January 28, 2020
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Native Sun News Today: Navajo candidate goes on a 'Fast for the Future'

Lyla June Johnston, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, went on a hunger strike for her campaign in New Mexico.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Indian people know that 'faith' can lead to fundamentalism

A look at the Indian wars in America tells us that the assassinations of the Sioux military leadership have been accepted as a common way to stop wars.

VIDEO: The Johnnys at the Indigenous Music Summit

The Johnnys, fronted by Veronica Johnny (Cree) and Dave Johnny, perform at the International Indigenous Music Summit.

'It makes it hard to like your people': #StopDisenrolllment campaign returns amid rise in tribal removals

Disenrollment is once again on the rise, according to tribal advocates and victims of a practice seen as unfair and dehumanizing.

Native Sun News Today: Hunter Biden's name used to legitimize sale of fraudulent tribal bonds

A tribal bond scheme that defrauded unwitting investors of more than $60 million attracted attention because of high profile name connected to it.

Tim Giago: Who are these ‘fanatics’ honoring?

One of the most blatant displays of abject racism took place at the NFL Playoff Football game pitting Kansas City against the Tennessee Titans a couple of Saturdays ago.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation renews hunting and fishing compact

Hunting and fishing are traditional lifeways for Cherokees that date back generations.

Kevin Stitt: Tribes must share more gaming revenues with Oklahoma

The Native American governor of Oklahoma took office a year ago. His relationship with tribes hasn't been the greatest.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Taking a stand against human trafficking

Native women and girls are disproportionately likely to become victims of sex trafficking.

Rep. Tom Cole: Flawed impeachment of Donald Trump continues

Since President Trump was elected, Democrats have wanted him out of office.

Charmaine White Face: South Dakota and the Sioux Nation

We are not 'tribes' but are people of a nation, the Sioux Nation, and we have an international treaty with the United States.

Montana Free Press: Who's yea and who's nay on the CSKT water compact

Where do the key players stand on a bill to settle the water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes?

Tule River Tribe getting ready to join cannabis business

The Eh-Lo Dispensary will be opening on the Tule River Reservation in the spring of 2020.

Public schools face renewed pressure to eliminate 'Indian' imagery

At least 19 public high schools across Connecticut use names like 'Indians' and 'Chiefs' and even 'Redmen.'

Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business

Terry Hunt, the president of the Lumbee Tribe's economic development arm, died while on official business in Kenya.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe defends sovereignty in gaming case

Class II gaming is not subject to state or local jurisdiction but a federal judge is trying to force the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to cede authority anyway.

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe turns to Congress after hitting end of road at Supreme Court

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe won't be able to argue for its gaming rights at the nation's highest court.

Cronkite News: Trump becomes first president at anti-abortion march

The thousands who turned out for the 47th March for Life had the same goal – reversing the Supreme Court ruling that recognized a woman’s right to an abortion.

The Revelator: Indigenous peoples threatened in their own homelands

A vulnerable culture living in a severely degraded section of the Colombian Amazon is in desperate need of international respect and support.

VIDEO: Nancy Mike at the Indigenous Music Summit

Nancy Mike is an Inuit throat singer from Nunavut in Canada.

VIDEO: 'Hiapsine' by Gabriel Ayala #MMIW

"In my language, hiapsine means when your heart is just crushed," Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala says of a song he dedicates to missing and murdered Indigenous women.

MSU News: Dictionary help preserves language of California tribe

A project launched nearly 50 years ago may help preserve the language of a California tribe that has all but disappeared.

Cronkite News: New water rules hit Arizona and Southwest the hardest

Clean-water rules unveiled by the Trump administration could remove the vast majority of Arizona’s waterways from federal oversight, a change environmentalists call bad news.

'An Indian is an Indian is an Indian': Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act

Indian Country turned out in full force to defend the sovereignty of tribal nations and their most valuable asset — their children.

Indigenous musicians come together in a sacred and safe space

An impressive lineup of artists and performers are taking part in the International Indigenous Music Summit, now in its second year.

Chuck Hoskin: Five Tribes Inter-Tribal Council critical to Oklahoma tribes

In Oklahoma, we have the largest concentration of Native people in the U.S., and our tribal governments are strong.

Charmaine White Face: Following the law at urban Indian hospital

Big changes are in the works at an urban Indian Health Service facility in South Dakota. Did you know about it?

The Conversation: Native people did not use fire to shape the landscape

According to scientists, Native peoples in New England cleared forests and used fire to improve habitat for the plants and animals they relied upon. It turns out that may be wrong.

YES! Magazine: Welcome to the newest national park in New Mexico

Shifting sands make New Mexico's White Sands National Park a geological wonder, a prehistoric time capsule, and an economic driver for the region.

Body of missing teen from Crow Tribe found in Montana

The body of Selena Faye Not Afraid, a 16-year-old from the Crow Tribe, was found nearly three weeks after she went missing in Montana.

