Journalism Stories


Is nothing sacred? How archaeological reviews imperil tribal lands - Reveal

. . . The somewhat Byzantine regulations known as Section 106 are, according to many attorneys and activists, tribes’ best legal tools to preserve the cultural sites that bind them to their ancestral homelands. However, federal officials face no risk of fines or jail time if they violate Section 106, as they might for violating environmental regulations. And agencies self-enforce rules on their own projects, a classic case of the fox guarding the henhouse, say many archaeologists, tribal officials and attorneys. Read more.

The Shasta Dam Killed Off This Tribe’s Salmon—Or So They Thought - Yes! Magazine

“Before Run4Salmon I never knew where my people’s water came from,” said Desirae Harp, a Wappo/Diné Run4Salmon organizer and musician. “I’ve come to understand how all of our struggles are related and that the salmon are a symbol of the health of the waters because they can’t survive any other way. Read more. 



Winnemem Wintu Work to Bring Salmon Home

. . . after 80 years of separation from their salmon, the Winnemem Wintu are poised to receive a $200,000 grant this fall from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to begin the first phase of returning the the genetic descendants of their salmon home from New Zealand.

The grant will be used to fund the collection of tissue samples of the New Zealand salmon, which will then undergo DNA testing in the United States at the University of California, Davis. While records indicate the New Zealand salmon runs were created from eggs shipped from the McCloud River, government biologists remain skeptical about introducing the fish into California water’s systems. Read more.


Unmarked graves at Chemawa Indian School shed light on 'America's best kept secret' of abuse towards Native communities - Al Jazeera English

Marsha Small used ground-penetrating radar to survey beneath the cemetery on the Chemawa Indian School campus near Salem, Oregon.  As she worked, she prayed to the children, even though her Northern Cheyenne language would sound foreign to them because the children buried in this earth had been brought to the school from reservations and tribal lands throughout the western United States. Read more. 


California's drought and the battle for Medicine Lake - Al Jazeera English

Over nearly three decades of lawsuits, demonstrations, and public awareness campaigns, the Pit River people and their allies have been fighting plans to build geothermal power plants in the area.

On July 20, they scored an important legal victory when a federal appeals court ruled they had the right to challenge 26 of the land leases that the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had provided to the Calpine Corporation, without tribal consultation. These leases had effectively authorised Calpine to conduct test drilling and research geothermal development in the Medicine Lake Highlands. Read more.


Without federal recognition, tribe struggles to protect sacred sites - Reveal 

 The Winnemem Wintu is a ghost tribe, lacking official recognition from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe’s members share their limbo status with at least half of this state’s 150,000 California Indians, according to the California Native American Heritage Commission. As a result, their cultural identities and rights may be subject to political bargaining. Read more.