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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe impeaches leader accused of harassment

Accused of creating a hostile work environment, Darla Black was removed as vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Montana Free Press: New deal reached in long-running water rights dispute

An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government over long-disputed water rights is taking a major step forward.

MSU News: New chair in Native American Studies at Montana State University

Blackfeet citizen Loren BirdRattler has been appointed the Montana State University Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe secures $5 million to help address damaged infrastructure

An unrelenting season of disastrous weather events has wreaked havoc on the transportation infrastructure on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe announces new chief and council

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe held a swearing-in ceremony for its new council, with Tim Davis chosen to serve as Chief.

Pueblo artist can't sue police officers for handcuffing him at gunpoint

A well-known Pueblo artist can't sue the police officers who pointed an assault rifle at him, handcuffed him and detained him, a court has ruled.

California Nations Indian Gaming Association bids farewell to leadership

Steve Stallings is leaving the California Nations Indian Gaming Association after eight years as chairman of the largest tribal casino organization in California.

Cronkite News: Trump impeachment divides lawmakers along party lines

The House Judiciary Committee ended a daylong hearing into possible articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump with bitter partisan sparring.

Chris Winters: Getting the money out of the U.S. political system

Lost amid the daily news cycle now focused on the impeachment of the president is the fact that money continues to roll in.

Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020

Get ready for round two. A federal appeals court will take up the Indian Child Welfare Act on January 22, 2020.

Witness list for hearing on Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill

The Lumbee Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will air out their federal recognition differences at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Native Sun News Today: A million dollar miracle at Northern Cheyenne

"It is only by the grace of Maheo'o (the Creator) this has happened": A new thrift store opened on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.

Indian Country Today: Tribal leaders stay away from impeachement drama

Tribal leaders have practical reasons for not siding for or against President Trump's impeachment.

Ute Tribe disputes harassment claims of women employees

Two women were placed on leave from their positions at the Ute Tribe after they complained about their supervisor, who remains on the job.

Deadline approaches in tribal gaming compact dispute in Oklahoma

Do Oklahoma's Class III gaming compacts expire at the end of the month? Tribes might soon find out.

Gun Lake Tribe shares more than $9.5 million in gaming revenues

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has shared more than $91 million with Michigan since 2011.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $90 million expansion of casino hotel

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced plans to expand its commercial casino in Pennsylvania, just months after taking over the facility.

Cronkite News: Senate committee takes aim at 'slumlords' on military bases

Lawmakers grilled military leaders over poor living conditions in housing complexes managed by private companies – firms that Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) compared to 'slumlords.'

'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles

Legislation to revoke the Medals of Honor awarded to those who participated in the massacre of the Lakota people is gaining steam.

Native Sun News Today: Pipeline pollution under scrutiny in Congress

New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer from fracking industry pollution on their tribal homelands.

Indian Country Today: Pro-sovereignty candidate drops out of 2020 presidential race

Steve Bullock, the candidate who paid the most attention to Indian Country, is calling it quits.

Navajo Nation Museum hosts auditions for Dine language version of 'Baby Shark'

You've heard it everywhere. Now get ready for the first Native language version of "Baby Shark" doo doo doo doo doo doo.

Editorial: Meth addiction is no laughing matter

Methamphetamine addiction is rampant on all nine of the Indian reservations in South Dakota.

Ivan Star Comes Out: That time I ended up in Facebook jail

As a member of the country’s minority group, I can swear on the fact that racial intolerance is everywhere.

Cronkite News: Death row sentence in Arizona overturned by higher court

A federal appeals court overturned an death row inmate’s conviction, saying attorneys in his case 'dropped the ball' by failing to challenge the state’s evidence.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes move forward with casino expansion

Citizens of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes approved a limited waiver of sovereign immunity in order to obtain financing for a gaming project.

Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing

The Lumbee Tribe, the largest Indian nation in the eastern United States, lacks full federal recognition due to a law passed during the disastrous termination era.

Native Sun News Today: 'I don't feel safe around cops'

The slap heard round the world, or at least Indian Country, has caused quite the commotion. A middle school girl who was struck by a police officer is the one facing an assault charge.

