Nika Bartoo-Smith is an Indigenous affairs reporter for Underscore News and ICT. Recently, she was the health and social services reporter at The Columbian. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism and worked as a Snowden Intern at The News-Review in Roseburg. A descendant of the Osage and Oneida Nations and was born and raised in Portland.
Entering into the third week of no school in the Portland Public School District, the main points of contention in the historic Portland teachers strike are wages and class sizes. But teachers and the district are also wrestling over another contract provision — a policy that results in dramatically higher rates of suspension for Native […]