Why is Critical Race Theory Under Attack?

Photo by Kelly Lacy on Pexels By Luca Cantagallo, age 11 and IndyKids staff Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a controversial bill this August that will alter the way that teachers can discuss current events and the racist history of the United States in their classrooms....

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Line 3 Pipeline Causes Controversy

A protest bus outside Minn. Public Utilities Commission hearing on Enbridge's Line 3 in downtown St. Paul, Minn., 2018. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons By Dayanara Hernandez, age 16 Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline corporation, has recently faced an increase in...

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More States Are Loosening Gun Laws. We Should Be Concerned.

Photo by Bermix Studio on Unsplash By Claire Davis, age 13 and IndyKids Staff Around the country, some lawmakers are attempting to make it easier to carry a gun in public without training, a permit or being subject to a background check. Already this year, states such...

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Argentina Officially Recognizes Non-Binary People 

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash By Josey Law, age 10 and IndyKids Staff Argentina has become the first Latin American country to officially recognize non-binary people. The country is now allowing people to put an “X” on national identity documents if they do...

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Proposed Abolition Amendment to Address Modern-Day Slavery

Photo by Eyasu Etsub on Unsplash By Jessie Mitnick, age 13 Recently, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Georgia Representative Nikema Williams reintroduced the Abolition Amendment. The Abolition Amendment aims to revise the 13th Constitutional Amendment, which abolished...

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Science Brief: Flex Those Filtration Mussels

Photo by Gil Ndjouwou on Unsplash By Melina Cantagallo, age 13 Mussels are most often thought of as just a food, but they could potentially be used to free our oceans of toxic microplastics.  Microplastics are small pieces of plastic sometimes too small for the...

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Science Brief: Thailand Bans Coral-Damaging Sunscreens

Coral Reef in Vietnam. Photo by @quinguyen on Unsplash By Zahra Latheef, age 11 On August 4, Thailand ordered all non-ocean-friendly sunscreens be banned from marine parks. Regular sunscreens contain ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor...

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How Much Does the U.S. Really Recycle?

Photo by Mali Maeder on Pexels By Melina Cantagallo, age 13 and IndyKids Staff At 292.4 million metric tons, the United States produces the most waste per capita, with each person contributing 102 metric tons of garbage in their lifetime. But how much of this waste is...

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An Interview With… The Brennan Center For Justice

IndyKids reporter Neena Sapkota, age 12 interviews Sean Morales-Doyle regarding the recent slew of voting rights restrictions across the United States. Sean is the Acting Director of the Voting Rights & Elections Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. Neena:...

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Meet an IndyKids Reporter: Neena Sapkota, age 12

Neena is a 12-year-old 7th grader from Hyattsville, Md. She wrote her first article for the IndyKids newspaper last year and returned this summer to write our cover story. Neena has big dreams for the future, including becoming an author, singer, lawyer or even...

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Quiz: Who Am I?

By June Fink, age 10 and IndyKids Staff I was born on August 24, 1922, in New York City.When I was growing up, my family couldn’t afford books, so my parents sent a coupon and a dime to the New York Post each month and we ended up owning 20 volumes of Charles Dickens’...

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Getting Wild With… Gray Wolves

Photo by Brianna R. on Unsplash. By Esteban Guerra, age 9 Wolves play a big role in keeping our ecosystems healthy. Gray wolves are found in many parts of the United States, including Alaska, northern Michigan, northern Wisconsin, western Montana, northern Idaho,...

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Center Spread: The State of U.S. Immigration

Root Causes of Mass Immigration By Malcolm Peterson, age 10 More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the United States each year, according to the Pew Research Center. There are many reasons people choose or are forced to leave their home countries, including lack of...

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Someday You Could Be… Sara Saedi

Interview By Raya El-Hajjar, age 13 Sara Saedi was born in Tehran, Iran, during wartime and an Islamic Revolution. Her parents fled to the United States, where they lived undocumented until Saedi was in her twenties. Saedi is the author of the memoir, Americanized:...

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Breaking News: Federal Judge Rules DACA “Illegal”

By IndyKids Staff The Dreamers’ future is once again under threat this month after Andrew Hanen, a Texas federal judge, ruled  the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unconstitutional. DACA, an initiative created in 2012 by then-President Obama,...

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Breaking News: Bootleg Fire Becomes Nation’s Largest Wildfire

By IndyKids Staff Having already scorched over 350,000 acres⁠—an area larger than Los Angeles⁠—the Oregon wildfire has now become the largest burning in the United States this year. Named after the nearby Bootleg Spring, the fire began on July 6 and has now forced...

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Meet an IndyKids Reporter: Arnay Agarwal, age 12

By Aida El-Hajjar, age 11 Arnay Agarwal is a 12-year-old published author, radio host, founder of the Storytelling Society of India and IndyKids journalist from Bangalore, India. Aida: How and when did you develop your passion for writing? Arnay: I think I was born...

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