Trump administration finally lands a leader for Indian housing programs

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

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up two bills at hearing

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

'We’re going to bring them home': Rally for the missing and the murdered

Bearing signs that read "Violence is Not My Tradition" and "Indigenous Day, Not Columbus Day," a crowd drew attention to the missing, murdered and abused in their communities.

Montana Free Press: Tribal leaders quit #MMIW task force

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

Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day

While Columbus Day affirms the story of a nation created by Europeans for Europeans, Indigenous Peoples Day emphasizes Native histories and Native people.

Sen. John Thune: Celebrating Native American Day

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

Native Sun News Today: Donation benefits Northern Cheyenne elders

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

'We have to do things in a different way'

Indigenous knowledge and governance is essential because it's where more than a third of the earth and over 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity are located.

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

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

UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties

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

Presidential candidates continue outreach in Indian Country

With a growing number of communities celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, another Democratic presidential candidate announced plans to improve the government's relationship with the first Americans.

Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams

"The false religious doctrine of Christian discovery was used by the United States to perpetuate crimes of genocide and forced displacement against Native Peoples."

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' today and everyday

As we honor the Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples' in the United States and North America, I ask, remember where you came from.

Cherokee Nation and CNB minimum wage increases will boost economy, help families

Our employees here at the Cherokee Nation are the backbone of our government and business operations.

Cherokee leader's legacy lives on in Nashville

An audience at the Tennessee State Museum was reminded that the Cherokee war chief, the redoubtable Dragging Canoe, fought battles on the very ground they were standing on.

Native Sun News Today: 'Oyate' television program launches website

The hit television show Oyate Today has launched a new website to keep viewers informed of the program.

Former school employee charged with felonies after sexually abusing Native girl

A former employee of a treatment facility for juveniles is awaiting extradition to California after authorities confirmed he fathered a child with a Native girl.

San Manuel Band brings casino name to new NFL stadium

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will be reaching Raiders fans at the team's new home in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Native man shot by police officer mounts appeal after lengthy sentence
A bullet is lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer. He's the one going to prison.
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The Arctic's future is Indigenous

There are competing visions for the Arctic, including energy development and commerce. What about Indigenous voices?

Greta Thunberg brings star power to Pine Ridge Reservation

A young climate change activist from Sweden has become an international star in a little over a year.

Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?'

As Lakota people, we must realize the fact that our ancient world view is as valid as any other.

Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.

Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations

All of Indian Country is waiting on the Supreme Court to do what is morally and legally right.

Only Native American on federal death row secures delay of execution

A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled execution of Navajo citizen Lezmond Mitchell, who is the only Native American on federal death row.

‘I could not afford to hang men for votes’: Largest mass hanging in America

The public hanging of 38 Dakota men was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Two others were executed at later date.

Navajo student Nizhoni Tallas wins prestigious Udall scholarship

Nizhoni Tallas, who grew up on the Navajo Nation, says her passion for the environment started at a young age.

Montana State University celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day

A round dance and a walk in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women are among the events taking place on campus.

Montana Free Press: Crowd complains about grizzly bears

The Trump administration is being pressed to remove protections for the grizzly bear, an animal held sacred by numerous tribes.

'We're not a disaster for them': Yankton Sioux Tribe struggles to recover from flooding

A series of two flooding periods have occurred on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in the last six months, leaving devastation and a need for assistance.

Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town

It’s good to live off the Rez, but still be close enough to visit home.

Former leader of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians indicted for fraud

Kevin Edwards, a former vice chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and his wife have been indicted on federal fraud charges.

Wilton Rancheria secures victory in homelands case

The Wilton Rancheria is celebrating after a federal judge sided with the tribe and the federal government in a homelands case.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country

Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.

Former Indian Health Service doctor guilty of abusing Lakota boys

A federal jury convicted former Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber of all 11 criminal counts for sexually abusing four boys on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Tim Giago: Another year and no Lakota riders at the Buffalo Roundup

Long before the first white settler ever set foot in the Northern Plains the Native Americans were sharing the land with their ancestral friend, the buffalo.

