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Winnebago Tribe mourns passing of vice chairman and noted musician Curtis St. Cyr

Curtis St. Cyr gained notoriety playing harmonica and singing the blues. But he also dedicated his life to his people and his family.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at business meeting

A bill to improve aging roads and bridges in Indian Country and another to correct a failing of the disastrous tribal termination era are advancing on Capitol Hill.

RECAP: Trump administration unprepared for hearing on #MMIW and tribal jurisdiction bills

The Trump administration came under fire for showing up unprepared to a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs despite being notified a month ago.

Library of Congress names Joy Harjo as first Native U.S. Poet Laureate

Joy Harjo, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, has been named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.

California governor apologizes for 'genocide' of Native peoples

A Truth and Healing Council in California aims to ensure no one forgets about the genocide of Native peoples.

Republican U.S. Senator blasts Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for 'bullying'

A sitting U.S. Senator is accusing North Carolina's most prominent tribe of hypocrisy and greed.

Montana Free Press: Appeals court reverses Keystone XL injunction

The fight against the long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline is far from over despite a recent setback in the courts.

Cronkite News: President Trump promises mass deportation of 'illegal aliens'

Undocumented immigrants and their families are being told to start preparing for possible deportation following a tweet from President Donald Trump.

Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?

House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country

Democrats are hoping to avoid another shutdown of the federal government, like the one that crippled tribal and urban Indian communities earlier in the year.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to schedule

Bills to address aging roads and bridges in Indian Country and to correct a failing of the tribal termination era are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Witness list for Senate hearing on Indian Country safety legislation

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on bills to address the crisis of the missing and murdered and to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.

Rep. Tom Cole: Reflecting on the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Over the course of world history, D-Day remains one of the most pivotal moments.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Flooding causes damage across Oklahoma

Homes and buildings have been destroyed, roadways have been washed out, and many rivers and lakes have risen to record-breaking levels.

Native Sun News Today: Keystone XL threatens endangered species

The Keystone XL Pipeline will lead to habitat destruction on the Great Plains, one scientist warns.

The Conversation: Tsilhqot'in Nation addresses climate disasters

Canadian constitutional law and Aboriginal law are not likely what comes to mind when identifying the cause of a wildfire disaster.

Former leader of Northern Cheyenne Tribe admits to fraud charges

L. Jace Killsback, a former president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe , has pleaded guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges.

Pueblo of Laguna plans $55 million investment in racetrack in Kentucky

After years of setbacks, the Pueblo of Laguna is finally entering the commercial gaming industry.

Cronkite News: Parents sue after police pull guns on 4-year-old daughter

A couple held at police gunpoint after their 4-year-old daughter allegedly shoplifted from a dollar store said officials haven't done enough to make up for the terrifying incident.

Indian Country and allies say goodbye to 'hero' Frank LaMere

Peace and justice activist Frank LaMere is being laid to rest on the Winnebago Reservation as Native leaders and allies celebrate his legacy.

Winnebago activist Frank LaMere passes on at the age of 69

Frank LaMere, an activist from the Winnebago Tribe who was known for his decades of work in Indian Country, passed away on June 16, 2019.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance Indian Country bills

Bills addressing the sovereign rights of tribes, aging Indian schools and the history of Ponca people are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Arne Vainio: This is what I would have wanted my father to say

He wasn’t my patient, but he told his mother he was having suicidal thoughts and he needed to be seen right away.

Native Sun News Today: Native institution helps fulfill financial dreams

Discussing money and finances in homes has been a taboo for many generations.

'I send on a little Indian boy': Andrew Jackson's history of taking Indian children

As he was waging war on the Creek Nation, Andrew Jackson sent three Creek children to live at his family home and plantation.

Cronkite News: Wildfire near Hopi Reservation remains under control

Amidst the sweet-smelling smoke of ponderosa pine, wildland firefighters are laboring to maintain – not extinguish – a blaze on federal forest land.

Native Sun News Today: Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe must wait to grow hemp

The Trump administration's failure to finalize hemp regulations is hindering at least one tribe's efforts to join the newly legal industry.

Albert Bender: Native community protests deaths of migrant children

The children, many of them Indigenous, are dying. Where is the conscience of America?

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Review of debut novel by Native author Tommy Orange

There There by Tommy Orange has been described as one of the best books of 2018.

Cronkite News: More undocumented immigrants are leaving the U.S. than staying

Undocumented immigration from Mexico has dropped so significantly over a decade that Mexicans no longer make up the majority of those living in the U.S. illegally.

Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence

With the Violence Against Women Act mired in partisan politics, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is shifting focus to the most vulnerable in Indian Country.

Indians of All Tribes celebrates 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover

Veterans of the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island will return to the site of the historic takeover.

Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency

Northeastern Oklahoma is an area with some of the best outcomes for American Indian children in the country.

Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service lays off 50 at troubled hospital

Urban Indians continue to express concerns about a tribal takeover of an Indian Health Service facility.

The Conversation: Grassroots efforts bring #MMIW crisis to light

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls final report concludes that the long-term and ongoing murders and disappearances is an ongoing genocide.

Clara Caufield: Still a Grandma but just a little less stupid

Well, the 'Grandma' theme will not let me alone.

Peoria Tribe issues $2 million fine against casino managers

The Peoria Tribe is seeking more than $2 million from former casino managers after being hit with a federal enforcement action.

Quapaw Nation returns home with gaming project in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation has won approval to open a commercial casino on ancestral territory in Arkansas.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear death penalty case

A decision from the nation's highest court could affect as many as 19 death row inmates in Arizona.

National Congress of American Indians enters 'new chapter' with new executive

The nation's oldest and largest inter-tribal organization has hired Kevin Allis, Forest County Potawatomi, as its first chief executive officer.

'Not welcome': Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe bars Keystone XL workers from reservation

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is sending a strong but simple message to the developers of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Tribal management on the way for troubled Indian Health Service hospital

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board will manage most operations at the Sioux San Hospital in South Dakota.

Mohegan Tribe continues to expand gaming footprint around the globe

The Mohegan Tribe has expanded its gaming and entertainment portfolio to Canada amid ongoing efforts closer to home.

Cronkite News: Jury unable to convict volunteer for helping migrants

The trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren ended without a verdict.

Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case

After a blockbuster season in which treaties have been front and center, it looks like the Supreme Court is taking a little break from Indian Country.

United South and Eastern Tribes mourn passing of first president Joe Dan Osceola

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of Joe Dan Osceola, 1936-2019.

Native Sun News Today: The great Black Hills flood of 1972

Almost a half century later, people born and raised in Rapid City after June 9, 1972, can only imagine what the town looked like before the flood.

Charges filed in connection with deadly shootings on Yakama Nation

Two citizens of the Yakama Nation have been charged in connection with deadly shootings on the reservation in Washington state.

Redding Rancheria seeks approval to move casino to new site

The Redding Rancheria is making progress on long-running plans to relocate its casino to a bigger site in northern California.

Trump administration weighs new headquarters for Bureau of Land Management

Is newly-confirmed Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt about to present a nice gift to his home state of Colorado?

The Conversation: Discoveries shed light on Maya civilization

Two trophy skulls, recently discovered in Belize, may help shed light on the little-understood collapse of the once powerful Classic Maya civilization.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear border shooting case

A 15-year-old Mexican teen was shot and killed in 'cold-blooded murder' by a border patrol agent, his family told the U.S. Supreme Court.

'Seeds of resistance': Ponca corn planted in path of Keystone XL Pipeline

As a light rain turned the soil beneath their feet soft, water protectors and farmers dropped corn seeds on Ponca land in Nebraska.
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Rep. Tom Cole: America's immigration system remains broken

Look at the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border, where the situation is rapidly getting worse each day and money is quickly running out to handle it effectively.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Crisis continues at America's southern border

More people have been apprehended at the border in the past seven months than during any full year in the last decade.

Mark Trahant: Trump administration seeks to redefine nuclear waste

The Department of Energy says changing the definition of nuclear waste will lead to $40 billion in savings.

Native Sun News Today: Patron of Native arts Ray Hillebrand walks on

Known for his benevolent spirit and quiet philanthropy, Ray Hillenbrand was a longtime supporter of the Native art community.

Yakama Nation reports arrest of all suspects in deadly shooting

Five people were killed on the Yakama Nation, with four people arrested in connection with the murders.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation celebrates milestone in casino construction

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is on track to complete its brand new gaming facility in Arizona.

Seneca Nation challenges $256 million gaming award after appeal to Trump falters

After sharing $1.4 billion in gaming revenues with the state of New York, the Seneca Nation is saying no more.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe shares $2.91 million in gaming revenues with community

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe distributed $2.91 million to governmental and educational programs in three counties in Michigan.

Cronkite News: 'Unprecedented' number of migrants apprehended at border

The number of migrants apprehended surged to 144,278 in May, bringing the total for the first eight months of fiscal 2019 to 676,315, already more than any full year in the last decade.

Montana Free Press: Governor gains early win in dispute over bison bill

A bill that changes the definition of "wild bison" could hurt tribal treaty rights, Montana's governor says.

Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands

Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.

Harold Frazier: Keystone XL Pipeline threatens treaty territory

This land is not the land of the free, ask any Indian.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes object to Keystone XL Pipeline man camps

Citing treaty rights and a need to protect water, tribes are challenging Keystone XL infrastructure in South Dakota.