Tim Giago: Having a good time on the Oprah Winfrey Show

Suzan Shown Harjo, Michael Haney and I were seated in the small dining room in a hotel, waiting for a car to take us to the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Health Center will transform health care for generations

The largest tribal outpatient health facility is now open in the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Celebrating Native Americans all year round

I am proud to embrace my Cherokee heritage and I believe that our heritage and traditions should be celebrated not only in November, but year-round.

Rep. Tom Cole: Reflecting on all of our blessings

Especially during a time of great division and polarization, it is important for Americans to join in collective gratitude this year.

Albert Bender: A National Day of Mourning for Indigenous peoples

The official proclamation of Thanksgiving has its origins in slaughter, gore and carnage.

YES! Magazine: Native youth take care of their ancestral lands

The Tribal Steward Program introduces young people to land conservation and restoration in Northwest tribal communities.

Clara Caufield: Remembering holidays in our nation's capital

Years ago, I moved from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, the only home my children knew,, to Washington, D.C.

Cronkite News: White House announces #MMIW #MMIP task force

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.

Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk

Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Oliver Leo Kirk, a Korean War veteran and Navajo Nation police officer who passed away at the age of 88.

'The worst we have ever seen': Statue depicting Sacagawea being removed

A statue shows Sacagawea, the Native woman who helped the Lewis and Clark expedition, at the feet of the White men assigned to lead it.

Jamul Indian Village serves unique brand of wine at casino

Diners at the casino owned by the Jamul Indian Village can enjoy the tribe's own brand of wine.

'Nobody deserves this kind of treatment': Native women speak out against Oglala Sioux leader

The vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe was impeached following complaints about her treatment of women who worked for her.

Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?

YES! Magazine: Bridging the gap between colonized and colonizer

The gap between colonized and colonizer can be bridged, although it will take a lot of work on the part of both.

Tohono O'odham Nation prepares for opening of permanent casino

The Tohono O'odham Nation will be hiring up to 1,300 people for its casino near Arizona's biggest city.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe taps longtime employee to lead gaming enterprise

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has chosen one of its own to lead its gaming enterprise.

Operation Lady Justice features artwork by D.G. Smalling of Choctaw Nation

The work of a Choctaw Nation artist inspired the name of a government-wide initiative aimed at addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.

President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country

He didn't offend anyone. He didn't lash out at his opponents. He was just the president, among a group of tribal leaders.

United American Indians of New England host 50th National Day of Mourning

This year's event focuses on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people.

Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump

Slade Gorton, a former U.S. Senator who was voted out of office after tribal leaders slammed his anti-sovereignty record, is still alive. Surprised?

Ho-Chunk Nation showcases Native food at gaming facility

One Ho-Chunk Nation casino is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a Native food menu created by Chef Elena Terry, a tribal citizen.

Cronkite News: Child obesity rates improve with healthier food

Child obesity rates declined after the federal Women, Infants, and Children program increased access to healthier food products.

National Indian Gaming Commission gains a new leader for the Trump era

The National Indian Gaming Commission has a Republican-chosen chairman for the first time in nearly a decade.

Indian Country Today: The attack on tribal sovereignty and ICWA

Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.

Tim Giago: The two faces of America

Native Americans were slaughtered and starved on their own lands in an effort to subdue them and steal their lands.

Chuck Hoskin: Creating job opportunities for the Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is doubling funding for training for some of the fastest growing and highest paying jobs.

Montana Free Press: Trump administration signals support for tribal water compact

Through two top cabinet officials, the Trump administration has signaled its support for a proposed settlement for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Morongo Band donates a record 12,500 turkeys for annual outreach program

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians increased the number of turkeys being given out by 25 percent for the 34th Annual Morongo Thanksgiving Outreach Program.

Kurly Tlapoyawa: Erasing the Indigenous roots of the Chicano Movement

Gender inclusivity is important, but so is acknowledging our Indigenous origins.

The Conversation: Climate policy should reflect resilience of Indigenous communities

Indigenous knowledge is an essential asset for communities to adapt to climate change, by knowing the land, using the local natural resources, sharing capital, and taking a community approach to local issues.