Mark Charles: Getting rid of Donald Trump won't solve America's deep-seated problems

President Trump is simply just another example of the fruit produced by our white supremacist, racist, sexist and colonial foundations.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation advocates for our warriors

As Cherokee people, we have always respected our warriors – people willing to fight for us, for our values and for our way of life.

Rep. Tom Cole: Addressing the high cost of prescription drugs

Especially for those Americans who rely on regular prescriptions, the high cost of purchasing their vital medicine is an all too familiar burden.

James Giago Davies: The Manchurian Candidates in the White House

Under no circumstances does any actual progressive get anywhere near the Oval Office.

YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women

"When something happens to an Indigenous person, to a Native person, why isn’t that being heard? We’re just another number."

Cronkite News: Finland agrees to return tribal artifacts and ancestors

The Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.

Quapaw Nation reaches settlement in long-running trust mismanagement case

After more than 17 years of litigation through three presidential administrations, the Quapaw Nation has emerged victorious in court.

Native Sun News Today: Remembering Lakota musician Buddy Red Bow

A documentary about Buddy Red Bow, the Lakota musician, premieres on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Ivan Star Comes Out: The situation isn't looking good for our Lakota language

Everyone knows that our language, culture, and history, have been targeted for eradication by the federal government.

Two Spirit group provides a 'safe place' for Lakota of all ages

Nagi Nunpa Hocaka, the Two Spirit Circle, is working to reduce the high rate of suicide and substance abuse on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Native Sun News Today: Judge blocks new law targeting Native protests

Native activists have scored a big victory against a new law that was written to stifle their opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

YES! Magazine: Indigenous women find a safe space in T’ja Xuj

After traveling thousands of miles fleeing violence and discrimination, LGBTQ women -- many of them Indigenous -- find safety and support at T’ja Xuj.

Mescalero Apache Tribe announces pending resignation of president

Arthur "Butch" Blazer is resigning as president of the Mescalero Apache Tribe for health reasons.

NMAI News: Lakota Music Project makes national debut

Performing for the first time outside South Dakota, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s Lakota Music Project will appear in concert at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Cronkite News: Trump lashes out at whistleblower in impeachment inquiry

To President Donald Trump, the White House whistleblower who reported concerns about his call with the Ukrainian president is comparable to a spy and a traitor.

Tuscarora Nation seeks recognition from state of North Carolina

The Tuscarora Nation is continuing efforts to gain recognition in North Carolina following a setback at the state level.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians seeks commercial casino in Illinois

At least three tribal nations are pursuing casinos in Illinois.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe in the market for a new casino executive

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is searching for a new leader for its gaming enterprise following the departure of its chief executive officer.

National Congress of American Indians heads into election season after major changes

The race to lead the National Congress of American Indians is kicking into high gear as the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization prepares for its biggest meeting of the year.

Native Sun News Today: Overcoming trauma as a Two-Spirit woman

When Carla Douglas was born, her mother wanted a daughter so badly she named the young child Carla Georgina and began dressing her in girl's clothing.

Cronkite News: Tribal leaders address barriers to voting in Arizona

The voting rights of Native Americans are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of polling places, tribal leaders said.

Cronkite News: Indian Country lags in health insurance coverage

The number of Indian Health Service patients with insurance rose from 64 percent in 2013 to 78 percent in 2018, according to a new report.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: A Whistleblower 'tweets' loud and clear

This is no longer a case of being a Democrat or a Republican: It is a case of being an American.

Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are eager to show how uranium mining continues to affect their people as they host a key member of Congress.

#NotInvisible: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October, advocates and communities from across Indian Country rally together as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota grandmother sentenced for role in boy's murder

The courtroom was filled with emotions and tension as the long-awaited sentencing hearing for the death of Kylen Shangreaux, age 2, began.

Yankton Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning'

"It’s like we live in a third world country and we are forgotten," resident Lauren Crowe says. "No one cares."

Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town

As border towns go, Sheridan, Wyoming, may be one of the best, though, in my opinion, it could improve on relationships with Natives.

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe asks Supreme Court to hear sovereignty case

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe is turning to the nation's highest court for help with its disputed casino in Texas.