Cronkite News: Women return to Washington for another march in the Trump era

Thousands flocked to the nation's capital, marched around the White House under a gray sky and a mix of rain and snow, demanding everything from reproductive rights to President Donald Trump’s ouster from office.

Tim Giago: How many clowns can one fit into the Senate car?

I expect that the impeachment of Donald Trump hearings will closely resemble a circus by the time the head clown and his supporting clowns go into their acts.

Native Sun News Today: Gerry Robinson publishes new book about early Cheyenne history

'The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage' starts from the first days after the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders at Native American Presidential Forum

Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont sent a video message to the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.

VIDEO: Tom Steyer | Native American Presidential Forum

Tom Steyer was one of the few candidates who showed up in person to the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.

VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren | Native American Presidential Forum

Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts participated via video in the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.

VIDEO: Tulsi Gabbard | Native American Presidential Forum

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii invoked the Standing Rock movement in a video message at the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.

VIDEO: Pete Buttigieg | Native American Presidential Forum

Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor, taped an interview for the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.

'It's a pretty monumental step': Tribal farm reclaims land on Winnebago Reservation

Once the Ho-Chunk people had vast lands upon which they planted corn, beans and squash and hunted deer and buffalo. Life changed after forced removal.

VIDEO: Joe Biden at Native American Presidential Forum

"If I'm elected president, you'll never have a better friend in the White House than me," Democratic candidate Joe Biden told the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.

Native Sun News Today: Keystone XL fight continues into another year

Tribes with treaty rights affected by the Keystone XL Pipeline continue to contest water permits for the controversial project.

Cronkite News: Native veterans struggle to get health care they were promised

Access to health care has been a challenge for Native American veterans for decades, and they suffer some of the worst health outcomes

Clara Caufield: I'm tired of reading about the bad things in Indian Country

I think we need to remind America that there are many fine, responsible, hard-working and law-abiding tribal citizens in this great country.

'Tribal consultation should come first': Forest Service pushed on gold mining in Black Hills

Under pressure from Native and other community members throughout the past year, the Black Hills National Forest will be taking public comments about gold prospecting in sacred He Sapa.

Native American culture runs deep within the USMA Corps of Cadets

Nearly 7,000 soldiers of American Indian or Alaska Native descent are serving in the U.S. Army. Some got their start at West Point Military Academy.

Montana Free Press: Republicans don't want to settle tribal water rights

Republicans in Montana are once again trying to derail a long-awaited water rights settlement for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Ivan Star Comes Out; Respect and understanding of Lakota culture severely lacking

Indigenous people have been subjected to a disparaging existence on the Great Plains and in the He Sapa (Black Hills) for decades.

'We'll fight the good fight': Lawmakers tackle Indigenous issues at state capitol

Two state senators in Nebraska, including the first and only Native lawmaker, are working to create greater awareness of Indigenous issues, culture and history.

Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent bond sale scheme

An economic development corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation is back in the news in connection with some allegedly fraudulent dealings.

Geneva Lone Hill: Economic development in Indian Country

It is hard enough to do economic development on rural isolated Indian reservations without having falsehoods on top of the fraud.

Cronkite News: Report shines light on women murdered by men

Native American women are more likely to be murdered by men than white women, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.

Tule River Tribe continues long push to relocate casino

The Tule River Tribe continues to make strides toward moving its casino to a new location in California.

'When they do turn for help, nobody believes them': Native women hold vigil in honor of Ashlea Aldrich

As authorities investigate the death of Ashlea Aldrich, Native women gathered to discuss the violence that plagues their communities.

VIDEO: Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum

Mark Charles, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is running for president of the United States.

VIDEO: Salmon in Yurok is nepuy - 'What we eat'

Congress got a lesson in Yurok history and culture at a hearing on Capitol Hill. Watch the video to learn more.

VIDEO: Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum

The Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum 2020 is being held on January 14-15, 2020, on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

VIDEO: Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Legislative Hearing

Vice Chairman Frankie Myers of the Yurok Tribe provided testimony on H.R.5448, Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act.

Indian Country Today: Oklahoma's gaming fight is about people's lives

According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, about 1,900 Oklahomans earn their living as Class III gaming dealers.

Cronkite News: Trump kept pushing for citizenship question on Census

Even as it was losing the fight to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the Trump administration was running tests about it.

YES! Magazine: Aboriginal knowledge can help with fire management

Cultural burning is proactive, while Western-style controlled burning, also called hazard reduction burning, is reactive.

Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.

AUDIO: Reaching Hard-to-Count Communities in the 2020 Census

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform examines the Census Bureau's strategies and plans for reaching hard-to-count communities -- including American Indian and Alaska Native communities -- in 2020.

Tim Giago: What does the Bible say about ‘lying?’

One lies and the others swear to it. That is the definite MO of the Trump Administration.

