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Winnebago Tribe fights back in court after 'attack on sovereignty'
Winnebago Tribe fights back in court after 'attack on sovereignty'
A raid on the Winnebago Tribe's tobacco operations has spawned a new lawsuit in federal court.

Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
Citing chronic underfunding and inaction at the federal level, tribes in the Great Plains are planning to take over a troubled Indian Health Service hospital.

Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker Roy Hawthorne at age of 92
Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker Roy Hawthorne at age of 92
'I always stress to people that we aren’t heroes,' said the late Roy Hawthorne, Sr. 'We were chosen to serve in the Marine Corps and bring liberty to the enemy.'

Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing
Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing
A bill that repeals a remnant of a more paternalistic era in federal Indian policy is getting its first airing on Capitol Hill.

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe weighs in on local election with three citizens on ballot
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe weighs in on local election with three citizens on ballot
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is getting out the Native vote ahead of an upcoming election in New York.

Chippewa Cree Tribe breaks ground on youth-driven skate park on reservation
Chippewa Cree Tribe breaks ground on youth-driven skate park on reservation
A skate park is coming to the Rocky Boy's Reservation thanks to action from Chippewa Cree youth and some high-profile support.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe weighs rights for off-reservation citizens
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe weighs rights for off-reservation citizens
An Oglala Sioux Tribe task force wants citizens who live within treaty boundaries included in elections.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: President Trump is tearing the Republican Party, and America, down
Editorial: President Trump is tearing the Republican Party, and America, down
What is normal and what is not in the Donald Trump era? Morality has been thrown out of the window.

Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu: I am Kanaka first. I am Native Hawaiian first.
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu: I am Kanaka first. I am Native Hawaiian first.
Aloha allows us to always have a commonality, regardless of our politics or gender expression.

Top Trump officials skipped out on tribal consultation session amid big changes
Top Trump officials skipped out on tribal consultation session amid big changes
Tribes are being excluded as the Department of Health and Human Services refuses to take a stand on Medicaid and the first Americans.

Tribes welcome probe of Trump administration's handling of key agreements
The Trump administration is facing another internal investigation, this one over the handling of gaming agreements for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.

Comanche Nation citizens warned of big hit from rival Chickasaw Nation casino
The Comanche Nation is expecting a 25 percent decline in revenues at one of its gaming facilities, and tribal citizens will feel the pain too.

Pamunkey Tribe connected to acquisition of land by gaming company
The recently recognized Pamunkey Tribe is moving full steam ahead with plans for a gaming facility in Virginia.

Man accused of killing indigenous healer dies in apparent lynching in Peru
Man accused of killing indigenous healer dies in apparent lynching in Peru
Olivia Arévalo, an 81-year-old indigenous leader, was killed in Peru and her community apparently took justice in its own hands.

Fired police officer won't go to trial for death of Native man until next year
The Native community is demanding justice for the death of Zachary Bearheels at the hands of police officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Native Sun News Today: Spotted Eagle promises 'Faith, Hope and Leadership'
Native Sun News Today: Spotted Eagle promises 'Faith, Hope and Leadership'
A strong sense of place dictates Faith Spotted Eagle's priorities as she seeks public office in South Dakota.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: An Indian man walks into court and asks a judge to do the right thing
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: An Indian man walks into court and asks a judge to do the right thing
It was an astonishing day for Chase Iron Eyes as he went before a white-man judge in North Dakota.

YES! Magazine: Native language schools are taking back education for their people
YES! Magazine: Native language schools are taking back education for their people
The last fluent speakers of Wôpanâak passed away more than a century ago. A school is working to revive the language.

Jaclyn Lanae: Another Earth Day is upon us. Here's how you can get involved
Jaclyn Lanae: Another Earth Day is upon us. Here's how you can get involved
There are many reasons to gather together around a single idea, a particular cause but Earth Day is perhaps the single most important cause.

James Giago Davies: A dozen Lakota drivers race into action at the Speedway
James Giago Davies: A dozen Lakota drivers race into action at the Speedway
Folks in Lakota country would be surprised at the number of Native drivers that make up the grid at the Black Hills Speedway in South Dakota.

Mechoopda Tribe: 'Enough is enough' as appeals court rules in homelands case
The Mechoopda Tribe is still willing to sit down with local opponents to discuss plans for a long-delayed casino in northern California.

Only caribou herd in lower 48 United States declared 'functionally extinct'
The only caribou herd in the lower 48 United States has been declared 'functionally extinct' because it is down to just three animals.

Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization
Despite claims by the Trump administration that it won't move forward with a reorganization without Indian Country's input, tribes continue to be excluded.

Cronkite News: Former sheriff pardoned by Trump seeks to clear conviction
A controversial former sheriff who targeted Native people and other minorities is trying to clear his record.

Victor Swallow: We are a broken and scattered people. How do we rebuild?
We are a broken people and most of us wouldn't know how to survive without the help of the government that destroyed our ancestors' way of life.

Native Sun News Today: Native youth take a stand against methamphetamine
A methamphetamine awareness walk will bring together service providers, recovering addicts, law enforcement, city leaders and youth in South Dakota.

Pine Ridge family still grieving after crash claims lives of mother and 14-year-old son
On February 23, Lynell Morrison-Cash and her son Waylon, 14, died when their car was struck head-on in Nebraska.

Tribal lobbyist running on pro-Trump agenda for seat in North Carolina
A well-known tribal lobbyist is seeking the Republican nomination for a U.S. Congressional seat in North Carolina.

South Dakota now offering specialty license plates for all nine Sioux tribes
The state of South Dakota is now offering specialty license plates for all nine tribes based within its borders.

Angelo Baca: Bears Ears faces serious threat under the Trump administration
Bears Ears is at the center of a critical discussion around Indigenous rights and protection of sacred sites and traditional uses in the United States.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court strikes down law linked to violent crime
The Supreme Court ruled that a federal law allowing deportation of immigrants who commit 'crimes of violence' was unconstitutionally vague, a decision hailed by Arizona immigration lawyers as promising.

Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS'
The tribal self-governance program, a key development in the self-determination era, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with some achievements.

Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill
When it comes to tribal homelands, the Senate has some catching up to do with the House.

James Giago Davies: We grew up never knowing my veteran dad was suffering
My dad never told me that he loved me. I never once heard him tell my mom he loved her.

Native Sun News Today: Audit faults tribal consultation at nuclear agency
An audit is finding much to be desired when it comes to tribal consultation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Tribes hail historic Supreme Court hire as justices hear treaty rights case
With the U.S. Supreme Court taking up its third Indian law case of the term, tribes and their advocates are welcoming a historic development.

Seminole Tribe readies June 28 opening for Hard Rock in Atlantic City
With Donald Trump's ghosts long gone, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City is ready to rock and roll on June 28.

George Amiotte: Reflecting on my third tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969
It was 1969 and I was returning to Vietnam for my third tour of duty (TDY) with the 3rd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force.

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails
A vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act failed in spectacular fashion evening but a key leader says the fight isn't over.

Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty
'Democrats show, once again, that they are no allies, accomplices, friends or champions of tribal sovereignty.'

Chelsey Luger: Whose Native lands are you on? A new app can tell you
Enter your ZIP code into the Native Lands App and an interactive map will tell you the area’s original language and tribal ties.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes continue fight to protect grizzly bears
Referring to a tribal lawsuit to protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's grizzly bears, Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Brandon Sazue noted that a top lawmaker is on their side.

Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote
Tribes lost a battle in Congress when Democrats tanked a bill giving tribes authority over labor relations.

Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill
A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law is fueling an all-out partisan war on Capitol Hill, the likes of which one top Democrat is calling unprecedented.

Tribes still facing legal questions in bid for new casino in Connecticut
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe can't seem to catch a break when it comes to a new casino.

Mechoopda Tribe looks forward to casino after securing victory in court
The Mechoopda Tribe plans to move forward with a long-delayed casino but opponents don't seem willing to accept defeat.

Karuk Tribe announces grand opening for long-awaited gaming facility
It's taken more than a decade but the Karuk Tribe has finally opened the doors to its long-awaited casino.

Brian Lightfoot Brown: Remembering a Narragansett marathon legend
Ellison 'Tarzan' Brown deserves his name to become more of a household name, in the world, but even more so in Indian Country,

House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists
A bill to protect Alaska Native artists from being punished for practicing their traditions is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill
With land-into-trust in limbo under the Trump administration, tribes continue to turn to allies on Capitol Hill for assistance.

Stéphane Gayet: Weighing the mental health risks of marijuana use
With the emergence of new categories of cannabis, studies have shown the risk of mental illness linked to the use of these new varieties.

Graham Lee Brewer: What we learned about #NoDAPL and accountability
High Country News spent nine months investigating #NoDAPL fund-raising campaigns.

