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Native Sun News Today: Native man dies after incident with police officers

Jeremiah Janis was pepper-sprayed and tasered by police officers in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe

The nation's highest court has once again sided with Indian Country in a treaty rights case.

Pauma Band hits end of the line with labor sovereignty case

It wasn't all good news from the U.S. Supreme Court as the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians was turned away in a closely-watched labor sovereignty case.

Portrait of the late Russell Means fetches $6.3 million at auction

An iconic portrait of Russell Means, created by Andy Warhol, went big on a night of even bigger sales.

Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation

I speak as an abused boarding school survivor. I was there; I saw it, I felt it, and I recovered from it.

Albert Bender: It's clear to all that Trump has got to go

Donald Trump has been called almost everything—racist demagogue, vulgar sexist, inept businessman, pathological liar, and moron.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Democrats are forcing the Green New Deal on America

Two of the top oil and gas producing states are also the leaders in renewable power.

Native Sun News Today: Native graduate inspires thousands with post

Chantelle Blue Arm almost didn't attend graduation ceremonies for her master's degree.

Zoltan Grossman: Cowboys and Indians unite across the country

By teaming up to defend the place they all call home, 'cowboys and Indians' are protecting their lands and waters for all.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: How the 'rule of law' harms indigenous peoples

Many tribes are still in the process of trying to make colonial systems work for them.

Cherokee Nation chief candidate David Walkingstick fight to stay in race

Citizens of the Cherokee Nation are choosing a new leader in less than two weeks.

Native Sun News Today: Keystone XL Pipeline wants water from Lakota territory

The backer of the Keystone XL Pipeline is seeking permits to draw nearly 167 million gallons of water from rivers in South Dakota.

Clara Caufield: Grandmas are the backbone of Indian Country

America was built upon the backs of resourceful women, many wives, mothers and grandmothers.

Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet

A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.

House subcommittee hearing focuses of safety at Indian boarding schools

"No more of our children should die due to negligence of the schools," a grieving parent says.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps tribal citzens grow their businesses

Small businesses are our lifeline and represent a bright future for tribes in Oklahoma.

Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood

Should the federal government stop issuing Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood?

Native Sun News Today: Native mother walks to nation's capital for humanity

Tarita Silk, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, will be leaving South Dakota for Washington, D.C., on June 7.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Togiyapi ki le ihangunyanpi ktelo

We have to keep in mind the fact that our Lakota language was targeted for obliteration.

Indian Country Today: Patty Talahongva tapped for new television program

Indian Country Today is expanding, and a television newscast is on the way.

Seminole Tribe suspends revenue sharing payments with state of Florida

After receiving $1.8 billion from the Seminole Tribe, the gravy train is over for the state of Florida.

'An amazing person': Friends and family mourn loss of Leonda Levchuk

The Navajo Nation citizen spent more than 20 years telling the stories of Native people.

Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads make it harder for students to learn

Three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads are unpaved, leaving schools to spend money on maintenance for buses that have to travel those roads.

Shoshi Parks: Taking a road trip through Indigenous territories

I’m seeking out the histories and communities that existed before Route 66 and that survive still today.

Native journalist scheduled for trial in drunken driving case

Jenni Monet arrived late to a court appearance in New Mexico. But the judge handling the "DWI docket" didn't seem to mind.

Arne Vainio: Protecting our Manoomin, our wild rice

This is our ancestral food, this is indigenous food. It’s what we need, it’s worth cooking right and it’s forever worth protecting.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Some law enforcement officers never make it home

The men and women of our law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect our families and our communities.

Rep. Tom Cole: Don't forget to thank our military for their service

During Military Appreciation Month, we rightly join in expressing gratitude for our service members, their families and the daily sacrifices they make on our behalf.

Mark Trahant: President Trump is about to make Indian Country more expensive

Agriculture is big business in Indian Country. So is construction. Both are impacted by Trump's trade war.

Native activist receives honorary degree for work in border town

Frank LaMere got arrested for protesting the sale of liquor in a community near the Pine Ridge Reservation. Now his work is being celebrated.

Recap: Opening day of 10th annual National Tribal Health Summit

More than 600 tribal health leaders are attending the 10th annual annual National Tribal Public Health Summit.

Budget hearing focuses on public safety funding in Indian Country

It's the Department of Justice's turn to present its budget to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting

Bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and water rights are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Tim Giago: America is learning how to hate all over again

Nazism and White Supremacy have no place in this land of our ancestors.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office

A story that journalism should report often: Our election framework needs a serious fix.

