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Editorial: County stonewalling Chumash Tribe on development (06/26)
The U.S. Congress is trying to do something folks in Santa Barbara County have been unable to do — start a useful conversation between local governments.

Michael Connor: Making informed decisions for land buy-back (06/26)
This week, the Department of the Interior hit a significant milestone, paying more than $500 million to approximately 30,000 individual landowners through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Lorie Graham and Kathryn Fort: The truth about Indian children (06/25)
Forcible removal of indigenous children from their families dates back to colonial times, when missionaries set out to 'Christianize' and 'civilize' Indian children under the guise of educating them.

Vicente Diaz: Legacy of racist Indian mascot lives at university (06/25)
So, while the dust has yet to settle, there is a fifty-fifty chance right now that come this fall, American Indian Studies at UIUC would be reduced to a single faculty member.

Clara Caufield: Welcoming riders to Little Bighorn anniversary (06/25)
In 2015, we celebrate and observe the 139th anniversary of both the Rosebud Battle (the Cheyenne call it Where the girl saved her brother) and the Battle of the Little Big Horn which we call the Custer Fight or Greasy Grass Fight.

Delphine Red Shirt: Generous stranger returns land to Pine Ridge (06/25)
A few years ago, I met a non-Lakota person who said he owned 160 acres of land on the reservation, near Kyle.

Jay Daniels: Energy mismanagement at BIA isn't anything new (06/23)
After more than 118 years, we are still experiencing problems and difficulties in oil and gas development on Indian land.

Joel Reynolds: Saying goodbye to Native elder Bobby Andrew (06/23)
I didn't expect the Pebble Mine would outlast Bobby Andrew. He was a fighter who never seemed to get tired.

Elizabeth Hawksworth: Church owes apology to Native people (06/23)
I stand up now for the thousands of my brothers and sisters who were killed in the Canadian residential school genocide.

Mark Trahant: National Aboriginal Day stirs new hope in Canada (06/23)
For nearly two decades, Canadians have celebrated June 21 as a national holiday to honor the Inuit, First Nations and Metis people.

Steven Newcomb: System of dominance thrust on our nations (06/22)
Nowhere in the text of the UNDRIP is the counter-argument made that nations and peoples called 'indigenous' have not been successfully conquered, but instead have been wrongfully forced to exist for centuries under unjust forms of domination.

David Walker: IHS fails to recognize and respond to oppression (06/22)
The Indian Health Service doesn’t acknowledge the reality of oppression within the lives of Native people.

Elizabeth Morris: More funding won't stop Indian child abuse (06/22)
Handing additional funding and control to corrupt tribal leaders is not the best way to help victims.

Brit Bennett: Terrorism's roots reach deep into White America (06/22)
In America’s contemporary imagination, terrorism is foreign and brown. Those terrorists do not have complex motivations.

Chris Rickert: Wisconsin school made right call on racist images (06/22)
If a shirt featuring, say, Little Black Sambo can be considered a racially harassing 'disruption or distraction' then a shirt with the absurdly smiling face of the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo seems just as objectionable.

Editorial: Marijuana won't benefit Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (06/22)
Reservations should strongly consider what, exactly, they're getting into before legalizing marijuana growth and use.

Kevin Blackistone: NFL fans are guilty of cultural appropriation (06/22)
You want to pretend to be Native American? You want to pretend to be black? Then see what it’s like to be at the top of those misery statistics.

James Giago Davies: True Indian heroes protect our community (06/22)
Much of my life has been an underachieving waste, but where I succeeded—I have a family, three boys I love, and I tell them I love them every single day.

Dennis Olson: Head Start makes a difference in Indian Country (06/22)
I am among the 32 million Americans Head Start has served since its creation in 1965, and I can speak firsthand to the incredible difference early childhood education makes in a young life.

Maulian Smith: An ugly war over a racist school mascot in Maine (06/22)
Skowhegan stands alone with 'Indian' as their school mascot.

Thomas Beauty: Yavapai-Apache Nation addresses water rights (06/19)
With the ongoing drought, it has never been more important that we all work together to maintain and protect our water rights for our communities.

Clara Caufield: Spiritual leaders extend invitation to Bighorn site (06/19)
During June we herald the anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, known to the Northern Cheyenne as the Greasy Grass Fight, the 139th anniversary marked in 2015.

Editorial: We need to be careful about who we choose as heroes (06/19)
There will be a 3-day 'Free Leonard Peltier' meeting at Oglala on the Pine Ridge Reservation starting on June 25.

David Wilkins: Honor Seven Generations by ending disenrollment (06/19)
When tribal leaders focus only on themselves and what it takes for them as individuals to succeed, then we have the basis for the surge of disenrollments we witness every day.

Gary Davis: A new day for economic prosperity in Indian Country (06/18)
Entrepreneurship has always been essential to our identity, and that remains true in 2015.

The Canary: Guess what guys - the Chumash Tribe was here first (06/18)
With the legislation pushing on one end and an application tentatively approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs pushing on the other, this story’s got legs.

Ivan Star Comes Out: A dream from the Black Hills stays alive (06/18)
I realized that what I see today and in my dream originates largely from the loss of the Lakota nuclear family unit.

Amy Hornby Uribe: Hobby Lobby trafficks in racist stereotypes (06/18)
As a major retail chain that serves clientele in Indian Country, Hobby Lobby needs to ask what it can do to care for local endangered traditions, not what it can do to exploit negative stereotypes.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Imposters bring harm to Native people (06/17)
The recent revelations regarding the lies of Eastern Washington State University ethnic studies instructor and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People regional representative Rachel Dolezal bring up a very sensitive issue to Native people.

John Guenther: Racist mascots aren't an honor for Native people (06/16)
If you are part of a non-Native team that has taken on one of these negative stereotypes then the time to change is now.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation students keep our language alive (06/16)
Members of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council have accepted the White House’s Generation Indigenous challenge to Indian Country to improve lives and increase opportunities for Native youth.

Steven Newcomb: Indian law and policy came from the colonizers (06/16)
The ideas and arguments typically called U.S. federal Indian law and policy are the result of that persuasive use of human language in an effort to disempower our original nations while empowering the United States.

Mark Charles: All men are created equal except 'Indian savages' (06/15)
The foundations of the United States of America are blatantly unjust. This land was stolen.

Mark Trahant: Missed opportunities for Medicaid in Indian Country (06/15)
A new White House report details the economic impact of Medicaid expansion and is sharply critical of the 22 states that have not done so.

Alex Jacobs: Unlikely alliances advance agenda in Indian Country (06/15)
In the Pacific Northwest, Native nations are using their treaty rights to fight plans for coal and oil trains, because shipping and burning fossil fuels threatens their fisheries.

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