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'It makes it hard to like your people': #StopDisenrolllment campaign returns amid rise in tribal removals
'It makes it hard to like your people': #StopDisenrolllment campaign returns amid rise in tribal removals (January 27, 2020)

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


'An Indian is an Indian is an Indian': Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act
'An Indian is an Indian is an Indian': Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act (January 23, 2020)

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


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

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.


'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition
'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition (December 18, 2019)

After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition.


After 15 years, UKB signs deed to land in trust
After 15 years, UKB signs deed to land in trust (December 11, 2019)

After waiting more than 15 years, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians finally has land in trust.


Dr. Jim Wilson: A man of his time
Dr. Jim Wilson: A man of his time (December 11, 2019)

The story behind the story of tribal self-determination and the politics of Indian Country's remarkable journey towards self-rule cannot be told without Dr. Jim Wilson as a central figure.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing (December 11, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.


Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women
Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women (December 2, 2019)

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.


Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony (November 27, 2019)

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?


President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country
President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country (November 26, 2019)

He didn't offend anyone. He didn't brag about himself. He didn't lash out at his opponents. He was just the president, among a group of tribal leaders.


YES! Magazine: Alcatraz activist documents decades of 'Native Resistance'
YES! Magazine: Alcatraz activist documents decades of 'Native Resistance' (November 22, 2019)

A new book traces the path of pan-Native activism.


‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes
‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes (November 21, 2019)

Tribal leaders went before Congress to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time.


'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item
'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item (November 18, 2019)

The Acoma Shield is finally coming home after years in legal and political limbo.


Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation faces federal recognition deadline
Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation faces federal recognition deadline (November 18, 2019)

It's National Native American Heritage Month and one tribe is trying to prove that it qualifies for federal recognition.


Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing
Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing (November 13, 2019)

A bipartisan bill to address child abuse and neglect in tribal communities has the support of Indian Country organizations.


Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era
Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era (November 6, 2019)

Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.


Indian student count finally being updated for the modern era
Indian student count finally being updated for the modern era (November 4, 2019)

Funding for the popular Johnson O'Malley Program might actually increase thanks to a new count of Indian students.


Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children
Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children (October 31, 2019)

A disproportionate number of sexual predators have preyed on Indian Country and Native women.


Hearing focuses on sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior
Hearing focuses on sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior (October 30, 2019)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians suffer from the highest rates of all forms of harassment, according to an employee study.


IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable
IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable (October 28, 2019)

It took more than 25 years before the hammer of justice came down on pedophile pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber. His crimes were over a century in the making at the Indian Health Service.


Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington
Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington (October 22, 2019)

The diminished power of the Trump administration's face of Indian Affairs was on strong display as tribal leaders opened one of their biggest meetings of the year.


Trump administration goes on the record for Indian Country funding
Trump administration goes on the record for Indian Country funding (September 25, 2019)

Does the Trump administration support funding the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service ahead of time?


Tribal broadband in focus with hearing and summit in nation's capital
Tribal broadband in focus with hearing and summit in nation's capital (September 17, 2019)

The dismal state of broadband in tribal communities will be the focus of a pair of events in Washington, D.C.


Indian Programs Advanced Appropriations Act up for first hearing on Capitol Hill
Indian Programs Advanced Appropriations Act up for first hearing on Capitol Hill (September 17, 2019)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to fund the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service ahead of time.


'The Duwamish people are still here': Tribe hindered by lack of recognition
'The Duwamish people are still here': Tribe hindered by lack of recognition (September 13, 2019)

A grassroots movement encourages non-Natives in Seattle, Washington, to pay monthly reparations to the Duwamish Tribe.


House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women
House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women (September 13, 2019)

Key lawmakers questioned the Trump administration's efforts to address missing and murdered indigenous women – and they weren’t always satisfied with the answers.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis (September 11, 2019)

What is the Trump administration doing about missing and murdered Indigenous women? Lawmakers are seeking answers.


United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case
United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case (September 9, 2019)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians can acquire homelands over the objections of a much larger and more politically engaged tribe, a federal appeals court ruled.


James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way
James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way (September 2, 2019)

How did the government get this power over tribes? They took it.


