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VIDEO: Omaha elder taunted by #MAGA youth at Indigenous Peoples March

The Indigenous Peoples March in the nation's capital was marred by a confrontation between a Native elder and #MAGA youth.

Driver given light sentence for crash that took lives of Lakota mother and son

Lynell Morrison-Cash and her 14-year-old son, Waylon, were killed near the Pine Ridge Reservation in February 2018.

Bill John Baker: Indian students will finally be counted thanks to new law

With the passage of the Johnson-O’Malley Modernization Act, we are poised to build a stronger future for the Cherokee Nation and for all of Indian Country.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal leader addresses lawmakers in South Dakota

President Rodney Bordeaux of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe highlighted the government shutdown and the Keystone XL Pipeline in his State of the Tribes address.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country employees seek pay for working through shutdown

Indian employees are among the thousands forced to work through the shutdown without guarantee of being paid.

YES! Magazine: Documentary explores Native influence in music

A documentary airing on PBS sets the record straight: Native musicians played an oversize role in the history of American music.

Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit

Looking back at my life, it is as if my life was predestined by the unknown.

Cronkite News: Volunteers on trial for helping U.S. border crossers

No More Deaths has been providing water, food and medical aid for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for more than a decade.

Rep. Haaland and Rep. Davids land first committee assignments in 116th Congress

Committee assignments are slowly trickling in for new members of Congress and the first Native women have landed key spots.

Shutdown isn't slowing down Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations

The partial government closure isn't preventing the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations from carrying out its mission.

Native Sun News Today: Attack targets Native women who won seats in South Dakota

An anonymous attack against two Lakota women elected in South Dakota was rebuffed as lawmakers met for the new session.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: We must follow through on our obligation to Indian Country

Tribal Nations are sovereign governments that have a unique relationship with the federal government. Unfortunately, not everyone in Washington understands that.

Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats show they aren't willing to work with Republicans

In divided government, there is no room for one-sided debate. In order to get things done for the American people, bipartisan and good faith negotiation is critical.

Mark Trahant: Kids are going hungry in Indian Country as shutdown drags on

How many children are afraid because they know their parents are worried? Or broke. Even hungry.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown's impact hits hardest in tribal areas

Even though she saw six opioid overdoses in recent months, two fatal, Kerry Hawk Lessard closed the medical and behavioral health clinic she runs for Native Americans.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Indigenous people treated like criminals at the border

The death of a Maya girl at the U.S. border is a symbol of an ongoing criminal act by today’s American government against defenseless Indian people.

Meskwaki Nation offers $50K reward for woman missing since January 2015

Rita Janelle Papakee, a mother of four, was last seen on the Meskwaki Settlement in Iowa four years ago.

Pokagon Band shares $1.56 million with hosts of casino in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is helping the community as it celebrates a gaming milestone.

Tribes prepare for state of Arizona to demand more gaming revenues

Tribes have already shared more than $1.45 billion with the state of Arizona. The state wants more.

Winnebago Tribe continues to see more return to homelands

"Our goal is to create self-sufficiency by getting jobs and opportunity to our local tribal members," an executive from the Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation says.

'We are homeland security': Tohono O'odham Nation demands role in border talks

Indian Country is 26 days into a fight with the Trump administration. One tribe's been struggling even longer.

Albert Bender: Indian activists cheer release of human trafficking survivor

Cyntoia Brown is finally going free after spending half of her life behind bars.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota standout still loves rez ball

Born at Pine Ridge, Dylan Pourier has the mind and heart of a Lakota rez ball player.

Clara Caufield: Thank you for welcoming back this Cheyenne 'blabbermouth'

There are many good people on the Rez and so I think I will start writing about them.

Cronkite News: Basketball team hopes to inspire Native youth

When the Arizona State women’s basketball team played on the Navajo Nation, thousands of fans showed up.

Darcy Lindberg: First Nations win decision requiring increase in treaty payments

Indigenous legal traditions can point us in the right direction, towards a wealth of gratitude, justice and a good life.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe appeals loss in patent case to Supreme Court

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is asking the nation's highest court to rule on a controversial sovereign immunity issue.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe faces opposition to land-into-trust application

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is seeking to restore more of its homelands but local officials are putting up a fight.

Republicans attempt to isolate lawmaker with history of racial statements

Native advocates have long questioned Steve King's priorities. Now Republicans are turning against him.

Pamunkey Tribe willing to operate gaming facility under state law

Facing a long wait in the federal system, the Pamunkey Tribe is opening the door to other gaming options.

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe ready to break ground on $40 million casino expansion

A new hotel tower is on the way at the 7 Cedars Casino in Washington.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $190 million investment in commercial casino

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has big plans for a commercial casino being acquired in Pennsylvania.

Quapaw Nation reaches deal to sell land as it pursues casino in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation plans to sell some of its land in Arkansas now that its gaming dreams are finally being realized.

Solutions elusive for Indian Country as impasse in Washington drags on

With efforts to resolve the record-breaking government shutdown at a standstill, tribal leaders and advocates are scrambling for ways out of the crisis.

Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown

The Trump administration wants tribes to know that Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney has not been furloughed.

Recap: Indian Country shares #ShutdownStories while federal funding runs dry

Democrats in Congress heard from Indian Country witnesses on the 25th day of the federal government shutdown.

Native Sun News Today: Survivors of Indian school abuse lobby for changes in law

The 9 Little Girls abuse survivor advocacy group wants justice and healing for the many who suffered during the boarding school era.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Fry bread is just another legacy of colonization

The only way to fight colonialism is to regain what has been obliterated, like our language, customs history, belief system or world view.

Cronkite News: Republicans oppose bill to pay furloughed government workers

President Trump has promised back pay for furloughed federal workers but not all Republicans agree.

Judge delays trial for fired police officer accused in Native man's death

Zachary Bear Heels, 29, died after being repeatedly shocked and punched by police officers in Nebraska.

Tribes bring #ShutdownStories to Washington as funding impasse continues

The federal government's trust and treaty obligations to Indian Country have gone out the window as the record-breaking government shutdown continues.

Harold Frazier: President Trump takes another racist jab at Native people

I ask you America, when are you going to come to your senses regarding this president?

'Racist and disrespectful tweet': Tribal leaders condemn President Trump

Leaders of the National Congress of American Indians are speaking out after President Donald Trump invoked the Wounded Knee massacre in an attack on a political rival.

Tim Giago: We'll get over the wall. Will we get over Donald Trump?

Never in the history of America has there been anyone like Donald Trump, who lies with every other sentence.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country feels the hardships of the shutdown

When will the longest government shutdown in history end? Tribes are waiting for a thaw in Washington.

Albert Bender: Freedom finally arrives for survivor of human trafficking

Cyntoia Brown has spent half of her life in prison for killing a man when she was 16 years old.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes acquire land at sacred Bear Butte

Members of the Northern Cheyenne, Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes received a wonderful holiday gift that will benefit generations to come.

Ernestine Chasing Hawk: An appreciation for the Indian Health Service

We need to thank the employees at Sioux San Hospital and Indian Health Service who work tirelessly to meet our health care needs.

Allyson Stevenson: Indigenous women demand rightful place in leadership

Through organizations like the Saskatchewan Indian Women’s Association, women demanded their return to their rightful place in Indigenous leadership.

Cronkite News: New trial ordered for woman with history of being abused

A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for an Arizona woman, saying she was wrongly denied the chance to present evidence of battered woman syndrome.

Mike Males: Here's why a pro-Donald Trump state would quickly fail

White Americans need immigrants and diversity. That’s not do-gooder talk. It’s math.

'Like dropping a bomb': Nansemond Indian Nation bashes another tribe's casino plan

The newly recognized Nansemond Indian Nation isn't happy about another tribe's plan for a casino in Virginia.

'We'll be bold': Efforts continue to provide urban Indians with services

Plans for a halfway house for tribal citizens in Sioux City, Iowa, are moving forward thanks to a $300,000 donation.

Navajo President: Government shutdown violates treaty obligations

As the longest government shutdown continues with no resolution in sight, Navajo President Russell Begaye urges U.S. President Donald Trump to end the impasse and fund tribal services.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe fully funded for now with no end in sight to shutdown

The federal government shutdown negatively impacts the ability of the United States to fulfill their trust obligations to all Indian nations across the country.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates removal of nuclear waste

I’m proud that Cherokee Nation took the lead in removing a risk that would have threatened our communities forever.

As shutdown drags on, some lawmakers defer pay -- but only for now

While thousands of federal workers are going without pay this month, some members of Congress will forgo their salaries during the partial government shutdown.

Democrats opposed bill to protect homelands of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Democrats from Rhode Island are making it clear that they do not #StandWithMashpee or with a tribe in their own backyard.

Ponca Tribe continues to see strong business at long-awaited casino

Litigation isn't stopping the Ponca Tribe from welcoming customers to its casino in Iowa.

'Shameful': Congress fails to take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women

A candlelight vigil will call attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and the failure to address what has been called a national crisis.

Indian Country organizations unite by calling for an end to #TrumpShutdown

Eight inter-tribal organizations are calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to reopen the federal government.

United South and Eastern Tribes: 'This shutdown must end now'

We now find ourselves caught up in a political fight that fails to properly account for, honor, and respect this country’s first moral and ethical obligation.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country enters national emergency territory with #TrumpShutdown

Friday is going to be a rough day for tribes and Indian organizations. They will not get paid what they are owed by the United States of America.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota student is serious about academics and athletics

Alejandro Rama, a basketball standout at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, will be attending college on an academic scholarship.

George Wilson: Character assassination is far too common on the reservation

In the Oglala Sioux Tribe if you speak up and try to make a better life for the people you get blacklisted and slandered.

Authorities investigate sexual assault of San Carlos Apache woman

A comatose citizen of the San Carlos Apache Tribe was the victim of a sexual assault that resulted in her becoming impregnated.

