'They ran me over, bro': Tohono O'odham Nation investigates Border Patrol incident
The Tohono O'odham Nation has opened a criminal investigation after one of its citizens was struck by a Border Patrol vehicle.
'I grow food for survival': Indigenous women farm for their families
Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.
Republican leaders derail bipartisan immigration reform legislation
Republican leaders derailed an attempt to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, drawing outrage from Democrats.
Four children who died at Indian boarding school being returned to families
Four students who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania are being returned to their tribal families.
Native ancestor laid back to rest more than 10,000 years after burial
An ancestor of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has been laid to rest again in California.
Tribes dealt setback with dismissal of challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline
Two tribes have lost a legal challenge to the Keystone XL Pipeline as others try a new approach in hopes of blocking the controversial project.
Tribal opposition leads to decision against geothermal development
A portion of the Santa Fe National Forest has been closed to geothermal development in order to protect tribal sacred sites.
Study questions American origin of turquoise found at sites in Mexico
Turquoise used by Native societies in Mexico did not come from the American Southwest as previously thought, according to a new study.
'Sovereign nation helping sovereign nation': Sauk-Suiattle Tribe finally opening casino
The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe is getting into the gaming industry for the first time thanks to a fellow Indian nation.
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill
A bill to place 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is closer to becoming law.
'Very little progress': Lawmakers question Trump administration's Indian affairs record
Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are not making enough progress to satisfy key members of Congress.
The Conversation: Bringing Indigenous knowledge to our students
Innovative resources are integrating Indigenous perspectives into schools through inquiry, video, images and activities.
Jana Richman: Discovering the healing power of the desert
Nature offers solace for a man living with depression and a lesson in acceptance for his anxious partner.
Tribes plan to break ground on long-awaited casino in Connecticut
Despite being kept in the dark by the Trump administration, the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes plan to open a new casino in 2020.
'Economic self-sufficiency': Pamunkey Tribe pursues casino in Virginia
The Pamunkey Tribe is in for the long haul as it seeks land for a casino in Virginia.
Gun Lake Tribe shares another $7.6 million in gaming revenues with community
The Gun Lake Tribe just shared more than $7.6 million in gaming revenues in Michigan, bringing the total to date to more than $109 million.
Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.
Ponca Tribe marches toward sovereignty with long-awaited gaming project
Chief Standing Bear’s people, who took the long walk home to Nebraska 139 years ago, are continuing their march toward sovereignty and self-sufficiency.
Riley Kucheran: Indigenous artists shine at inaugural fashion event
Indigenous people gathered on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee traditional territory for the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week in Toronto.
'Attacking our children': Activists denounce separation of families at border
A new group called Free the Children Coalition is denouncing the Trump administration's harsh immigration policies.
Shinnecock Nation finalizes deal for golf tournament as protests begin
Protests continue as a popular golf tournament takes place on land stolen from the Shinnecock Nation.
Trump administration still mum on gaming agreement for Mashantucket Tribe
The Trump administration has yet to take action on a gaming agreement for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and lawmakers want to know why.
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians announces sports betting at casinos
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will soon be offering sports betting following a landmark decision from the Supreme Court.
Sault Tribe faces doubts about long-stalled off-reservation casino
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians might be looking elsewhere for gaming opportunities thanks to the Trump administration.
Ponca tribes reclaim ancestral land along Trail of Tears in Nebraska
For the fifth year, farmers, friends, family and Native people planted Ponca sacred corn in the path of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday
The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday, who passed away at the age of 94.
Arne Vainio: Don't wait too long to let someone know they are important
Words are not always the best way to communicate and when you use them, make sure they matter
Trump will 'probably end up supporting' marijuana bill that helps tribes
President Donald Trump is expressing support for a bipartisan bill that recognizes tribal and state sovereignty over marijuana.
Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee
Bills to address blood quantum in Oklahoma, tribal recognition and the Indian Health Service are taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.
Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs
Federal officials are back on Capitol Hill to discuss whether they are making any progress in improving the people they serve.
'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory
Tribes in Washington state are rejoicing after the nation's highest court upheld a decision in favor of their treaty rights.
High Country News: Decision puts power plant on reservation closer to closure
The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is being put to the test in Indian Country.
Trump Administration: Domestic abuse or gang violence no longer grounds for asylum
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said immigrant victims of gang violence or domestic abuse will no longer be able to claim asylum in the United States.
Cherokee Nation hospital tests patients for infectious diseases after lapse in protocol
The Cherokee Nation has fired a nurse who broke protocol by reusing syringes at an Indian Health Service facility in Oklahoma.
Dakota Access Pipeline study still not finished after more than a year
Tribal opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline are still waiting on the Trump administration to complete a study on the controversial project.
'She's a woman ... you know, a female': Rep. Kevin Cramer explains Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
It's primary day in North Dakota and one Republican candidate is making some unusual comments about the incumbent Democrat's gender.
Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case
A closely-watched treaty rights case has resulted in victory for tribes but the nation's highest court was so divided that it was unable to reach a decision.