Quapaw Nation debuts casino on ancestral territory in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation is paying tribute to one of its chiefs with a commercial casino in Arkansas.

'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is telling is own story at a new cultural center and museum on the reservation.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes battle Trump over Keystone XL Pipeline

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Fort Belknap Indian Community are defending their treaty rights against the Trump administration's push for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved

A year ago, a grim discovery was made in California. A young Native woman was found shot in the head.

Coquille citizen Bridgett Wheeler named to Oregon board of education

Bridgett Wheeler, the director of cultural and education programs for the Coquille Tribe, plans to focus on implementing historically accurate, culturally appropriate Native curriculum in every public school district.

Tim Giago: Native American media faces a perilous future

Native American media has come a long way in the past 50 years, but in which direction it will head from here is anybody’s guess.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation asks Congress to honor treaty

The Cherokee people have spent generations surviving and persevering through a series of federal policies that conspire to destroy our government, break up our families and relegate our people to the pages of history.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Putting an end to the opioid epidemic

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats continue to waste time in Congress

When lawmakers returned for legislative session after the extended work period, House Democrats had an opportunity to turn a new leaf and actually get things done for the American people.

Private development in the Crazy Mountains sparks anxiety for wilderness advocates

What wilderness advocates and members of the Crow Tribe called a 'nightmare' scenario in Montana’s Crazy Mountains appears to be coming true, and sooner than they thought.

Victor Swallow: This summer I turned 80 years old

We elderly have stories to tell. Stories about the hardships we endured.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Americans can't resist celebrating our 'founders'

Indian-White History of America isn’t unique but the truth is, our history is not behind us and it is not forgiven.

Indigenous hunters are protecting our environment

Everyone should acknowledge the positive impact Indigenous hunting can have on the protection and monitoring of the environment.

YES! Magazine: How we can make a difference for climate change

When it comes to climate change, one expert says: 'Every single person can make a huge difference, and when we come together to work, anything is possible.'

Cronkite News: Trump rebuked a second time for diverting funds to border wall

Congress voted yet again to terminate President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border, which he has cited to justify use of Pentagon funds for border construction.

Native Sun News Today: Lawmakers aim to mend 'Broken Promises' in Indian Country

Rep. Deb Haaland and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have teamed up on a comprehensive Indian Country legislative proposal.

Ivan Star Comes Out: We must heed the laws of our ancestors

Our elders have been telling us to find our original teachings and to live by them.

Siku Allooloo: Canada is built on racism, genocide, violence, and theft

Two generations saw our Inuit and Dine homelands in Northern Canada nearly destroyed. Now my way of life is one of cultural repair.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers hear sobering stories of gun violence

A panel of lawmakers, advocates and medical professionals shared sobering stories about gun violence in the hopes of spurring the U.S. Congress into action.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe announces closure of 'Bordertown' casino

Four years after welcoming big crowds to its Western-themed gaming facility, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe is calling it quits.

Pamunkey Tribe keeps options open in pursuit of $700 million casino

The recently recognized Pamunkey Tribe is moving forward with a $700 million gaming resort in Virginia.

VIDEO: Yurok medicine song opens United Nations Equator Prize ceremony

The Yurok Tribe made history this week, becoming the first Indian nation in the U.S. to receive the prestigious Equator Prize from the United Nations.

Money for #MMIW task force in Arizona goes missing in bureaucracy

A task force on missing and murdered indigenous women is waiting on $150,000 promised by the state of Arizona.

Rosebud Sioux citizens gain control of power company

For the first time, Sicangu Nation citizens have gained the majority of seats on the board of directors for the company supplying their electricity.

'I want my government to reflect actually the people': One candidate's vision

Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for president, sat down with Indian Country Today for a wide-ranging interview, the first of its kind for a Native newsroom.

James Giago Davies: Democrats are awful and Republicans stink

There is no long term difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They both serve the oligarchy.

How some North Americans claim a false Indigenous identity

Recently in Canada and the United States, a small but vocal minority of white French-descendants have used an ancestor born between 300 and 400 years ago to claim an 'Indigenous' identity.

