Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as founding editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).

Hundreds march for missing, murdered Indigenous relatives in Grand Rapids

By: - May 6, 2023

With the bright, blooming greens of springtime juxtaposed against a sea of red shirts and dresses, and tribal flags blowing in the breeze above them, hundreds of Indigenous citizens marched through the city Friday to amplify the nation’s epidemic of missing, murdered and Indigenous people (MMIP). “Violence against Indigenous people is an epidemic. And we […]

A man wearing a Confederate flag shirt and holding an assault rifle stands at an open carry rally at the Michigan Capitol, September 10, 2019.

White nationalism resurgence continues to shift and shape Michigan, U.S. politics

By: - April 13, 2022

At the very core of white nationalism and white supremacy lies ethnocentrism that advocates for a white nation through the exclusion of people of color. That objective is carried along on revolutionary, anti-government themes.