August 18, 2019
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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.
Honoring and Empowering Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples

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.

Enterprise Rancheria getting closer to debut of long-awaited casino

The Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria is getting ready to welcome guests to its Hard Rock development in California.

Tejon Tribe wins approval for intergovernmental agreement with county

The future continues to look bright for the Tejon Tribe, just a few years after being restored to federal recognition.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community shares less with citizens

Some citizens of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are upset that their gaming per capita payments haven't kept up with the times.

Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country

Bald and golden eagle remains that are found in Indian Country will be able to stay there under a new policy adopted by the federal government.

Former White Mountain Apache Tribe chairman Ronnie Lupe passes on

"He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages," Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood said of the legendary Ronnie Lupe.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever

Nothing has been more important to me than serving the Cherokee people.

Albert Bender: Neighborhood stands up to immigration raid

A father and son who were targeted by U.S. immigration agents managed to escape with the help of their neighbors.

YES! Magazine: Immigration raid prompts outpouring of support

When federal agents engineered the nation’s largest single-state immigration raid in Mississippi, a network of activists knew their work was about to get much harder.

News21: More communities face threats from wildfires

The wildfire threat has been ever-present this year.

'The people spoke': Northern Arapaho Tribe stands by chairman

Citizens of the Northern Arapaho Tribe are standing by Chairman Lee Spoonhunter and his efforts to take his people in a new direction.

Cayuga Nation sues cable network over portrayal in 'Billions' show

A popular cable series did little to disguise the identity of the 'Cayuga' people who were depicted in a recent episode.

Leech Lake Band debuts new casino by setting fry bread record

The Leech Lake Band set a Guinness World Record with a fry bread that weighed 150.2 pounds.

Ponca Tribe scores another legal victory against casino opponents

The Ponca Tribe can continue to operate its gaming facility on its homelands in Iowa.

Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain

Tribal leaders and advocates celebrated after an appeals court rebuffed opponents of the Indian Child Welfare Act in one of the most closely-watched cases in recent history.

Historic Indian college secures charter from Otoe-Missouria Tribe

Bacone College in Oklahoma continues to gain support from Indian nations.

Mark Trahant: Indigenous knowledge to saving climate and land

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report included interviews with Indigenous populations as a key source.

Tim Giago: Waving goodbye to one form of social media

I have always tried not to follow the flock, but it seems that nearly everyone I know is on Facebook so I decided to see what it was all about.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Ray Cook always stood up for his Mohawk ideals

Ray Cook was one of the most passionate of writers, a believer in the viability of his heritage and one committed to a long standing tradition among his people.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Stop violence by addressing mental health

It’s time for all of us to work together to address the mental health crisis in our country and stop violence before it happens.

Rep. Tom Cole: America must continue to stand with a great ally

The United States has been a long-time friend and ally of the Jewish state of Israel.

Clara Caufield: Indian elders are lucky enough to remain valued

Perhaps America could take a lesson from our Indian ways: the elders must be cherished.

Kristin Ohlson: Farming can help solve our climate crisis

"By helping young farmers gain access to land, everyone can help play a role," says Bilal Sawari of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

'This meal is a victory': Cafe Ohlone earns Critic's Pick from New York Times

Cafe Ohlone, a restaurant serving contemporary Native cuisine, continues to earn accolades for its unique approach to Indigenous food.

Cronkite News: New app brings 'Indigenous DC' to your mobile devices

The "Guide to Indigenous DC" takes users on a tour of sites that link to Native American prehistory all the way to modern history.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Indigenous people victimized by Donald Trump's racism

The president is a racist, but he needs to keep that hate within himself.

Lac du Flambeau Band leaders accused in new online lending lawsuit

Leaders and employees of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are being sued by a consumer of the tribe's online lending operation.

Lac Courte Oreilles Band announces new drug testing policy

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band, the largest local employer, will no longer employ random drug tests or screen for marijuana.

Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands

The Cupeño people survived near genocide and forced removal. They may not be able to overcome disenrollment and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Tim Giago: Music and movie nights on the Pine Ridge Reservation

Times were really tough on the reservation after the war, but these kind and gentle people found the time and the money to make Sunday nights their own.

Cherokee Nation inauguration scheduled for August 14

Chuck Hoskin Jr. will be taking over as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. He's announced some big plans for the tribe.

