Savanna’s Act, a bill that calls for the standardization of protocols for law enforcement agencies and for updating data for federal databases relevant to missing or murdered Native American women, was re-introduced to the floor on Monday by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Savanna’s Act is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a pregnant Spirit Lake […]
North Dakota’s Voter ID Law Aims to Disenfranchise Native Americans
Last week, the Supreme Court upheld North Dakota’s most recent controversial voter identification law, which many argue was purposely designed to discriminate against the state’s Native American population. That means a voter ID law that disenfranchises thousands of Native voters will be in effect for the November elections.
Water Protectors Forced Out of Dakota Access Pipeline Campsite
Though the few hundred protesters were forced off of the federal land where Oceti Sakowin was stationed, many have vowed to move to the other camps as organizers promise that new camps are popping up on private lands, and that the protest will continue.
Trump Signs Order to Proceed with Controversial Oil Pipeline Constructions
On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive action to advance the constructions of the long embattled Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, fulfilling a campaign promise that leaves many environmental and indigenous rights activists concerned for the future.
Temporary Relief for Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters
The Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday that it would not permit the Dakota Access Pipeline to be drilled under Lake Oahe and will look for alternative routes, granting water protectors a “brief respite” in their months-long protest.
Protests Against the Dakota Access Pipeline Continue Amid Police Violence
Today, thousands of military veterans arrived at the protest sites for the Dakota Access Pipeline to help protect the activists from the brutal police tactics allegedly being carried out against them.
Documentary Film Producer Arrested at North Dakota Oil Protest
Documentary film producer, Deia Schlosberg, was arrested Tuesday in North Dakota for simply filming footage of a protest action for a new climate change documentary.
Victory for Water Protectors in North Dakota Pipeline Standoff
On Friday the Obama administration announced that it would temporarily block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in one specific area, handing a victory to environmental and Native American “water protectors” who just that day had received a federal court ruling denying their petition for an injunction on the project.
Thousands Join Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to Protest Oil Pipeline
Thousands of protesters have been gathering at the Cannonball River on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to stop construction of a $3.7 billion oil pipeline that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says will endanger its main water supply.
North Dakota Voter ID Law Blocked
Continuing a pattern of recent federal court decisions in favor of voting rights, Judge Daniel L. Hovland of the U.S. District Court for North Dakota yesterday blocked enforcement of the state’s strict voter ID law.
US Receives “C” Grade On Reproductive Rights
While the US overall grade is a C, 15 states failed outright.
While Colorado and North Dakota Rejected Personhood on Election Day, Tennessee’s Anti-Abortion Measure Passed
Voters in North Dakota and Colorado handily defeated two state constitutional personhood amendments yesterday. In Tennessee, however, a state constitutional amendment that gives state legislators more power to restrict abortion access and birth control passed.
This Election Day, Students Are Mobilizing Against Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
Students in North Dakota and Tennessee are getting out the vote against anti-abortion and anti-birth control ballot measures being decided today at the polls.
Celebrities and Survivor Advocates Encourage Tennessee and North Dakota Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Measures
Advocates for survivors of sexual violence in North Dakota and Tennessee urged voters to turn down two dangerous anti-abortion measures when they go to the polls on this Tuesday, stressing the damage these measures would cause.
North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1
Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences warned voters that Measure 1 is dangerous for women and could fuel a physician shortage in the state.
North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions
The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
Doctors Warn That Measure 1 Would End In Vitro Fertilization in North Dakota
Doctors at North Dakota’s only clinic offering in vitro fertilization are speaking out to warn voters that Measure 1, a proposed personhood amendment in the state, would make the practice illegal.
Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
In Tennessee, North Dakota, and Colorado – three states deciding ballot measures aimed at restricting birth control access and outlawing abortion in the upcoming election – student activists are mobilizing.
Early Voting Has Started in Many States
In states with close races for Senate seats or highly contested ballot measures, early voting allows for a glimpse of what may be in November.
Federal Court Permanently Blocks North Dakota’s Extreme 6-Week Abortion Ban
A federal district court permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation yesterday, calling it “invalid and unconstitutional.”