Native Affairs

A buried section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline emerges a few miles north of the Yukon River on July 21, 2002 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Minnesota Department of Commerce Decides a New Oil Pipeline 'Isn't Needed'

Indigenous groups and environmentalists also oppose the 340-mile line.

Brown people in multicolored clothing stand waving green and red-white-yellow-and-black flags on steps of building with green and white stone

Los Angeles is Largest U.S. City to Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples' Day

Council members voted 14-1 to replace the annual holiday with one that recognizes the Native peoples who occupied this land and resisted colonization.

Dark red flag with yellow nation, black-and-white animal skull and hornes and white eagle heads and yellow and red baton in center logo

Independent Lakota Nation Creates Human Rights Office to Investigate Police Killings, Unsolved Disappearances

“The international community is required to investigate a high capacity of unexplained deaths that occur randomly to Indigenous people at the hands of law enforcement.”

Grey stone carvings of four White men against blue sky and behind green trees

47 Years Ago: Native Activists Occupied Mount Rushmore to Protest Treaty Violations

In 1970, 23 Native activists scaled the presidential monument and renamed it “Crazy Horse Mountain” in protest of the U.S. government’s control of land it previously granted to the Sioux.

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.

Bears Ears Among National Monuments Facing Reduction in Size

The Department of the Interior proposes opening up acres of protected land to private interests.

San Gorgonio Mountains

Sand to Snow National Monument Keeps Protected Status

The area is a sacred place for many Native American tribes, and home to various endangered species.

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.

Joe Gratz via Flickr Creative Commons

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.