YES! Magazine: Oglala Sioux Tribe still dealing with devastating storms

It took riders 10 hours to reach remote families stranded in the aftermath of the "bomb cyclone" that devastated the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Another death reported at a jail in an Alaska Native community

Three people have died over the last two weeks in detention facilities in Alaska Native villages.

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe hit with $5.5 million fine for gaming law violations

The threat of massive fines are seen as the only way to stop the St. Croix Chippewa Indians from diverting gaming revenues.

Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer

Jefferson Keel is stepping down as Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation but he won't be going far from his people.

'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation

The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.

The Conversation: Indigenous people go missing in mainstream media

Reporting on Indigenous peoples has increased the pressure to acknowledge everyday racism, institutional racism and the challenges of reconciliation.

YES! Magazine: Native lawmakers help bring down Confederate monument in Montana

"The monument was part of a larger effort to rewrite the history books," said lawmaker Shane Morigeau, a citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Cronkite News: Industrial hemp farming now legal in almost every state

The 2018 Farm Bill opened the doors for farmers to grow hemp as an agricultural commodity.

'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney was at the White House but won't say whether tribal legislation came up before President Trump tweeted about it.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians said to be on Trump's radar

Are the Poarch Band of Creek Indians the next target of President Trump and his terrifying tweets?

Mark Trahant: Indigenous peoples of the Arctic stand up to Trump spin

Indigenous leaders call climate change an urgent threat that requires a global response, an idea that was trashed by the Trump administration.

Cronkite News: Indian Country falling behind when it comes to broadband

Fewer than half the households on tribal lands in Arizona have access to broadband internet, and only one exceeds the state average.

UMD News: Country singer from White Earth Nation finds his way to Nashville

Steve Turner honors his heritage, pharmacy career, and love of country music.

The Conversation: Indigenous-led clean-energy projects could power reconciliation

Addressing climate change in Indigenous contexts requires leadership from Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations and governments.

Northern Arapaho Tribe shortens work week to address $5 million deficit

The Northern Arapaho Tribe is experiencing some financial difficulties.

Spirit Lake Nation voters authorize sale of liquor at casino

Alcohol is coming to the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort in North Dakota.

Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't hear from Indian Country often but it was hard to tell as a closely-watched tribal case came up for consideration.

United South and Eastern Tribes: Indian Country can't be 'asleep at the wheel'

Once again, encapsulated within a 24 word tweet today, President Trump has demonstrated his authentic disrespect and disregard towards Indian Country.

'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills

A tweet about Pocahontas spooked Republicans on Capitol Hill. Indian Country was the loser.

'An afterthought': Tribal consultation in doubt as Trump's reorganization rolls on

The Trump administration claims its controversial reorganization won't apply to Indian Country. But tribes are still being affected by it.

Bill John Baker: The Not Invisible Act is vital to the safety of Native women

Every Cherokee woman - every American Indian woman for that matter - has the absolute right to feel safe.

Mark Trahant: United States refuses to stand with Indigenous peoples on climate

The Trump administration’s position on the Arctic raises so many questions about Indigenous governance (and knowledge).

Coyote Valley Tribe announces minimum wage increase amid casino milestone

The Coyote Valley Tribe is celebrating 25 years in the Indian gaming industry with some big changes.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Democrats call for action to address #MMIW crisis

Bills to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women are pending in Congress.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Bipartisan bill protects Native women and girls

The silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women is wreaking havoc on our families and our communities.

Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats seek government takeover of health care system

For current Medicare recipients, "Medicare for All" really means "Medicare for None."

Mark Trahant: Indigenous knowledge incorporated into global climate assessment

Extinction is the new normal, according to a new report that draws on Indigenous and local knowledge.

Governor of South Dakota admits snubbing tribes with last minute legislation

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) knows exactly why the Oglala Sioux Tribe banned from the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Jonodev Chaudhuri lands new job after stint at National Indian Gaming Commission

Jonodev Chaudhuri will be heading up the Indian law and policy practice at the Quarles & Brady firm.

Cronkite News: Accidental fall leads to another fatality at Grand Canyon

Four people have died in or near Grand Canyon National Park in the last five weeks, but officials say that isn’t unusual.

'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court

Tribes are paying close attention to a court case that they say will have a major impact on efforts to improve economic conditions in their communities.

Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, and her new boss, Secretary David Bernhardt, are on Capitol Hill to talk about the Trump administration's budget.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Trump budget

A panel of federal officials and tribal leaders will talk about the budgets for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers divided along party lines with climate change bill

The Climate Action Now Act would require the U.S. to meet the obligations of a global climate change accord.

Cronkite News: Unique school bus serves as inspiration for Navajo students

For 26 years, Freddie Yazzie has driven school buses for a quiet community on the Navajo Nation.

The Conversation: Maps serve as powerful tool for Indigenous communities

Our project, MappingBack, envisions mapping as a weapon and tactic to resist extractive industries on Indigenous lands.

YES! Magazine: Canoe journey offers first hand look at climate change

A voyage around the world offered a new generation of Hawaiians lessons about Earth’s uncertain future.

Quinault Nation asserts sovereignty over isolated Indian allotment

An Indian allotment in Washington will soon house a smoke shop operated by the Quinault Nation.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe back in court to defend gaming rights

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to defend its sovereignty again.

'We were born for this': Native women overcome obstacles in the legal field

Opportunities for advancement within the legal profession are often rare for female Native attorneys but many are breaking new ground.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Law firms smell big pay day for Indian school abuse

I know one thing: we must not cede our rights to be heard and to demand justice.

Native Sun News Today: Artist honors Native nations with 'Dignity'

Dignity is fifty feet tall. Her moccasins are eight feet long. Her spirit is imperious and humble at the same time.

Clara Caufield: Remembering my old happy rez guard dog

This week was the first anniversary since Ms. Reilly went on to the last camp. She was thirteen in dog years.

Catawba Nation asks Congress to fulfill promise in land claim settlement

The Catawba Nation is still seeking a brighter future, nearly three decades after settling its land claim against the United States.

Not 'extinct': Colville Tribes win appeal in hunting rights case in Canada

Rick Desautel, a Colville veteran who lives in the U.S., has once again won the right to hunt on ancestral territory across the border.

AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either

The Trump administration remains silent on a key issue -- forward funding for tribal programs.

Native Sun News Today: Black Hills uranium settlement aids cleanup on Navajo Nation

A court settlement over radioactive and toxic uranium mining waste abandoned in the Black Hills will help the Navajo Nation with a new health study.

The Revelator: Bringing energy independence to Indian Country

An organization focused on increasing energy independence for American Indians is helping to bring light, jobs and new opportunities to tribal communities.

Cronkite News: Not all migrants make it across the border

A group of volunteers search for the remains of migrants who died trying to cross the southern U.S. deserts.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic

Kristi Noem has taken it upon herself to tell us that she is the one who is in charge and she makes no bones about what she has to offer.

Oglala Sioux Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation

Tribal-state relations continue to erode in South Dakota, barely four months after a Republican governor was sworn into office.

Ponca Tribe scores another decision in favor of gaming rights

The Ponca Tribe can engage in gaming on its trust land in Iowa, federal regulators ruled for a third time in the long-running saga.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to protect homelands

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing progress on a bill to protect its reservation from being taken out of trust.

Tejon Tribe finally sees action on long-awaited gaming development

It's taking longer than expected but the Tejon Tribe is inching closer to a casino in California.

'That's first-degree murder': Lakota father seeks justice for son slain by police officer

Clarence Leading Fighter, 32, was shot and killed inside a church in Nebraska. His family wants answers.

A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse

A former Indian Health Service pediatrician who was convicted of sexual abuse and awaits trial on more charges continues to cause headaches.

AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations

Tribes and lawmakers support forward funding for Indian Country but the Trump administration is not on board.

AUDIO: House hearing on reorganization at Department of the Interior

Lawmakers heard competing views about the controversial initiative. One from a tribal leader. The other from the Trump administration.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee high school attracts the best in Indian Country

Sequoyah High School remains the educational home for our youth and is a magnet for the best and brightest in Cherokee Nation and Indian Country.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country's needs continue to go unaddressed

Indian Country's list of infrastructure needs tops $50 billion for roads, hospitals, schools, water systems. So where's the money?

Native Sun News Today: Two tribes renew effort to manage Indian hospital

Sioux San employees and Rapid City Indian community members are in for another rollercoaster ride.

YES! Magazine: Indigenous women reclaim ancestral land in California

The Sogorea Te Land Trust is working to create an alternative land base for Indigenous people in California’s East Bay.

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