Native Americans

Activists urge Detroit to increase inclusion of Indigenous communities

BY: - October 12, 2021

Indigenous activists are calling on Detroit leaders to address historical inequities and honor the original people who were displaced from the city. The Detroit Indigenous Peoples Alliance (DIPA) made the demands while gathered in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue on Woodward on Indigenous People’s Day on Monday. “This place here is the traditional […]

Tribal leaders praise Haaland and Biden admin. for restoring Bears Ears

BY: - October 11, 2021

Tribal leaders are praising President Joe Biden, who last week signed proclamations fully restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments that were both cut into by the previous Trump administration by nearly 2 million acres total. “The president’s protection of these three national monuments is among a series of steps the administration has taken […]

Mich. tribal leaders praise Warren bill addressing Native boarding school trauma

BY: - October 2, 2021

Updated, 6:11 a.m., 10/2/21 A bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would create a special commission for the federal government to uncover, document and begin to heal intergenerational trauma for Native people caused by so-called Indian boarding schools across the country. As the Advance previously reported, Michigan’s not-so-distant past includes the legacy […]

Study: Michigan Native women earn 60¢ on the dollar

BY: - September 20, 2021

Indigenous women around the country are still facing the same annual wage gap that they did a decade ago, including in Michigan, according to a recent report issued by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).  The new data highlights the historic economic inequalities for Native American and Alaska Native women that remain […]

State files complaint against mediator in Line 5 case

BY: - September 15, 2021

Updated, 2:23 p.m., 9/16/21, with new comments from Whitmer’s office and MackinawOde New filings in federal court Tuesday suggest that the court-ordered mediation process between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has gone awry, just mere weeks away from the late September date they had anticipated the process would be complete. Attorney […]

Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

BY: - August 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request […]

Biden to nominate first tribal member to lead National Park Service

BY: - August 20, 2021

President Joe Biden plans to nominate the first enrolled tribal member to head up the National Park Service — Oregon conservationist Charles F. Sams III, the White House announced Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would be the first full-time director since Jonathan B. Jarvis left the job at the end of the […]

Pain and resilience: The legacy of Native American boarding schools in Michigan

BY: - August 14, 2021

Updated, 12:45 p.m., 8/19/21 In May, a horrific discovery in British Columbia caught the world’s attention: The unmarked gravesites of hundreds of Indigenous children, buried near the boarding school they were forced to attend by their government and the Catholic Church in a mass effort to assimilate them into white culture. Since then, over 1,300 […]

Indigenous activists protest Line 5 in Michigan on 20,000-mile journey to DC

BY: - July 29, 2021

Tribal citizens on a 20,000-mile, cross-country journey to highlight sacred Indigenous sites and call on President Joe Biden’s administration to protect them made their ninth and final stop in Mackinaw City this week. The activists were met and welcomed Tuesday morning by Native people from numerous tribes across Michigan, including the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe […]

At Michigan-Wisconsin border, enviros and tribes fight to keep new mine at bay

BY: - July 17, 2021

For years, Indigenous and environmental groups have been standing up against Calgary-based Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, arguing a rupture could harm the areas’s freshwater and ecosystem. And about 200 miles west across Lake Michigan, in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a similar story is unfolding. On Friday, […]

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools

BY: - July 11, 2021

WASHINGTON —The Native American children travelled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities. Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt new […]

Tribal citizens ask Biden to shut down Line 5 during Antrim Co. visit

BY: - July 7, 2021

A Petoskey-based, Indigenous-led water protector group said this week that its members approached President Joe Biden during his latest Michigan visit over the weekend and reminded him of their concerns about the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline. MackinawOde (Heart of the Turtle) members and allies attended Biden’s stop in Antrim County’s Central Lake in northern […]