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Pandemic has forced the cancellation of events everywhere. But in Indian Country, not congregating comes with added cost—and risk. By Kevin Abourezk Every spring, inside the Celilo Longhouse at Celilo Village on the edge of the Columbia River, traditional elders, food gatherers, and members of the public prepare to feast on the first Chinook salmon of the season. Ahead of the annual celebration, the sound of traditional songs and drums fills the air, as celebrants...

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By Sergio Olmos Underscore.news Those looking to see whether programs aimed at helping gang members could be applied to extremist groups first have to deal with an obvious question: Are groups like the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer gangs? The answer: It depends. Oregon law prevents police from collecting or maintaining files on political, religious or social activities of individuals or organizations unless there is evidence of criminal activity. A records request with the Vancouver...

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Editor’s note: This is the final article in a series that examines violent extremist groups in the Pacific Northwest. This story looks at one tool local governments use to counter violent groups: specialty courts with highly-supervised probation aimed at combating the allure of gang membership. Sergio Olmos began reporting for Underscore.news on right-wing violence in 2019. He followed Patriot Prayer and met with its organizers, supporters and detractors, to better understand a dynamic that has...

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Underscore.news has some great news to share! We are one of eleven nonprofit news teams in the U.S. to receive funding from the American Journalism Project (AJP), a new $46 million venture philanthropy fund committed to strengthening local, nonprofit  journalism in the U.S. These are the first-ever awards made by AJP. The Underscore team—Board, staff, reporters, advisors—is thrilled! This two-year, $178,000 grant is an investment by AJP to strengthen Underscore’s business model. The funding will...