Terri Hansen: March for Indigenous Science reflects tribal knowledge
'Indigenous peoples were always scientists. Their lives depended on it.'

Native Sun News Today: Candidate brings tribal traditions to campaign in South Dakota
'We live in uncertain times,' Faith Spotted Eagle says as she seeks a seat in the South Dakota Legislature.

Senate places controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act on schedule
All eyes are on the Senate as the chamber takes up the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act for the first time.

Buena Vista Rancheria hits another milestone after win in homelands case
The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians is on track to a brighter future after securing victory in a long-running tribal homelands case.

Steven Newcomb: Decolonization starts with our minds and our words
Where is the clear image of a decolonized society we are to emulate? There isn’t one.

James Giago Davies: Dominant society destroyed our Lakota matriarchy
Much of the unwillingness to place the Lakota matriarchy in its rightful place historically, and culturally, comes from the restructuring of Lakota society after the matriarchy was forcibly abolished.

Native Sun News Today: Non-Native mother accused of abducting her child from reservation
A non-Native mother walked into a first grade class and took her biological child against the custody terms issued through the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Cronkite News: Hearing grapples with fate of troubled coal power plant in Indian Country
Solutions were hard to come by at a hearing focused on saving a troubled coal-fired power in Indian Country.

Albert Bender: Paying tribute to great Cherokee leader Dragging Canoe
Dragging Canoe led the Indigenous forces and almost wiped out the first white settlement in Middle Tennessee.

Mechoopda Tribe scores victory in long-running fight over homelands
The court victories keep coming for tribes seeking to restore their homelands even as the Trump administration seeks to erect more hurdles for Indian Country.

Guidiville Band off-reservation casino officially dead with settlement
The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians has officially dropped plans for an off-reservation casino in northern California.

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.

Red Lake Nation enters busy election season with eight seats in play
It's election season for the Red Lake Nation, with 39 candidates certified for eight tribal leadership positions.

Fawn Sharp re-elected as president of Quinault Nation for a fifth term
Voters of the Quinault Nation went to the polls and re-elected all of their top leaders.

Tribal lenders worried about 'mixed signals' from Trump administration
Tribal lenders cheered when the Trump administration started taking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a new direction but an appeal is generating some concerns.

Cherokee Nation promotes citizen to top job within health department
The Cherokee Nation has promoted one of its own to lead the tribe's growing health enterprise.

Film set on Pine Ridge Reservation already called one of the year's best
The Rider, a film set on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is garnering favorable news coverage and reviews.

Mark Trahant: Paul Ryan's legacy included less for Indian health care
Paul Ryan came to Washington to blow up Washington. What happened?

Jeffrey Whalen: Rancher takes on the Bureau of Indian Affairs and wins
Curtis Temple, a rancher on the Pine Ridge Reservation, is fighting back after his cattle was seized.

Native Sun News Today: Native youth lacrosse team banned by league
A lacrosse team, made up primarily of Native teens, has been banned from a league in South Dakota, ironically in a game which has its roots in indigenous nations.

House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility
President Donald Trump famously ended the so-called war on coal when he took office more than a year ago but that hasn't improved the outlook for a troubled coal-fired power plant in Indian Country.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act remains in limbo without action in Senate
Tribes are reportedly 'furious' with a key Democrat as the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act remains in limbo in the 115th Congress.

Muscogee Nation celebrates grand opening of casino expansion project
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is welcoming visitors to the newly-expanded Duck Creek Casino in Beggs, Oklahoma.

Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry
What started off as a single lawsuit has turned into a full-blown movement in Indian Country against the opioid industry.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Afterthoughts on morality and Sherman Alexie
Sherman Alexie is an Indian writer who gets to have it both ways.

Chelsey Luger: Five places to explore indigenous history in America
This may be a young nation, but its Indigenous history is ancient, measured in tens of thousands of years.

Cronkite News: New NFL coach eases Cherokee player onto field
Being a head coach in the NFL demands more than just teaching the X’s and O’s of the game.

High Country News: Tribes exercise sovereignty for faster internet
Across sovereign governments, a group of Southwest tribes prepares to launch their own network.

Native Sun News Today: 13-year-old Native water protector addresses United Nations
In Canada, a 13-year-old indigenous girl has made the fight for clean water her life’s mission.

Brian Lightfoot Brown: Narragansett Tribe marks federal recognition milestone
If even for just a day, the Narragansett people could feel pride in knowing that they have come together in the past and gained a victory.

