Lawsuit seeks damages for death of girl at Bureau of Indian Education school (October 13, 2017)
The grandfather of a 14-year-old girl who died at a Bureau of Indian Education boarding school in South Dakota has filed a lawsuit against the federal government.
Where Congress has failed to take action on one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases, tribes are seeing successes elsewhere as they seek to restore their homelands.
Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin (October 12, 2017)
The Native American Voting Rights Coalition is identifying and documenting obstacles faced by Native voters.
The Osage Nation and the state of Oklahoma are clashing over the tribe's water rights.
Eastern Cherokee council complete after second round of voting for one seat (October 12, 2017)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a complete council after a second round of voting took place for one disputed seat.
Oil will continue to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline despite 'deficiencies' in the Trump administration's handling of the controversial project.
Ramapough Lunaape Nation defends right to host prayer camp in New Jersey (October 11, 2017)
The Ramapough Lunaape Nation is seeking to use its ancestral land in New Jersey for the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp.
Non-Indian parents file lawsuit to halt transfer of child custody cases to tribes (October 11, 2017)
Two non-Indian parents filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the state of Minnesota from transferring Indian child custody cases to tribes.
It looks like a long-running lease dispute between the Colorado River Indian Tribes and a non-Indian tenant is finally over.
Citing tribal traditions and customs, a judge granted an injunction to stop a proposed constitution revision because Standing Rock Sioux leaders failed to inform the people.
Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.
The beer stores in Whiteclay will remain closed – likely for good after the Nebraska Supreme Court issued a decision in the closely-watched case.
The Trump administration announced another round of Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism on Capitol Hill about its commitments to the first Americans.
Muscogee Nation citizen heads to trial for fourth time on murder charge in Oklahoma (October 2, 2017)
A Muscogee (Creek) Nation is going to trial for murder for a fourth time after a judge said a dispute over the boundaries of the tribe's reservation remains unresolved.
A federal appeals court won't rehear a challenge to the remaining funds in the $680 million Keepseagle settlement even as the Trump administration characterized it as a bad deal.
The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.
Cronkite News: 'Tribal Justice' documentary highlights issues facing tribal courts (October 2, 2017)
Law students, professors and tribal members gathered recently at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law in downtown Phoenix to watch the new documentary 'Tribal Justice.'
Muscogee Nation citizen seeks dismissal of murder charge as boundary case heats up (September 29, 2017)
A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is waiting to hear whether his murder case will be dismissed as industry interests in Oklahoma flock to court in a closely-related reservation boundary case.
North Dakota accepts $15M from wealthy backers of Dakota Access Pipeline (September 29, 2017)
The state of North Dakota has accepted a $15 million 'donation' to cover the costs of its brutal response to the #NoDAPL movement.
Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims (September 27, 2017)
The Department of Justice continues to resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native women and key members of Congress.
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe announces plan for cannabidiol business in Wisconsin (September 27, 2017)
The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe is moving forward with plans for a cannabidiol production and distribution business in Wisconsin.
President Trump urged to declare sacred Blackfeet Nation lands as monument (September 27, 2017)
Even as he suggests reducing the boundaries of one national monument held sacred by tribes, Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is urging stronger protections for lands in his home state of Montana.
Fort Belknap Tribes return control of detention center to Bureau of Indian Affairs (September 26, 2017)
The Fort Belknap Indian Community can't afford to keep its detention center up and running so the Bureau of Indian Affairs has taken over.
Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country (September 25, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is bringing in a high-profile witness as it looks into trafficking of Native Americans.
President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent (September 22, 2017)
President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.
Democracy Now: Judges try to end legal defense program for #NoDAPL resisters (September 21, 2017)
Judges in North Dakota are seeking to end a program that allows out-of-state lawyers to represent the hundreds of people who were arrested for resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Navajo Nation plans to sue Trump administration to protect Bears Ears in Utah (September 21, 2017)
The Navajo Nation plans to file a lawsuit to protect the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah
Blackfeet Nation reaches deal to acquire assets of troubled town on reservation (September 20, 2017)
The Blackfeet Nation has settled a long-running dispute with a troubled community on the reservation in Montana.
Yankton Sioux Tribe blasts police officers for use of force against elderly citizen (September 20, 2017)
An elderly citizen of the Yankton Sioux Tribe was hospitalized after being roughed up by police officers in Wagner, South Dakota.
Cronkite News: Senate committee takes up bill to combat online sex trafficking (September 20, 2017)
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act has bipartisan support but is facing opposition from free speech advocates and the tech industry.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking (September 19, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on September 27 to focus on human trafficking of Native Americans.
Native Sun News Today: Proclamation calls for action on Black Hills land claim (September 19, 2017)
The signing of an elders’ proclamation for indigenous rights culminated the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative in South Dakota.
Osage Nation secures landmark decision in dispute over construction of wind farm (September 18, 2017)
A landmark decision from a federal appeals court clears the way for the Osage Nation to recover damages from the operators of a contested wind farm in Oklahoma.
Native Sun News Today: Police officers cleared in shooting of Oglala Sioux citizen (September 15, 2017)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe is calling for an independent investigation into the shooting death of Rex Vance Wilson by police officers in Las Vegas, Nevada.
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe acquires drug patents in attempt to end legal dispute (September 8, 2017)
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is entering the pharmaceutical industry in hopes of ending a legal challenge over a popular dry-eye drug.
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