Cronkite News: Few minds changed by Trump impeachment hearings

Two months of investigation and two weeks of televised hearings do not appear to have changed any minds about the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Ute Tribe won't comment on allegations of sexual harassment against supervisor

Two employees of the Ute Tribe were suspended after they complained about being sexually harassed by their supervisor.

Oklahoma tribes compete for commercial casino in Arkansas

The Cherokee Nation and the Choctaw Nation continue to compete for a commercial casino in Arkansas, where one of their fellow tribes is already up and running.

Pamunkey Tribe asserts rights after release of gaming study

A new gaming study is warning of the pitfalls of awarding exclusive casino licenses to tribal nations.

YES! Magazine: Alcatraz activist documents decades of 'Native Resistance'

A new book traces the path of pan-Native activism, from the occupation of Alcatraz to the #NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock.

Cronkite News: Marijuana reform bill takes step forward on Capitol Hill

A House committee gave approval to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back decades.

'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate

Efforts to protect Native women and children from violence and to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans are being thrust into fresh partisan rancor.

RECAP: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs #MMIW meeting and Native veterans hearing

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs had a busy day, taking up #MMIW legislation and Native veterans issues.

Native Sun News Today: Sicangu man looks to revive traditional council

A Rosebud Sioux citizen wants to revive an old tradition of governance which is made up of a council of leaders, which would maintain the language, history and culture of the tribe.

Cronkite News: 'Broken Promises' details government's failures in Indian Country

Tribal leaders went before Congress to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time.

Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House

American Indians and Alaska Natives serve in the U.S. military at the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group but their needs often go ignored or are overshadowed by other developments.

Native Sun News Today: Leader of Oglala Sioux Tribe accused of harassment

The Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is facing an impeachment hearing after she was accused of creating a hostile work environment.

Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women

With expanded protections for Native women and children still in doubt on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are advancing legislation to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in tribal communities.

Native Sun News Today: Quilt hangs hangs in honor of Native women

To raise awareness about the need for shielding Native women and children from violence, advocates took part in a quilt-hanging at the South Dakota State Capitol.

Chuck Hoskin: Honoring Native American Heritage Month

November is a significant time for the Cherokee Nation and other tribal nations across the United States.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: My family is what it is today because of adoption

People sometimes say our kids are blessed to have us as parents. But Christie and I are the ones who feel so blessed that the Lord has given us the opportunity to expand our family.

Rep. Tom Cole: Making Alzheimer's a priority on Capitol Hill

Like many others across the nation, my family knows all too well the heartbreaking decline that takes place in those suffering with Alzheimer's.

CDC museum features Indian Country exhibits

The health and wellness of American Indians and Alaska Natives -- both in rural and urban settings -- is a complex challenge with multiple solutions.

Montana Free Press: Indian People's Action battles expansion of coal mine

A lawsuit in federal court challenges the proposed expansion of the Rosebud Coal Mine in Montana.

MSU News: Presentation of American Indian Hall set for December 3

Plans for the 25,000-square-foot American Indian Hall at Montana State University are moving forward.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Be wary of 'economic development' promises

It's all about money….and land? .... And power. We are capitalists, after all.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued for teen deaths

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared split on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent.

'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item

The Acoma Shield is finally coming home after years in legal and political limbo.

Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act advances on Capitol Hill

A bipartisan bill that would help tribes address homelessness in their communities is due for passage in the House of Representatives.

Native Sun News Today: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles DAPL expansion

The Dakota Access Pipeline has experienced 12 spills of more than 6,100 gallons of crude oil in less than two years of operation.

Compensate poor people and people of color for climate change

Climate change disproportionately affects poor people and people of color. They should be compensated for their suffering.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are in a long-running dispute with a non-Indian company that refuses to pay for the storage of hazardous waste.

Montana Free Press: Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for coal mine

Calling the purchase of coal mines 'disrespectful' to the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez is pulling the tribe's financial backing.

