Reclaiming the National Bison Range 

After decades of battling misinformation, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recover their lands and the herd.

The New York Times: Indigenous beadwork flourishes on Instagram,

Interest in Indigenous artistry has created an ecosystem of beadwork drops that sell out in minutes online.

Audubon: An Indigenous effort to return condors to the Northwest nears its goal

The Yurok Tribe will soon reintroduce North America's largest bird to northern California, where the raptor hasn't soared for a century.

Tribal leaders oppose online consultations with the U.S. during the pandemic

While tribes race to deal with COVID-19, federal agencies push important consultation meetings over Zoom.

When public lands become tribal lands again

A story of fire, stolen lands, and how hard it is to get the U.S. to follow its own laws.

The next Supreme Court pick could shape Indian law for decades

The highest court in the land holds legal power over tribal nations, but it lacks knowledge of tribal law.

How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River

For the first time, the largest tribe in California has one of its own to lead its legal battles.

In a burning West, wildfire smoke threatens public health

Montana hospitals handled an increase of respiratory-related problems this year.

What Trump's Supreme Court pick could mean for Indian Country

Neil Gorsuch’s background in Indian law and Western issues could be useful to tribal litigants.

A tribal effort to save Upper Klamath Lake's endangered fish before they disappear

Another dry year pushes tribal nations, federal agencies and irrigators to find long-lasting solutions.

Slate: When nature speaks for itself

Karl Schroeder’s “The Suicide of Our Troubles” shows a near-future where pollution cleanup is profit, and lakes and slag piles have a seat at the table.

The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person

A Yurok Tribe resolution allows cases to be brought on behalf of the river as a person in tribal court.

Casino closures in Indian Country hit core tribal services

Tribal government gaming is at a standstill, amounting to $4.4 billion in lost economic activity.

How do tribal nations’ treaties figure into climate change?

U.S. courts rarely favor environmental protections as a right — except for tribal treaty rights.

Eleven Alaska Native tribes offer a new way forward for managing the Tongass

The proposal comes after a failed consultation process of ‘one way communication’ over the Tongass National Forest.

Former Bureau of Indian Affairs director engaged in abusive behavior, no action taken

Bryan Rice’s behavior at the BIA highlights a culture of harassment and inaction.

How the American's with Disabilities Act could affect Native voters

The relocation of polling sites near the Navajo Nation months before midterm elections raises concerns of future voter suppression.

Revisiting Malheur, one year after the occupation

The wildlife refuge system is more vulnerable than ever.



Covering Indigenous Communities and Biodiversity

Society of Environmental Journalists, April 2022

Best Feature Story

Native American Journalists Association


Best Coverage of Native America

Native American Journalists Association

2018, 2019, 2020

Best Environmental Coverage

Native American Journalists Association

2019, 2020



Photo by Sam Gehrke

Anna V. Smith writes and edits from Boulder, Colorado. She is currently a Ted Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism at CU Boulder, on sabbatical from her position at High Country News as the assistant editor for HCN’s Indigenous affairs desk. Her work has appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, Audubon, Undark, Slate and Mother Jones.

Anna has spoken at multiple journalism conferences and university classes 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 degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

Anna is available as a sensitivity reader, freelance writer and editor, panelist and guest lecturer. For inquiries and rates please email annavtoriasmith[at]

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