Native Americans are more than twice as likely to be victims of violent crime than the U.S. population as a whole.
Michael Siluk/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Thousands of cases of missing and murdered Native Americans remain unsolved. A scarcity of reliable data is only part of the problem, a tribal justice scholar explains.
In the 19th century, there was a campaign to link the Thanksgiving holiday to the Pilgrims.
The communion between Native Americans and the Pilgrims makes for a compelling narrative. But it masks the suspicions and brewing violence that were far more representative of the era.
Sign at a boat ramp on Lake Mead, near Boulder City, Nevada, Aug. 13, 2021. The lake currently is roughly two-thirds empty.
AP Photo/John Locher
A Western scholar proposes allocating water from the Colorado River based on percentages of its actual flow instead of fixed amounts that exceed what’s there – and including tribes this time.
A culvert in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood, rated 67% passable for salmon.
Salmon migrate thousands of miles from inland streams to the ocean and back. The newly enacted infrastructure bill includes funding to help salmon and other wild species on their way.
The twin buttes that give Bears Ears National Monument in Utah its name are sacred places to many Indigenous Tribes and Pueblos.
T. Schofield, iStock via Getty Images
The Biden administration is restoring full protection to three national monuments that President Trump sought to cut down drastically.
A makeshift memorial for the Indigenous children who died more than a century ago while attending a boarding school, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File
For Indigenous Peoples Day, a scholar of Native American studies explains why understanding the tragic history of Indian boarding schools is important for healing to take place.
Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated in many states across the U.S.
grandriver/E+ via Getty Images
A growing number of states are recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day on what has traditionally been Columbus Day. An education scholar weighs in on what this means for America’s schools.
The author examining pictographs in 60th Unnamed Cave, Tennessee.
For thousands of years, Native Americans left their artistic mark deep within caves in the American Southeast. It wasn’t until 1980 that these ancient visual expressions were known to archaeologists.
A man takes a picture of a statue representing the 5,300-year-old mummy named Ötzi, discovered in the Italian Alps 30 years ago.
Andrea Solero/AFP via Getty Images
When the 5,300-year-old mummy of Ötzi the Iceman was found 30 years ago, researchers found 61 tattoos on it. A scholar explains how tattoos have been a sacred part of many cultures across the world.
The Osage Nation were once among the wealthiest people in the world.
FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The discovery of oil and gas made members of the Osage Nation among the richest people in the world. But it also made them targets for exploitation.
Native American students at the Carlisle Indian School, circa 1899.
Library of Congress/Corbis Historical Collection/VCG via Getty Images
Ernest Knocks Off was 18 when he arrived at the Carlisle boarding school in 1879. He was one of many young Native people who fought – in his case, to the death – to retain their language and culture.
View of Hobart Bay off Stephens Passage in Tongass National Forest, southeastern Alaska.
Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images
Scientists are urging the Biden administration to protect mature US forests as a climate change strategy, starting with the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
In 1872, John Gast painted ‘American Progress,’ showing trains and roads spreading across the American West.
John Gast, Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons
Government investment in roads, railroads and other public services has always involved social programming, both for good and for ill.
The Maricopa County Election Department counts ballots in Phoenix on Nov. 5, 2020. Arizona’s election laws are the subject of a pending Supreme Court decision.
Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty Images
In Brnovich v. DNC, the court will decide whether two Arizona rules unfairly hurt poor, minority and rural voters. The ruling could determine the fate of many states’ restrictive new voting laws.
The actions of a Crow Nation police officer were in question at the Supreme Court.
A defendant who is not a Native American claimed tribal police had no power over him, even on tribal land. The Supreme Court disagreed.
Handouts from food banks are no substitute for self-sufficiency.
Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images
Indigenous people in the US have high rates of food insecurity and dietary-related health problems. Any attempts to address the problem must start with land justice, argues a scholar of Native health and food.
The Puritans saw May Day celebrations as a test from God.
Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
The Puritans had little tolerance for those who didn’t conform to their vision of the world.
In Ames, Iowa, a creek previously named after an offensive term for Native American women is now called Ioway Creek.
The name change of a local creek in central Iowa reflects broader national trends that are recognizing derogatory or racist connotations.
Older homes can have a variety of environmental health risks.
Kerry F. Thompson and Ryan T. Wilson
Poor indoor air on tribal lands can cause a range of respiratory illnesses, including viral infections. Here’s how people are fixing the problem while preserving traditional ways.
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland speaks in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Oct. 1, 2018.
Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images
If confirmed, US Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico would be the first Native American to run the agency that interacts with tribal nations. But her agenda extends far beyond Indian Country.