Cronkite News: Democrats object to militarization of U.S. border

"You have that racist Stephen Miller in the White House, he has the ear of the president, then the president spews the racism that comes from Miller," one Democratic member of Congress said.

Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation faces federal recognition deadline

It's National Native American Heritage Month and one tribe is trying to prove that it qualifies for federal recognition.

Enterprise Rancheria debuts long-awaited 'Hard Rock' casino

With a customary guitar smash, the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria opened a casino in partnership with the Seminole Tribe's well-known Hard Rock brand.

Seminole Tribe continues to hire employees for $1.5 billion casino expansion

A two-day job fair at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood comes after the debut of a striking 638-room hotel in the shape of a 450-foot tall guitar..

Native Sun News Today: Reconciliation and the Wounded Knee Massacre

The theme of intercultural reconciliation took center stage here at the 37th gathering of the West River History Conference.

'You just simply cannot trespass on somebody’s land': Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation hit with lawsuit

Citizens of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation are suing leaders of their tribe for allegedly trespassing on their land.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation pulls back from coal mining

"It's going to take a long time for the harmony between us as people and Mother Earth to be completely restored, but this is a beginning."

Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress

Verna Teller, who was the first woman to lead the Pueblo of Isleta, is making history during Native American Heritage Month.

Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing

A bipartisan bill to address child abuse and neglect in tribal communities has the support of Indian Country organizations.

Mark Trahant: Navajo Nation leaders pull away from coal

Leaders of the Navajo Nation say they weren't informed about the purchase of three coal mines far from tribal territory.

Native Sun News Today: From Native warriors to Native veterans

Sitting Bull once described the Lakota perspective: "For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors."

Chemehuevi Tribe sets grand opening for new casino

After years of work, the Chemehuevi Tribe is finally ready to celebrate.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe debuts 151-room hotel at casino

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe welcomed visitors to a new hotel at one of its gaming facilities in Arizona.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians offers billions of dollars in gaming revenues

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is promising to keep "Winning for Alabama" with a campaign for a Class III gaming compact.

'We're under attack': Tribes continue to defend Indian Child Welfare Act in critical case

The battle over the Indian Child Welfare Act is far from over as tribes continue to defend the landmark law in the courts.

'We refuse to sacrifice our water': Tribes rally amid Keystone Pipeline spill

As tribal representatives took part in Keystone XL expansion hearings in South Dakota, the original pipeline erupted in neighboring North Dakota.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Native music goes missing in the mainstream

Native music remains in a cultural ghetto, unheard by most people, unmarketed by the major music companies and alien to a world which is in desperate needs of its power and beauty.

Rep. Tom Cole: Honoring our nation's veterans

We owe a constant debt of gratitude to generations of veterans, including many of our own family members, who made sacrifices to ensure the safety of our homeland and who faithfully fought to promote and preserve our precious freedoms.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Honor our veterans every day

One day is not enough to thank the brave men and women who defend our freedoms every day.

Chuck Hoskin: Helping Cherokee Nation families with housing needs

Business as usual has been to wait on federal funding for our housing rehabilitation projects. Our people cannot wait any longer.

Mary Annette Pember: Holding mainstream media accountable for #MMIW

The real epidemic is the criminal way in which the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women has been historically overlooked.

The Conversation: What we can learn from Native wildfire management

Tribes across the West are working with an increased sense of urgency to manage fire-adapted landscapes in the face of climate change.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court takes up big immigration case

The fate of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is in the hands of the nation's highest court.

Seneca Nation on the hook for $256 million in gaming payments

It looks like the Seneca Nation will have to fork over $256 million in gaming revenues to the state of New York.

Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case

The nation's highest court continues to keep Indian Country in the dark when it comes to one of the most contentious cases in recent history.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota veteran changes the lives of reservation youth

Following his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, Dion Reynolds brought his military experience back to Rosebud to change the lives of reservation youth.

Veterans Day Message from the 24th Navajo Nation Council

On behalf of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, Speaker Seth Damon recognizes Navajo Veterans and all who served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.