How we can become naturalized, mindful and respectful of Indigenous laws

The descendants of settlers and immigrants can’t become Indigenous to the land where we live. But we can follow the models of coexistence.

Trump administration goes on the record for Indian Country funding

Does the Trump administration support funding the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service ahead of time?

Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act inches forward on Capitol Hill

A bill that would help tribes address the effects of climate change in coastal areas is advancing for the first time.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands

The federal government has treaty and trust responsibilities to tribal governments, including the protection of tribal cultural resources.

Native grandma and grandkids get the boot after fire in home

A Lakota grandmother has been evicted from her house after nearly four years of living there, due to a fire she had no responsibility for.

Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town

As border towns go, Sheridan, Wyoming, may be one of the best, though, in my opinion, it could improve on relationships with Natives.

Native Americans have second-highest opioid death rate in the nation

Native American advocates are seeking more funding and new ways to tackle the opioid crisis in Indian Country as overdose death rates continue to rise.

Trump decries 'witch hunt' after Democrats launch impeachment bid

Democrats are opening a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump amid controversy over his dealings with a foreign nation.

'Does the White House support VAWA?': Trump officials won't say

The Trump administration's commitment to Indian Country was tested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol when representatives of the White House refused to answer questions about expanding protections for Native women.

Ponca Chief Standing Bear completes one last journey of triumph

Forced out of his people's homelands by the United States, Ponca Chief Standing Bear ended up becoming one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders.

'Indigenous nations will sacrifice all we have to give to defend Unci Maka'

Our ceremonies have told us to prepare for hard times. We are in those times.

Tim Giago: A matter of life and death at Indian Health Service hospital

What is happening at the Sioux San Hospital in South Dakota is no longer a laughing matter.

Native women are paid only 57 percent of what White men make

Today, we acknowledge the role that the wage gap plays in the many forms of centuries-long oppression of Native American Women.

Oglala Sioux Tribe passes hate crime law protecting LGBTQ citizens

The Oglala Sioux Tribe may be first to pass a hate crime law providing protections for LBGTQ and two spirit people, but citizens remain divided over decision.

Native Sun News Today: Bamboozled by State jurisdiction

Every tribe has one treasure it must protect from plunder, a treasure that dwarfs all other treasures combined — tribal sovereignty.

James Giago Davies: Reservation reality bows to reservation rhetoric

Given enough time, powerless people hammer out an empowering narrative, so that when they face the people that took their power, they can maintain their dignity, and pride, and hope.

FCC chided for lack of progress on broadband in Indian Country

Tribal representatives told a Senate committee that the Federal Communications Commission is not doing enough to ease the regulatory burdens that keep Indian Country from getting wireless broadband access.

Doug George-Kanentiio: How did the 'Indian reservation' system begin?

In effect, reservation life begins with the Laws of Burgos, issued by the Kingdom of Spain more than 500 years ago.

Clara Caufield: Celebrating life and death in the Cheyenne way

As we dwell upon death, especially the untimely loss of dear friends and loved ones, we must also focus upon life.

Gov. Pete Ricketts: Standing tall for justice in the US Capitol

A statue of Ponca Chief Standing Bear will be on display for years to come, and I encourage Nebraskans to look for it when they next visit the U.S. Capitol.

RECAP: Sovereignty and Native Women's Safety at US Capitol

Native women rallied to honor survivors of violence and to push for renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

'Now is the time for truth, healing, and unity': Sarah Eagle Heart joins Women's March leadership

Oglala Sioux citizen Sarah Eagle Heart plans to focus on #MMIW and elevate Indigenous issues as part of the Women's March board.

Tribal broadband in focus with hearing and summit in nation's capital

The dismal state of broadband in tribal communities will be the focus of a pair of events in Washington, D.C.

Indian Programs Advanced Appropriations Act up for first hearing on Capitol Hill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to fund the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service ahead of time.

Opposition grows to uranium mine on treaty territory

A uranium mining project is located in 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory, an area reserved for the Great Sioux Nation.

