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  • Forsaken by the Indian Health Service

    PBS’s Frontline and The Wall Street Journal investigated sexual predators, terrible doctors, and inept leaders within the U.S. Indian Health Service.
  • Loophole Lets Toxic Oil Water Flow Over Indian Land

    NPR obtained internal documents from the Environmental Protection Agency that show that the agency has long been allowing oil companies to release polluted water on an Indian reservation in Wyoming. Millions of gallons of waste are released every month, creating streams of waste which ends up in natural rivers. The federal government banned this kind of dumping in the 1970s, but they made an exception, a loophole for the arid West. States in the West, however, eventually set up their own regulations to prevent this kind of polluting. Indian reservations are regulated only by the EPA, so the practice still happens in places like the Wind River reservation in Wyoming.
  • Lawless Lands: The Crisis in Indian Country

    "This four-part series uncovers the systemic failure of the federal judicial system to investigate and prosecute serious crime on America's Indian reservations and charts the cost of that failure to indigenous communities. The series presents the first detailed picture of the gap between reported crime, criminal investigation, and felony prosecution on American Indian lands under federal jurisdiction."
  • The Lost Youth of Leech Lake

    After living on the Leech Lake Reservation for six months, reporter Larry Oakes and photographer Jerry Holt put together a series which chronicles the lives of the youth of Leech Lake. What they found was a community shaken by violence, alcoholism, crime, and mayhem. The investigation looks at some of the crimes that rocked the town, and profiles a few of the young people in the community who are working to better their lives.
  • A Place Where Children Die

    The investigation found that children on the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon die at a rate more than three times that for Oregon and nearly twice for Native Americans nationwide. Many of the deaths of 58 children since 1990 occurred because tribal leaders have not pursued basic steps proven to reduce mortality rates on reservations. Some causes for the deaths are due to a lack of seatbelt laws, scaling back of sobriety checkpoints, and failures in the child welfare system.
  • Dividing the Sky

    The Arizona Republic did a four-part series on the relocation of Native Americans. Months were spent visiting Navajo and Hopi reservations in northeastern Arizona and interviewing "some of the last remaining traditional Indians in the continental United States."
  • Look Who's Cashing in at Indian Casinos

    A Time investigation reveals that casino gambling on Indian reservations benefits only a handful of Indians and many non-Indians. For 90 percent of the nation's Native Americans, gaming has "done nothing to lift them out of poverty," according to the contest questionnaire. The series shows who's profiting from casinos and how some successful tribes are using their new-found riches to influence the political system.
  • American Indian Rule: Sovereignty Abused

    An investigation by the Detroit News reveals "widespread civil rights abuses" on American Indian reservations in Michigan and across the country. "American Indians, our investigation revealed, often live in societies with no independent justice system, limited access to public records, restrictive election laws and scant protections against legislative misconduct. In addition, most Indians have little control over their tribe's finances and their tribal membership is subject to the whim of their leaders."
  • "Reservations"

    In an extensive investigative project, Fred Vallance-Jones discovered that the system that was meant to protect the public's heath through food inspection and restaurant safety had failed in Hamilton, Ontario. After analyzing the restaurant inspection database, reporters from the Spectator found that several restaurants had been violating health conditions for years without punishment from the environmental health department, while city inspectors repeatedly failed to inspect certain restaurants. Because of the series that ran in the Spectator the city of Hamilton hired two full-time premise inspectors, ordered a full report on city inspections, and formation of a system to make food handler training mandatory.
  • American Indian Rule: Sovereignty Abused

    The Detroit News reports on abuses of power by the governing bodies of Native Americans reservations in Michigan and across the nation. The report details abuses of democracy, judicial process and financial benefit on the part of the leaders. Tribal leaders used their powers to expel political enemies, change election rules in their favor and stifle criticism of their mishandling millions of dollars in tribal money.