October 15, 2019
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'We’re going to bring them home': Rally for the missing and the murdered

Bearing signs that read "Violence is Not My Tradition" and "Indigenous Day, Not Columbus Day," a crowd drew attention to the missing, murdered and abused in their communities.

Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day

While Columbus Day affirms the story of a nation created by Europeans for Europeans, Indigenous Peoples Day emphasizes Native histories and Native people.

'We have to do things in a different way'

Indigenous knowledge and governance is essential because it's where more than a third of the earth and over 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity are located.

Presidential candidates continue outreach in Indian Country

With a growing number of communities celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, another Democratic presidential candidate announced plans to improve the government's relationship with the first Americans.

Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams

"The false religious doctrine of Christian discovery was used by the United States to perpetuate crimes of genocide and forced displacement against Native Peoples."

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' today and everyday

As we honor the Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples' in the United States and North America, I ask, remember where you came from.

Cherokee Nation and CNB minimum wage increases will boost economy, help families

Our employees here at the Cherokee Nation are the backbone of our government and business operations.

Cherokee leader's legacy lives on in Nashville

An audience at the Tennessee State Museum was reminded that the Cherokee war chief, the redoubtable Dragging Canoe, fought battles on the very ground they were standing on.

Native Sun News Today: 'Oyate' television program launches website

The hit television show Oyate Today has launched a new website to keep viewers informed of the program.

Former school employee charged with felonies after sexually abusing Native girl

A former employee of a treatment facility for juveniles is awaiting extradition to California after authorities confirmed he fathered a child with a Native girl.

San Manuel Band puts casino name on new NFL stadium

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will be reaching Raiders fans at the team's new home in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Native man shot by police officer mounts appeal after lengthy sentence
A bullet is lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer. He's the one going to prison.
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The Arctic's future is Indigenous

There are competing visions for the Arctic, including energy development and commerce. What about Indigenous voices?

Greta Thunberg brings star power to Pine Ridge Reservation

A young climate change activist from Sweden has become an international star in a little over a year.

Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?'

As Lakota people, we must realize the fact that our ancient world view is as valid as any other.

Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.

Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations

All of Indian Country is waiting on the Supreme Court to do what is morally and legally right.

Only Native American on federal death row secures delay of execution

A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled execution of Navajo citizen Lezmond Mitchell, who is the only Native American on federal death row.

‘I could not afford to hang men for votes’: Largest mass hanging in America

The public hanging of 38 Dakota men was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Two others were executed at later date.

Navajo student Nizhoni Tallas wins prestigious Udall scholarship

Nizhoni Tallas, who grew up on the Navajo Nation, says her passion for the environment started at a young age.

Montana State University celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day

A round dance and a walk in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women are among the events taking place on campus.

Montana Free Press: Crowd complains about grizzly bears

The Trump administration is being pressed to remove protections for the grizzly bear, an animal held sacred by numerous tribes.

'We're not a disaster for them': Yankton Sioux Tribe struggles to recover from flooding

A series of two flooding periods have occurred on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in the last six months, leaving devastation and a need for assistance.

Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town

It’s good to live off the Rez, but still be close enough to visit home.

Former leader of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians indicted for fraud

Kevin Edwards, a former vice chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and his wife have been indicted on federal fraud charges.

Wilton Rancheria secures victory in homelands case

The Wilton Rancheria is celebrating after a federal judge sided with the tribe and the federal government in a homelands case.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country

Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.

Former Indian Health Service doctor guilty of abusing Lakota boys

A federal jury convicted former Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber of all 11 criminal counts for sexually abusing four boys on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Tim Giago: Another year and no Lakota riders at the Buffalo Roundup

Long before the first white settler ever set foot in the Northern Plains the Native Americans were sharing the land with their ancestral friend, the buffalo.

Mark Charles: Getting rid of Donald Trump won't solve America's deep-seated problems

President Trump is simply just another example of the fruit produced by our white supremacist, racist, sexist and colonial foundations.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation advocates for our warriors

As Cherokee people, we have always respected our warriors – people willing to fight for us, for our values and for our way of life.

Rep. Tom Cole: Addressing the high cost of prescription drugs

Especially for those Americans who rely on regular prescriptions, the high cost of purchasing their vital medicine is an all too familiar burden.

James Giago Davies: The Manchurian Candidates in the White House

Under no circumstances does any actual progressive get anywhere near the Oval Office.

YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women

"When something happens to an Indigenous person, to a Native person, why isn’t that being heard? We’re just another number."

Cronkite News: Finland agrees to return tribal artifacts and ancestors

The Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.