Mohegan Tribe expands gaming enterprise to Las Vegas

The Mohegan Tribe's gaming enterprise continues to grow beyond its homelands in Connecticut.

Lawsuit filed against Native news organizations

A non-Indian attorney who was ousted from his job is seeking $6 million for alleged defamation in the Native media.

Tribes battle Trump administration over Keystone XL Pipeline

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community are fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline in court.

Prayer circle welcomes Native students back to campus

For the last couple of semesters, students and staff at Western Dakota Tech have been gathering for a prayer circle to begin the semester.

'The tribe sees the lake as a relative': Red Lake Nation protects homelands

These waters were, and are, the very pulse of Ojibwe traditional culture.

Josué Rivas: I will be an ancestor to honor

I began a healing process recently to better understand my role as a father of my own son.

James Giago Davies: There's more to the Black Hills Settlement than meets the eye

We need to face some dark truths about ourselves. One, we wanted the money, not the land.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe and Northern Arapaho Tribe expand partnerships with university

The Wind River Reservation and the University of Wyoming are growing partnerships across the board and it’s all having a positive effect on Indian student enrollment.

Pueblo of Santa Ana issues statement to 'disavow' connection to Donald Trump rally

The Pueblo of Santa Ana wants everyone to know that the tribe has nothing to do with Donald Trump's visit to New Mexico.

Sacred Apache site in Arizona is home to endangered squirrel

The Mount Graham red squirrel is found only in the Pinaleño Mountains of Arizona, home of a sacred Apache place.

Oklahoma turns to private law firm for help with tribal gaming compacts

The state of Oklahoma is relying on outside legal expertise as it seeks to negotiate new Class III gaming compacts with tribes despite major disagreements about the upcoming talks.

Tribes take a hit as gamblers in North Dakota turn to electronic pull tabs

At least two tribes have seen a decline in revenues now that non-Indian pull tab operations are up and running in North Dakota.

Trump administration pressed to take action on #MMIW crisis

Key lawmakers questioned the Trump administration's efforts to address missing and murdered indigenous women – and they weren’t always satisfied with the answers.

'The Duwamish people are still here': Tribe hindered by lack of recognition

A grassroots movement encourages non-Natives in Seattle, Washington, to pay monthly reparations to the Duwamish Tribe.

That time the Lakota girl became a famous singer in South Dakota

Olivia Gonzalez was 14 years old when she was asked to come up on stage and sing. The rest is history.

Indigenous politician Wab Kinew falls short in historic leadership bid

Wab Kinew could have been the first Indigenous person to lead Manitoba as the chief executive of the province.

The greatest Lakota warrior of all never signed a treaty

There are no true traditionalists left in Indian Country to put it bluntly.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis

What is the Trump administration doing about missing and murdered Indigenous women? Lawmakers are seeking answers.

Native man shot in neck by police officer hit with maximum sentence

"Did he just get 30 years?": A Native mother is shocked by the harsh sentence imposed on her son, who was shot in the neck by a police officer.

United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians can acquire homelands over the objections of a much larger and more politically engaged tribe, a federal appeals court ruled.

Native children still being lost to the child welfare system

Like many indigenous nations in the United States, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has been losing children to the state for generations.

Is there a correlation between historic trauma and PTSD in Indian Country?

Too many people, especially non-Natives say, "Get over it." If only it was that simple. One does not take centuries of trauma and get rid of it overnight.

A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition

How can one branch of the federal government have a more than 100-year relationship and sign a 30-year agreement with an Indian tribe, while another denies its very existence?

Trump administration broke law during government shutdown

The Trump administration violated federal law when it diverted funds during the recent shutdown, the Government Accountability Office determined.

Pokagon Band in early stages of Class III gaming compact talks in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is set to make history again by entering into a Class III gaming compact in Indiana.

Ponca Tribe on track to get back into Indian gaming industry

The Ponca Tribe has started construction on the Fancy Dance Casino in Oklahoma, with an opening expected in early 2020.