'We are still here': How to honor Indigenous communities throughout the year

We’re rolling through November, recognized as Native American Heritage Month, when many of us celebrate the nation’s rich and diverse Indigenous history.

Cronkite News: Power plant on tribal land days away from closure

An aging power plant that has provided jobs and revenues to the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation is finally shutting down for good.

James Giago Davies: Urban Indians need to hold 'opportunists' accountable

When the Indian community doesn’t organize, and be its own watchdog, opportunists will swoop in to fill that power vacuum.

The Conversation: Hundreds of tribal sites at risk from rising sea levels

These places literally embody human lives, and are the only records we have of prehistoric indigenous peoples of the New World.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota barber opens up shop

In a world of nothing but bald men, Dom Clucas might have chosen the wrong profession.

Clara Caufield: A tribute to an unsung Indian military hero

Our attention focuses upon Native Americans, a well-known fact that among all ethnic groups, our people have the highest rate of voluntary service.

Editorial: A civil war is a bad idea, even for Trump supporters

We have had bad presidents, but they didn’t have the Reverend Jim Jones cult like following this president seems to attract.

'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty

Fawn Sharp grew up steeped in the tribal activist culture of the Pacific Northwest. She's bringing those lessons to her new role at the National Congress of American Indians.

Native Sun News Today: Resisters win fight against South Dakota law

Native pipeline fighters celebrated the death of a state law aimed at preventing them from protesting against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Montana Free Press: Native candidate Shane Morigeau runs for state auditor position

Growing up on the Flathead Reservation, Shane Morigeau experienced the depredations of predatory insurance and securities scams on the sick, the poor, and the systemically marginalized.

Native produced film to premiere at Hollywood's Chinese Theater

"Mallard's Road," a film starring Lakota actors, will have its world premiere at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.

Victor Swallow: A heartfelt tribute to all our Native veterans

Warriors who have served in every war from World War I to present day can be proud of their service.

Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era

Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.

Native Sun News Today: Police officer strikes Native middle school student

The Native community is outraged after police officer struck a Native middle school girl while trying to break up a fight.

James Giago Davies: Upstanding Officer Jekyll and criminal Mr. Hyde

Law enforcement should never choose protecting one of their own, over protecting children from that officer’s excessive policing.

Cronkite News: Arizona is in play for the 2020 presidential election

For the first time since Bill Clinton won re-election in 1996, pundits aren’t sure whether Arizona will vote red or blue in 2020.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota student overcomes hardships and succeeds

Larissa Grinnell is making a name for herself in the cosmetology and hairstyling industry.

Mark Trahant: Let's get ready for the Native vote!

At least 10 Native candidates are running for U.S. Congress in 2020.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The dangers to democracy

We should know that Russian operatives and anti-American voices are on the internet daily.

Cronkite News: Your community's recycling program is in trouble

More cities in Arizona are making huge cuts to their recycling programs, which means less-frequent curbside pickups and tighter restrictions on accepted materials.

Agua Caliente Band breaks ground on third gaming facility

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will open another casino in southern California after winning approval from the federal government.

Tule River Tribe gains federal approval to move casino

The Trump administration says the Tule River Tribe can move its casino to a new site but the governor of California must agree too.

Indian student count finally being updated for the modern era

Funding for the popular Johnson O'Malley Program might actually increase thanks to a new count of Indian students.

Native Sun News Today: Veterans walk across Pine Ridge Reservation

Veterans are placed on a highly respected status for their dedication to their community and for serving in the armed services.

Rep. Tom Cole: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

As Americans, it is indeed important to remember the role tribes and their leaders have played in our collective history.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Democrats continue to play politics on Capitol Hill

Playing political games only distracts us from improving the lives of everyday Americans.

Chuck Hoskin: Working to protect Cherokee Nation families

As Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, I know that when we work together as a family and community, we are stronger.

The Revelator: Trump's new 'radical' leader for public lands

The ethically challenged acting director of the Bureau of Land Management made a tense appearance at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference to discuss his radical record.

