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Santee Sioux Tribe slowly 'getting back to normal' after unprecedented flooding

In the wake of unprecedented flooding, the Santee Sioux Tribe is seeking donations as it continues to make repairs to damaged infrastructure.

Supreme Court delivers slim victory in Yakama Nation treaty rights case

The Yakama Nation is celebrating after the tribe's treaty rights were confirmed by the highest court in the land.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation reflects on the end of the Trail of Tears

As Cherokee people, we are stronger today than ever before.

Native Sun News Today: New panhandling law called racist toward Indian people

Although not clearly written in black and white, a seemingly racially-biased, anti-panhandling ordinance will soon go into effect.

Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court

For the first time, states have sued to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line'

Life was already difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.

Doug Pibel: Even the conservatives on the Supreme Court can be swayed

The nation's highest court's gone conservative. But there's pretty clear evidence that public pressure can make a difference.

Cronkite News: President Trump issues first veto after being rebuked by Congress

Donald Trump signed the first veto of his presidency, after both chambers of Congress rebuked his border emergency declaration.

White Earth Nation in mourning over passing of Chairman Terry Tibbetts

Terrence “Terry” Tibbetts served the White Earth Nation for more than three decades.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to keep reservation in trust

But the conservative media claims President Donald Trump opposes the tribe's legislation.

'Shameful': Little River Band blames rival tribes for delaying off-reservation casino

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians continues to wait for a decision on a long-awaited off-reservation casino in Michigan.

'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act

A bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act is moving forward in a more partisan era, impacting how tribes are able to protect women.

Harold Frazier: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won't allow flag in state capitol

Another decision by Governor Kristi Noem has been made without the consent of the Lakota people and has resulted in an embarrassing situation.

Tim Giago: Let us stay for awhile and see what we shall see

I want to speak but I cannot and the face is becoming hazy in the crowd.

Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats in Congress are not acting 'For the People'

H.R.1 is a rushed and sloppy attempt to rewrite voting laws, election laws and campaign finance laws to get more Democrats elected.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Democrats want to bring socialism to America

The Green New Deal should be taken seriously for what it truly is: a socialist manifesto.

Rep. Deb Haaland: Indigenous peoples are under attack in Donald Trump's America

We must stand up against toxic rhetoric and brutal attacks on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes protest passage of bill protecting Keystone XL Pipeline

Despite opposition from tribal leaders, bills to shield South Dakota from costs of conflicts over the Keystone XL Pipeline sailed through the state Legislature.

Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women

Navajo Nation Missing Persons founder Meskee Yatsayte wakes up every morning, scours social media for missing indigenous people and begins contacting families.

Native student wins award for work on gender and racial identity

Jerico Cummings, a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is a fourth year student at Montana State University.

Native students are helping lead the climate change movement

The youth-led movement builds on the momentum of the increasingly Black and Brown leadership behind the Green New Deal.

J.M. Opal: The myth of the American Frontier still shapes U.S. racial divides

Grim facts do not stop the "blood and soil" nationalists of Donald Trump’s America from feeling victimized.

'Sad': Catawba Nation fires back after Eastern Cherokees slam homelands bill

A war is erupting between the Catawba Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians over plans for a casino.

Little River Band off-reservation casino faces opposition from fellow tribes

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is pursuing an off-reservation casino in Michigan but fellow tribes aren't happy about it.

Ho-Chunk Nation ready to move forward with off-reservation casino

"We're patient and persistent so whenever the approval process wraps up, we will be ready," a tribal spokesperson said.

Pueblo of Pojoaque becomes second in New Mexico with sports betting operation

The Thunder Race & Sportsbook is the 'best place to wager on the big game and the track,' according to Pojoaque Pueblo.

'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court

Tribal leaders are expressing hope after judges on a federal appeals court questioned the attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Lawsuit blames Indian Health Service and 'rent-a-doc' for Lakota woman's death

Sherry Wounded Foot was taken to an Indian Health Service hospital with severe injuries but treatment was slow to arrive, according to a new lawsuit.

Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after winter storm slams the reservation

A powerful winter storm has stranded many emergency and medical personnel on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing tribal leaders to order non-essential traffic off the roads.

Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable

President Trump's decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument is harming tribal sites, members of Congress were told.