Arne Vainio: 'If I quit smoking right now it wouldn't change a thing'
She was working hard to breathe. She always worked hard, but this time was different.

Republican leader Paul Ryan from Wisconsin won't seek re-election
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), the Speaker of the House with unusual ties to Indian Country, won't seek re-election.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes arrest man who pulled out guns at casino
An Idaho man is being charged with disturbing the peace after a gun incident at the casino owned by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

North Fork Rancheria secures confirmation of win in homelands case
The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians has scored another win in a long-running fight to restore its homelands in California.

Mohegan Tribe gaming executive accused of role in Easter egg scam
A former executive at the Mohegan Tribe' commercial gaming facility has been hit with new charges while he sits in federal prison.

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe faces hurdles in Washington for casino bid
As predicted, the Trump administration is raising hurdles for the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe as it pursues an off-reservation casino.

Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have had particularly interesting experiences as they hold non-Indians accountable for domestic violence.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe embarks on treaty ride on key anniversary
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is embarking on a 400-mile plus horse ride from South Dakota to Wyoming in commemoration of a major treaty milestone.

Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe
As school teachers across the nation walk out in protest of inadequate funding, some in Indian Country found a way to cope with their below-average salaries.

Washington NFL team treated cheerleaders like 'calling for an escort'
The Washington NFL team treated its cheerleaders like an escort service for paying fans, with one recalling being sent to a home where men were drinking.

Native women host inaugural summit in New Mexico for entrepreneurs
The first ever Native Women’s Business Summit takes place April 13-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Cronkite News: Trump administration paves way for border wall in New Mexico
The Department of Homeland Security is expediting the construction of a border wall, acting on the campaign promises of President Donald Trump.

Graham Lee Brewer: Native Americans go missing from our newsrooms
National Geographic addresses inclusion but has further to go on Native representation.

Taiaiake Alfred: Reclaim the sacred spaces of our traditional territories
Let’s re-experience our homelands the way our ancestors did and regenerate that culture

Native Sun News Today: Public high school is first to offer treaty class
A high school on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation is the first in the nation with a treaty class.

Lawmakers in Maine still don't want to help tribes with gaming efforts
Maine is staying in the dark ages when it comes to Indian gaming.

Cowlitz Tribe debuts event center as it celebrates casino anniversary
The Cowlitz Tribe is celebrating the first anniversary of its gaming facility with the unveiling of new events center.

Native people are more likely to be shot and killed by police in Canada
Native people accounted for nearly 15 percent of fatal police shootings in Canada between 2000 and 2017, far higher than their percentage of the entire population.

Bill John Baker: Celebrate our culture at annual Cherokee Days festival
The Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are again collaborating for the fifth annual Cherokee Days

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work this week by catching up with some unfinished business.

Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide
As the nomination of Tara Sweeney to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs sits in limbo, her husband has entered into a new deal.

Quapaw Tribe goes to bat for Trump's embattled environmental official
With his job in jeopardy, the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency can count on at least one defender in Indian Country.

Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe cleans up contamination
The White Mountain Apache Tribe cleaned up contamination from meth labs with a brownfields grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Civil Eats: City in Arizona recognized for preserving its Native food heritage
The prevalence of food-related disease among indigenous people is glaring—and drives many of the food justice efforts in Tucson, Arizona.

Native Sun News Today: A record number of Indian women are running for office
When Yankton Sioux activist Faith Spotted Eagle filed her election petition in South Dakota, she joined an historic number of Native women running for office.

James Giago Davies: We're just Native puppets in some politician's game
Your smartest move, is to stop allowing tribal councils to run every reservation to its ruin.

Albert Bender: Oil continues to flow through 'genocidal' Dakota Access Pipeline
Oil continues to flow, money continues to be made hand over fist by the corporate magnates of big oil, and the genocide continues to rake in casualties.

Eastern Cherokees consider plans for new retail space at flagship casino
A retail area is in the works at Eastern Cherokee casino, with Chief Richard Sneed promising 'nothing like this' in the region.

Grand Traverse Band chairman survives recall vote tied to casino project
The leader of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians narrowly survived a recall vote that was linked to his opposition to a new casino in Michigan.

Ruffey Rancheria federal recognition bill being changed amid casino fears
A bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria is being amended after fears were raised about a casino.

Trump administration hit for keeping two tribes in Connecticut in the dark
Blankets and an honor song didn't work. What will it take to see action from the Trump administration?

Chip Colwell: Rights of the dead and the living clash over DNA studies
By the end of the 20th century, U.S. museums held the remains of some 200,000 Native American skeletons.

