Anna V. Smith is an assistant editor for High Country News.
After 10 years of legal battles, the Sinixt tribe won recognition and hunting rights in their traditional homelands across the Canadian border.
Federal recognition provides tribes with critical health care and education. But there are nations the U.S. refuses to recognize.
To prove that his Arrow Lakes Band exists, Rick Desautel defied Canadian law to shoot an elk across the border. His case will be heard by their Supreme Court.
Tribes who've reclaimed federal lands are learning that the U.S. was a less-than-ideal steward — which puts them at risk for catastrophic wildfires.