Native Affairs

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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.

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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. 

Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station June 29, 2015, in Newburg, Maryland.

READ: Some Tribes Look to Trump for Coal Revival

While many have taken a hard stance against the president and his pro-fossil fuel agenda, others are hoping he follows through.

Person in colorful outfit, text on screen reads: "Being Two Spirit"

WATCH: Video Explores History and Contributions of Two Spirit People

Fusion’s video comes just in time for International Transgender Day of Visibility.

An activist holds a sign during a protest in front of the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline January 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C. They won that fight, but it's returned under a new administration.

Indigenous and Environmental Groups Sue Federal Government on Keystone XL

Two separate lawsuits were filed this week in Montana's U.S. District Court.

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."

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.

Black woman on white stone sculpture with gold text spelling "Google" against White background

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.