Indigenous peoples of North America

The sword of the Royal House of Avis on a stylized cross decorates the 56-meter high Monument to the Discoveries by the Tagus river in Lisbon, Thursday, March 30, 2023. 

Vatican rejects Doctrine of Discovery after years of pressure from Indigenous activists


The 15th-century Doctrine of Discovery provided the legal basis for the colonial-era seizure of Native lands. Sociology professor Cora Voyageur, who is also a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, joined The World’s host Carol Hills to discuss the significance of the Vatican’s repudiation of the doctrine.

Pope Francis meets the Canadian Indigenous people as he arrives at Edmonton's International airport, Canada

Pope set for historic apology for school abuses in Canada

Attendees perform a round dance during a press conference and prayer vigil at the former Muscowequan Indian Residential School, one of the last residential schools to close its doors in Canada in 1997 and the last fully intact residential school still sta

What the US can learn from Canada’s commission on Indigenous residential schools

Conflict & Justice
Flowers, children's shoes and other items rest at a memorial

Gruesome boarding school discovery forces Canada to reckon with its cultural genocide history

Human rights
The Biden administration's nominee for secretary of interior, Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland, from New Mexico, speaks at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, Dec. 19, 2020.

Deb Haaland, Biden’s interior secretary nominee, says she’ll be ‘fierce for our planet’

Biden administration
The Supreme Court of Canada is seen in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 4, 2019.

Do US-living descendants of tribes in Canada have rights north of the border?


Canada’s Sinixt tribe is officially extinct. But one man aims to regain recognition for his tribe. His case could set a precedent for reconciliation and tribal sovereignty throughout the nation. 

A 1790 Treaty of Muscogee (Creek) Nations and the US, written with elegant cursive script

Supreme Court recognizes Native sovereignty in much of Oklahoma

Conflict & Justice

A recent Supreme Court ruling recognized Native Americans sovereignty over millions of acres of tribal lands in Oklahoma, partially rectifying decades of ignored rights and disregarded treaties.

A close up of a jingle dress

How a Native American coming-of-age ritual is making a comeback


The Ojibwe, one of the largest Indigenous groups in North America, are revitalizing a coming-of-age ritual for girls that signifies the power of womanhood.

A man raises his left arm in protest.

Indigenous youth take global stage in Madrid to voice climate change worries 

Climate Change

This week, a delegation of Indigenous youth have delivered a collective message to United Nations leadership: Take meaningful action on climate change.


The Choctaw of Oklahoma stepped up to help the Irish during the potato famine


It’s little known, but the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has ties to Ireland dating back to the Irish Potato Famine.