Allison Winter is a Washington, D.C., correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based news outlets that includes Arizona Mirror.
Federal investigation aims to uncover painful history of Native American boarding schools
By: Allison Winter - July 8, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Native American children travelled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities.
Congress warned of a ‘real and urgent’ drought crisis throughout the West
By: Allison Winter - May 26, 2021
WASHINGTON — A drought crisis unfolding across the West will require short-term relief and massive, long-term federal funding to help states weather the effects of climate change, state water managers and lawmakers said at a U.S. House hearing on Tuesday.
New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms
By: Allison Winter - April 30, 2021
WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer, members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation.
American Indian tribes ‘very close to reaching a breaking point’ in COVID-19 response
By: Allison Winter - October 1, 2020
WASHINGTON — Native American tribes are facing a dire situation from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing some of them to a breaking point, American Indian health leaders told members of Congress Wednesday.
Vaccine makers deny political pressure in race for safe, effective shot
By: Allison Winter - July 22, 2020
Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they […]
Fauci warns of ‘suffering & death,’ worse economy if US re-opens too soon
By: Allison Winter - May 13, 2020
WASHINGTON — A top Trump administration health official warned U.S. senators Tuesday that reopening the economy too quickly could cause more COVID-19 suffering, death and an even longer economic setback.
Visitors flock to National Parks after Trump waives fees. Is that safe?
By: Allison Winter - March 24, 2020
Visitors at Arizona’s Saguaro National Park overflowed parking lots last week and pulled their vehicles off road, destroying vegetation. Park managers issued a plea on Facebook, asking visitors to change their hiking plans based on availability.
Government watchdog: Trump hasn’t justified BLM move
By: Allison Winter - March 12, 2020
The Bureau of Land Management is losing at least half of the employees designated to move west as part of the Trump administration’s controversial relocation plan, leaving a bare-bones workforce to lead the agency.
Native American women are missing and murdered. Will the federal government act?
By: Allison Winter - January 31, 2020
Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017. She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project. She never came home.
Dems battle Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over student loan forgiveness
By: Allison Winter - November 26, 2019
A long-simmering feud between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and congressional Democrats over student loan forgiveness is heating up as hundreds of thousands of borrowers continue to wait for help on loans they claim were fraudulent.
Grijalva accuses Trump admin of ‘poorly-veiled attempt’ to scrap lands agency
By: Allison Winter - September 10, 2019
U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva on Tuesday blasted the Trump administration’s plan to disperse the Bureau of Land Management to offices across the West as an attempt to “dismantle” the agency.