Brood X cicadas are expected to emerge in late April or early May 2021 after spending 17 years underground. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Little, Creative Commons)

Cicadas: ‘The other white meat’

Billions of Brood X cicadas are due to emerge from their 17-year slumber in coming weeks

The work camp and runway for the Donlin Gold mine are seen from the air in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Donlin Gold)

Tribal lawsuit puts Donlin Gold project in question

Judge rules proposed Alaska mine doesn’t meet water quality standards

The San Juan Islands, shown here, sit in the center of the Salish Sea, with Vancouver Island to the west, the Strait of Georgia to the north, mainland Washington state to the east, and the Olympic Peninsula to the south. To the southeast is Admiralty Inlet, the entrance to Puget Sound. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

‘A bridge between cultures’

Pacific Northwest islanders want to dump the name of a notorious general and rename a Salish Sea channel for a 20th century Native leader

This Sept. 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a clinician preparing to administer investigational Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Johnson & Johnson's long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine appears to protect against symptomatic illness with just one shot – not as strong as some two-shot rivals but still potentially helpful for a world in dire need of more doses. Johnson & Johnson said Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 that in the U.S. and seven other countries, the first single-shot vaccine appears 66 percent effective overall at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. It was more protective against severe symptoms, 85 percent. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)

IHS, tribes ‘pause’ J&J vaccine

The Johnson & Johnson shot makes up approximately 1.5 percent of the shots in the arm, IHS said

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Hunter Maltz, a fish technician for the Yurok tribe, pushes a jet boat into the low water of the Klamath River at the confluence of the Klamath River and Blue Creek as Keith Parker, as a Yurok tribal fisheries biologist, watches near Klamath, Calif., in Humboldt County. One of the worst droughts in memory in the massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical to local tribes. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees water allocations in the federally owned Klamath Project, is expected to announce this week how the season's water will be divvied up after delaying the decision a month. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

'Reality of climate change'

The competing demands over a vanishing natural resource foreshadow a difficult and tense summer in a region where farmers, conservationists and tribes have engaged in years of legal battles over who has greater rights to an ever-dwindling water supply

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announces her decision to sign a law that legalizes recreational marijuana outside the state Capitol building in Santa Fe, N.M., on Monday, April 12, 2021. The Democratic governor described the law as a victory for social justice and a potential boon for economic development. Her decision makes New Mexico the seventh state since last November to legalize adult possession and sales of cannabis for recreational use. The legislation gives the governor strong oversight through the governor's appointed superintendent of the Regulation and Licensing Department. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico governor legalizes recreational pot

Recreational cannabis sales start next year by April 1 at state-licensed dispensaries


US colleges divided over requiring student vaccinations

Some colleges are leaving the decision to students and others believe they can't legally require vaccinations

Miss Indian World Cheyenne Eete Kippenberger reigned an extra year after the lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic shut down many of the pageants. She won in 2019 and is set to step down on April 24, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Miss Indian World)

Crowning blow: Native pageants hit by lockdowns

Winners are holding on to their crowns a bit longer these days until competitions can be held again in person

Water protectors rally against Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline in March 2021 and commemorate a pipeline spill that took place along the Prairie River near Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1991. (Photo by Mary Annette Pember)

Enbridge taps new approach to win favor for pipelines

Growing use of ‘corporate social responsibility’ helps companies bypass tribal opposition

ICT Top 10 - April 7, 2021

Top 10 Stories: What Indian Country read this past week as of April 10, 2021

Top 10 Stories: What Indian Country read this past week as of April 10, 2021

A monarch butterfly pollinates a flower at the Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach, California. (Photo by Leo Tochterman/Cronkite News)

2024 protection is 'too long' for monarch butterflies

'I am grateful that the Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes that the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act'

"Acting Director Elizabeth Fowler is visiting sites in the IHS Billings Area this week to highlight #COVID19 vaccination efforts in Montana. Thank you to our Billings Area team and our tribal and urban Indian organization partners for your work towards reaching community immunity." (Photo courtesy of Indian Health Service via Twitter)

$8.5B for IHS in Joe Biden's budget

President's budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Clarence Dixon, Navajo, was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1977 killing of Deana Bowdoin, a 21-year-old Arizona State University student. (Photo by Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry)

Arizona’s plan to seek execution warrants includes Navajo

Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office said that it’s asking the high court to set a briefing schedule before filing execution warrants

Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota on September 4, 2016. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, File)

Judge orders delay amid debate over Dakota Access pipeline

UPDATED: 'The decision here today is to keep operating, which is the same decision as the previous administration'

"Navajo Nation’s renewable energy future takes step forward with 70-megawatt emissions-free energy project in Red Mesa community." (Photo courtesy of Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez via Twitter)

Navajo Nation finalizes solar plant leases

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the solar plants are part of a move toward renewable energy sources

"The earth holds so much power. We must all work together to honor it. Photo at Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears #Utah" (Photo courtesy of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland via Twitter)

Interior secretary steps into Utah public lands tug-of-war

Deb Haaland will be a key player in deciding what comes next

This Jan. 23, 2020, photo shows the National Archives on Sand Point, Wash., that has about a million boxes of generally unique, original source documents and public records. More than two dozen Native American tribes and cultural groups from the Northwest and Alaska are suing the federal government to stop the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle, a plan that would force the relocation of millions of invaluable historical records to California and Missouri. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP)

Feds halt sale of National Archives center in Seattle

A federal judge had already blocked the sale, pending a lawsuit by Washington, Oregon and more than two dozen Native American and Alaska Native tribes

Rebekah Jarvey of Rebekah Jarvey Sewist from Rockboy, Montana. (Rebekah Jarvey Sewist via Facebook)

Indigenous designers successfully build brands

From Milan Fashion Week to the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana, these artists have garnered international attention for their work

Navajo Rez Dogs are able to cope with sub zero temperatures during the winter months on the high deserts of the Colorado plateau and searing 120 degree dry heat of the summer. They are resilient creatures. But due to their feral nature, they can become dangerous to the community when they attack livestock and transients in search for food. (Photo by Donovan Shortey, Creative Commons)

Pandemic hinders vet service on Navajo Nation, dogs multiply

'It was around 2008 that I started developing anxiety because there was a pack of dogs that would follow me'