Trump administration eyes changes in Indian home loan program

The Trump administration is proposing to impose income limits for the first time on applicants to the Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation expands engagement with all citizens

As Principal Chief, I remain committed to enhancing civic and cultural engagement between the Cherokee Nation and our at-large Cherokee Nation citizens.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Raising the mininum wage is not the answer

With 6.9 million open jobs in our country, we should provide people with the education and resources they need to succeed.

Rep. Tom Cole: America and our allies are locked in a modern-day technology race

While lawmakers debate numerous issues of significance, an important matter surrounding personal freedom and national security quietly looms in the background.

EPA ignores tribal consultation requirement with plans for uranium mine

After tribal citizens roundly rejected draft permits to provide Black Hills water to a foreign uranium mine project, the Environmental Protection Agency revised the wording for a new comment period.

Workshop fosters communication between tribal, state, and federal agencies

It’s a common theme often stated, but rarely executed: The need to work together and build agency-tribe relationships before there is an emergency.

Trump administration takes $3.8 billion from military to pay for border wall

"They are illegally stealing money from our troops," a Democratic lawmaker said after the Trump administration announced a diversion of $3.6 billion in military funds for the border wall.

Fires in Amazon shed light on long-standing issues facing Indigenous peoples

The fires that spread swiftly across the Amazon in recent weeks drew international attention to a problem Indigenous Brazilians have been facing for years.

Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines

The Indigenous battles against Keystone XL and Dakota Access have finally emerged as a critical component of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Data shows most American terrorists are angry White men

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric

Supreme Court to rule on 'Dreamers' program for young immigrants

Republican-led states are supporting the Trump administration's efforts to end the Dreamers program for young immigrants.

Oglala Sioux Tribe considers passing hate crime law

A hate crime law could be the first for tribal governments offering protection for LGBTQ citizens, Mary Annette Pember reports in Indian Country Today.

Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles

A copper mine opposed by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe has hit another snag.

Lummi Nation seeks protections for 'relations under water'

"What we do to the web of life, we do to ourselves. If any strand of the web is broken, the whole web is affected," the Lummi Nation stated.

What does 'We are all treaty people' mean, and who speaks for Indigenous students on campus?

While there has been a recent growing awareness of Indigenous cultures at Canadian universities, racism, violence and dismissal still dominate conversations on campus.

Editorial: Oklahoma governor right to demand more revenues from tribes

Should tribes share more of their gaming revenues with the state of Oklahoma? One newspaper says yes.

Donors step up after field of corn destroyed on Winnebago Reservation

An "anonymous farmer" mowed down a 2-acre plot of corn on the Winnebago Reservation, threatening programs for Indian students.

John Dossett sues Indianz.Com over National Congress of American Indians #MeToo allegations

A non-Indian attorney who lost his job at the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization is suing Native media and Native journalists for writing about it.

James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way

How did the government get this power over tribes? They took it.

Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program

Time is running out for landowners on the Navajo Nation who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program.

'Our children are sacred': New leader takes over Indian education program

Whitnee Pearce has hit the ground running in her new position as head of Indian education in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Appeals court decision affirms tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians

Tribes can serve protection orders against non-Indians under their "inherent" sovereignty, an issue that several presidential candidates are raising on the road to the White House.

Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills

"The tribe is fighting back," an attorney for the Oglala Sioux said of plans for a large scale uranium mine in South Dakota.

Karuk Tribe turns to traditional knowledge to protect homelands

Returning prescribed fire to California forests is the focus of a new climate-adaptation plan from the Karuk Tribe, but the federal government will need to play big role.

Columbia River basin site shows early evidence of first Americans

Stone tools and artifacts unearthed in Idaho suggest that people lived there 16,000 years ago, more than a thousand years earlier than previously thought.

Trump administration seeks to hold migrant families indefinitely

A new rule allows the federal government to detain minors and their families indefinitely in "safe and sanitary" facilities, reflecting concern for minors’ "vulnerability."

Scotts Valley Band sues Trump administration over homelands decision

The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians is in court to defend plans for a casino in the Bay Area of California.

Bill Graham: Catawba Nation deserves 'fair shake' under federal law

The Catawba Nation is trying to open a casino in North Carolina and is turning to Congress for some help.

