Members of Congress are threatening to hold up housing funds for tribes. To the chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, it’s infringing on tribal sovereignty. For those seeking citizenship, it’s a chance to change a ‘system of hidden anti-Black racism.’
The novel coronavirus outbreak is making it harder for Native Americans to fish along the Columbia River. Depleted salmon runs and the federal government’s failure to improve fishing sites had already impacted culturally and economically important harvests.
If Rep. Deb Haaland is appointed by Congress, she will oversee the Department of Interior, managing “the earth, mountains, forests, rivers—and Indians”, a federal agency that has upended life for Native Americans for decades.
Relief money provided by the CARES Act must be spent by Dec. 30. With Congress fighting over additional stimulus, Oregon tribal governments are left wondering how they’ll provide services next year.
Incomplete data show academic slippage as many K-12 students learned from home. The push is now on to return to the classroom — safely.
Teachers in the Central Oregon school district have gotten creative and put extra energy into engaging their students online.