Quapaw Nation reaches settlement in long-running trust mismanagement case

After more than 17 years of litigation through three presidential administrations, the Quapaw Nation has emerged victorious in court.

Native Sun News Today: Remembering Lakota musician Buddy Red Bow

A documentary about Buddy Red Bow, the Lakota musician, premieres on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Ivan Star Comes Out: The situation isn't looking good for our Lakota language

Everyone knows that our language, culture, and history, have been targeted for eradication by the federal government.

Two Spirit group provides a 'safe place' for Lakota of all ages

Nagi Nunpa Hocaka, the Two Spirit Circle, is working to reduce the high rate of suicide and substance abuse on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Native Sun News Today: Judge blocks new law targeting Native protests

Native activists have scored a big victory against a new law that was written to stifle their opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

YES! Magazine: Indigenous women find a safe space in T’ja Xuj

After traveling thousands of miles fleeing violence and discrimination, LGBTQ women -- many of them Indigenous -- find safety and support at T’ja Xuj.

Mescalero Apache Tribe announces pending resignation of president

Arthur "Butch" Blazer is resigning as president of the Mescalero Apache Tribe for health reasons.

NMAI News: Lakota Music Project makes national debut

Performing for the first time outside South Dakota, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s Lakota Music Project will appear in concert at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Cronkite News: Trump lashes out at whistleblower in impeachment inquiry

To President Donald Trump, the White House whistleblower who reported concerns about his call with the Ukrainian president is comparable to a spy and a traitor.

Tuscarora Nation seeks recognition from state of North Carolina

The Tuscarora Nation is continuing efforts to gain recognition in North Carolina following a setback at the state level.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians seeks commercial casino in Illinois

At least three tribal nations are pursuing casinos in Illinois.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe in the market for a new casino executive

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is searching for a new leader for its gaming enterprise following the departure of its chief executive officer.

National Congress of American Indians heads into election season after major changes

The race to lead the National Congress of American Indians is kicking into high gear as the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization prepares for its biggest meeting of the year.

Native Sun News Today: Overcoming trauma as a Two-Spirit woman

When Carla Douglas was born, her mother wanted a daughter so badly she named the young child Carla Georgina and began dressing her in girl's clothing.

Cronkite News: Tribal leaders address barriers to voting in Arizona

The voting rights of Native Americans are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of polling places, tribal leaders said.

Cronkite News: Indian Country lags in health insurance coverage

The number of Indian Health Service patients with insurance rose from 64 percent in 2013 to 78 percent in 2018, according to a new report.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: A Whistleblower 'tweets' loud and clear

This is no longer a case of being a Democrat or a Republican: It is a case of being an American.

Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are eager to show how uranium mining continues to affect their people as they host a key member of Congress.

#NotInvisible: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October, advocates and communities from across Indian Country rally together as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota grandmother sentenced for role in boy's murder

The courtroom was filled with emotions and tension as the long-awaited sentencing hearing for the death of Kylen Shangreaux, age 2, began.

Yankton Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning'

"It’s like we live in a third world country and we are forgotten," resident Lauren Crowe says. "No one cares."

Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town

As border towns go, Sheridan, Wyoming, may be one of the best, though, in my opinion, it could improve on relationships with Natives.

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe asks Supreme Court to hear sovereignty case

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe is turning to the nation's highest court for help with its disputed casino in Texas.

Quapaw Nation debuts casino on ancestral territory in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation is paying tribute to one of its chiefs with a commercial casino in Arkansas.

'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is telling is own story at a new cultural center and museum on the reservation.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes battle Trump over Keystone XL Pipeline

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Fort Belknap Indian Community are defending their treaty rights against the Trump administration's push for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved

A year ago, a grim discovery was made in California. A young Native woman was found shot in the head.

Coquille citizen Bridgett Wheeler named to Oregon board of education

Bridgett Wheeler, the director of cultural and education programs for the Coquille Tribe, plans to focus on implementing historically accurate, culturally appropriate Native curriculum in every public school district.

Tim Giago: Native American media faces a perilous future

Native American media has come a long way in the past 50 years, but in which direction it will head from here is anybody’s guess.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation asks Congress to honor treaty

The Cherokee people have spent generations surviving and persevering through a series of federal policies that conspire to destroy our government, break up our families and relegate our people to the pages of history.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Putting an end to the opioid epidemic

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats continue to waste time in Congress

When lawmakers returned for legislative session after the extended work period, House Democrats had an opportunity to turn a new leaf and actually get things done for the American people.

Private development in the Crazy Mountains sparks anxiety for wilderness advocates

What wilderness advocates and members of the Crow Tribe called a 'nightmare' scenario in Montana’s Crazy Mountains appears to be coming true, and sooner than they thought.