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill
Another tribal homelands bill is moving forward on Capitol Hill after years of bitter battles in California.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets another hearing on 'high risk' programs
Is the Trump administration making progress in improving Indian education, health and energy programs?
Tim Giago: Try to see America through the eyes of a Native American
When you see a statue or sign that is supposed to evoke a feeling of American patriotism in your heart, think of how an indigenous person might look at the same thing.
Graham Lee Brewer: Native ancestors are often treated like collector's items
The discovery of a skull on a library shelf highlights the long history of treating Native ancestors as collector's items.
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation cites 'catastrophic' job losses from power plant
The Navajo Nation sees hope in a Trump administration proposal that could benefit a coal-fired power plant on the reservation.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in limbo as gaming industry advances in Massachusetts
As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sits in limbo before the Trump administration, non-Indian interests make strides in Massachusetts.
Whitecap Dakota First Nation awards largest casino jackpot of $1.8 million
A Native man has joined the millionaire's club thanks to the Whitecap Dakota First Nation casino in Saskatchewan.
Ojibwe hockey star celebrates team's historic championship victory
Ojibwe hockey star T.J. Oshie made history as the Washington Capitals hockey team won its first Stanley Cup in more than two decades.
Cronkite News: Republican slams President Trump on same day of 'Flake' tweet
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) is heading out of office soon soon but he's still taking time to criticize President Donald Trump’s actions and policies.
Another slap in the face in Nevada? Yerington Paiute Tribe slams lack of consultation
The Yerington Paiute Tribe continues to be left out of decisions affecting a polluted mining site in Nevada.
Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
The Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs is facing questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.
Bill recognizes tribal sovereignty over marijuana amid uncertainty in Washington
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to clear up a cloud hanging over marijuana in Indian Country and in states across the nation.
Yakama Nation celebrates treaty whose provisions are questioned by Trump
The Yakama Nation is commemorating the 163rd anniversary of its treaty amid doubts raised by the Trump administration.
Shawnee Tribe wins federal approval of Class III gaming compact
The Shawnee Tribe continues to make progress on a long-awaited off-reservation casino.
Cronkite News: Tribes rally to keep coal power plant up and running
About 300 Native American coal miners, power plant workers and families rallied to keep a critical power plant in operation.
Deb Haaland's great-grandfather was taken from family and sent to boarding school
Deb Haaland is connecting with voters by linking her Laguna Pueblo background to her progressive Democratic campaign in New Mexico.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians won't get into liquor business
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians won't be getting into the liquor business after failing to secure support among tribal citizens.
Table Mountain Rancheria plans new and larger casino with a hotel
The Table Mountain Rancheria is building a bigger casino on its reservation, adding a hotel to the property for the first time.
'A victory for Indian Country': Deb Haaland secures primary win in historic run for Congress
Indian Country witnessed history as Deb Haaland secured a commanding victory in her bid to become the first Native woman in the U.S. House.
Controversial Republican candidate loses primary after slamming tribal treaties
With his campaign flailing, a Republican candidate for Congress dropped a 'bombshell' about tribes and treaties. The gamble didn't pay off.
Former vice chairman of Quapaw Tribe sentenced in sex offender case
A former leader of the Quapaw Tribe has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for attempting to engage in sexual activity with a minor.
Native Sun News Today: The true history of the Indian Removal Act
The fate of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole nations figured prominently in Andrew Jackson's first State of the Union in 1829.
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: No one knows more about religious clashes than Indian people
There is a mass murder and 'removal' we do not talk about: the millions of indigenous peoples who were wiped out after the passing of genocidal laws.
Gyasi Ross: Washington attorney general attacks tribal treaty rights
The Supreme Court is about to decide a major treaty rights case, potentially overturning a victory secured by 21 tribes. How did Indian Country get here?
An expansion of gaming looms in South Dakota over tribal concerns
Backers of Port Yankton, a proposed gambling and entertainment complex, are betting they can gather enough signatures for the 2020 ballot.
Delaware becomes first state with sports betting after Supreme Court ruling
Delaware became the first state to offer sports betting after a andmark decision from the Supreme Court. Are tribes next?
Supreme Court delays action for ninth time in Indian Country violence case
The Supreme Court has once again delayed action in an Indian Country violence case that few believe has a chance at being heard.
'We have always been a very proud people': Dave Flute on tribes and treaties
We have endured hundreds of years of foreign people and foreign governments imposing themselves on our way of life.
National Indian Gaming Commission plans major announcement this month
How's the tribal casino industry doing? Federal officials will tell you later in June.
Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek no-drill zone on ancestral territory
Tribal leaders are hailing legislation to protect Chaco Culture National Historical Park from new energy development.
Western Native Voice: Restoring hope one Native voter at a time
Please help us make voting our new tradition in Indian Country.
Editorial: We need a bigger arena for our powwow and basketball tournament
We want to see the biggest powwow and the biggest Native basketball tournament and we need a larger arena to do it.
Veldon Coburn: Indigenous students once again go missing in the class of 2018
As convocation ceremonies roll out across the country with few Indigenous folks in the class of 2018, we should not be surprised.
