Native Americans

Army Corps to conduct enviro impact review for Line 5 tunnel, promises tribal input

BY: - June 24, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) said this week it will be conducting a full analysis on the potential environmental impacts of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 pipeline tunnel before deciding whether to issue permits for its construction. Jaime A. Pinkham, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, announced the […]

Recent Supreme Court ruling is ‘small step’ toward affirming tribal rights

BY: - June 7, 2021

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week is being seen as a step in the right direction toward untangling complex jurisdictional issues that often result in crimes against Indigenous people going unaddressed in Michigan and elsewhere throughout the country. The case, United States v. Cooley, essentially upholds tribal law enforcement’s authority over non-Natives who […]


Column: White Americans can handle the truth about the nation’s history

BY: - June 4, 2021

When Europeans first came to the Americas in the middle of the last millennium, scholars estimate that there were roughly 60 million Indigenous people here. And while the actions and motivations of those who immigrated to this hemisphere obviously ran the gamut, there is simply no denying that the impact on the Native population was […]

Two U.P. tribes roll out gender-inclusive response to missing, murdered Indigenous people

BY: - May 27, 2021

Two tribes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula came together this week to introduce new, gender-inclusive tribal response plans for the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous people. The pilot plan, announced by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) on Tuesday at the Kewadin Casino’s Dream Makers Theater in Sault Ste. […]

Congressional Dems scrutinize state elections laws for impact on minority voters

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House panel on Monday debated whether some state elections laws disenfranchise certain voters, including people of color, and split along party lines in their conclusions. The chair of the elections subcommittee of the House Administration Committee, Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), voiced his concerns about recent voting requirement laws […]

Tribes, activists from across U.S. gather up north in solidarity of Line 5 fight

BY: - May 13, 2021

The Indigenous-led celebrations of Enbridge’s “eviction” from the Straits of Mackinac continued Thursday, even as the Canadian oil company dug its heels in and continued pumping oil through its controversial Line 5 pipeline. As of midnight Wednesday, the oil company is considered by the state to be an international trespasser in the Straits. Tribal citizens […]

Indigenous activists celebrate treaty rights on Line 5 shutdown deadline

BY: - May 12, 2021

With Enbridge pumping stations as backdrops in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Indigenous Michigan water protectors led a series of celebrations, prayer ceremonies and gatherings Wednesday as the northern Michigan tribes commemorated “eviction day” for the Canadian oil company’s Line 5 pipeline. The day’s events pulled in anti-pipeline activists from across the country, blending together […]

Haaland asks for federal funding for Interior to fight climate change, aid Native Americans

BY: - April 26, 2021

In her first congressional hearing as the leader of the Interior Department, Secretary Deb Haaland fielded questions from members of a U.S. House spending panel last week on the major conservation and energy initiatives that President Joe Biden has outlined. She was noncommittal Tuesday about some contentious and high-profile items of deep interest to Western […]

16 states, 4 tribes back Whitmer’s lawsuit over Line 5 shutdown

BY: - April 23, 2021

As the state of Michigan continues to battle Canadian oil company Enbridge in court over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s impending shutdown order for the company’s Line 5 oil pipeline, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday that 28 entities have so far thrown in their support for the state’s motion to remand the case back to the […]

Biden taps former Bay Mills president for Indian Affairs post

BY: - April 23, 2021

The White House said Thursday that President Joe Biden will nominate Bryan Newland, who recently completed a term as the tribal president of the Bay Mills Indian Community, an Ojibwe tribe in Michigan, to be assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. He is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law, with a certificate […]

Enviros win appeal for state agency to consider Line 5 tunnel climate change impacts

BY: - April 21, 2021

The three-member Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), one of three state agencies with the power to grant Canadian oil company Enbridge the permits needed for the company’s proposed tunnel-encased oil pipeline under the Mackinac Straits, said Wednesday the agency will consider the tunnel’s climate change impacts in hearings. Although the MPSC’s ruling also denied a […]

Michigan tribes help lead the charge against COVID-19 with mass vaccination efforts

BY: - April 20, 2021

As COVID-19 has killed Native Americans at a higher rate than any other group, tribes in Michigan — and across the country — have moved quickly once vaccines were available, administering shots to as many of their citizens as possible. In many areas, they’ve also extended vaccinations to non-Native populations. That process is bolstered by […]