Native Affairs

Secretary of Interior Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) is sworn in during his confirmation hearing before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee January 17, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

3 Things You Need to Know About Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

He was confirmed with a a 68-31 vote.

Water Protectors at Standing Rock Camps Face Eviction in 24 Hours

Women at the camps have issued a final call to all media, activists and allies to stand with them.

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

Army Files Court Papers to Greenlight Dakota Access Pipeline

"Trump and his administration will be held accountable in court,” said an attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux.

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Google Honors Sculptor Edmonia Lewis in New Doodle

Lewis, an artist of Black and Native descent, achieved international fame as a sculptor during the 1800s. 

WATCH: What to Expect from VICELAND's Series Debut on Modern Indigenous Life

The first two episodes follow the struggle at Standing Rock.

Native American riders listen at an interfaith ceremony at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

READ: Tribes Across the U.S. Continue Fighting Against Industry Interests

As Native people head to North Dakota in solidarity with #NoDAPL, many also face struggles at home.

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.

READ: Tribal Rights and Sovereignty Can Save the Climate Justice Movement Under Trump

The #NoDAPL battle at Standing Rock shows how Indigenous people are the cornerstone of a movement.

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Havasupai Native Children Sue U.S. Government For Right to Quality Education

The complaint accuses the Bureau of Indian Education of denying the students an adequate and culturally competent education.

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Year-End Goodness: The Best 2016 Movies, Music, Hashtags and More

Brilliant art, media and pop culture gave us something to celebrate in 2016. Here are Team Colorlines' favorites, from music videos to podcasts.

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.  

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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.

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Diana Ross, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Among 21 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

Several changemakers of color past and present will receive the nation's highest civilian honor during a ceremony on November 22.

Armed 'Militia' Members Acquitted Following Oregon Occupation

The verdict comes as peaceful Native American water protectors are evicted from #NoDAPL actions.

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Police Kill Renee Davis, Pregnant Native Woman

The 23-year-old mother of three reached out for help with her depression. She ended up dead.

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Native Activists Fight to Bring Attention to Police Killings

At least one study says that Native people are killed by police at a higher rate than any other group. A new article explores these deaths and the Native Lives Matter movement that seeks to stop them.

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HBCU Building, Historic Chicano Neighborhoods on 2016 List of Most Endangered Places

The first municipal Southern golf course to desegregate and a pair of buttes deemed sacred by two Native tribes are also on this year's list of important places under threat.

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New Report Details Political Reach, Danger of Oregon's Patriot Movement

The Malheur occupation introduced much of the world to the conservative- and racist-leaning movement that, as a new report from the Rural Organizing Project and Political Research Associates explains, has deep roots in Oregon and major implications for national organizing efforts.

Indigenous chiefs sing and hit their drums before signing onto the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion on September 22, 2016, in Vancouver, Canada.

50+ First Nations Sign Treaty to Unify Fight Against Tar Sands

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Lummi Nation are among the U.S. signatories.

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Acclaimed Poet, Rising Graphic Novelist and Native Language Revivalist Among 2016 MacArthur Geniuses of Color

Claudia Rankine, Gene Luen Yang and Daryl Baldwin join several luminaries of color as this year's awardees for the MacArthur Foundation's prestigious grants.

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Twitter Users Celebrate Start of National Hispanic Heritage Month

“This year, remembering and celebrating our roots feels especially important, necessary, and politically charged.”