Items by Graham Lee Brewer

Illuminating the stories in Indian Country
Illuminating the stories in Indian Country
Indian Country News undergoes a transition from the analytical to the multi-faceted.
On the border, colonial violence goes unpunished
On the border, colonial violence goes unpunished
Tribal members positioned to help Border Patrol are getting run down by its agents.
The problems and potential in HBO’s ‘Westworld’
The problems and potential in HBO’s ‘Westworld’
The hit series both relies on and pushes against stereotypes of the mythological West.
An advocate for Indian Country in the Trump administration?
An advocate for Indian Country in the Trump administration?
Tara Sweeney, an Inupiaq woman from Alaska, could become the second Native woman to head Indian Affairs.
Why Native remains are treated like collector’s items
Why Native remains are treated like collector’s items
U.S. cultural protection laws fail to respect Indigenous lives.
In Oklahoma, a death penalty case to test tribal sovereignty
In Oklahoma, a death penalty case to test tribal sovereignty
The Supreme Court will now decide whether the reservations of five tribes still exist.
When colleges let down Indigenous students
When colleges let down Indigenous students
Discrimination against two young Mohawk men at Colorado State University highlights an all-too-common misunderstanding.
Native superheroes should be drawn from real life
Native superheroes should be drawn from real life
Will Marvel’s Snowguard, an Inuk teen, break stereotypes?
The crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women
The crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women
The response to a disproportionate problem is falling short.
Trump takes a hard line on tribal health care
Trump takes a hard line on tribal health care
Yes, tribal nations are sovereign, but the U.S. still has obligations for their wellbeing.
Labor concerns trump tribal sovereignty in Congress
Labor concerns trump tribal sovereignty in Congress
A bill exempting tribal nations from labor regulations fails in the Senate.
The squandered funds raised around Standing Rock
The squandered funds raised around Standing Rock
What we learned about accountability from a nine-month investigation into #NoDAPL.
Want better coverage? Hire diverse journalists.
Want better coverage? Hire diverse journalists.
National Geographic addresses inclusion but has further to go on Native representation.
Why marriage equality is a matter of tribal sovereignty
Why marriage equality is a matter of tribal sovereignty
More tribal nations are returning to traditional views that accept and honor LGBTQ members.
What the 2018 midterms could mean for Native voting
What the 2018 midterms could mean for Native voting
Candidates and organizers think now is the time for Indigenous lawmakers.
Indian affairs agencies’ harassment problem
Indian affairs agencies’ harassment problem
Why we’re investigating high rates of discrimination and assault at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Indian Child Welfare Act attacks are a threat to tribes
Indian Child Welfare Act attacks are a threat to tribes
The law is essential to strengthening future Native American generations.
We need more Native literary giants than Sherman Alexie
We need more Native literary giants than Sherman Alexie
In the wake of sexual harassment allegations, a look beyond the influential writer.
Elizabeth Warren’s empty platitude over Native ancestry
Elizabeth Warren’s empty platitude over Native ancestry
The senator’s claims complicate her political relationship with tribes.
The killing of Colten Boushie
The killing of Colten Boushie
Why the shooting of a Canadian Cree man has so many people angry.
When the victors re-write history
When the victors re-write history
A holistic understanding of Southwestern peoples brings the Genízaros to light.
The demise of Chief Wahoo
The demise of Chief Wahoo
Cleveland’s logo phase-out is a small win in the fight against racist mascots.
Where #MeToo meets #MMIW
Where #MeToo meets #MMIW
The national conversation should include murdered and missing Indigenous women.
The Cherokee Nation vs. Big Pharma
The Cherokee Nation vs. Big Pharma
A major lawsuit over opioid addiction won’t be adjudicated in Cherokee Nation courts.
A rancher’s claim to tribal land
A rancher’s claim to tribal land
Cliven Bundy refuses to pay grazing fees on federal land taken at great cost to the Southern Paiutes.
Alaska is open for drilling
Alaska is open for drilling
The GOP tax bill opens the Arctic to energy development, setting the stage for divisive battles to come.
A name is not harmless
A name is not harmless
Racist mascots matter, and it’s time we made that more clear.
Why Trump’s Bears Ears decision worries so many
Why Trump’s Bears Ears decision worries so many
There are now five lawsuits contesting the president’s monument reductions, including two led by tribes.
A monumental blow to tribes
A monumental blow to tribes
Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears reopens wounds that Obama sought to heal.
The myths of Pocahontas, dispelled
The myths of Pocahontas, dispelled
As Native voices gain prominence, the president undermines representation.
How to tell better stories from Indian Country
How to tell better stories from Indian Country
Native communities are an integral part of the nation’s history—and future. It’s time we started treating them as such.
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