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Task Force to Consider “Restorative Justice” for Black Families Uprooted by Virginia University’s Expansion

Spurred by our “Uprooted” series, a task force created by the city of Newport News and Christopher Newport University will reexamine decades of city and university records shedding light on a Black neighborhood’s destruction.

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Virginia Lawmaker Calls for Commission to Study State Universities’ History of Uprooting Black Communities

In response to our reporting, state Delegate Delores McQuinn said a task force could shed light on the impact of college expansion in Virginia. Officials are also calling for displaced families to receive redress, from scholarships to reparations.

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The Repatriation Project

A New Illinois Law Shifts Repatriation and Reburial Power to Tribal Nations

For the first time, tribal nations forcibly removed from Illinois will have final say in how and when the remains of their ancestors will be returned to them.


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Task Force to Consider “Restorative Justice” for Black Families Uprooted by Virginia University’s Expansion

Virginia Lawmaker Calls for Commission to Study State Universities’ History of Uprooting Black Communities

Erasing the “Black Spot”: How a Virginia College Expanded by Uprooting a Black Neighborhood

We Carry the Burden of Repatriating Our Ancestors. Here’s What It’s Like to Report on the Process as an Indigenous Journalist.

A New Illinois Law Shifts Repatriation and Reburial Power to Tribal Nations

Activists Have Long Called for Charleston to Confront Its Racial History. Tourists Are Now Expecting It.

Sweeping Repatriation Reform Bill Unanimously Passes Illinois House of Representatives

Dozens of Museums and Universities Pledge to Return Native American Remains. Few Have Funded the Effort.

The Community of Mothers Who Lost Sons to Police Killings

How to Report on the Repatriation of Native American Remains at Museums and Universities Near You

How a Tourist Attraction Displaying the Open Graves of Native Americans Became a State-Run Museum

Developers Found Graves in the Virginia Woods. Authorities Then Helped Erase the Historic Black Cemetery.

Army Corps of Engineers to Order New Study of Grain Elevator That Could Harm Black Heritage Sites

White Parents Rallied to Chase a Black Educator Out of Town. Then, They Followed Her to the Next One.

These Native Hawaiians Waited Years for Homes on Their Ancestral Land. Then the Problems Began.

A Police Car Hit a Kid on Halloween 2019. The NYPD Is Quashing a Move to Punish the Officer.

Lawmakers Propose $600 Million to Fix Housing Program for Native Hawaiians

Tennessee Judge Who Illegally Jailed Children Plans to Retire, Will Not Seek Reelection

New Documents Prove Tennessee County Disproportionately Jails Black Children, and It’s Getting Worse

He Was Filming on His Phone. Then a Deputy Attacked Him and Charged Him With Resisting Arrest.

“If Everybody’s White, There Can’t Be Any Racial Bias”: The Disappearance of Hispanic Drivers From Traffic Records

LA Inspector General Looks Into Allegations of Racist Policing by Sheriff’s Deputies on School Grounds

Louisiana Deputy Who Slammed a Black Woman on the Pavement Was Named in Multiple Suits, Records Show

Three Children Attacked a Black Woman. A Sheriff’s Deputy Arrived — and Beat Her More.

We Reported on a County That Has Jailed Kids for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Readers Reacted.

Conservationists See Rare Nature Sanctuaries. Black Farmers See a Legacy Bought Out From Under Them.

Outrage Grows Over Jailing of Children as Tennessee University Cuts Ties With Judge Involved

Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge.

In a California Desert, Sheriff’s Deputies Settle Schoolyard Disputes. Black Teens Bear the Brunt.

ACLU Calls On Federal Prosecutors to Investigate the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office

“They Saw Me and Thought the Worst”

“Have You Ever in Your Life Attended a Meeting of the Ku Klux Klan?”

Dubious Arrests, Death Threats and Confederate Loyalists: Welcome to Graham, N.C.

In a Small Town, a Battle for Racial Justice Confronts a Bloody Past and an Uncertain Future

ProPublica Nominated for 13 Peter Lisagor Awards

People Over 75 Are First in Line to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19. The Average Black Person Here Doesn’t Live That Long.

Global Right-Wing Extremism Networks Are Growing. The U.S. Is Just Now Catching Up.

How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black Men

Black Men Have the Shortest Lifespans of Any Americans. This Theory Helps Explain Why.

New York Lawmakers Demand NYPD Halt Undercover Sex Trade Stings

For Years, JaMarcus Crews Tried to Get a New Kidney, but Corporate Healthcare Stood in the Way

NYPD Cops Cash In on Sex Trade Arrests With Little Evidence, While Black and Brown New Yorkers Pay the Price

It Wasn’t the First Time the NYPD Killed Someone in Crisis. For Kawaski Trawick, It Only Took 112 Seconds.

The NYPD Said the Killing of Kawaski Trawick “Appears to Be Justified.” Video Shows Officers Escalated the Situation.

A Deputy Prosecutor Was Fired for Speaking Out Against Jail Time for People Who Fall Behind on Rent

Black Workers Are More Likely to Be Unemployed but Less Likely to Get Unemployment Benefits

Grace, Black Teen Jailed for Not Doing Her Online Coursework, Is Released

El COVID-19 golpea Texas y los hispanos son quienes más mueren

Prosecutors Say They Support Releasing Girl Who Was Detained for Not Doing Her Schoolwork

“It Cost Me Everything”: In Texas, COVID-19 Takes a Devastating Toll on Hispanic Residents