Mary Annette Pember: #Omnibus funds program for Native crime victims
'We were literally crying in gratitude when we heard the news,' an advocate for Native women told Rewire.

Daniel Akaka, former chairman of Senate Committee of Indian Affairs, walks on
Daniel Akaka, a former U.S. Senator and a champion for self-determination, has passed away at the age of 93.

Carly McIntosh: My father loved his other children more than he loved me
My father loved his two other children more than me and their names were Alcohol and Cigarettes.

Editorial: Drugs and alcohol are ruining our way of life in Lakota country
It is a shame and an embarrassment for the families and for that matter all Native Americans about the Lakota men and women that are so horribly abusing the hoksiyopa (children) that we all consider to be Sacred.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The Indian Health Service exists for Indian people
There is no question that health service, a treaty right and obligation to the Great Sioux Nation, is a disgrace to an underserved population here in our area.

Native Sun News Today: A 'great day' as Keepseagle settlement funds due for release
Though no firm date is available, final Keepseagle settlement payments are expected before the end of the year.

Native students selected for prestigious internships in nation's capital
A dozen students representing 9 tribes and 11 universities have been selected for a prestigious internship program in Washington, D.C.

Young Santee Sioux man shot by police officer while being dragged on ground
Micah Taylor was on his way to pick up his spiritual adviser to go to a sweat lodge when he was stopped by police officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sherry Treppa: Native women continue to inspire our tribal communities
The tradition of community empowerment driven by women is not only ingrained in the Pomo tribe, it is also deeply embedded in Native culture beyond our borders.

Cronkite News: Ranchers support Trump's plan for troops at U.S. border with Mexico
'By God, it’s time we get serious. And if it takes the military, then do it.'

Jeffrey Whalen: Taking a closer look at the Oglala Sioux Tribe's grazing code
In writing about the Oglala Sioux Tribe's grazing code, I uncovered several items that seem to be unconstitutional and in conflict with federal law.

Tim Giago: Nothing could ever beat the smell of ink in a Native newsroom
Newspapers like The Navajo Times and the former Indian Country Today made Indian journalism fun.

Native Sun News Today: Pine Ridge mother pleads guilty to murder of son
The death of 2 year-old Kylen Shangreaux sent shockwaves through the Pine Ridge Reservation, also bringing national attention to the toddler’s community and family.

Ruffey Rancheria federal recognition bill raises fears of another casino
A bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria is raising fears of a casino and questions about the tribe's legitimacy.

Mashantucket Tribe oversees another union election for casino workers
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is overseeing another election for casino workers who are interested in joining a labor union.

Shinnecock Nation returns former leader to council in annual election
The Shinnecock Nation held an election for its governing body, with voters returning longtime former leader Lance Gumbs to the council of trustees.

Native students subjected to higher rates of discipline in public schools
Native American students are subjected to higher rates of discipline than their counterparts at public schools, according to a new government report.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Blood quantum has been used to divide our people
We are at the complete mercy of the federal and tribal governments as they control every aspect of our lives on the reservation.

Tim Mentz: New FCC policy sacrifices our sacred sites for monetary gain
The cultural history of indigenous nations has been chapter upon chapter of defending our rights against corporate America.

Cronkite News: Trump wants to send troops to U.S. border with Mexico
President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s 'big step.'

Kyle Powys Whyte: Let's be honest about decolonization with our allies
I want to experience the solidarity of allied actions that refuse fantastical narratives of commonality and hope.

Native Sun News Today: Wild horse sanctuary in Black Hills going strong
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary founder Dayton O. Hyde is celebrating his 93rd birthday with a television appearance.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe debuts first phase of major casino renovation
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is debuting a high limit gaming room and VIP lounge as part of a $26.5 million renovation project.

City fires police officer who punched elderly employee at Pequot casino
A police officer who assaulted an elderly employee at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has lost his job.

Family of Navajo war hero finally presented with Congressional medal
It took a lot longer than expected but Adolph Nagurski, a Code Talker from the Navajo Nation, has finally been recognized for his military service.

Tribes denied federal recognition see mixed decisions in court system
Being denied federal recognition by the Buerau of Indian Affairs is usually the kiss of death, as many petitioning groups have found over the years.

YES! Magazine: Kashia Band takes control of ancestral homelands
The Kashia Pomo’s success might be the first time that a tribe has held a private deed—as well as management rights—to their ancestral lands.

Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case
The Trump administration is siding with industry interests in a closely-watched reservation boundary case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tribal citizens disproportionately affected by Trump reorganization
Of the 33 senior career officials who were reassigned by the Trump administration at the Department of the Interior last year, a third are Native Americans.

Mark Trahant: Native candidate faces test in deep-red state of Idaho
Paulette Jordan is running as a Democrat in what is perhaps the reddest, most Republican state in the country.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe slams 'DAPL-type' project
Concerns about pollution and damage to sacred sites prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to demand consultation on fracking activities in treaty territory.

Seminole Tribe joins forces with Disney in bid to limit new casinos
The Seminole Tribe and The Walt Disney Company are trying to limit the expansion of gaming in Florida.

Mohegan Tribe extends partnership with Basketball Hall of Fame
The gaming facility owned by the Mohegan Tribe has extended its partnership with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame amid growing competition.

Indian students win round in bid to hold government accountable
Indian students who are seeking a better education have won an early round in their historic lawsuit against the federal government.

National Indian Education Association supports teacher walkout
The nation's largest Indian education organization is throwing its support behind a teacher strike in Oklahoma due to large numbers of Indian students in the Sooner State.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Why aren't there any Native lacrosse coaches?
Lacrosse is our game, invented by the Iroquois as an alternative to war and as a sport which has profound spiritual implications.

Graham Lee Brewer: Marriage equality is a matter of tribal sovereignty
More tribal nations are returning to traditional views that accept and honor LGBTQ members.

Iowa Tribe reclaims land within reservation with conservation deal
The Iowa Tribe is slowly reclaiming ownership of its reservation along the Nebraska-Kansas line.

Study confirms Inuit knowledge about movements of caribou herds
Inuit knowledge about the Dolphin-Union caribou herds in Canada has been confirmed in a study that used drones to track the animals.

Earliest known footprints in North America date back 13,000 years
Two adults and one child left the oldest known set of human footprints in North America, according to researchers in Canada.

Dictator who oversaw massacres of Maya people in Guatemala dies
Efrain Rios Montt, a former dictator of Guatemala whose tenure saw the widespread deaths of Maya people, has died.

Mary Annette Pember: Efforts grow for missing and murdered sisters
Reports of missing and murdered Native women don’t garner the same attention and response as those of white women.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes said to be in dispute with casino builder
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are about to complete a $35 million casino expansion project amid a dispute with the main contractor.

Pala Band objects to large housing development across from casino
The Pala Band of Mission Indians is worried about a 760-unit housing development across the highway from its casino.

Cronkite News: Tribes assert authority in domestic violence cases
A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases 'has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era,' according to a new report.

Chelsey Luger: Indigenous women are reclaiming leadership roles
Indigenous women are reclaiming the tradition of female leadership and turning the old, white, male-dominated perspective of history on its head.

MSU News: Chippewa Cree student bridges worlds with hand drum
One Montana State University student has bridged the distance between two different worlds with his voice.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation connects citizens to their culture
The strength of the Cherokee Nation resides in our people.

Top Indian education official in New Mexico accepts 'termination'
The top Indian education official in New Mexico was fired from her job last week.for unexplained reasons and no one wants to talk about it.

White House office in charge of Trump nominees run by inexperienced staffers
An office responsible for reviewing thousands of Trump nominees has been run by inexperienced staffers who hosted happy hours, played drinking games and smoked electronic cigarettes while on the job.

Native Sun News Today: 'Sioux Chef' Sean Sherman rises to fame
Born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, proud Oglala Lakota Chef Sean Sherman and his company have risen to fame.

Winnebago Tribe promotes food sovereignty for future generations
Native and non-Native farmers, ranchers and agricultural advocates met on the Winnebago Reservation to discuss regenerative agriculture.

All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case
A closely-watched patent dispute involving the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is moving into the federal court system.

Lower Elwha Klallam citizen pleads guilty to domestic assault
Matthew Tyler Charles, a citizen of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, has admitted assaulting his former partner at the Elwha River Casino in Washington.

Mohegan Tribe on track to complete convention center at casino
The Mohegan Tribe will debut an $80 million convention center at its casino in Connecticut in June.

Shawnee Tribe planning to start work on off-reservation casino
The Shawnee Tribe officially signed the deed for the site of the future Golden Mesa Casino in Oklahoma.

Sault Tribe 'remains fully committed' to off-reservation casino
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians plans to sue the Trump administration for rejecting two off-reservation casinos in Michigan.