Cherokee Nation increases effort to save historical sites in northeast Oklahoma

Across Cherokee Nation are places rich in Cherokee history.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: General Soleimani was a threat to the American people

Qasem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of more than 600 U.S. service members in Iraq.

'A Return to Tradition': Red Lake Nation hosts annual health and wellness gathering

The Fourteenth Annual Red Lake Community Wellness Gathering took place at Red Lake Nation College in Minnesota.

'Every time I see it, it pains my heart': Border wall runs through O'odham territory

The Trump administration waived environmental and other regulations on nearly one-quarter of Arizona’s border with Mexico last year to ease the way for border wall construction.

'Bloody Indian': School district sued over teacher's racial comment

A young citizen of the Navajo Nation is suing a public school district and a teacher who allegedly called her a "bloody Indian" in front of the entire class.

'This is one of the most heartbreaking issues': Young Native woman's death tied to domestic violence

Ashlea Aldrich's gruesome death demonstrates the need for swift and aggressive action by tribal leaders, her aunt said.

Forum for Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives set for Arizona

The Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives Working Group is holding its next forum on January 14.

Groundbreaking exhibition features works by Native women

"Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists" is the first museum exhibition exclusively devoted to Native American women artists from the United States and Canada.

Cronkite News: Native students discover roots through language and weaving

Some schools are working to preserve Native American culture by spending classroom time on languages and cultural traditions

Schedule for Native American Presidential Forum in Nevada

At least four candidates will be attending the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.

Lakota People's Law Project: Statement on media settlement with #MAGA teen #IPMDC19

The United States is losing moral capital the world over right now at an alarming rate.

Trump administration's push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon

The Hopi Tribe is among the opponents of uranium mining on sacred lands in Arizona.

Death of woman on Omaha Reservation under investigation

Ashlea Aldrich, a young mother, was killed in what her mother said was a crime of domestic violence.

Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats waste an entire year in Congress

While a new year often ushers in hopeful anticipation about what can be achieved over the next 12 months, it’s important to remember that the divided government which shaped 2019 will continue to influence 2020.

Cronkite News: Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation oppose dam projects

An Arizona company wants to build two massive hydroelectric projects on the Little Colorado River, threatening sacred tribal lands.

YES! Magazine: Pawnee Nation reclaims agricultural traditions

The resilience of food production in the face of a changing climate will depend on both traditional ecological knowledge and Western science.

MSU News: Navajo Code Talkers subject of 'Growing Up with Heroes' lecture

Zonnie Gorman, a historian and daughter of an original Navajo Code Talker, will share her experiences at Montana State University.

Montana Free Press: Farmers get relief as America's trade war simmers

As agricultural commodity prices suffer in President Donald Trump’s multi-fronted trade war, Montana farmers have received at least $114 million in payments in 2019.

Tribes join race for commercial casino in Virginia

Two Indian nations are looking to land a commercial casino in Virginia while a third keeps its options open after recently gaining federal recognition.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Acting Native and surviving

In Australia, that semi-arid land where the sun shines most of the year, the Black Serpent has come to rest.

Albert Bender: Racist regime in Bolivia targets Indigenous people

Looking over the 14-year record of accomplishments of the Indigenous socialist government led by Evo Morales in Bolivia, it becomes apparent why U.S. capitalist interests were chomping at the bit to see its demise.

Cronkite News: Native Americans fight historical discrimination to lower diabetes and obesity rates

Native American adults are 50 percent more likely to be affected by obesity than non-Hispanic whites. They also are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have diabetes.

Indigenous song keepers reveal traditional ecological knowledge in music

For Indigenous Peoples who have lived within their traditional territories for generations, music is a repository of ecological knowledge, with songs embedding ancestors’ knowledge, teachings and wisdom.

'We are a family': Youth on Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation ring in 2020

The Cheyenne River Youth Project threw its doors open to reservation youth on New Year’s Eve.

Tim Giago: Curing the problems that seem incurable

I often write that the more things change in Indian Country the more they stay the same.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation gives back to our people and our communities

We are blessed at the Cherokee Nation and thankful that we can make positive changes to improve Oklahoma in both large and small ways.

Mark Charles: America's history rooted in colonialism, enslavement and terror

The United States of America needs an honest national dialogue regarding our own history.

Cronkite News: Years of work ahead for decommissioned power plant on reservation

They may have turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine.

YES! Magazine: Haida Nation blends traditional knowledge with science

A collaboration between Indigenous tradition and Western science may offer a way to bolster both Haida culture and the marine ecosystem intertwined with it.

Tribes sue Oklahoma governor to protect Class III gaming rights

The Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation are suing the Republican governor of Oklahoma as a gaming impasse enters the new year.

John Berrey: Oklahoma governor threatens tribal economies

The governor’s actions have begun threatening the stability of tribal gaming, and thereby the revenue bases of tribal governments and the countless jobs that provide livelihoods to Oklahomans.

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