Pawnee veteran seeks return of ancestor's remains and regalia

The eldest living descendant of White Fox, a Pawnee man who lived in the 1800s, is seeking the return of his ancestors remains and regalia from Sweden.

Nashville Indigenous community honors Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle

Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle was a well-respected member of the Indigenous community in Tennessee's capital city.

Elizabeth Warren: Broadband plan offers $5 billion to Indian Country

The Democratic candidate for president wants to set aside $5 billion to help tribes expand broadband in their communities.

Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada

Project Reconciliation is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call for Indigenous communities "gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects."

Agua Caliente Band moves forward with plans for third gaming facility

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is seeking to open a third casino on land contiguous to the reservation.

Ponca Tribe faces more litigation as opponents continue to fight casino

Opponents in Iowa and Nebraska aren't heeding the Ponca Tribe's call for a more cooperative relationship when it comes to gaming.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million

Wells Fargo will pay $6.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged a history of "unfair, deceptive, fraudulent and illegal practices" aimed at elders and Dine language speakers.

Clara Caufield: That time this Cheyenne grandma got lost at Crow Fair

I have been to Crow Fair many times, but not on foot, wearing cowboy boots. It is a long stretch and after a while, all the camps look alike.

Little Traverse Bay Bands lose lawsuit over status of reservation

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians do not have a treaty-established reservation in Michigan, a federal judge ruled.

Mark Trahant: Donald Trump tried to buy an Indigenous island

Living under another another colonial regime is probably not in the cards for the Inuit people of Greenland.

Richard Velky: Schaghticoke Tribal Nation left behind once again

When it comes to gaming, the same old tribes play the same old tune in Connecticut.

YES! Magazine: Sovereign Sisters are building sovereign societies

Food security, traditional agriculture, and local self-reliance are key to regenerative societies of the future.

Cronkite News: Native workers laid off as power plant nears closure

The last 265 workers are being laid off, another step toward the looming closure of a coal-fired power plant on tribal land in Arizona.

Mattaponi Tribe signs agreement to expand land holdings on reservation

The Mattaponi Tribe is nearly doubling the size of its land holdings in Virginia.

Shawnee Tribe announces September 12 opening date for long-awaited casino

It took more than a decade but the Shawnee Tribe is finally ready to debut the Golden Mesa Casino.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community invests nearly $50 million in gaming projects

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is on track to complete an expansion of its flagship casino after unveiling upgrades at another facility.

Pete Buttigieg touts health care plans as benefit for Indian Country

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg didn't attend a historic Native forum like several others but he's still reaching out to Native voters.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation is moving forward together

I am humbled and grateful for your confidence in me to serve our great Cherokee Nation as your Principal Chief for the next four years.

Native Sun News Today: Johnson-O'Malley program finally in line for an update

Modernizing the Johnson-O’Malley Program for Indian students is going to take a lot of work.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

The Special Diabetes Program for Indians has proven to be effective and we need to further invest in the program to continue to build on its success.

Rep. Tom Cole: Trade deal advances nation's economy and creates more jobs

The economic success that America has experienced lately is truly historic.

Native American Democratic leaders call for climate change debate

Among tribal communities, climate change is not theoretical, it is not conjecture.

Native Sun News Today: Summit focuses on sacredness of water

Tribal advocates are seeking a World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water as they fight the Keystone XL Pipeline.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Joe Sestak at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Joe Sestak, a former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, brought his military experience to the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Steve Bullock at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock faced some technical difficulties as he outlined his vision for Indian Country.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Amy Klobuchar at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Amy Klobuchar, a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, was among the record number of participants in a historic Native issues forum.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Marianne Williamson at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

There will be no Andrew Jackson in the White House if best-selling author Marianne Williamson becomes president.

Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum

From freeing Indian activist Leonard Peltier to improving Indian health care, the 2020 candidates for president didn't run from the difficult issues at the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.

RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

The final afternoon of the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum featured presentations from five Democratic candidates for president.

RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

From veteran Joe Sestak's call for tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians to Navajo citizen Mark Charles and his #WeThePeople platform, here's what went down at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.

