Tribal Affairs

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.
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
But the state of California and Winnemem Wintu Tribe oppose the project.
Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
But to use them, tribes often must negotiate settlements that need federal approval.
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.
What Northwestern tribes say about the Jordan Cove pipeline
What Northwestern tribes say about the Jordan Cove pipeline
Under Trump, the natural gas pipeline gets a third chance.
The hidden health inequalities that Indigenous peoples face
The hidden health inequalities that Indigenous peoples face
Disparities are shaped by social inequality, historical trauma and discrimination.
Where #Metoo meets #MMIW
Where #Metoo meets #MMIW
The national conversation should include murdered and missing Indigenous women.
When Atlantic salmon escape in the Pacific, who cleans up?
When Atlantic salmon escape in the Pacific, who cleans up?
Coastal tribes will be dealing with this summer’s Atlantic salmon spill for years.
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.
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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 a team name is more than a (racist) word
Why a team name is more than a (racist) word
If you don’t understand this one, ‘you don’t get any of them.’
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.
Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellowcake
Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellowcake
The president’s Bears Ears decision has toxic implications.
What Trump’s Supreme Court pick holds for Indian Country
What Trump’s Supreme Court pick holds for Indian Country
Neil Gorsuch’s background in Indian law and Western issues could be useful to tribal litigants.
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 people fighting to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The people fighting to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Under Trump, officials renew their push for American energy independence.
The myths of Pocahontas, dispelled
The myths of Pocahontas, dispelled
As Native voices gain prominence, the president undermines representation.
West Obsessed: How to cover tribal affairs
West Obsessed: How to cover tribal affairs
Editor Graham Brewer discusses how best to write about Indian Country.
Paiute Tribe elders navigate a faltering health care system
Paiute Tribe elders navigate a faltering health care system
As federal funding dwindles, remote Nevada tribes struggle for access.
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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