Native Affairs

North Dakota field.

As Indigenous Activists Predicted, the Keystone Pipeline Has Another Big Spill

The leak of 383,000 gallons of oil affects wetlands in Edinburg, North Dakota.

Wes Studi. Older Native American man with short dark hair wearing blue tux jacket and white shirt.

Wes Studi Makes History as First Native American to Win Oscar

Studi: “It’s about time!”

Not Your Mascot rally. Three women hold signs with images of Native American man wearing traditional feathered headdress and a red sign going through it.

Protesters Remind Washington D.C. NFL Team That Indigenous People Are 'Not Your Mascot'

“There is no honor in racism.”

Wiyot Tribe. A gathering of young Indigenous people, dressed in traditional attire.

Northern California Wiyot Tribe Reclaims Sacred Land

Nearly 160 years after White settlers forcefully took up residence on Indian Island, the Wiyot Tribe welcomes the return of 200+ acres of land that it calls the “spiritual and physical center of the universe.”

Joy Harjo. Native American middle aged woman with shoulder length dark hair wearing white blouse and colorful bead earrings.

WATCH: Joy Harjo on Being the Nation's First Indigenous Poet Laureate

“We’ve been so disappeared in the story of American poetry and American history, and yet we are the root of what it means to be an American.”

Kimberly Teehee. Indigenous woman wearing blue and white jacket speaking at a podium with brightly colored flags behind her

ICYMI: Cherokee Nation Appoints First Delegate to U.S. House of Representatives

If recognized by the federal government, Kimberly Teehee would be able to introduce bills on behalf of the more than 300,000 people in the Cherokee Nation.

White and yellow sign reads "Danger: Radiation Risk" against a blue sky, silver chainlink fence and rusted barbed wire

Research Reveals High Levels of Radiation in Navajo Women Stemming From Cold War

“Thousands of abandoned uranium mines dot the Western landscape, hundreds on the Navajo Nation alone, continuing to expose families to the ill effects of radiation, including kidney failure and cancer.”

Elizabeth Peratrovich. Native Alaskan woman with dark hair.

Elizabeth Peratrovich Is First Alaska Native to Grace U.S. Currency

The Alaskan activist made her mark while working to pass Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945.

A black puzzle with one piece missing.

Blackfeet Nation to Hold Tribunal on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

“This is not just a Blackfeet or Montana tribes’ tragedy, it is an Indian Country tragedy, and a national and international disgrace.”

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Inside the Native Hawaiian Fight to Save Mauna Kea, The Tallest Mountain in the World [Photo Essay]

After nearly a decade of opposition by natives of Hawai’i and allies, the construction of a massive and destructive telescope on Mauna a Wākea is moving forward. Here, stories and words from kiaʻi (protectors) of this sacred mountain at the center of Hawai’i Island life.

White teepees in the snow with a protest sign that reads "Defend the Sacred" on Standing Rock Reservation

ICYMI: Standing Rock Sioux Back In Court to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline

As the pipeline prepares to double its daily output, the tribe demands a new environmental assessment of the project.

David Levien and Brian Koppelman. Two middle-aged White men with short gray hair wearing gray suit jackets and jeans in front of a step and repeat.

New York's Cayuga Nation Sues Showtime for Defamation

“This episode of ‘Billions’ is a deliberate and intentional resort to an offensive stereotype of Native Americans,” alleges the lawsuit. 

Steven Wilson. Young Lakota man with short dark hair wearing gray jacket and tan pants performing National Anthem in University of South Dakota's gym.

The National Anthem Will Be Performed in Lakota At Upcoming Presidential Forum

Steven Wilson will set the tone for the first-ever presidential election forum to focus entirely on Native American issues.

Mauna Kea protestors. Black and white image of crowd with main shot of man with back to camera.

WATCH: The 50-Year History of Mismanagement at Hawai'i's Mauna Kea

In just six minutes, this film provides context for the recent protests at the sacred site.

An older person in tan jacket, white and red scarf and black pants is being carried by two people in uniforms.

Native Hawaiian Elders Arrested in Telescope Protest at Mauna Kea

“This mountain represents the last thing they want to take that we will not give them.”

An Apache man puts on a red headress

For the Millionth Time, We Are Not 'All Immigrants'

People keep using the false rhetoric of “we are all immigrants” when denouncing American racism and xenophobia. Use this vintage piece by scholar and revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to debunk this notion for good.

Molly of Denali. Animation showing Native Alaskan and Black girl in a town.

3 Things to Know About New Animated Series 'Molly of Denali'

The groundbreaking PBS Kids series stars 10-year-old Alaska Native Molly.

Mural in San Francisco's George Washington High School depicting Black people performing manual labor.

San Francisco High School to Remove Racist Murals

The city’s school board voted unanimously to get rid of a long-standing art series that shows Black people and Native Americans in disturbing scenes alongside the school’s namesake, President George Washington.

Red and blue lettesr read "SBA" on white background.

White Business Owners Claim Cherokee Heritage to Win $300 Million in Contracts

A new report alleges that the Small Business Administration facilitated the distribution of millions of dollars reserved for businesses owned by people of color to White people claiming membership in tribes that experts say don’t exist.

Three Native American men from the Sioux Tribe wearing Ghost Dance costumes.

Bill Seeks to Rescind Medals Awarded Following Wounded Knee Massacre

“The Medal of Honor is the highest decoration that can be awarded to a U.S. military service member, and it should not be used to legitimize the massacre of innocent civilians.”