Victor Swallow: This summer I turned 80 years old

We elderly have stories to tell. Stories about the hardships we endured.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Americans can't resist celebrating our 'founders'

Indian-White History of America isn’t unique but the truth is, our history is not behind us and it is not forgiven.

Indigenous hunters are protecting our environment

Everyone should acknowledge the positive impact Indigenous hunting can have on the protection and monitoring of the environment.

YES! Magazine: How we can make a difference for climate change

When it comes to climate change, one expert says: 'Every single person can make a huge difference, and when we come together to work, anything is possible.'

Cronkite News: Trump rebuked a second time for diverting funds to border wall

Congress voted yet again to terminate President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border, which he has cited to justify use of Pentagon funds for border construction.

Native Sun News Today: Lawmakers aim to mend 'Broken Promises' in Indian Country

Rep. Deb Haaland and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have teamed up on a comprehensive Indian Country legislative proposal.

Ivan Star Comes Out: We must heed the laws of our ancestors

Our elders have been telling us to find our original teachings and to live by them.

Siku Allooloo: Canada is built on racism, genocide, violence, and theft

Two generations saw our Inuit and Dine homelands in Northern Canada nearly destroyed. Now my way of life is one of cultural repair.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers hear sobering stories of gun violence

A panel of lawmakers, advocates and medical professionals shared sobering stories about gun violence in the hopes of spurring the U.S. Congress into action.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe announces closure of 'Bordertown' casino

Four years after welcoming big crowds to its Western-themed gaming facility, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe is calling it quits.

Pamunkey Tribe keeps options open in pursuit of $700 million casino

The recently recognized Pamunkey Tribe is moving forward with a $700 million gaming resort in Virginia.

VIDEO: Yurok medicine song opens United Nations Equator Prize ceremony

The Yurok Tribe made history this week, becoming the first Indian nation in the U.S. to receive the prestigious Equator Prize from the United Nations.

Money for #MMIW task force in Arizona goes missing in bureaucracy

A task force on missing and murdered indigenous women is waiting on $150,000 promised by the state of Arizona.

Rosebud Sioux citizens gain control of power company

For the first time, Sicangu Nation citizens have gained the majority of seats on the board of directors for the company supplying their electricity.

'I want my government to reflect actually the people': One candidate's vision

Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for president, sat down with Indian Country Today for a wide-ranging interview, the first of its kind for a Native newsroom.

James Giago Davies: Democrats are awful and Republicans stink

There is no long term difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They both serve the oligarchy.

How some North Americans claim a false Indigenous identity

Recently in Canada and the United States, a small but vocal minority of white French-descendants have used an ancestor born between 300 and 400 years ago to claim an 'Indigenous' identity.

How we can become naturalized, mindful and respectful of Indigenous laws

The descendants of settlers and immigrants can’t become Indigenous to the land where we live. But we can follow the models of coexistence.

Trump administration goes on the record for Indian Country funding

Does the Trump administration support funding the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service ahead of time?

Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act inches forward on Capitol Hill

A bill that would help tribes address the effects of climate change in coastal areas is advancing for the first time.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands

The federal government has treaty and trust responsibilities to tribal governments, including the protection of tribal cultural resources.

Native grandma and grandkids get the boot after fire in home

A Lakota grandmother has been evicted from her house after nearly four years of living there, due to a fire she had no responsibility for.

Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town

As border towns go, Sheridan, Wyoming, may be one of the best, though, in my opinion, it could improve on relationships with Natives.

Native Americans have second-highest opioid death rate in the nation

Native American advocates are seeking more funding and new ways to tackle the opioid crisis in Indian Country as overdose death rates continue to rise.

Trump decries 'witch hunt' after Democrats launch impeachment bid

Democrats are opening a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump amid controversy over his dealings with a foreign nation.

'Does the White House support VAWA?': Trump officials won't say

The Trump administration's commitment to Indian Country was tested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol when representatives of the White House refused to answer questions about expanding protections for Native women.

Ponca Chief Standing Bear completes one last journey of triumph

Forced out of his people's homelands by the United States, Ponca Chief Standing Bear ended up becoming one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders.

'Indigenous nations will sacrifice all we have to give to defend Unci Maka'

Our ceremonies have told us to prepare for hard times. We are in those times.

Tim Giago: A matter of life and death at Indian Health Service hospital

What is happening at the Sioux San Hospital in South Dakota is no longer a laughing matter.

Native women are paid only 57 percent of what White men make

Today, we acknowledge the role that the wage gap plays in the many forms of centuries-long oppression of Native American Women.

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