February 22, 2019
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Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations

We need an assessment of the direct-service facilities within the Indian Health Service as soon as possible.

Native Sun News Today: Judge deals blow to wealthy backers of Dakota Access Pipeline

"Justice has been served," an attorney said after a judge dismissed an unusual lawsuit that targeted opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Rosalyn LaPier: Donald Trump jokes about a dark moment of American genocide

Wounded Knee is among the worst massacres in Native American history.

Ivan Star Comes Out: The real truths about White racial supremacy

Racists wearing 'MAGA' hats and waving Nazi and confederate battle flags are capable of killing just because it is the law.

Cronkite News: States rush to court to overturn Trump's border wall emergency

Sixteen states have filed suit against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration last week though Arizona and Texas aren’t among them.

Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters

With one figure forced out under a cloud, the official tapped to lead the Department of the Interior is promising a new era of relations with Indian Country.

Eighth Generation announces another Native wool blanket design contest

"Weavings explain where we came from and who we are," says Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), one of the first two Native women in Congress.

Colville Tribes announce explusion of council member for alleged intimidation

Andrea George, a leader of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, has been removed from office.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota families seek justice for lost loved ones

They say the ancients wailed and screamed when they lost a loved one which enabled them to release their grief aloud.

Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne veteran celebrates 94th birthday

Melvin Small is one of the first Northern Cheyenne allottees and one of the two surviving Northern Cheyenne World War II veterans.

George Nicholas: Indigenous knowledge treated as inferior in western science

It seems only western science can be championed as objective, reliable and neutral.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court to decide if 2020 Census can ask about citizenship

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to fast-track a case challenging whether the Census Bureau can ask people their citizenship status.

Yancy Lael: The system continues to protect White men

The Covington Catholic conflict and Esquire cover story helped me to see the mistakes I made.

Seminole Tribe continues to share gaming revenues with Florida

Since 2010, the Seminole Tribe has shared nearly $1.8 billion with the state of Florida.

National Congress of American Indians attempts to move past turmoil

The longest serving executive director in the history of the National Congress of American Indians is heading out the door.

Native Sun News Today: Economic development and the Pine Ridge Reservation

The Pine Ridge Reservation has been designated an Empowerment Zone, a Promise Zone and an Opportunity Zone.

Mary Annette Pember: Indigenous women reclaim their menstruation traditions

"Women have great power during their moons," explains Patty Smith of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Fond du Lac Band kept in the dark about trail derailment on reservation

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is speaking out after a train carrying coal derailed on the reservation in northern Minnesota.

Sitka Tribe sues state of Alaska over management of subsistence fishery

The Sitka Tribe is seeking Indian Country's support as it seeks to protect the herring fishery in southeast Alaska.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation donates more than $100,000 to local schools

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation continues to support public school districts in Oklahoma.

Remember, again? John Wayne said terrible things about Indian people

John Wayne, the actor who rose to fame as an Indian fighter on screen, had some questionable views about the first Americans.

Cronkite News: Betting on your favorite teams still on hold in Arizona

Ten months after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared a path gambling on sporting events, a movement is underway to allow Arizonans to wager on their favorite teams.

National Congress of American Indians announces departure of executive director

Jackie Pata is leaving the National Congress of American Indians after 18 years as executive director.

Native Sun News Today: Homer Stands was a legendary Lakota horse rider

Homer Stands Sr.'s mother had a special gift with horses that he carried to the rodeo world.

Rep. Tom Cole: Government shutdown averted with compromise in Washington

Both sides agree that government shutdowns are bad for the American people, bad for government and bad for policy making.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The #GreenNewDeal is bad for America

The so-called Green New Deal is here and its policy is the definition of socialism.

The Conversation: Indigenous researchers plant seeds of hope for health and climate

It’s the land that brings us together, the land that teaches relationship-based ways of knowing about the natural world and its food systems.

Cronkite News: Trump's border wall emergency prompts lawsuits and protests

Hundreds gathered outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Please keep religion out of lawmaking

Thousands of South Dakotan are not Christians -- most are Lakota people who practice the beliefs of their ancestors.

YES! Magazine: Border wall seen as threat to families and the environment

Immigration advocates and environmentalists say the real crisis is the border wall the president wants to build.

American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt: 'My spirit will be leading the charge'

Clyde Bellecourt is battling stage 4 prostate cancer but remains committed as ever to Indian Country's causes.