Cronkite News: Native youth aim to hold U.S. accountable for climate change

Can the government be sued for climate change? Native youth are hoping they can.

Andrew Woolford: Understanding genocide and the missing and murdered

One genocide is never the same as another, and therefore a static law or a fixed concept of genocide is of little use to protect us from its horrors.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe announces cost-cutting measures at casino

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is laying off employees, reducing hours and implementing other cost-cutting measures at its casino in Wyoming.

Native Sun News Today: Ponca tribes meet again for sacred corn ceremony

Resistance to the Keystone XL Pipeline continues on ancestral tribal land in Nebraska.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps foster children thrive

No matter who you are or what your circumstance is, you will always have a home in this tribe.

Cronkite News: Tribes support uranium mining ban on sacred and ancestral lands

Tribal and environmental leaders urged lawmakers to protect sacred land by banning mining around the Grand Canyon.

Studies attempt to shed light on ancestors of Native peoples

Two studies published in the journal Nature attempt to shed light on the genetic origins of American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Native peoples

StrongHearts Native Helpline: Even men can find themselves in an abusive relationship

American Indian and Alaska Native men report high rates of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking, too.

Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country

The federal government is failing to meet its trust and treaty obligations, according to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on Indian legislation

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

Native Sun News Today: Father's Day walk honors missing and murdered men and boys

Three women have organized a prayer walk to shed light on the men and boys who are part of the movement to identify those responsible for the missing and murdered.

Margaret Moss: The ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and girls

The murder and disappearance of Indigenous women and girls are occurring at stunning rates at both sides of the Medicine Line, with shared historical reasons.

Montana Free Press: Crow Tribe seeks protections for ancestral and sacred lands

The Crow Nation wants a say in the future of the Crazy Mountains, a range that shaped the history of the tribe and the West at large.

Native candidates come up short after historic campaign in South Dakota

Native women made history by seeking public office in Rapid City, South Dakota, though none won their races.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe presses for decision on industrial hemp

The window to plant hemp is ending soon and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe wants to get moving.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation renews lawsuit over desecration of burial ground

A completed casino expansion on Creek territory in Alabama continues to generate friction between two tribes.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers divided along party lines on 'Dreamers' bill

Only seven Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the American Dream and Promise Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon

Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another.

Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Native designer ready for New York debut

Cheyenne and Arapaho citizen and designer Nan Blassingame draws inspiration from tribal culture.

Native Sun News Today: Little Bighorn remains a big draw 143 years later

On June 25, 1876, a large contingent of Indian people were hunting on the Little Big Horn in Montana.

Mary Annette Pember: Native spirituality appropriated by beauty and wellness industry

Native Americans are troubled by the beauty and wellness industry’s marketing of practices and items associated with their prayer rituals.

Gun Lake Tribe shares another $8.2 million in gaming revenues in Michigan

Gaming continues to be good business for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and its neighbors in Michigan.

Tejon Tribe lines up big partner for long-awaited gaming development

The Tejon Tribe continues to make progress on a casino in central California.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up tribal homelands legislation

Land bills for tribes in California, Minnesota and Washington, plus a bill affecting a disputed treaty in Oregon, are on the Capitol Hill agenda.

Tim Giago: Surviving the 'Cabbage Pod' with a new member of the family

It was one of those events that are life changing, but totally unplanned.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Abortion in Native societies is a complex issue

The movement to outlaw abortion is perceived by the Iroquois as an attempt by men to control the birthing process and to return women to their former condition of servitude.

Native Sun News Today: Supreme Court decision impacts tribal sovereignty

Tribal sovereignty is always a court ruling away from being reduced, perhaps one day, even eliminated.

Clara Caufield: Sometimes even Cheyenne grandmas don't know anything

When a simple card game with a grandchild reveals more than you expected.

Anthony Guy Lopez: Colonial depictions of Native people must come down

Two statues in Charlottesville, Virginia, depict Native people in an unfavorable light, argues scholar Anthony Guy Lopez.

'Champions of Pride': Native Americans celebrated for work in LGBTQ community

Native Americans and Indigenous people are well represented in The Advocate magazine's annual list of 'Champions of Pride.'

Cronkite News: Volunteer on trial for providing aid to border crossers

The trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren began with the prosecutor asserting that federal authorities are not targeting humanitarian aid along the border with Mexico.

Oneida Nation moves forward with sports betting partnership

The Oneida Nation is getting closer to opening sports books at its gaming facilities in New York,

Nottawaseppi Huron Band prepares for casino milestone with new hotel tower

Gaming continues to be good business for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era

In the first two years of the Trump presidency, complaints increased 16 percent at the agency with the most responsibilities in Indian Country.

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