Cronkite News: House approves Trump impeachment inquiry resolution

Lawmakers split along party lines as the House passed a resolution that lays out the framework for the next public phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Clara Caufield: Watch out for scams over the telephone

Recently, an elderly friend was victimized to the tune of $4,000 but avoided being taken for an additional $12,000.

Pokagon Band negotiates historic Class III gaming compact in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians continues to plan big for its gaming facility in Indiana.

Muckleshoot Tribe enters into casino partnership with hockey team

It was a big week in Washington state for the Muckleshoot Tribe and professional sports.

'Something did happen': Racist taunts at Native girls volleyball team

Racial taunts directed at a girls volleyball team from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community reflect the larger societal issue of Native American oppression.

Native Sun News Today: Parade draws attention to missing and murdered

The annual Native American Day Parade in Rapid City was filled with culture, traditions, color, and important social messages, including honoring murdered and missing indigenous women.

ProPublica: Alaska Native village loses only public safety officer

One spring day in 2005, a man in a crisp brown uniform stood before a group created by Congress to fix rural Alaska’s lack of cops. In his soft-spoken way, Simeon Askoak explained his dilemma.

Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.

'He called for the extermination of the Sioux': The Dakota War of 1862

Tamara St. John, a state lawmaker and tribal historic preservation officer, has become an expert on the Dakota War of 1862.

Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children

A disproportionate number of sexual predators have preyed on Indian Country and Native women.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Protecting tribal sovereignty and tribal communities

Combatting the opioid crisis in Indian Country has been an uphill battle.

'Our Havasupai voices were heard': Bill bans uranium mining around Grand Canyon

Leaders of the Havasupai Tribe are praising passage of a bill to protect their ancestral homelands in Arizona.

An Inuit approach to cancer care promotes self-determination and reconciliation

In Canada, Inuit and academic health care researchers have teamed up to combat poor cultural awareness in mainstream health care services.

YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty

Thanks to a union of land cooperatives, people in Puebla have food sovereignty and education in Nahuatl instead of mega-projects and a Walmart.

The Revelator: Alaska is getting warmer. It's also melting. That's bad for everyone.

As remote Alaska warms and melts, it kicks off changes that will affect global systems and worsen climate change.

James Giago Davies: Two types of trusting that rarely mix

People either trust what is and what has been, or they trust what is and what will be.

'The spirits are talking': Leaders speak of hope and healing in reservation border town

The wind speaks in this place. Sometimes it’s loud and abrasive and seeks to humble those who have failed to listen to the truths it has breathed upon them.
•: WATCH: A Conversation in the Badlands

Hearing focuses on sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians suffer from the highest rates of all forms of harassment, according to an employee study.

Native Sun News Today: Pipeline fighters call for backup at water permit hearings

A Canadian company needs a large amount of water for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tribes and water protectors are fighting back.

Sovereign Community School finds new home in Oklahoma City

Emphasizing wellness and culturally based curriculum in the classrooms is what the newly established Sovereign Community School prioritizes.

Cronkite News: Grant expands health care for urban Indians

More medical services will be available to Native Americans in Phoenix, Arizona, thanks to a $200,000 federal grant awarded to Native American Connections.

Deborah Taffa: My ancestors gave to this country to make it what it is today

A violent, racist history has kept Native people off their ancestral lands for decades. How can we remove the barriers that still exist today?

Ivan Star Comes Out: More participation needed in tribal elections

It should be common knowledge by now that our tribal government is in need of a serious upgrade.

Ever present dangers: Nuclear war and climate change

As a people we need to wake up and do a fresh threat assessment.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes receive commitment letter from Bank of America

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are moving forward with the renovation and expansion of the Lucky Star Casino in Watonga, Oklahoma.

Tribes see slower season at nation's highest court but big cases remain unresolved

Tribal leaders are still paying close attention to the nation's highest court despite a slowdown in cases affecting Indian Country's interests.

Native Sun News Today: Donations sought for Lakota homeless

As winter approaches, the homeless population across the reservations in South Dakota are in need of supplies and support.

Chuck Hoskin: Investing in the Cherokee Nation’s future

Our language is the glue that holds our culture together. It creates a feeling of unity and hope among our people.

