Two California Inmates Suffered Severe Burns Fighting the Camp Fire. Why Were They There at All?

The Camp Fire shined a national spotlight on California’s ever-worsening wildfire situation last month when it burned the entire town of Paradise to a crisp and claimed 85 lives. Now, it’s drawing increased attention to the state’s controversial conservation camp program, which sends people incarcerated for low-level…

Top Michigan Health Official on Trial for Flint Water Crisis Upgraded to Fancy New Job

The case of water contamination in Flint, Michigan, is a textbook example of government failure. So much so that the state’s attorney general office launched a criminal investigation against 15 state and local officials in 2016. The trials began this summer, but the charges—including involuntary manslaughter

More Than a Dozen Tribal Nations Join Forces to Oppose Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Bernadette Demientieff needed just two months to pull together a coalition of tribal members and congressional representatives that support protecting the Arctic National Wildfire Refuge (ANWR). As executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, Demientieff has been working tirelessly to build opposition to the…

Catastrophic Oil Spill in the Peruvian Amazon Pits State Energy Company Against Local Tribe

Last week, at least 8,000 barrels of crude oil gushed into the northern Amazon rainforest in Peru, creating one of the worst spills the region has seen in years. State oil company Petroperú is blaming a local indigenous community for sabotaging a pipeline and triggering the spill, but the leader of Peru’s Wampis…

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project Lost Billions by Failing to Consult With Local Tribes

In 2016, Energy Transfer Partners—the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline—became a poster child of corporate greed when it ignored the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s pleas to keep a 1,172-mile pipeline off their land or, at the very least, to conduct a proper environmental assessment before building it.