People Power

The Big Lie Going Around About a Tribe, a Pipeline, And Too Much Federal Regulation
by Mark Trahant
Those with something to gain from the Dakota Access pipeline want us to believe the energy company is an overburdened victim.
Will Historic Standing Rock Talks Change U.S.-Tribe Relationships?
by Tristan Ahtone
The Department of Justice promised to consider nationwide reform in how the U.S. treats tribal land. Legal experts consider what, exactly, that might look like.
Climate Justice Meets Racism: This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making
by Jenni Monet
North Dakota’s militarized response to activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline—and the Standing Rock Sioux’s fierce resolve—reflect the area's particular racial divides.
Beyond Hamilton: How Diversity Could Save the Future of Theater
by Celanie Polanick
Many worry audiences are aging out, but the reason isn’t that people of color can’t afford tickets—it’s that they feel excluded.
At Standing Rock, a Sense of Purpose: “This Is How We Should Be Living”
by Sarah van Gelder
Protecting the water and sacred sites brought people here. The experience of being here is changing lives.
Tribes Redraw Land Boundaries—With GPS and a Small Fleet of Drones
by Tristan Ahtone
From the Standing Rock Sioux to the Wounaan in Panama, indigenous communities are staking claims to traditional territories even when they no longer possess ownership rights.
For Workers Who Feel Like Part of a Machine, These Companies Get It Right
by Christa Hillstrom
The Good Work Code attempts to re-examine what workers and employers want and to build jobs around shared values.
The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around
by Sarah van Gelder
Dallas Goldtooth, a veteran organizer of the Keystone XL fight, is amazed at the historic support from tribes at Standing Rock—even tribes that rely on resource extraction.
Obama Pipeline Plot Twist Is Not a Victory—And Could Erase the Struggle
by Kelly Hayes
The illusion of victory is a dangerous thing. We could undo what we have built at Standing Rock, this unprecedented act of Native American collective resistance.
If Real Change Starts at the Bottom, Why Is the Green Party Focused on the White House?
by Sam Smith
Campaigns are a tactic, like protests and boycotts, and the trick is to use them wisely, not to prove how good you are.
Feds Step In, and the Big Win May Be for All Tribes Facing Pipelines
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The Department of Justice promised “meaningful tribal input” on pipeline decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights.
In Photos: Northwest Canoe Tribes Arrive at Historic Gathering at Standing Rock
by Sarah van Gelder
Celebration and solidarity as hundreds of tribes unite behind the Standing Rock Sioux’s opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.
Has Arizona Found a Solution to Gerrymandering?
by Yael Grauer
Sixteen years ago, Arizona stripped state lawmakers of the right to draw electoral districts. Many lawsuits later, democracy is stronger—in some ways.
How Obama Can Keep the Standing Rock Sioux Standoff From Turning Bloody
by Mark Trahant
The Nixon White House managed three Indian occupations. There are lessons for President Obama there—if he would just pay attention.
6 Ways We’re Already Leading an Economic Revolution
by Gar Alperovitz
From the “buy local” movement to public banking, we’re well on our way to a more democratic, cooperative, and people-centered economy.