Bill John Baker: More homeownership opportunities for Cherokees

More than 8,000 Cherokee Nation citizens living in four Arkansas counties now have a new option available for homeownership.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Breaking the hold of the Doctrines of Discovery

If we are to break the chains of "federal trust" and colonial "paternalism" we must know our opponents and have a strong command of our collective histories.

Native Sun News Today: Black Hills land claim attorney passes on

The late attorney Arthur Lazarus, Jr., handled the Sioux Nation's landmark claim to the Black Hills.

Democracy Now: 'Mauna Kea is known as our kupuna, our ancestor'

A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site.

The Conversation: Indigenous peoples forced to fight for basic rights

If Canada continues to ignore its obligations to Indigenous peoples, reconciliation will remain but a superficial buzzword.

Cronkite News: 'Radical harm reduction collective provides critical service

While the debate around clean needle exchange programs continues, one organization works in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease.

Indian lawmaker withdraws repatriation bill after being linked to 'genocide'

A bill aimed at improving repatriation policies in California has been shelved amid outcry from Native activists and some tribes.

Tribes receive $63 million from HUD for housing and community projects

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians welcomed a $700,000 grant to expand its food distribution program.

Warm Springs Tribes seek $12.25 million for damages from fire

The Nena Springs Fire started on a ranch near the Warm Springs Reservation and ended up burning more than 68,000 acres in Oregon.

Eight accused of stealing more than $5 million from Miccosukee Tribe

Federal authorities announced charges against eight people accused of stealing more than $5 million in cash from the casino owned by the Miccosukee Tribe.

Former leader of Winnebago Tribe sentenced in last of gaming theft cases

A scandal that hit the Winnebago Tribe is finally over.

Non-Indian gaming company sues Trump administration over tribal agreements

A non-Indian company is still trying to derail the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.

More 2020 presidential candidates line up for historic Native issues forum

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum continues to grow as Democratic candidates reach out to Native voters.

Mallory Black: Emotional abuse is domestic violence and it's not our way

Domestic violence goes against our traditional ways as Native people.

Rep. Tom Cole: A bipartisan compromise for the American people

The House of Representatives wrapped up its legislative activity before the August work period, and I am proud to report that we ended on a high note.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Budget deal is bad for America's future

We cannot afford to keep kicking the can down the road and passing bills off to the next generation.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers clash along party lines on asylum reform bill

Republican pushed an immigration bill through a party-line vote after preventing Democrats from offering amendments to it.

Joshua Adams: Politicans can't keep ignoring Native Americans

Indigenous communities are pressing politicians to see that native visibility, voices and votes matter.

Vote counts by drone? County asks Havasupai Tribe to consider

Ballot tallies could be flown out of the Havasupai Reservation for the 2020 election.

Prairie Island Indian Community gains support for safe homelands

The Prairie Island Indian Community continues efforts to provide a safe and stable homeland for its people.

Cronkite News: Tribes win ruling against copper mine on ancestral territory

A federal judge has halted plans to begin digging an open-pit copper mine opposed by tribes in Arizona.

The Revelator: Books provide insight into #NoDAPL movement and food sovereignty

New books tackle tough issues related to climate change, extinction, Indigenous sovereignty, ocean conservation and a whole lot more.

Chris Winters: Democratic leaders terrified about impeaching Donald Trump

We may be in the beginning stages of the process that could remove the president.

Indian lawmaker plans to change repatriation bill to include all tribes

After being accused of enforcing "state sponsored genocide" against his fellow people, an Indian lawmaker plans to change a repatriation bill in order to include all tribes in California.

'Who is this guy?': Aide who blamed Rep. Sharice Davids for 'racist system' steps down

Attacking one of the only two Native women in Congress doesn't pay off within Democratic circles.

Trump 'superfan' who claimed false ties to Seminole Tribe sentenced for domestic terrorism

A Donald Trump "superfan" who falsely claimed he was connected to the Seminole Tribe was sentenced to 20 years for mailing pipe bombs to critics of the president.

White Earth Nation chooses new leader after passing of chairman

Voters of the White Earth Nation are going to the polls to elect a new chairman.

'He was a force': Attorney in Sioux Nation land claim passes on at age of 92

Arthur Lazarus Jr., an Indian law practitioner who represented the Sioux Nation in its Black Hills land claim, died on July 27, 2019.

Oklahoma woman pleads guilty to murder of grandchild at Kickapoo Tribe casino

An Oklahoma woman admitted she left her five-year-old grandchild in a locked car in a casino parking lot.

