Native Sun News Today: Native mayoral candidate proud to be a water protector

Natalie Stites Means says protecting the water and environment are among her top priorities.

Rep. Tom Cole: The 'American dream' is all about free markets

Free markets allow consumers and producers to freely participate in mutually beneficial transactions, empowering entrepreneurs and innovators to create the future.

Cronkite News: Band educates fans about issues facing indigenous peoples

Crossfire joins the long history of punk and hardcore bands that have spoken out on issues facing their communities.

Charmaine White Face: Divide and conquer for Indian people all over again

It is still the responsibility of the U.S. government, according to the 1868 Treaty, to provide health care.

Open Secrets: Lobbyists rely on Trump administration to block tribal projects

Non-Indian interests have hired lobbyists close to President Donald Trump in hopes of derailing tribes. The strategy appears to be working.

Cherokee Nation and Muscogee (Creek) Nation close casinos due to flooding threat

Rising water levels in the Arkansas River are threatening tribal casinos and tribal businesses in Oklahoma.

Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.

Harold Frazier: Tribal treaties are still the supreme law of the land

The United States will only honor the treaties it makes when they are forced to do it.

Native Sun News Today: Indian Country supports reform of mining laws

America's mining laws haven't undergone significant review since the era of the Indian wars.

Cronkite News: Hopi journalist Patty Talahongva shares her story

"People don’t know our history, and sometimes our people don’t even know our own history."

Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update

A long-overdue update to the popular Johnson O'Malley Indian education program is finally on the horizon.

Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail bill up for first hearing

A bill that recognizes the removal and resilience of the Ponca people is seeing movement in the 116th Congress.

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns passing of traditional chief Clem Sylestine

Clem Fain Sylestine, a traditional leader of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, has passed at the age of 91.

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

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

SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court sides with Crow hunter in treaty rights case

For Clayvin Herrera and other members of the Apsáalooke Nation, the Supreme Court’s decision vindicates a right they believe essential.

VIDEO: Buena Vista Rancheria celebrates grand opening of long-awaited casino

It took more than a decade but the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians finally achieved success.

Catawba Nation continues to see opposition to casino on homelands

From religious groups to a rival tribe, the Catawba Nation is facing hurdles as it pursues a casino in North Carolina.

Mayor: Ponca Tribe brings hope to the local community with casino

The Prairie Flower Casino represents much-needed economic development on a plot of land that was previously sitting vacant.

Non-Indian firms that fought tribes in talks for sale of gaming property

"Makes no sense at all," one gaming consultant said of the potential deal in Massachusetts.

Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe

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

Pauma Band hits end of the line with labor sovereignty case

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

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

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

Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation

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

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

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

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

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

Native Sun News Today: Native graduate inspires thousands with post

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

Zoltan Grossman: Cowboys and Indians unite across the country

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

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

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

Cherokee Nation chief candidate David Walkingstick fight to stay in race

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

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

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

Clara Caufield: Grandmas are the backbone of Indian Country

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

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

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

House subcommittee hearing focuses of safety at Indian boarding schools

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

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

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

Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood

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

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

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

Ivan Star Comes Out: Togiyapi ki le ihangunyanpi ktelo

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

Indian Country Today: Patty Talahongva tapped for new television program

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

Seminole Tribe suspends revenue sharing payments with state of Florida

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

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

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

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

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

Shoshi Parks: Taking a road trip through Indigenous territories

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

Native journalist scheduled for trial in drunken driving case

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

Arne Vainio: Protecting our Manoomin, our wild rice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Native activist receives honorary degree for work in border town

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

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

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

Budget hearing focuses on public safety funding in Indian Country

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office

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

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

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

Another death reported at a jail in an Alaska Native community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Conversation: Indigenous people go missing in mainstream media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Northern Arapaho Tribe is experiencing some financial difficulties.

Spirit Lake Nation voters authorize sale of liquor at casino

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

Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coyote Valley Tribe announces minimum wage increase amid casino milestone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Trahant: Indigenous knowledge incorporated into global climate assessment

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

Governor of South Dakota admits snubbing tribes with last minute legislation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Conversation: Maps serve as powerful tool for Indigenous communities

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

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

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

Quinault Nation asserts sovereignty over isolated Indian allotment

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

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe back in court to defend gaming rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clara Caufield: Remembering my old happy rez guard dog

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

Catawba Nation asks Congress to fulfill promise in land claim settlement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Revelator: Bringing energy independence to Indian Country

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

Cronkite News: Not all migrants make it across the border

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

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

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

Oglala Sioux Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation

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

Ponca Tribe scores another decision in favor of gaming rights

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

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to protect homelands

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

Tejon Tribe finally sees action on long-awaited gaming development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUDIO: House hearing on reorganization at Department of the Interior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YES! Magazine: Indigenous women reclaim ancestral land in California

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

Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian

I dropped out of school while so many went on to become 'educated,' or is it appropriate to say assimilated.

Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas apologizes for 'disrespectful and insensitive comments'

Community members are calling for the ouster of the interim chief executive officer and the clinical director of the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas.

Cronkite News: Rising cost of migrant health care is straining charities and Border Patrol

For the thousands of migrants showing up at the U.S.-Mexico border, health care is nearly impossible to afford.

Settlement reached in sovereign immunity case that went to Supreme Court

A non-Indian couple who were involved in an accident with a tribal casino employee are receiving $110,000.

Stockbridge-Munsee Community loses ruling over rival casino project

The Stockbridge-Munsee Community has once again lost a challenge to a Ho-Chunk Nation casino expansion project.

Healing center aims to offer hope in reservation border town

Liquor sales have ended in Whiteclay, a town near the Pine Ridge Reservation. But the healing is only beginning.

Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills

A small group of Republicans are going on record as opponents of tribal legislation.

Assistant Secretary Sweeney on Capitol Hill for first Indian Country budget hearing

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney is back on Capitol Hill for her second hearing as the Trump administration's face of Indian policy.

'No Road Map': Leader of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe testifies about reorganization

With the help of a tribal leader, lawmakers will try to get to the bottom of a reorganization at the Department of the Interior.

Mark Trahant: NFL doubles down on bad manners and racist mascots

Are you ready for the Duluth Eskimos? Because someone in the NFL thinks it's gonna be "cool."

Clara Caufield: Computers will do exactly what you tell them. That's probably the problem.

Years ago, I had a very friendly computer. Now I have a laptop, which seems to be much more intelligent than me.

Corrie Scott: Jody Wilson-Raybould comes from a long line of Indigenous truth-tellers

This is what a feminist looks like, Prime Minister Trudeau.

YES! Magazine: 'All My Relations' podcast run by two Native women

Launched in February, the show has covered indigenous feminism, food sovereignty, and DNA tests, among other topics.

Cronkite News: Convicted of racial profiling, Trump ally vows to keep fighting

"The battle continues, I am not surrendering," disgraced sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

The Revelator: Jaguars once thrived in the Americas. Until borders arrived.

When big cats cross from one country into another, they can fall victim to wildlife traffickers, drug cartels, highways and more emerging threats.

Non-Indian firm keeps gaming license despite sexual misconduct scandal

Billionaire mogul Steve Wynn trashed tribes in bidding for a casino license in Massachusetts. His legacy lives on.

Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.

Bureau of Indian Affairs gets a permanent director, long after mysterious exit

It's been a year since the Trump administration mysteriously disappeared the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work with hearing

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will take testimony on bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and tribal homelands.

Tim Giago: First Nations Sculpture Garden deserves our support

The Sculpture Garden benefits all Native Americans and serves as an educational tool for Non-Natives and to our own people.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Migrants continue to cross the border in record numbers

Democrats have proven time and again that they have no interest in securing our southern border and protecting American citizens.

Rep. Tom Cole: America can continue to rely on our many allies

NATO remains a vital component to defending freedom and ultimately ensuring a safer and more peaceful world.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota pop singer ready to drop latest release

Wanbli Ceya is back home, making music on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Groundbreaking set for casino expansion

The Lucky Star Casino in Watonga, Oklahoma, is getting a five-story hotel, a conference center and more gaming space.

Cronkite News: Largest oil field in Arizona sits on Navajo Nation

Arizona isn’t known as a big oil producing state, like Texas and North Dakota, but what oil is produced here is on Navajo land.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: I'm tired of the White American history of Manifest Destiny

The incredible brutality of Euro-America law toward us is no longer tolerable.

Mary Annette Pember: Digging up and robbing Native graves still considered acceptable

Amateur white American archaeologists and collectors are still influenced by the right of conquest mentality.

Cronkite News: NAGPRA and other laws waived for Trump's border wall

The Department of Homeland Security is waiving dozens of environmental, health and other laws to clear the way for construction of border barriers.

Defendant acquitted in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman

Sheena Between Lodges is in recovery after being attacked on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Native Sun News Today: Community on Pine Ridge Reservation focuses on youth

For centuries, traditional Tiyospaye lived in close knit communities and the responsibility of raising the Wakanyeja was a collaborative effort by everyone in the village.