Defendant goes to trial in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman

Sheena Between Lodges was brutally beaten on the Pine Ridge Reservation and prosecutors say a man knows who committed the crime.

#ProudToProtectICWA: Tribal leaders react to hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case

The fate of the Indian Child Welfare Act is in the hands of a federal appeals court.

AUDIO: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments in Brackeen v. Zinke

Listen to a federal appeals court debate the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case

A closely watched court case will determine whether the Indian Child Welfare Act lives to see another day.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Freedom of the press in Indian Country

With freedom of the press under attack by Donald Trump and his minions, what's it like for Indian Country?

MSU News: Blessing for new American Indian Hall set for powwow weekend

Montana State University will launch the American Indian Hall building project this month.

Frank's Landing Indian Community loses decision in sovereignty case

The Frank's Landing Indian Community cannot engage in gaming on its homelands in Washington state, according to a federal appeals court.

Native women leaders lined up for hearing on missing and murdered sisters

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is tackling the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.

Mark Trahant: The Trump budget has no chance of becoming law

But there is growing support for the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to receive advance funding.

Native Sun News Today: Police investigate deaths of two young men

Two young men died within a 24-hour period in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Technology revitalizes Native American boarding school exhibit at the Heard

The Heard Museum in Arizona highlights the personal stories of students who attended Indian boarding schools.

The Revelator: Tribes without recognition struggle to protect their heritage

Many tribes still lack legal recognition and struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and the environment.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Are we letting the police become more violent?

Police more often than ever before have shot and killed unarmed persons and are rarely reprimanded or punished for it.

President Trump releases new budget with cuts for Indian Country programs

The Trump administration finally released its fiscal year 2020 budget and the numbers aren't looking good for Indian Country.

Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case

Arguments are taking place in a case that tribes say goes to the very heart of their sovereignty and their relationship with the United States.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs

"Where Are They Now" sounds like an old cable television show, only this week it's about the trust and treaty responsibility.

AUDIO: Indian Country leaders share funding priorities with Congress

Lawmakers continued an annual tradition by inviting Indian Country leaders to Washington, D.C.

Tim Giago: A brief history of the fight against 'Indian' mascots

Stick to the lions, tigers and bears, and leave human beings like Native Americans off your list of mascots for your sports teams.

Bill John Baker: Stand strong and stand up for our Native children

Our children are our hope, our strength and our future. They are not for the taking.

Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow

Since opening in 2015, HeSapa Enterprises has steadily grown in size and services provided to customers

Seasonal complaint: 'Missionaries are on our reservation!'

The weather is warmer and there's another influx of Christian missionaries and charity groups on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

'It could be me': Native American teen teaches self-defense to keep indigenous kids safe

With kicks, blocks and twists of the wrist, 16-year-old Kylie Hunts-in-Winter is teaching Native American boys and girls to stay safe.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is holding its second hearing of the 116th Congress and the topic is a pressing one.

Winnebago Tribe incorporates language into billboards and public signs on reservation

If all goes as planned, this time next year the Winnebago Reservation will look a lot different.

Haskell University mourns loss of basketball standout Darrian Diwayan

"She made each of us smile," the head women's basketball coach said of sophomore Darrian Diwayan, who was from the Pueblo of Laguna.

Native Sun News Today: Pipeline opponents and advocates warn of dangers of man camps

Keystone XL Pipeline opponents are joining forces with advocates of justice for missing and murdered indigenous women.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Learning one's family history is nourishment

People have to realize that colonization erased our histories, language, and culture.

Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization

Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture. My mother was one of them.

Historic college reopens with focus on Indian arts and traditions

Bacone College in Oklahoma is reconnecting with its storied past as a center of Indian art and culture.

Arne Vainio: Finding those connections to our family's history

I always think when you’re finding your family history, you want there to be a haunted Scottish castle on a moor and maybe some kind of lost treasure.

Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations sends out more offers

More than 3,000 landowners on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation have received more than $35 million in offers for their fractional interests.

Native Sun News Today: Governor aims to stifle Keystone XL dissent

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chair Harold Frazier had an immediate response to the announcement of bills to kneecap dissent over the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Cronkite News: Republican Senator discloses sexual assault in the military

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) revealed that she was raped by a superior officer while in the Air Force but was too 'ashamed and confused' to report it at the time.