Forest County Potawatomi Community applies for commercial casino license

The Forest County Potawatomi Community is seeking to expand its gaming enterprise with a commercial casino project.

Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty

For too long, partisan politics have taken the Native Vote and needs of Indian Country for granted.

Cronkite News: Environmental groups lose challenge to tribal coal mine

Sovereign immunity has protected a coal mine owned by the Navajo Nation from being sued without the tribe's consent.

Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium

Ashlynne Mike was only 11 years old when she was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation.

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe dispels rumors about treatment facility

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe plans to open a $20 million medication-assisted treatment facility, provided it can overcome local opposition.

Chemehuevi Tribe looks to revive plan for off-reservation casino

The Chemehuevi Tribe is eyeing an off-reservation casino in California as it completes work on a new facility.

Tribal leaders grill 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Indian issues

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates hit the stage for their second round of debates, some of the hopefuls are sitting down with tribal leaders.

Native Sun News Today: Indian relay team wins top title at rodeo

The Mountain Crow Relay Team from Montana has returned to the circuit in a big way.

Indian Country Today: Technology breathes new life into Indigenous languages

For Indigenous peoples, language is truly the breath of life.

Cronkite News: President Trump declares 'big victory' on border wall

Advocates will continue to fight the use of federal funds for the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Senate panel moves quickly on Trump nominee for Indian gaming agency

Sequoyah Simermeyer is on his way to becoming the first Republican-chosen leader of the National Indian Gaming Commission in more than a decade.

Native Sun News Today: Interpreters needed for Indigenous migrants

Mexico alone has nearly five times the number of people of Native ancestry than the U.S. and Canada combined.

Guillermo Torres: Indigenous people take a stand on stolen land

Why are fellow Indigenous Americans being detained on their ancestral land?

Cronkite News: Few answers at lengthy hearing over border conditions

A House panel grilled Trump administration officials over family separations and conditions at border facilities, but the hearing produced more partisan sparks than answers.

Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by #MAGA teen at Indigenous Peoples March

A Catholic school student plans to appeal after a $250 million libel lawsuit against The Washington Post was thrown out of court.

Death of Indigenous leader Emyra Wajãpi blamed on miners in Brazil

Emyra Wajãpi was killed in an "invasion" of his people's homelands in the Amazon, tribal leaders said.

Quapaw Nation announces groundbreaking for casino on ancestral territory

The Quapaw Nation plans to open a casino resort in Arkansas next spring but gaming machines will debut much sooner.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians prepares to offer sports betting

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving quickly in the wake of a new sports betting law in North Carolina.

Rodney Bordeaux: Rosebud Sioux Tribe must address harmful drugs

The time for action is now! Our children and families depend on it.

Native Sun News Today: North Dakota seeks $38 million for DAPL crackdown

A new lawsuit blames the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for encouraging Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

James Giago Davies: Indian people still mistreated on their own homelands

There is no doubt about it: law enforcement is racially profiling people, and weeding out the likely loiterers from the white citizenry.

Cronkite News: Trump administration sets execution date for Navajo inmate

Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, is being put to death on December 11, 2019, according to the Department of Justice.

Candidates make first major play for Native vote in 2020 presidential race

The 2020 Democratic presidential field is a crowded one but some candidates are distinguishing themselves in Indian Country.

RECAP: National Indian Gaming Commission nominee outlines vision in Trump era

National Indian Gaming Commission nominee Sequoyah Simermeyer sidestepped two major issues at a sparsely-attended confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.

Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act up for first hearing in new political climate

A bill to help tribes address the impacts of climate change is up for its first hearing in the 116th Congress.

Bill John Baker: Tribal governments ensure Oklahoma’s success

Decades before statehood, tribes built Oklahoma’s first modern infrastructure and institutions.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe expands home for elders

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Nursing Home will open a new 12-bed memory wing in January 2020.

Indian Country Today: 'Stringing Rosaries' focuses on Indian boarding schools

Denise Lajimodiere has kept her promise to Indian boarding school survivors with this sacred oath of a book.

Clara Caufield: Getting married three times in one day

Some of my faithful readers might be interested in this new development, and also become even more convinced I am slipping.

Cronkite News: Veterans Affairs touts improvement in patient wait times

Five years after a hospital for veterans made headlines for falsifying patient wait times, VA officials touted a "tremendous transformation."

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