Clara Caufield: Native poets share the stage in Wyoming

The opportunity to share a bit of our culture, history and stories with non-Indians of good will is always good and appreciated.

The Conversation: Another crisis brews on Mohawk territory in Canada

Tensions are rising between the Kanien’kéha:ka (Mohawk) of Kanehsatà:ke and the Québec municipality of Oka.

'We are closely related to fire. Fire takes care of us and we take care of fire.'

The 130-year legacy of fire suppression in the U.S. is a process that continues to dispossess Native peoples of their lands.

MSU collaborates with Native communities to launch equitable research partnerships

Montana State University has launched a planning initiative that will involve Montana tribes in a "true equitable partnership" during every step of research that involves Native entities.

Cronkite News: Forest Service wildfire fund ends year in the black

For the first time in nine years, the U.S. Forest Service ended the fiscal year without depleting its fire suppression budget.

Prairie Island Indian Community welcomes homelands legislation

A bill to provide a safe and stable homeland for the Prairie Island Indian Community has been introduced in the 116th Congress.

Tribes and state of Oklahoma remain far apart when it comes to gaming

Tribes have already shared over $1.2 billion in gaming revenues with Oklahoma but the state wants a lot more.

Stillaguamish Tribe unveils long-awaited 'Xpansion' of casino

The Stillaguamish Tribe added new restaurants, an events space and more to its gaming facility in Washington state.

'This is our time': National Congress of American Indians elects new leadership

Members of the National Congress of American Indians made history by choosing a woman as their president for only the third time since the organization's founding in 1944.

Tim Giago: Families of murdered Native Americans still waiting for closure

I will keep writing every year until the deaths of Native men and women are resolved.

Native Sun News Today: The sad and sordid history of the Indian Health Service

Pedophile pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber's crimes were over a century in the making at the Indian Health Service.

Indian Country Today: Miami Nation reclaims ancestors dug up by looters

This is the story of the first Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act prosecution in Ohio.

Montana Free Press: Navajo Nation acquires coal mine in Montana

A company owned by the Navajo Nation is now the third largest coal producer in the United States

YES! Magazine: Activists return to Alcatraz as key anniversary approaches

A new generation of Native activists took a canoe journey around Alcatraz to mark Indigenous Peoples Day and pay homage to occupation of the island 50 years ago.

Cronkite News: Screenings may lower rate of diabetes among Native Americans

Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans are most at risk for diabetes, with racial and ethnic minorities reporting the highest rates of the debilitating disease.

ProPublica: Alaska Natives struggle with law enforcement

A tiny Alaskan village got a police officer. He’s never had to make an arrest. Meanwhile, larger communities with more crime have often been left behind as the state’s two-tiered policing crisis gets worse.

Victor Swallow: The mysterious things that happen in the animal world

What makes me feel good is reminiscing about the past when for the most part we didn’t out right hate each other.

Cronkite News: Census Bureau works to accurately count all communities in 2020

Native Americans are among those who have been historically undercounted during the U.S. Census, a constitutionally mandated headcount conducted every decade since 1790.

Clara Caufield: Indian Country loses another good friend

Jack Bailey was a very humble and respectful man, ever highly regarded by the Northern Cheyenne and all who knew him.

Cronkite News: Mining reform bill supported by Indian Country advances

The Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act protects national parks and tribal areas from being leased for mining, increases mining royalties and creates a fund to clean abandoned mines.

James Giago Davies: Cracker box homes and linoleum floors

When I look out at Rapid City, it strikes me as a solid sheet of linoleum over the land, and over the people and the culture, that once called this place home.

RECAP: National Congress of American Indians annual convention #NCAIAnnual19

Campaign season is in high gear as tribal leaders prepare to elect a new slate of officers for the National Congress of American Indians.

VIDEO: Celebrating fitness and healthy lifestyles #NCAIAnnual19

Tribal leaders and youth showed their commitment to wellness as the National Congress of American Indians continued its 76th annual convention.

'We like to share with other tribes': Joe Byrd at #NCAIAnnual19

Joe Byrd, Cherokee Nation, is among the candidates seeking a leadership role within the National Congress of American Indians.

