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Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era
Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era (April 23, 2019)

Nearly two decades after the first executive order on tribal consultation, the federal government is still struggling to meet their trust and treaty responsibilities.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


Rep. Deb Haaland: Indigenous peoples are under attack in Donald Trump's America
Rep. Deb Haaland: Indigenous peoples are under attack in Donald Trump's America (March 18, 2019)

We must stand up against toxic rhetoric and brutal attacks on the rights of indigenous peoples.


Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable
Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable (March 14, 2019)

President Trump's decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument is harming tribal sites, members of Congress were told.


Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate
Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate (February 1, 2019)

A divided Congress and an unpredictable president spell trouble for tribes and their advocates.


Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee
Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee (January 30, 2019)

The House Committee on Natural Resources has a new vice chair and it's a Native person for the first time in history.


Native candidates claim majority on county commission in Utah
Native candidates claim majority on county commission in Utah (November 8, 2018)

The non-Native hold on power in San Juan County, Utah, has finally come to an end.


Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears
Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears (August 30, 2018)

The Trump administration continues to dismantle the Bears Ears National Monument despite objections from tribes.


Rosalyn LaPier: Feeling the power of tribal sacred sites
Rosalyn LaPier: Feeling the power of tribal sacred sites (August 14, 2018)

Historically, Native American tribes have struggled to explain why certain landscapes are sacred for them.


Navajo candidate going back on ballot after winning lawsuit
Navajo candidate going back on ballot after winning lawsuit (August 8, 2018)

The non-Indian power structure in a Utah county is slowly being dismantled.


Mark Trahant: Bears Ears gains a voice with #NativeVote18 results
Mark Trahant: Bears Ears gains a voice with #NativeVote18 results (June 28, 2018)

A county commission race in Utah was a local referendum of sorts on the Trump administration’s actions to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument.


A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track
A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track (May 23, 2018)

The Trump administration has finally announced new advocates for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Angelo Baca: Bears Ears faces serious threat under the Trump administration
Angelo Baca: Bears Ears faces serious threat under the Trump administration (April 18, 2018)

Bears Ears is at the center of a critical discussion around Indigenous rights and protection of sacred sites and traditional uses in the United States.


Senate candidate Mitt Romney supports dismantling of Bears Ears
Senate candidate Mitt Romney supports dismantling of Bears Ears (March 9, 2018)

Though he has distanced himself from President Donald Trump in the past, Mitt Romney is in lockstep with the administration now that he needs votes for his Senate campaign.


A highway named for President Trump? Tribal leaders say not so fast
A highway named for President Trump? Tribal leaders say not so fast (March 8, 2018)

An effort to name a highway in Utah after President Donald Trump is apparently dead after drawing significant attention beyond the state's borders.


The Conversation: The toxic legacy of uranium mining in the United States
The Conversation: The toxic legacy of uranium mining in the United States (February 23, 2018)

Uranium – the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons – is having a moment in the spotlight.


Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (February 1, 2018)

Leaders of five tribes accused Republican lawmakers of 'cherry-picking' tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears National Monument.


Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 29, 2018)

Tribal leaders with connections to the Bears Ears National Monument are finally getting their say on Capitol Hill amid efforts to erode protections on their ancestral lands.


House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 18, 2018)

Republican leaders are taking another stab at a controversial bill that would gut the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and restrict tribal involvement on their ancestral lands.


National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again
National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again (January 17, 2018)

Tribal leaders will be hearing from Secretary Ryan Zinke at an upcoming National Congress of American Indians meeting in Washington, D.C.


Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears
Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears (January 16, 2018)

A uranium mining company based in Canada stands to benefit from the gutting of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Only one tribal leader invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears National Monument
Only one tribal leader invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears National Monument (January 8, 2018)

Republicans in Congress are moving quickly with a bill they say will establish the 'first' tribally managed national monument. But tribes didn't ask for it.


The Conversation: Threats to Bears Ears and sacred places violate human rights
The Conversation: Threats to Bears Ears and sacred places violate human rights (December 18, 2017)

Legal and policy frameworks in both the U.S. and Canada fail to reflect emerging norms related to Indigenous legal and cultural traditions and human rights.


Deb Haaland 'ready to fight' as first Native American woman in halls of Congress
Deb Haaland 'ready to fight' as first Native American woman in halls of Congress (December 15, 2017)

A Pueblo citizen who could become the first Native woman in Congress is ready to fight President Donald Trump.


YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts
YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts (December 8, 2017)

Research by environmental and natural resources law scholars shows the president’s action will likely be overturned by the courts.


Jacqueline Keeler: President Trump again uses Navajo elders as props for political purposes
Jacqueline Keeler: President Trump again uses Navajo elders as props for political purposes (December 6, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke brought a Navajo grandmother onstage and held her by the shoulders and President Donald Trump turned to engage her awkwardly from time to time.


Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears
Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears (December 5, 2017)

Tribes are fighting back after President Donald Trump announced a dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Tribes plan lawsuit as President Trump schedules visit to reduce size of Bears Ears in Utah
Tribes plan lawsuit as President Trump schedules visit to reduce size of Bears Ears in Utah (November 29, 2017)

Over the objections of Indian Country, President Donald Trump will be reducing the size of the Bears Ears National Monument during a visit to Utah.


Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears (November 16, 2017)

Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration keeps them in the dark about the Bears Ears National Monument.