James Giago Davies: Indian Country needs equity not equality

It is time the Lakota people stopped demanding politicians specifically address tribal issues.

Non-Indians indicted for selling 'Navajo' jewelry made in the Philippines

Seven non-Indians, including three people in the Philippines, have been indicted for Indian Arts and Crafts Act and other federal laws.

VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse

Stanley Patrick Weber worked at the Indian Health Service for two decades before being indicted for abusing young male patients.

Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes wrap up Impact Week in DC

Leaders of more than two dozen tribes from Texas to Maine to Florida met in the nation's capital this week.

Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes continue Impact Week in DC

Leaders of more than two dozen tribes from Texas to Maine to Florida are meeting in the nation's capital this week.

Harold Frazier: Governor wants to shove Keystone XL Pipeline down our throats

Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is putting the economic needs of a foreign company ahead of the future of South Dakota.

Mark Trahant: The Indigenous woman who could bring down Canada's government

In the 1950s an Indigenous woman could not even hire a lawyer but in 2019 Jody Wilson-Raybould teaches a masters’ class in the rule of law.

Cronkite News: Attention finally being paid to missing and murdered sisters

One day they were there and the next they weren’t. No one talked about the Native women and girls who simply disappeared.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota basketball coach mentors the Screaming Eagles

Sam Prairie Chicken is a basketball coach, and the Screaming Eagles are the North Rapid Lakota boys he coaches.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The mindset of the Indian wars is still among us

We seem to be a generation of people who have grown up and gotten old amid endless war.

'They beat this man to death': Activists question lack of charges against police officers

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

Embattled president of Haskell University remains on campus despite 'abusive' behavior

The leader of the Haskell Indian Nations University has been removed from her position at the federally-operated tribal college but won't be going far.

Native Sun News Today: Bill aims to address addiction and crime in South Dakota

South Dakota is the only state that brands drug addicted individuals with a felony conviction through ingestion.

United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era

"This is Indian land," tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?

VIDEO: Rep. Deb Haaland addresses the United South and Eastern Tribes

"I am here because of Indian Country," Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) told tribal leaders.

Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes open Impact Week meeting

Leaders of tribes from Texas to Maine to Florida are meeting in the nation's capital this week.

Tim Giago: Media organizations honor Teddy Roosevelt despite his racist views

Racial prejudice is racial prejudice no matter when it occurred.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates the women who make us strong

Cherokee Nation is a matrilineal tribe, and reverence for women is deeply rooted in our culture.

Mark Trahant: Navajo Nation confronts loss of controversial power plant

Indian Country, like other rural parts of the country, is right in the middle of changing times.

Native Sun News Today: Indigenous presence felt at Oscars ceremony

As is the case in many of the Oscars over the years, Native and indigenous peoples get little mention for their contributions to American storytelling.

Cronkite News: Native Republicans tie tribal sovereignty to conservative agenda

The audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference heard about low taxes and local control before. This time it came from Native Americans.

MSU News: Powwow dedicated to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

The 44th annual American Indian Council Powwow at Montana State University will be held March 29-30.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe no longer being financed by backer of stalled casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues to see setbacks as it battles the Trump administration in court.

Former police officer won't face charges for death of Native man

Zachary Bear Heels, 29, died after being repeatedly shocked and punched by police officers in Nebraska. But none of those officers will be convicted of any crimes.

Winnebago Tribe moves forward with major community expansion plans

With employment and economic opportunities growing, the Winnebago Tribe is ready to welcome more people to the reservation.

House Committee on Appropriations welcomes Indian Country leaders to Washington

Representatives of tribal nations, Indian organizations and urban Indian providers from across the U.S. are presenting their funding priorities to Congress.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek voice in water use decisions in South Dakota

Efforts to increase tribal participation in water use decisions have fallen flat in the South Dakota Legislature.

Clara Caufield: Imagination kept us Indian children entertained

We did not have cell phones, we did not have tablets, and we did not have television.

Cronkite News: Land deals make it over the finish line after years of work

A bill hailed as a "true bipartisan success story" has cleared its final hurdle in Congress.

Top official at Department of the Interior hit with ethics complaint

Democrats and watchdog groups are calling for an investigation into David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Department of the Interior by President Trump.