Native Sun News Today: Johnson-O'Malley program finally in line for an update
Native Sun News Today: Johnson-O'Malley program finally in line for an update (August 23, 2019)

Modernizing the Johnson-O’Malley Program for Indian students is going to take a lot of work.


'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case
'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case (August 15, 2019)

Members of a once powerful family of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians admitted to stealing nearly $5 million from their tribe.


Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country
Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country (August 13, 2019)

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.


Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain
Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain (August 12, 2019)

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


Cronkite News: New app brings 'Indigenous DC' to your mobile devices
Cronkite News: New app brings 'Indigenous DC' to your mobile devices (August 9, 2019)

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


Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands
Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands (August 8, 2019)

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


Warm Springs Tribes seek $12.25 million for damages from fire
Warm Springs Tribes seek $12.25 million for damages from fire (August 7, 2019)

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


Cronkite News: Environmental groups lose challenge to tribal coal mine
Cronkite News: Environmental groups lose challenge to tribal coal mine (July 31, 2019)

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


Bureau of Indian Affairs confronts huge backlog in aging school system
Bureau of Indian Affairs confronts huge backlog in aging school system (July 24, 2019)

The $725 million backlog in maintenance at Indian schools is just the tip of the iceberg.


Mark Trahant: Washington budget deal important for tribal governments
Mark Trahant: Washington budget deal important for tribal governments (July 23, 2019)

The drama that has been Washington gets a two-year break after the president and leaders in Congress reach a budget deal.


House subcommittee schedules hearing on infrastructure in Indian Country
House subcommittee schedules hearing on infrastructure in Indian Country (July 8, 2019)

Aging roads, bridges and facilities in tribal communities are in need of critical improvements, maintenance and outright replacement.


Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill
Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill (July 8, 2019)

Federal recognition, tribal homelands and compensation for Native Americans exposed to uranium await further action in the nation's capital.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe pressed to amend constitution
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe pressed to amend constitution (July 5, 2019)

All across the country many tribes are calling for reform of their respective constitutions.


'A proud day': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe moves closer to federal recognition
'A proud day': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe moves closer to federal recognition (June 27, 2019)

Legislation to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe has cleared both chambers of Congress but there's still more work to be done.


Schaghticoke Indian Tribe launches bid for federal recognition
Schaghticoke Indian Tribe launches bid for federal recognition (June 25, 2019)

The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe is once again pursuing federal recognition even after another faction was rejected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court (June 25, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is battling the Trump administration in a lawsuit that will stay in the nation's capital.


'One step closer': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe optimistic on federal recognition
'One step closer': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe optimistic on federal recognition (June 20, 2019)

Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been included in a 'must pass' bill.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at business meeting (June 19, 2019)

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
RECAP: Trump administration unprepared for hearing on #MMIW and tribal jurisdiction bills (June 19, 2019)

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.


House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country
House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country (June 18, 2019)

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.


Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (June 7, 2019)

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


Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country
Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country (June 5, 2019)

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
Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on Indian legislation (June 5, 2019)

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


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up tribal homelands legislation
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up tribal homelands legislation (June 3, 2019)

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


Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era
Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era (May 31, 2019)

In the first two years of the Trump presidency, complaints of wrongdoing, corruption, fraud and misuse of funds increased 16 percent at the agency with the most responsibilities in Indian Country.


Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court
Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court (May 29, 2019)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is once again facing a reckoning in Indian Country.


Indian Country Today: Educator got new job despite sexual harassment complaints
Indian Country Today: Educator got new job despite sexual harassment complaints (May 29, 2019)

A superintendent at a Bureau of Indian Education school was terminated for sexual harassment after several women came forward.


Schaghticoke Tribal Nation seeks answers after judge dismisses land theft case
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation seeks answers after judge dismisses land theft case (May 23, 2019)

The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation has hit another snag in its $610 million land theft case.


Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law
Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law (May 21, 2019)

Federal agencies spent about $6 billion on energy for their facilities in 2017 yet tribes are being passed over for contracts.


Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update
Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update (May 21, 2019)

A long-overdue update to the popular Johnson O'Malley Indian education program is finally on the horizon.