Native Affairs

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Indigenous Youth Lacrosse Teams Say League Banned Them for Reporting Racist Abuse

From racist slurs on the field to arbitrary regulation enforcement, Native American players and coaches detail incidents that were routinely ignored by officials. 

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WATCH: Elouise Cobell Fights for Native Americans in '100 Years'

The documentary highlights how the banker sued the United States government over billions of dollars in unpaid compensation for Indigenous landowners.

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Publisher Indefinitely Delays Release of Sherman Alexie Memoir

The Native American author faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

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READ: How Team Indigenous is Decolonizing Roller Derby

Roller derby’s Team Indigenous seeks to empower women and two-spirit people while addressing Native issues and desegregating a predominantly White sport.

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10 Works From Indigenous Authors to Read Right Now

Writer and scholar Elissa Washuta tweeted an extensive list of books and essays from Native American writers as sexual harassment accusations mount against author Sherman Alexie.

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Etsy Prevents Alaska Native Artisans From Selling Ivory Art

Per the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, indigenous people of Alaska can legally use ivory from walrus tusks and whale teeth and bones.

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Minnesota Changes Lake Calhoun to Original Dakota Name, Bde Maka Ska

The largest lake in Minneapolis was named for John Calhoun, an early U.S. politician and supporter of slavery. 

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READ: Midwifery Is on the Rise in Native Communities

A new Rewire article explores the efforts to reintegrate traditional birthing practices in Native communities in the United States and Canada.

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The Words and Wisdom of Trailblazers Who Passed Away In 2017

We’re  honoring some of the activists, performers and pioneers of color who died in 2017 in their own words.

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Can Tiny Houses Halt the Expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline?

Indigenous activists are using solar-powered tiny houses to block the proposed path of the oil pipeline across Secwepemcul’ecw territory. Could this become the ‘Standing Rock of the North’?

Ancient granaries are shown here in the South Fork of Mule Canyon in the Bears Ears National Monument on May 12, 2017 outside Blanding, Utah.

Five Tribes File Complaint Against Trump Administration to Protect Bears Ears Monument

The complaint says the president’s move was unconstitutional. 

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.

Trump Announces Drastic Size Reduction of Bears Ears and Other Protected Monuments

What’s next, President Trump, the Grand Canyon?” asked one environmentalist. 

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

Keystone Pipeline Spill Caused By Construction Damage

The cause has officials concerned about additional leaks in the future. 

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Navajo Nation President Reacts to Donald Trump's 'Pocahontas' Slur

The U.S. president used an honorific occasion to attack one of his political opponents over her claims to Native ancestry. Surprise: it didn’t go over well.  

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Four Centuries After the First Thanksgiving, the Mashpee Wampanoag Fight to Reclaim Their Language

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, whose ancestors dined with Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, created a language immersion school to preserve its heritage.

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

The Keystone XL Pipeline Is a Go. Now What?

Environmentalists are declaring partial victory, while Indigenous leaders vow to continue fighting.

Keystone Oil Pipeline Protesters Demonstrate Outside Of Obama Fundraiser

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil

The spill potentially threatened a bordering Indigenous reservation.

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Native Activist and AIM Leader Dennis Banks Dies at Age 80

The American Indian Movement co-founder resisted the U.S. government’s oppression of Native people for decades.

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READ: How the Civil War Enabled Native Genocide in the Old West

A new article from The Nation explores the connection between the war and mid-1800s U.S. government campaigns against Indigenous peoples.

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Native Activist to Plea 'Necessity Defense' on #NoDAPL Felony Riot Charge

Standing Rock Sioux tribe member Chase Iron Eyes will argue that the Dakota Access Pipeline’s negative impact on Native communities justified his actions during the protests.