Parents of Miccosukee child continue to press lawsuit over removal from hospital

Citizens and officials of the Miccosukee Tribe are being sued in connection with a child welfare dispute that drew national attention last year.

Coquille Tribe 'still very frustrated' with long wait for land decision

It's been more four years since the Coquille Tribe started the land-into-trust process and there's still no word of a decision.

Winnebago Tribe explores new frontiers as opportunities grow on homelands

On the banks of the Missouri River, not far from where Lewis and Clark camped at the start of their long journey, one tribe is exploring new frontiers of its own.

Tim Giago: Sometimes I wish we could just turn back the clock

Let me take you back to the days of mom and pop grocery stores and full-service gas stations. Remember them?

Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day

Oklahoma's rich identity is so closely tied to its Native heritage.

Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers on opposite sides as Trump declares wall emergency

The four Native members of Congress are on opposite sides of the battle over the wall at the U.S. border.

Native Sun News Today: Former inmate connected with his culture behind bars

"Before going to prison, I was like any other youth raised in the violence and poverty, the alcohol and addiction. I was lost."

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Many of us are rooting for Elizabeth Warren as president

Elizabeth Warren is a brilliant lawyer and an outstanding senator. Whether she is a Cherokee is debatable.

Cronkite News: Democrats cross party lines to confirm Trump's new attorney general

Critics are concerned that William Barr might interfere with probes of the Trump administration now that he's in charge of the Department of Justice.

Bill McKibben: Conservatives are really frightened by the #GreenNewDeal

It's very clear that conservatives have one plan for dealing with the popularity of the Green New Deal.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces new obstacle in bid to protect homelands

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing a familiar foe as it seeks to prevent its reservation from being taken out of trust by the Trump administration.

Bill authorizes sports betting at tribal casinos in Washington

A landmark Supreme Court decision opened the door to sports betting in Indian Country.

National Congress of American Indians vows change after declaring workplace 'safe' for women

Controversy continues to overshadow NCAI's efforts to advocate for the needs of tribes and their citizens.

President of National Congress of American Indians issues apology

The leader of the nation's largest inter-tribal organization is responding to controversy that arose at a White House tribal listening session.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe issues statement about White House listening session

President Rodney Bordeaux of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is weighing in on a White House tribal listening session that got ugly.

Native Sun News Today: Bill declares official Native languages of South Dakota

A bill recognizing Lakota, Dakota and Nakota as the official indigenous languages of South Dakota is moving forward.

Cronkite News: Apache Stronghold continues annual walk to sacred site

A sacred Apache site is being threatened by a huge mining project in Arizona.

James Giago Davies: It's time to make universal basic income a reality

America has plenty of money for corporate welfare and defense contractors. Why so little for tribal citizens?

'Significant political pressure': Former Secretary Zinke under scrutiny in tribal lawsuit

Ryan Zinke has left the Trump administration but his Indian Country legal troubles are far from over.

White House listening session turns messy as one tribe walks out in protest

The Trump administration's attempt to reset its troubled relationship with Indian Country got off to a rocky start in the nation's capital.

Twitter Recap: Day two of National Congress of American Indians winter session

Catch up on the second and final day of the National Congress of American Indians winter session in Washington, D.C.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans

The law that established the Administration for Native Americans is marking its 45th anniversary.

Suzan Shown Harjo: 'Big John' made a difference to the lives and histories of Native peoples

The late John Dingell, former Democratic Congressman from Michigan, was a supporter of tribal treaty rights and Indian health care.

Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service rejects tribal takeover of hospital

A renewed attempt to assume control over a troubled Indian Health Service hospital is running into roadblocks.

Cronkite News: Native leaders share negative impacts of climate change in their communities

Climate change has been really tough on tribes across the country, officials told the House Subcommittee for Indigenous People of the United States.

Clara Caufield: 'Sta-Vah-sah-whom' to my good friend Mike Her Many Horses

Mike Her Many Horses, a leader of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has gone on to the 'Last Camp' as the Cheyenne would say.

The Lakota Times: Rodeo legend Jake Herman brought laughter and smiles to all

Jake Herman, born on the Pine Ridge Reservation on January 13, 1890, was one of the best know rodeo clowns in the West.

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands

A federal judge has dealt a setback to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.

Enterprise Rancheria celebrates major milestone at long-awaited casino

It's only taken 17 years but the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria is finally going to open a casino.

#StateOfIndianGaming Talk: 'The future of American Indian gaming'

The Brookings Institution is holding a talk on the future of Indian gaming with key stakeholders.