Nevada board endorses Shoshone name 'Doso Doyabi' for mountain

Tribal nations are supporting a Shoshone language name for Nevada's third-tallest peak.

Ohkay Owingeh father murdered in apparent road rage incident

A non-Indian man has been charged in connection with an apparent road rage incident at Ohkay Owingeh in northern New Mexico.

'Recipe for disaster': The #TrumpShutdown and Indian Country

With tribal communities feeling the pinch of the #TrumpShutdown, Democrats in Congress are working to restore federal funding to Indian Country.

Another Native woman -- a Republican -- launches bid for Congress

Two Native women are making history by serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Could a third be on the way?

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs retains bipartisan leadership

Tribes will see familiar faces as the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, one of the busiest in Congress, gets back to work.

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians welcomes new attorney general

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has a new attorney general and a tribal citizen is holding the job for the first time.

Native Sun News Today: Communities prepare for impacts of Keystone XL Pipeline

Agenda items across nine counties have one topic in common: safety and security concerns surrounding the building of Keystone XL.

The Conversation: Indigenous voices ignored in Elizabeth Warren debate

Cherokee and indigenous peoples have spoken out about Elizabeth Warren case, though they have largely been ignored in the larger media narrative.

Mary Annette Pember: Water protectors fight final stretch of Dakota Access Pipeline

Indigenous water protectors and allies have been protesting, suing and, in some cases, doing felony-level direct action, to halt the completion of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes introduction of homelands legislation

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is in danger of seeing its homelands taken out of trust for the first time since the termination era.

'Morongo has come a long way': Morongo Band starts work on casino expansion

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is celebrating a major project at its casino in southern California.

Wilton Rancheria slated to break ground on long-awaited gaming facility

The Wilton Rancheria is looking forward to another big year of achievements in California.

Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.

Arne Vainio: We need more Native doctors and more Native medical students

We are the Association of American Indian Physicians. We're ready to pay it forward.

Harold Frazier: Indian Country suffers during #TrumpShutdown

Treaty obligations to Native nations are the first thing to be thrown out the door during a government shutdown.

Mark Trahant: President Trump makes case for border wall as shutdown hits tribes

The government shutdown -- tied to President Trump's demand for a border wall -- is particularly challenging for tribal nations with the greatest need.

Peter d'Errico: New book explores struggles facing Native nations and peoples

American Apartheid by Stephanie Woodard demonstrates that Native Nations and Peoples are alive and active today.

Native Sun News Today: Youth share struggles and successes at poetry slam

While the student athletes dazzled crowds during the Lakota Nation Invitational, a small group of poets gathered to express themselves.

Jeffrey Whalen: We need a plan to improve our reservation economy

We hear over and over again that Oglala Lakota County is the poorest in the nation.

Seneca Nation told to continue sharing gaming revenues with New York

The Seneca Nation has already shared more than $1 billion with the state of New York. The state still wants more.

Cowlitz Tribe told to turn over video of alleged attack at casino

Video of an alleged attack at the Cowlitz Tribe's casino in Washington has been ordered to be released.

Native man shot in neck by police officer faces charges for incident

A police officer's bullet, so close to his spine that a sudden movement of his head could paralyze him, remains in Micah Taylor’s neck.

Jenni Monet: Colonized newsrooms can't keep ignoring Indian Country

Time has run out to convince colonized newsrooms that Indigenous issues and perspectives are necessary to the national narrative.

Tim Giago: Losing two wonderful friends -- Lois Rapp and Jerry Reynolds

May Indian Country journalist Jerry Reynolds and Lois Rapp, who was my mother-in-law, rest in peace.

Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law

A new federal law is a remedy for a huge injustice that has led to a devastating loss of land for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes won't manage troubled Indian Health Service hospital

A proposed takeover of an Indian Health Service hospital in South Dakota has come to a halt after tribal activists mobilized opposition.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is a far too common experience for Native people

My life has been one big racial experience but this does not mean I encountered it every day and minute of my life.

YES! Magazine: Native activists stand in solidarity with refugees

The caravan movement is sustained by self-organized migrants and the volunteers who stand with them.

Discrimination against Native students in Montana under scrutiny

The Education Department plans to look into a long-standing complaint of racial inequities on the Fort Peck Reservation.

Tribes see decline in revenues as new casino remains in limbo

When it comes to gaming, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe didn't have such a great 2018.

Native women make history with seats in new Congress

It was a day, and night, for Indian Country to remember as Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland joined the 116th Congress

To Deb and Sharice: 'Ten Ways to Indigenize Congress'

As the first two Native women get to work in the 116th Congress, they will always have a reminder of the Indigenous people who are supporting them.

Recap: Indian Country celebrates Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland

Tribal citizens descended on Washington, D.C., in droves for the historic inauguration of Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland.

Recap: Pueblo women host traditional feast for Deb Haaland

A group of Pueblo women made chile, tamales and other treats for Deb Haaland in Washington, D.C., ahead of her historic inauguration.

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