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 email@example.com or on Twitter @meghangupta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As coronavirus cases slow and economic fears grow, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is loosening some restrictions put in place to combat coronavirus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.