Coquille Tribe brushes off criticism from rival amid long wait for land decision

The Coquille Tribe isn't worried about a rival's attempt to derail a long-awaited casino decision in Oregon.

Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Natives are fighting Natives over marijuana

Marijuana was given to the human people to do exactly what it does best: heal.

Native Sun News Today: Anniversary marks one of the many murdered and missing women

Anna Mae Pictou Aquash was one of the original missing and murdered indigenous women whose life and death sparked the #MMIW movement.

Mark Trahant: Testimony confirms what we know about Trump's views of Native peoples

The testimony of Donald Trump's personal attorney represents a material change in the relationship between the president and all Americans.

Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to be open and honest about racism

The racism will never go away, but talking about it helps me to cope with it and stay healthy.

Nels Swandal: Say no to the water compact pushed by opponents of tribal agreement

The Confederated Salish are Kootenai Tribes are being left out of a deal pushed by opponents of a water rights settlement.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers vote along party lines for 'bipartisan' gun reform bill

Democrats pushed one of their top priorities through the House, advancing a bill to strengthen background checks on gun transfers.

National Congress of American Indians names new communications director

Lycia Ortega Maddocks, a citizen of the Quechan Tribe, has joined the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization.

Mark Trahant: Divided Congress gives President Trump a mixed victory

Congress sent a message to the White House by rebuking Donald Trump's border emergency while confirming a judge opposed by tribes.

Native Sun News Today: Widow blames police for lying about fatal shooting

She had been married to Tim Holmgren for nearly 28 years when they shot him. It was April 27, 2017, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Cronkite News: Sports betting bill advances over tribal opposition

Except for the Navajo Nation, tribes in Arizona are opposing a bill to authorize sports betting in the state.

Gary Paul Nabhan: Border communities don't want a wall -- we have a better solution

What border communities really need are solutions to address economic, health and climate problems — and the mesquite tree can help.

Man in Indiana kept bones from more than 500 Native ancestors at his farm

The FBI is working with tribes to identify and repatriate the remains of about 500 ancestors that were found at a farm in Indiana.

Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court

Democrats are sounding the alarm after Republicans confirmed a Trump nominee for a lifetime spot on a key federal appeals court despite Indian Country's objections.

AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty

A Trump nominee who has repeatedly advocated against tribal interests is up for a lifetime appointment to a key federal appeals court.

Rep. Tom Cole complained about a one-page bill and #NativeTwitter roasted him for it

Rep. Tom Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is standing by President Trump's controversial border wall emergency.

Witness list for Senate hearing on Administration for Native Americans

A panel of tribal leaders and one federal official will testify about the efforts of the Administration for Native Americans.

Native Sun News Today: Oyate Today television show reaches broader audience

Oyate Today, produced by Tim and Jackie Giago, can now be seen on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Long-delayed museum back on track

For years, the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum has sat dormant, but construction is finally resuming.

Suzan Shown Harjo: Joan Mondale was a model ally for Indian Country

The late Joan Mondale was an ally of the first order and one who is remembered with respect and fondness in many Native families and homelands.

Darren Reid: America was built on violence against Native peoples

Kentucky, home to the #MAGA youth at the center of a viral video, was founded on a legacy of anti-Native violence.

Cronkite News: Former astronaut Mark Kelly launches campaign for U.S. Senate

Former astronaut Mark Kelly's launch event for his U.S. Senate bid drew several hundred Democratic supporters, a curious Republican and even a candidate for Phoenix mayor.

Non-Indian casino opposed by tribes suffers setback in South Dakota

Indian lawmakers in South Dakota helped sink a gaming development opposed by tribes in two states.

'It was mayhem for us': Native family shattered by mother's murder in 1973

Agatha White Buffalo left the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in November 1973 to seek medical care. Her family never saw her again.

Native Sun News Today: Campaign focuses on missing and murdered sisters

Native women go missing and murdered at alarming rates. A campaign asks "Why?"

Tim Giago: Paying tribute to the man who cheered Native journalists on

Bill Dulaney, the man who encouraged the formation of what became the Native American Journalists Association, is terminally ill.

Mark Trahant: The first nations should have the first say on the next president

What if there was an Indian Country primary? Call it an experiment.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in education and our young people

This year, the Cherokee Nation will award a record-breaking $5.7 million to public school districts in Oklahoma.

