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The Indigenous Rebel Who Took the Fight to White Settlers

As colonists spread across North America, Louis Riel took up arms — and was demonized in Canada’s history books. After 150 years, it’s time to reevaluate his legacy.

The Day the Native Americans Drove the KKK Out of Town

The North Carolina Klan thought burning crosses would scare the Lumbee tribe out of Robeson County. That’s not how things went down.

The Pirate Radio Broadcaster Who Occupied Alcatraz and Terrified the FBI

Fifty years ago, John Trudell overcame tragedy to become the national voice for Native Americans—and a model for a new generation of activists.

White Settlers Wiped Thousands of Miles of Cherokee Trails Off the Map. This Man is Reclaiming Them — By Walking Each and Every One.

These routes once snaked through the towering woods of Appalachia, before they were lost to history. Lamar Marshall has spent a...

I’ve Spent Thirty Years Trying to Solve One Horrific Murder Case

In rural North Carolina, a Native American activist who investigated police involvement in the cocaine trade turned up dead. Will anyone help me find out why?

This Native American Trans Beauty Queen Is Reviving an Ancient Tradition

Before white settlers came, tribes revered those who embodied both genders. This year’s Miss International Two Spirit is bringing that reverence back.

This Native American Cowboy is Turning Up the Heat in Wyoming’s Prisons—And the Inmates Love It.

“Grandpa Willie” LeClair has tamed bucking broncos and prayed at the Vatican. But he found his calling guiding inmates into sweat lodges to spill their regrets and fears.

On This Reservation, Cannabis Is the New Casino

In Washington State, an enterprising Native American tribe is betting big on bud. Not everyone thinks it’s such a brilliant idea.

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