Gregory Ablavsky: President Trump continues dark chapter with treatment of tribes
Gregory Ablavsky: President Trump continues dark chapter with treatment of tribes (November 9, 2017)

With his policy towards public lands, President Trump is continuing a dark chapter in our history, writes professor Gregory Ablavsky.


Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county
Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county (November 7, 2017)

A federal judge in Utah has scheduled two public hearings to determine how to draw the districts in a county where the Native vote has been suppressed for decades.


Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans
Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans (November 3, 2017)

Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to obtain documents about plans for several national monuments, including those supported by tribes.


President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument
President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument (October 27, 2017)

President Donald Trump is once again going against tribal interests with plans to shrink the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill
Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill (October 13, 2017)

A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important places.


Cronkite News: Republicans quickly move bill to limit new national monuments
Cronkite News: Republicans quickly move bill to limit new national monuments (October 12, 2017)

A House committee gave approval to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.


President Trump urged to declare sacred Blackfeet Nation lands as monument
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.


Navajo Nation plans to sue Trump administration to protect Bears Ears in Utah
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


Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations
Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations (September 18, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is urging President Donald Trump to reduce the boundaries of monuments supported by tribes, according a previously secret memo.


Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House
Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House (August 25, 2017)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed 'handful' in a report to the White House.


Richard Frias and Todd Leahy: National monuments preserve Native culture
Richard Frias and Todd Leahy: National monuments preserve Native culture (July 31, 2017)

Abolishing or diminishing Bears Ears would be in keeping with the President’s long standing animosity towards Indian tribes, two attorneys write on Indian Country Media Network.


Navajo Nation citizen Carol Surveyor announces run for Congress in Utah
Navajo Nation citizen Carol Surveyor announces run for Congress in Utah (July 24, 2017)

Carol Surveyor, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is hoping to become the first Native woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.


Cronkite News: Trump's review of monuments draws 1.4 million comments
Cronkite News: Trump's review of monuments draws 1.4 million comments (July 24, 2017)

An Interior Department plan to review recently designated national monuments, including Bears Ears in Utah, has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments.


Trump administration receives 1.4M comments on national monuments
Trump administration receives 1.4M comments on national monuments (July 12, 2017)

The Department of the Interior has closed an unprecedented public comment period on a number of national monuments, including one of great interest in Indian Country.


Loni Romo: We owe it to future generations to keep Bears Ears protected
Loni Romo: We owe it to future generations to keep Bears Ears protected (July 10, 2017)

We owe it to our youth to keep sites like Bears Ears protected, Loni Romo writes on Indian Country Media Network.


Lawsuits expected after President Trump changes Bears Ears boundary
Lawsuits expected after President Trump changes Bears Ears boundary (June 28, 2017)

The Navajo Nation and environmental groups are expected to file lawsuits to protect the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Ute Mountain Ute Tribe challenges new permit for uranium operation
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe challenges new permit for uranium operation (June 22, 2017)

The last uranium mine in the United States lies just three miles from a Ute Mountain Ute village in Utah.


Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears
Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears (June 14, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior is rejecting tribal complaints about his controversial recommendation to change the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument.


Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation
Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation (June 13, 2017)

The Trump administration is coming under heavy fire as the new leader of the Department of the Interior makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the nation's largest inter-tribal organization.


Ryan Benally: Bears Ears was a false promise for Native Americans
Ryan Benally: Bears Ears was a false promise for Native Americans (May 26, 2017)

National Monument status for Bears Ears was full of false promises for Natives.


Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes
Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes (May 22, 2017)

'Sovereignty should mean something,' the new leader of the Department of the Interior has repeatedly said.


Deadline looms in Secretary Zinke's review of Bears Ears and other monuments
Deadline looms in Secretary Zinke's review of Bears Ears and other monuments (May 15, 2017)

Time is running out for tribes and the public to comment on the controversial monument in Utah.


Terry Tempest Williams: Will Bears Ears be the next Standing Rock?
Terry Tempest Williams: Will Bears Ears be the next Standing Rock? (May 8, 2017)

If President Trump is successful in rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, it will be a breach of faith with our future and our past.


Tribes vow fight in effort to protect Bears Ears National Monument
Tribes vow fight in effort to protect Bears Ears National Monument (May 3, 2017)

A controversial monument is serving up as a major test for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has repeatedly vowed to respect tribal sovereignty.


Tribes encounter silence from Secretary Zinke in Bears Ears review
Tribes encounter silence from Secretary Zinke in Bears Ears review (May 2, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is going to Utah next week but hasn't confirmed a meeting with the Bears Ears Commission.


Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument
Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument (April 28, 2017)

Ute leaders are taking on powerful interests as they seek to prevent the the Trump administration from undermining the new Bears Ears National Monument.


Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power (April 26, 2017)

The new monument enjoys strong support across Indian Country but the president sounded more concerned about the views of non-Indians in Utah.


Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (March 1, 2017)

The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.


Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs
Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs (January 26, 2017)

Having Republicans in control of Congress hasn't resulted in much progress for Indian Country's legislative agenda, at least on the House side of Capitol Hill.


Jacqueline Keeler: New monument marks victory for tribal sites
Jacqueline Keeler: New monument marks victory for tribal sites (January 10, 2017)

By protecting an area rich in indigenous history, President Obama has shown that some things are worth more than money.


Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears (January 9, 2017)

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition successfully lobbied President Barack Obama to protect 1.35 million acres of sacred sites and ancestral lands in Utah.