Miccosukee Tribe 'disappointed' by ruling on taxation of gaming per caps
Citizens of the Miccosukee Tribe must pay taxes on their shares of gaming revenues, a federal appeals court ruled in a big ticket case.
Why can't tribes operate their own distilleries? Blame Andrew Jackson
A bill to repeal an old ban on distilleries in Indian Country is gaining steam and it turns out tribes can blame a familiar figure for the paternalistic law.
Grand Ronde Tribes reclaim ancestral property from British museum
"It’s really the spirit within our people that I felt crying out," Chairwoman Cheryle Kennedy says of items on display at the Grand Ronde tribal museum.
Leader of National Park Service apologizes for 'inappropriate' behavior
What is it with hallways at the Department of the Interior? A top official admits acting badly in one but denies it was sexual harassment.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation suspends official after drunken driving charge
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation suspended its chief of staff after he was arrested and jailed for a drunken driving accident.
Community leaders push for treatment center for urban Indians
More than a dozen federal, state and local leaders met to discuss substance abuse and homelessness among the Native community.
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward confirmation
Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.
'Pandering to the bigots and racists': Harold Frazier on tribes and treaties
The treaties are not the problem. The problem is the United States has never honored any treaty with an Indian nation.
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux task force forges ahead with new constitution
Lakota women have stepped forward to take on the daunting task of reforming the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s 82-year old constitution.
Cronkite News: Supreme Court sides with cake shop that won't serve all patrons
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, saying that doing so would violate his religious beliefs.
Trump administration reverses course on tribal gaming agreement in Connecticut
After keeping the Mohegan Tribe in the dark for 10 months, the Trump team has finally spoken.
Choctaw Nation weighs options after being held liable for deaths of casino patrons
The Choctaw Nation might be taking a casino bus accident case to a higher court in Texas after losing a major ruling.
Shawnee Tribe plans to open long-awaited off-reservation casino in summer of 2019
After more than a decade of work, the Shawnee Tribe is finally joining the Indian gaming industry.
Kalispel Tribe on track with $10.5 million casino and economic development project
The Kalispel Tribe has another big project on its agenda -- a $10.5 million casino and economic development project in Washington.
Gaming companies threatened for doing business with Pueblo of Pojoaque
When it comes to Indian gaming, the state of New Mexico has found that threats and strong arming pay off.
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe honors fallen warriors
Native veterans and their families gathered at the Black Hills National Cemetery for a special honoring ceremony on Memorial Day.
Bill John Baker: Young Cherokees take part in annual Trail of Tears ride
Each summer, young Cherokees team up and retrace the Trail of Tears, our ancestors' removal route from our homelands in the east.
Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to teach culture along with our language
We need a system of teaching Lakota that emulates the way our parents and grandparents learned.
High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress
Tribes are asserting water rights to ensure economic vitality, affirm sovereignty and provide basic services to their communities.
Cronkite News: Head of Homeland Secretary refutes reports of 'lost' children
Undocumented children "don't want to be found," the Trump administration official said near the border.
DNA study finds relations near and far among the first Americans
Are we all related? Scientists are still trying to figure that out.
Shinnecock Nation works on deal for golf tournament as some plan protests
The Shinnecock Hills Protectors Demonstration will draw attention to the fact that the U.S. Open takes place on stolen land.
Ponca Tribe faces familiar opponent in long-running quest for casino
The state of Nebraska is still trying to stop the Ponca Tribe from opening a casino on trust land in Iowa.
Choctaw Nation loses big as state court upholds $9.3 million judgment
The Choctaw Nation is responsible for an accident that claimed the lives of two casino patrons, an appeals court in Texas ruled.
Navajo Nation objects as Trump team seeks to 'close out' relocation office
The Navajo Nation is calling on its citizens to help save a federal agency linked to a once-bitter land dispute.
'Bring our sister home': Lummi Nation calls for release of orca in Florida
The Lummi Nation brought a whale totem pole to Florida to call attention to the plight of Tokitae, an orca held in captivity for nearly half a century.
Mark Trahant: Native candidates are bringing change to the airwaves
Stereotypes are shattered every time a campaign commercial is produced and aired on television or distributed online.
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Let's have a real conversation about our stolen lands
Are we ever going to have that community 'conversation' about how certain entities 'divvy' up land that doesn’t belong to them?
'We need to renegotiate the treaties': Republican candidate calls for different era in tribal relations
A Republican candidate for Congress wants the federal government to take another look at its relationship with tribal nations.
Native vote at issue as North Dakota faulted for 'discriminatory' law
Native voters in North Dakota continue to fight for their rights amid repeated attempts to limit their participation.
Winnebago Tribe brings gardens to youth on the reservation
The Winnebago Tribe is working to change the food culture on the reservation, starting with some of its youngest citizens.
Graham Lee Brewer: Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a death penalty case that could significantly change the legal definition of Indian Country in Oklahoma.
Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from troubled homes to boarding school
The leader of the Department of the Interior has an interesting response to the substance abuse crisis: send kids to a boarding school far away.
Grandmother sues after Bureau of Indian Affairs took kids from reservation
A non-Indian woman is suing the federal government after her grandchildren were taken from her by Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers.