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Preparing for College in a Pandemic
September 9, 2020
For Native American high school graduates, COVID-19 has derailed plans—but not resolve.
Census in the Age of Pandemic
September 4, 2020
The Census has long failed to accurately tally populations in Indian Country. COVID-19 is hampering attempts to fix that.
Oregon's mandatory distance learning puts pressure on families
August 27, 2020
In response to COVID-19, the state closed its classrooms in spring and will keep kids at home to start the new school year.
Battling a COVID backslide
August 27, 2020
Jefferson County school officials are working to ensure recent graduation rate gains don’t falter with a shift to distance learning.
Closing the graduation gap in Jefferson County
August 27, 2020
Officials at the Central Oregon school district say a focus on individual student needs has helped almost everyone, particularly Latinos and Native Americans.
Broken Pipes, Broken Treaties
August 3, 2020
On the Warm Springs Reservation, residents have been without clean drinking water for three summers in a row. Where is the fix?
July 27, 2020
Native American activists see purpose with Black Lives Matter.
Rough Justice: Portland Police and protestors are locked in a vicious cycle. How did we get here?
July 22, 2020
With the arrival of militarized federal officers, questions arise among the local protest community.
A Historical Perspective on Pandemic
July 13, 2020
The Native American experience with COVID-19 is only the latest chapter in a centuries-long tragedy.
Wildfire Season Meets COVID-19
June 18, 2020
In the midst of a pandemic, tribes adapt in their preparation for fire season.
Oceans Away: Micronesians find new home in Oregon
June 15, 2020
While their home islands drown, Micronesians living in Oregon struggle to save their heritage.
Torn Apart: Tribes wrestle with the cost of keeping with tradition in the age of COVID
May 28, 2020
Pandemic has forced the cancellation of events everywhere. But in Indian Country, not congregating comes with added cost—and risk.
Band of Others: Breaking patterns of violence
April 27, 2020
Courts are experimenting with novel approaches to gang activity. Can they be applied to right-wing extremists?
Oregon tribes' primary engines—casinos—stalled by COVID-19
April 17, 2020
Casino closings affect thousands of Oregon jobs.
Online powwows draw thousands of viewers
April 3, 2020
Native American dancing celebrates life at a distance
Stimulus package infuses Indian Country with $10 billion. Is it enough?
March 27, 2020
Coronavirus numbers for Native Americans begin to climb.
Housing in Portland is unaffordable for many Native Americans
March 3, 2020
Collaboration and multiple partnerships built “Our Place” to change the financial bottom line.
Band of Others: Responding to Hate
February 28, 2020
Former right-wing radicals are leading efforts to counter violent extremists. But do they work?
Band of Others: The new face of 'nativist bigotry'
January 30, 2020
Patriot Prayer leaders insist they’re not racists, but they continue to draw praise from white supremacists
Band of Others: Joey Gibson and Patriot Prayer
September 20, 2019
How Joey Gibson, and those who orbit around Patriot Prayer, have found meaning (and thrills) in violent right-wing extremism
Band of Others: Makings of a Street Brawl
August 15, 2019
Observers at 2018 rally watched as right, left squared off
VOICE: Online conversations with Black and Indigenous writers
Lesson Plans: A Rural Education Project with Pamplin Media
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