'Only the elected leaders can speak on behalf of Indian Country': Shaun Chapoose at #NCAIAnnual19

Shaun Chapoose, Ute Tribe, is running for president of the National Congress of American Indians.

'Everybody has a right to speak for their people': Harold Frazier at #NCAIAnnual19

Harold Frazier, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is making a second leadership bid at the National Congress of American Indians.

'We have not really listened to tribal leaders': Lance Gumbs at #NCAIAnnual19

Learn more about Lance Gumbs, Shinnecock Nation, and his vision for the National Congress of American Indians.

'It’s time for Indian Country to come together': Marshall Pierite at #NCAIAnnual19

Marshall Pierite, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, is seeking a voice at the National Congress of American Indians.

'The Creator gifted us': Fawn Sharp at #NCAIAnnual19

Fawn Sharp, Quinault Nation, is seeking the top spot at the National Congress of American Indians again.

RECAP: National Congress of American Indians annual convention #NCAIAnnual19

It's day two of the National Congress of American Indians annual convention. Where are you?

Cronkite News: Breaking the silence on suicide in Indian Country

American Indians and Alaska Natives die of suicide at a rate higher than any other racial and ethnic group.

Native Sun News Today: Unanimous opposition to uranium mining in Black Hills

One hundred percent of the comments at a public hearing on water permits for the Dewey Burdock Project were against uranium mining on treaty territory.

Ivan Star Comes Out: We are good people and we are still here

Our ancestors once breathed and lived natural laws throughout their entire lives.

Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington

The diminished power of the Trump administration's face of Indian Affairs was on strong display as tribal leaders opened one of their biggest meetings of the year.

RECAP: National Congress of American Indians opens annual convention #NCAIAnnual19

Hundreds of tribal leaders are in Albuquerque, New Mexico, all week for one of the biggest meetings of the year.

Native Sun News Today: Crowd cheers film about Buddy Red Bow

Groundbreaking Oglala Lakota musician Buddy Red Bow is the subject of a new documentary.

Chuck Hoskin: Addressing food insecurity among the Cherokee people

Many people within Cherokee Nation rely on local food banks when times are tough.

Richard Peterson: Tribes denied true seat at table on their own homelands

The Tongass is the traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, a lineage that stretches so deep in time, we call it immemorial.

Clara Caufield: The reality of Native American Studies

I salute those professors who created Native American Studies. They had to start from scratch.

Trump administration finally lands a leader for Indian housing programs

Year three of the Donald Trump presidency is almost over but his administration now has someone in charge of Indian housing.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up two bills at hearing

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on two tribal bills.

'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.

Montana Free Press: Tribal leaders quit #MMIW task force

Two tribal representatives pulled out of a new Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force in Montana due to the state's defense of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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.

Sen. John Thune: Celebrating Native American Day

I am grateful for the rich heritage of South Dakota tribes. Their history is woven deep within the fabric of our state.

Native Sun News Today: Donation benefits Northern Cheyenne elders

The closing of a thrift store in Sheridan, Wyoming, has turned out to be good news for the Northern Cheyenne 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.

James Giago Davies: Struggling to find a place in a modern world

Until Lakota people develop a healthy intellectual class to offset the reverence paid to holy men or basketball coaches, the tribe will struggle to find a place in any world.

UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties

The University of Wyoming College of Law is hosting two public events focusing on water contamination on one reservation and and a treaty rights case recently decided by the Supreme Court.

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.

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HIV infection rates among Native Americans continue to rise. The most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 46 percent increase for all Native Americans from 2010 to 2016. The agency points to factors like lack of awareness, stigma, poverty and illicit drug use as the key challenges health advocates are up against in trying to lower new infection rates. The Indian Health Service recently awarded more than $2 million to nine of its Tribal Epidemiology Centers to help reduce new HIV infections as part of a national plan to “end the HIV epidemic.” To acknowledge World AIDs Day, we’ll discuss on the challenges of lowering HIV infection rates in Native America and what work is being done.
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