Colorlines screenshot of video posted by Cassandra Begay, taken on May 8, 2017.

Ryan Zinke to Native Protestor: 'Be Nice, Don't Be Rude'

The secretary of the interior had some words for Navajo activist Cassandra Begay during a visit to Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Activists posted "No KXL" signs to ATMs inside the downtown Chase bank branch on Second Avenue in Seattle on May 8, 2017.

26 Activists Arrested in Seattle #ShutDownChase Actions

Native-led demonstrators hit 13 branches of JPMorgan Chase bank for the company's dealings with TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline.

The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah protects one of most significant cultural landscapes in the United States, with thousands of archaeological sites and important areas of spiritual significance.

President Signs Executive Order to Review National Monument Designations

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is expected to submit a final report within 120 days.

Activists protest in front of the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline January 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Montana Tribes Want Keystone XL Away From Their Drinking Water

The 1,179-mile long pipeline is set to cross west of their reservation.

The coast of Grand Isle ahead of Tropical Storm Karen on October 4, 2013, in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

LISTEN: Louisiana Tribes Losing Their Traditional Food in Face of Climate Change

Sinking land and rising sea waters are forcing people off their land and destroying the means to raise cattle. 

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

READ: In New Jersey, A New Pipeline Battle Is Brewing

The Pilgrim Pipeline is slated to run through the Ramapough Lenape Nation's territory—though the tribe is preparing to fight it.  

The moon sets over sandstone formations near Round Rock December 5, 2002, on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona. A third of the nation lacks access to running water.

The Navajo Nation Is Experiencing a Water Crisis

In Indian Country, 26,000 homes lack access to safe water and/or sanitation services.

The Mesa Verde National Park on August 7, 2008, in Colorado. The Ancestral Pueblo people who made this their home for over 700 years. Recapture Canyon is considered a mini-Mesa Verde for its cliff dwellings where the Pueblo people also lived.

Sacred Tribal Land of Recapture Canyon Is Now Open for Recreational Use

Vehicles had been prohibited near Recapture Canyon in Utah since 2007—but that has now changed.

Protestors stand in front of the White House during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

READ: Standing Rock's Issues Extend Beyond the Pipeline

There are significant problems with healthcare and housing for the tribe as well.