Stephanie Bryan: Poarch Band of Creek Indians supports statewide vote on gaming

Will 2019 finally be the year of the lottery in Alabama? The Poarch Band of Creek Indians wants to know.

Mary Annette Pember: Media continues to tell Native stories without our input

Despite periodic promises to diversify staff, mainstream media continue to be dominated by White men.

The Conversation: Colonization wiped out indigenous population of Americas

European colonization had devastating consequences for indigenous populations.

Cronkite News: Charges dropped against volunteers for work along U.S. border

Federal misdemeanor charges have been dropped against four humanitarian aid workers who faced criminal convictions for their work along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Little River Band still waiting for Bureau of Indian Affairs to make decision

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians was making progress. Then came the government shutdown.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe starts construction on long-awaited gaming facility

After years of legal and political debates, the Aquinnah Cliffs Casino is finally a reality.

Quapaw Nation ready to break ground on commercial casino in Arkansas

The Saracen Casino Resort, named for a Quapaw leader, could be open in less than a year.

Pamunkey Tribe stands to gain with historic action on gaming in Virginia

Virginia was rocked by scandals at the highest levels of government but lawmakers managed to pass a gaming bill.

Timeline: National Congress of American Indians in turmoil and transition

It's been a rocky few months for the National Congress of American Indians.

San Manuel Band announces $25 million gift to hospital in California

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is strengthening its relationship with the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations

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

Former Secretary Ryan Zinke under grand jury investigation for tribal debacle

The Trump administration's tribal dealings have been characterized as one disaster after another and one of them appears to be catching up with Ryan Zinke, the former Secretary of the Interior.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crisis mounts in Venezuela as indigenous activists are shot dead by soldiers

The crisis in Venezuela took a turn for the worse with the deaths of indigenous activists, who were killed when soldiers opened fire on them.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation continues work on new gaming facility

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is building an entirely new casino on its reservation in Arizona.

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

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

Eighth Generation announces another Native wool blanket design contest

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

Colville Tribes announce ouster of council member for alleged intimidation

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

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

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

Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne veteran celebrates 94th birthday

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

George Nicholas: Indigenous knowledge treated as inferior in western science

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

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

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

Yancy Lael: The system continues to protect White men

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

Seminole Tribe continues to share gaming revenues with Florida

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

National Congress of American Indians attempts to move past turmoil

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

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

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

Mary Annette Pember: Indigenous women reclaim their menstruation traditions

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

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

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

Sitka Tribe sues state of Alaska over management of subsistence fishery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Congress of American Indians announces departure of executive director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winnebago Tribe explores new frontiers as opportunities grow on homelands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill McKibben: Conservatives are really frightened by the #GreenNewDeal

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

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces new obstacle in bid to protect homelands

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

Bill authorizes sports betting at tribal casinos in Washington

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

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

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

President of National Congress of American Indians issues apology

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

Rosebud Sioux Tribe issues statement about White House listening session

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

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

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

Cronkite News: Apache Stronghold continues annual walk to sacred site

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enterprise Rancheria celebrates major milestone at long-awaited casino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Giago: There is no difference between Blackface and Redface

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

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

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

Mark Trahant: The #GreenNewDeal and Indian Country

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

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

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

Steven Newcomb: We the people of the dominated Native nations

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

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

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

Cronkite News: Debate on sports betting bill delayed in Arizona

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

Cindy McCain apologizes after police refute claim of human trafficking

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

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

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

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

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

Native Sun News Today Editorial: South Dakotans love their Indians

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

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

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

Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up

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

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

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

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

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


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“Héen” means “water” in the Tlingit Language. It’s also the third album by the band Khu.éex’ and it features something that holds a lot of importance in Native culture: storytelling. Jazz, rock and funk sounds, sprinkled with spoken word, create the soil that makes the landscape of this album. In the songs, dynamic rhythm and energy crawl over deep messages about respecting culture and protecting the environment. They include the song “Shell No,” that confronts the conflict between cultural values and corporate profit. Other songs in this audible artistic collection are meant to teach listeners about the beauty of life. Some of the songs feature the Tlingit Language. We’ll hear more from the members of Khu.éex’ on our March Music Maker.
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