Rep. Deb Haaland chairs first hearing as leader of Congressional subcommittee

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) is leading a climate change hearing as chair of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.

Twitter Recap: Day one of National Congress of American Indians winter session

The National Congress of American Indians is hearing from key members of Congress and senior federal officials at its executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.

Native Sun News Today: 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog' takes on our collective guilt

'Neither Wolf nor Dog' tells a story about trying to write another man’s life story, his beliefs, his history, his inner spirit.

Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations

With Trump officials in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week in Washington with a stinging rebuke of the president and his policies.

Twitter Recap: The 17th annual State of Indian Nations address

it's a busy week for the National Congress of American Indians. Get up to speed on the State of Indian Nations address.

Tribal leaders gather in nation's capital amid threat of another shutdown

A cloud is hanging over the State of Indian Nations and the National Congress of American Indians but it's still looking like a banner week in Washington, D.C.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States set for first hearing

Tribal and Native leaders will discuss how climate change affects their communities at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Tim Giago: There is no difference between Blackface and Redface

There are thousands of examples of white men and women unknowingly literally wearing 'redface' without a whisper of an outcry.

O.J. Semans: Move forward in reconciliation and rescind honors for massacre at Wounded Knee

Members of the 7th Cavalry Regiment committed an atrocity against my ancestors, murdering hundreds of defenseless Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee.

Mark Trahant: The #GreenNewDeal and Indian Country

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey unveiled the 'Green New Deal' with goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation aims to tell the stories of our people

Telling the Cherokee story – our history, our heritage – is a skill that our people have passed down from one generation to the next.

Steven Newcomb: We the people of the dominated Native nations

Native nations need a path to liberate themselves from the U.S.’s claim of a right of oppression over them.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota cowboy makes his mark on the rodeo circuit

Bareback riding forced Shane O’Connell to wear many hats.

Cronkite News: Debate on sports betting bill delayed in Arizona

Sports betting might be coming soon to Arizona but the wait will be a little longer than expected.

Cindy McCain apologizes after police refute claim of human trafficking

Cindy McCain has made unsubstantiated claims about children being trafficked in Indian Country.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe keeps up fight against uranium mine

A license for a Black Hills uranium mine will remain in place amid opposition from the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Montana Free Press: Reservation lawmakers aim to derail Keystone XL Pipeline

Tribal nations are supporting legislation that would impact the route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: South Dakotans love their Indians

South Dakota has to be the kindest, most thoughtful state when it comes to the treatment of its American Indian prison population.

Cronkite News: Trump administration turns border city into 'war zone'

Officials and residents are upset about the addition of sharp wire along the fence in their border community.

Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up

The Indian Child Welfare Act is under attack and tribes are pushing back after conservative and Christian groups joined the battle.

VIDEO: Rep. Deb Haaland helps lead first #ActOnClimate hearing

In her new role as vice chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) spoke from the heart at a hearing on climate change.

Native Sun News Today: Cops called on Lakota family mourning loss of daughter

For Dave and Sydney Claymore, mourning the loss of their daughter was made even more difficult when police officers were called to her traditional wake ceremony.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Native voices are joining our political leadership

There is wide recognition that this country is in bad shape in terms of political, intellectual and social leadership.

'These cases should never have been brought': Water Protector Legal Collective wraps up work

The #NoDAPL criminal cases connected to the Dakota Access Pipeline have finally concluded.

Cronkite News: Food drive benefited Indian Health Service employees during shutdown

One organization distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food for employees of TSA, Phoenix Indian Medical Center and the Grand Canyon.

Tribes weigh in on efforts to legalize sports betting in South Dakota

Tribes and Indian lawmakers are taking a stand on sports betting in South Dakota.

Osage Nation debuts final piece of $160 million casino expansion project

The first show at the Osage Nation's new performance venue is already sold out.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate

After a somewhat disappointing start in the Trump era, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues to hit the ground running.

Timeline: Leadership Crisis at the Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service has been without a permanent leader for four years. How did we end up here?

Native Sun News Today: Bill in South Dakota requires tribal consultation

South Dakota Rep. Peri Pourier introduced a bill that would provide tribal oversight of cultural resources involved in state-permitted projects.

Mark Trahant: When the State of the Union was tragic for Indian Country

President Trump proudly displays a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the architect of Indian removal, at the White House.

Cronkite News: Indian Country's needs ignored in State of the Union

"There was just no depth in regard to assisting us in Indian Country," the vice president of the Navajo Nation said of Donald Trump's address to Congress.

