Native Affairs

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.

Bristol Bay, Alaska, in July 2007.

EPA Proposes to Remove Protections for Alaskan Watershed That Is Home to 30 Native Villages

The agency wants to re-open the discussion on the Pebble Mine Project, which could jeopardize the region’s wild salmon population.

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.

A view of the beach along a barrier island in the Chukchi sea, on July 8, 2015, in Shishmaref, Alaska. This Alaska Native community would be opened up to offshore drilling, under the Trump administration.

Why Opening Up the Atlantic and Arctic for Offshore Drilling Matters

A new effort by the Trump administration endangers waterways necessary to livelihoods and ways of life.

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.

 Indigenous leaders open the L'eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life) Camp in ceremony June 24, 2017, in southern Louisiana.

ICYMI: Prayer and Resistance Camp Launches in Louisiana to Challenge Pipeline Connected to DAPL

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would transport North Dakota’s crude oil to refineries and facilities in Louisiana.

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UPDATE: Judge Likely to Make Decision on DAPL Operations in September

A U.S. District Court judge will hear arguments from both sides throughout the summer.

Image courtesy of Rainforest Action Network

REPORT: Bank Investments in Fossil Fuels Threaten Climate Change Goals

A new report finds that with $87 billion going toward the fossil fuel industry last year, banks are funding the possible failure of the Paris Agreement.

Buildings are seen near the ocean as reports indicate that Miami-Dade County will be one of the most at-risk places for rising water levels due to climate change on March 14, 2012, in North Miami, Florida.

This #WorldRefugeeDay, Let's Remember the Victims of Climate Change

By 2050, we could see up to 350 million climate refugees.

Four Asian men in black, grey, red and white formal wear against silver railing and black background with yellow lights

SCOTUS Rules That Government Can't Censor Offensive Trademarks

Even if they disparage an ethnicity or race.

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.

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

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Gains Ground in Dakota Access Court Case

The Army Corps of Engineers did not “adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights or environmental justice,” per the court order.

Colorlines screenshot of Bureau of Indian Affairs' website before and after, taken on June 14, 2017.

Climate Change Mentions Are Deleted From the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Website

This is the second website to remove all mentions of the manmade catastrophe.

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

The Trump Administration Suggests Reducing the Size of Bears Ears National Monument

The site, home to ancient cliff dwellings and ancient rock art, currently covers 1.35 million acres.