‘It is not possible to meaningfully convene and internally develop comments at this time when we are at capacity, focused on critical and life-threatening measures.’
As COVID-19 closes most in-person polling locations, will states be able to scale up in time?
A story of fire, stolen lands, and how hard it is to get the U.S. to follow its own laws.
U.S. courts rarely favor environmental protections as a right — except when it comes to tribes expressing their treaty rights.
Native Americans have low participation rates in federal and state elections, but the problem doesn’t lay with political passivism.
The recently confirmed justice was heavily opposed by Indigenous leaders.
The highest court in the land holds legal power over tribal nations, but it lacks knowledge of tribal law.
For the first time, the largest tribe in California has one of its own to lead its legal battles.
One of the oldest agencies in the Department of Interior appears to have some of its worst harassment problems.
Montana hospitals handled an increase of respiratory-related problems this year.
Neil Gorsuch’s background in Indian law and Western issues could be useful to tribal litigants.
The state culled wolves that had been collared, and it’s no longer feasible to continue research.
Tribal government gaming is at a standstill, amounting to $4.4 billion in lost economic activity.
This year, tribal nations enter negotiations over Colorado River water.
Five Indigenous communities asked the U.N. to investigate the United States’ failure to live up to legal obligations.
Timeframes for responding to allegations and more show improvements from ‘zero tolerance’ rhetoric.
Bryan Rice’s behavior at the BIA highlights a culture of harassment and inaction.
Officer Michael Truadt says he is not a member of the Three Percenters.
Data gaps, understaffing and lax investigations have deepened the crisis.
The relocation of polling sites near the Navajo Nation months before midterm elections raises concerns of future voter suppression.
As the agency navigates turbulent times, its leadership changes hands.
21 tribal nations wait to see if the Supreme Court will hear a decades-old case about salmon.
Hearings and Interior statements signal a step back for tribes trying to acquire lands.
Bills to break up the big Western court have reappeared in Congress.
The wildlife refuge system is more vulnerable than ever.
Photo by Sam Gehrke
Anna V. Smith writes and edits from the Pacific Northwest. She currently works for High Country News, where she is an assistant editor for HCN’s Indigenous affairs desk. She has received multiple awards for her work, including from the Native American Journalists Association, receiving Best Coverage of Native America in 2018 and in 2019, as well as Best Environmental Coverage in 2019 in Associate Division III.
In 2019 she was a fellow in the City University of New York's Resilience program, as well as the Institute of Journalism and Natural Resource's Bristol Bay Institute in southeast Alaska. Anna has spoken on multiple journalism conference panels, and is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She is an alum of the University of Oregon, with concurrent Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and environmental studies.
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