Meghanlata Gupta

Meghanlata Gupta is a rising senior at Yale University from Ann Arbor and a 2020 summer intern at Bridge. As a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, she covers tribal affairs and contemporary Native issues. She is the founder of Indigenizing the News, a digital news source dedicated to elevating Native news and voices and educating non-Native allies. She can be reached at meghanlatagupta@gmail.com or on Twitter @meghangupta.

Articles

'End of an era’: American Indian Services closes after 49 years

'End of an era’: American Indian Services closes after 49 years

June 29, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

With American Indian Services closing on July 9, thousands of urban Native Americans in the Detroit area are scrambling to find new options for culture-based care.

Opinion | Debunking 10 misconceptions about Michigan’s Native Americans

Opinion | Debunking 10 misconceptions about Michigan’s Native Americans

June 24, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

We're not all rich from casinos nor do we look like caricatures from the 1700s. Forget everything you learned in school about Michigan's first inhabitants. 

Despite legal battle, Michigan tribe remains hopeful for recognition

Despite legal battle, Michigan tribe remains hopeful for recognition

June 17, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

The federal government says they’re not a Native American tribe. Don’t tell that to the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Whitmer orders coronavirus protections for Michigan’s migrant farm workers

Whitmer orders coronavirus protections for Michigan’s migrant farm workers

June 2, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

They harvest much of the fruits and vegetables produced in Michigan. A new executive order will offer them some protections from COVID-19 while they work at farms across the state.

Despite Whitmer stay-at-home order, Michigan tribes to reopen casinos

Despite Whitmer stay-at-home order, Michigan tribes to reopen casinos

May 27, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

At least four Michigan tribes plan to reopen facilities by Friday or Monday and a fifth on June 8, following a two-month closure that has drained funds in tribal communities.

Small gatherings, non-essential doctors' visits now allowed, Gov. Whitmer says

Small gatherings, non-essential doctors' visits now allowed, Gov. Whitmer says

May 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Meghanlata Gupta

As coronavirus cases slow and economic fears grow, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is loosening some restrictions put in place to combat coronavirus.

Midland flooding highlights Michigan’s aging stockpile of neglected dams

Midland flooding highlights Michigan’s aging stockpile of neglected dams

May 20, 2020 | Paula Gardner, Meghanlata Gupta

The state’s 2,581 dams, many aging and in need of repair, get little attention from legislators, but their maintenance and costs raise concerns, particularly as water levels rise in Michigan.

Laptops and bathrobes: Michigan State’s virtual graduation amid coronavirus

Laptops and bathrobes: Michigan State’s virtual graduation amid coronavirus

May 17, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

How do you celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime event in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic? We talked to Michigan State University grads about making the best of Saturday’s ceremony and what’s next.

Michigan tribal casinos delay openings to June 1 due to coronavirus

Michigan tribal casinos delay openings to June 1 due to coronavirus

May 11, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

What last week looked like a potential conflict between tribal leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel is headed off for now with the delay of reopening of Kewadin’s five casinos.

Tribal casinos may be headed for clash with Whitmer, Nessel over reopening

Tribal casinos may be headed for clash with Whitmer, Nessel over reopening

May 7, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta, Ron French

At least six U.P. casinos may reopen before the end of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order closing bars, dine-in restaurants and casinos. They can do that. They’re sovereign nations.

Michigan tribes set to receive millions in federal coronavirus relief

Michigan tribes set to receive millions in federal coronavirus relief

May 7, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

After a frustrating delay, Michigan’s Native American tribes will be receiving their share of pandemic relief funds. Those funds are critical for the tribes, many of which have lost their primary revenue source — tribal casinos —  during the state lockdown.

Will Michigan summer camps fall victim to coronavirus, too?

Will Michigan summer camps fall victim to coronavirus, too?

May 6, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

Michigan kids (and their parents) look forward to summer camps. But some are closing for the year and others aren’t sure about their programming, as a precaution during the pandemic.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer prioritizes Native American students in Michigan budget

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer prioritizes Native American students in Michigan budget

October 16, 2019 | Meghanlata Gupta

With more than 147 line-item vetoes, the governor signaled a stark change from her earlier stance on a roads plan and other funding. However, her 2019-20 budget does reflect one of her campaign promises to Native American communities: a fully-funded tuition waiver program.