Chris Winters: What did we expect from Trump's State of the Union?

A clear alternative to the prevailing nihilism followed the president’s State of the Union address.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Colonialism robbed Indian people of our land and culture

Why do we, as members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, continue to endure needless suffering on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation?

Native Americans at higher risk for gambling addiction

Native Americans suffer from one of highest problem gambling rates in the United States.

Choctaw artist overcame hardship and reconnected with tribal culture

When he was 13, Bobby Von Martin lived in a hotel known by some as a drug den.

Tribes invited to present funding priorities despite lack of budget from Trump

President Trump has failed to offer a budget for Indian Country programs but that doesn't mean Congress is shirking its trust and treaty responsibilities to tribal nations.

Rep. Tom Cole: The State of the Union is a valuable American tradition

President Trump deserves the opportunity to address the American people on the pressing issues facing our country.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Green Democrats offer a bad deal for America

Americans deserve better than to foot the bill for the Green New Deal’s reckless, expensive, and unattainable goals.

Mark Trahant: President Trump announces new pick for Interior Department

David Bernhardt is a familiar figure in Indian Country, having served at the Department of the Interior in the George W. Bush era.

Carly McIntosh: The word that we don't speak about

As I sit here typing each letter one by one, I can feel the pain my people are going through at this exact moment and it hurts.

Native Sun News Today: Native elder seeks dialog with #MAGA youth

Feeling mocked by Catholic students during the Indigenous Peoples March, a Native elder offered to meet them in their hometown.

YES! Magazine: Native family remains connected to traditions at ranch

Here's how one Native ranching family restored a prairie, wildlife habitat and a creek on their homelands.

Cronkite News: Tournament win 'a little more special' for Navajo golfer Rickie Fowler

The Waste Management Phoenix Open hasn’t always been kind to Rickie Fowler.

Ho-Chunk Nation announces plans for expansion of gaming facility

The Ho-Chunk Nation is looking to add a hotel, convention center and more gaming space to its facility in Madison, the capital of Wisconsin.

Winnebago Tribe still fighting back a year after raid on reservation

Federal agents raided the reservation in what leaders of the Winnebago Tribe have called an attack on their sovereignty.

Native member of Congress helps lead first committee hearing on climate change

Citing Standing Rock as a driving force, Democrats in Congress are calling for a Green New Deal to address climate change and other issues.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting

Native languages, Native veterans and tribal economic development are the subject of three bills being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes annual list of federally recognized tribes

Right on time, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published its list of federally recognized tribes. The most recent entrants are seven in Virginia.

Tim Giago: The governor of Virginia is in a heap of trouble over racist photo

Ralph Northam wasn't calling for genocide against anyone, but he was being stupid.

O.J. Semans: Stop honoring the men who massacred my people at Wounded Knee

The 7th Cavalry, which was obligated by treaty to protect my ancestors, instead hunted my ancestors, surrounded them and gunned hundreds of them down.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation keeps language alive for future generations

Part of my sworn oath as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation is to preserve, promote and advance the language and culture of the Cherokee Nation.

Mark Trahant: Genocide turned out to be good business for Europeans

In less than a hundred years, the Indigenous population in the Americas was reduced by 90 percent.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota Sewing Circle brings creative women together

When you get a group of women together, give them each something creative to work on and let them talk, two kinds of beautiful happen.

Winona LaDuke: White Earth Nation recognizes the rights of wild rice

Finally, plant species have rights, too, with one tribal nation leading the way to protect Manoomin, wild rice.

Cronkite News: Navajo golfer Rickie Fowler claims victory at tournament

"We fought until the end!! And it was worth it!!" Navajo golfer Rickie Fowler said after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Mary Annette Pember: #MAGA youth and the Catholic Church's legacy in Iudian Country

It’s time the students who mocked and disrespected an elder of the Omaha Nation learn the whole truth of this history.

Patrick Lambert: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reaches gaming milestone

It took a lot of work but the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians officially entered the Class III gaming industry on January 25, 1994.

Chicken Ranch Rancheria undertakes casino expansion with eye toward future growth

The Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians is making plans to grow the tribal economy.

Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate

A divided Congress and an unpredictable president spell trouble for tribes and their advocates.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country and the 2020 presidential race

Presidential elections are a policy debate, so how about one that includes Native American voices?

Native Sun News Today: Historic tribal meeting focuses on health care controversy

A historic meeting, called to bring three tribes together, instead ended with a greater wedge between them.

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