Arne Vainio: These things are trying to tell you something.

Tobacco is central to all of our ceremonies. We offer it to the spirits when we say our prayers and I put it on clean ground for them every morning so they can help us live in a good way.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Bernie Sanders at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator from Vermont, discussed his Indian Country platform with tribal leaders and tribal citizens.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Julián Castro at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Julián Castro, a former Obama administration official, was the first presidential candidate in the 2020 cycle with a detailed Indigenous agenda.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Kamala Harris at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Kamala Harris, the U.S. Senator from California, was among the record number of participants in the historic #NativeVote2020 event.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Mark Charles at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Mark Charles, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is running for president in 2020 as an Independent.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, shared her sweeping plans to improve the federal-tribal relationship at a historic Indian Country event.

Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum

Democratic presidential candidates are reaching out to Native voters at a historic forum in one of the most critical states of the 2020 campaign.

Day 2: Tune into the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

History is being made as 11 candidates for president in 2020 are taking part in a forum focused solely on the concerns of Native Americans.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system

The educational system on the Indian reservations across America have always operated at the whims of the federal government.

RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

From Amy Klobuchar's "I care" moment to Steve Bullock's defense of the Indian Child Welfare Act, here's a recap of what you might have missed.

RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

The historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is underway in Sioux City, Iowa, in the homelands of several tribes.

Record number of presidential candidates lined up for historic Native issues forum

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is the first of the 2020 cycle to focus on Indian Country's issues.

Tune into the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

History is being made as 11 candidates for president in 2020 are taking part in a forum focused solely on the concerns of Native Americans.

Native Sun News Today: Unlikely benefactor brings cheer to Indian kids

For over a quarter century Brian Uptgraft has been delivering toys to Indian Country, the latest being the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Chairman of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election in September

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been in turmoil following the Trump administration's refusal to stand up for the tribe's land rights.

The Conversation: Research focuses on diversity of Native languages

Prior to European contact, North America was home to speakers of around 400 Native languages.

Cronkite News: Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide are growing

Deaths of despair – the term for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide – have seen "alarming" increases across the country since 2005.

Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president

With a prominent Indian Country figure as a supporter, Elizabeth Warren is promising major changes if she makes it to the White House.
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Native Sun News Today: Community leaders step forward for Native youth

For generations, many children from the Cheyenne River Reservation have been lost to the system and never to be heard from again.

James Giago Davies: Is there another war around the corner?

Today, we face a fascist takeover of our values that urges us to take up arms, protect our borders, make America great again, even if we have to go to war.

'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case

Members of a once powerful family of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians admitted to stealing nearly $5 million from their tribe.

Native Sun News Today: Sentencing delayed again for Lakota boy's death

Kylen Shangreaux was only two years old when he was murdered on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House

I imagine how much Frank LaMere would enjoy participating in his own presidential forum next week in Iowa.

YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii

Native Hawaiians and other Indigenous peoples need more authority in the federal and state project processes that affect them.

Clara Caufield: Who must we cherish? Old friends like an old cowboy

To me, a great blessing is an old cowboy, Tom Ford, now 91 and blind.

Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery

George Tiger is being accused of soliciting and accepting bribes while working for the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town.

Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction'

The Ute Tribal Business Committee appreciates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to establish a new policy promoting the direct collection of eagle feathers found on tribal lands.

Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day

Five surviving Navajo Code Talkers, including Thomas H. Begay, John Kinsel, Peter MacDonald, and Joe Vandever, were honored by the Navajo Nation.

Harold Frazier: Victory for our children and the Indian Child Welfare Act

It is imperative for the United States to honor the laws to protect our children and the begin to heal the damages done to our families.

Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit targets tribal takeover of IHS hospital

Urban Indian patients are suing the federal government to ensure their care remains in the hands of the Indian Health Service.

The Conversation: Indigenous activists reject train through Maya homelands

The president of Mexico wants to run a $6 billion tourist train through Maya homelands. He says Mother Earth already approved it.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe showcases Native history at casino

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe is paying tribute to prominent Native Americans at one of its casinos in Oklahoma.