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Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribesFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes (01/18)
The 2017 list contains 567 tribes -- the same number as the last update.
Disenrollment epidemic affects dozens of tribes across the nationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Disenrollment epidemic affects dozens of tribes across the nation (01/18)
The disenrollment epidemic is the subject of a lengthy feature in The New York Times Magazine.
Craig Tribal Association celebrates 'historic' trust land acquisitionFiled Under: National | Trust
Craig Tribal Association celebrates 'historic' trust land acquisition (01/16)
Tribal leaders in Alaska are praising the Obama administration for helping them achieve a land-into-trust milestone.
Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land applicationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land application (01/13)
It's only 1.08 acres but the decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs marks a major milestone in state and federal history.
North Dakota tribe threatens to walk away from energy tax dealFiled Under: Environment | Politics
North Dakota tribe threatens to walk away from energy tax deal (01/12)
'We're not bluffing,' Chairman Mark Fox told lawmakers in regards to a new bill that changes oil taxation rates.
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nomineeFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nominee (01/10)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has earned praise for his work on protections for Native women, federal recognition, water rights, energy and economic development.
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (01/10)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was forced to admit that he opposed landmark provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nomineesFiled Under: National | Politics
Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nominees (01/10)
Eight of the Republican president-elect's picks are going before the Senate this week.
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust rulingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (01/09)
The Oklahoma lawmaker, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is once again offering fixes to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v .Salazar.
Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an endFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Politics | Trust
Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an end (01/05)
The Obama administration has helped tribes restore more than 2 million acres of land since January 2009.
Lumbee Tribe welcomes 'additional avenues' for seeking federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
Lumbee Tribe welcomes 'additional avenues' for seeking federal recognition (01/03)
The Obama administration has opened the door for the North Carolina tribe to seek federal recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nooksack Tribe tries to evict family amid mass enrollment purgeFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe tries to evict family amid mass enrollment purge (12/22)
A disenrollment dispute continues to make waves in Washington.
North Dakota tribe recovers ancestral lands taken by Army CorpsFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
North Dakota tribe recovers ancestral lands taken by Army Corps (12/20)
After a decades-long quest, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is finally reclaiming a piece of its homeland.
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognition (12/20)
Federal recognition offers financial help, and those tribes without it have 'second-class status in Indian Country' and remain vulnerable to local authorities.
Alex Jacobs: Indians on Donald Trump's team speak in termination tongueFiled Under: Opinion | Politics | Trust
Alex Jacobs: Indians on Donald Trump's team speak in termination tongue (12/19)
Oh no, is termination back in vogue now that Republican Donald Trump is about to take control of the White House?
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complainedFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complained (12/16)
Two employees who blew the whistle on the BIA's handling of energy leases for the Southern Ute Tribe quickly found themselves forced off the reservation in Colorado.
Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C.Filed Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C. (12/16)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) invited tribal leaders and others to share their views with the incoming Republican administration.
Gyasi Ross: Donald Trump is coming for our lands and resourcesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Gyasi Ross: Donald Trump is coming for our lands and resources (12/16)
Trump’s line-up of cabinet nominees tells us that his Administration is coming squarely for Native land and Native natural resources.
Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior SecretaryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior Secretary (12/15)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has supported tribes on water rights, federal recognition, sovereignty and other matters.
Lakota Country Times: Bureau of Indian Affairs seizes Oglala citizen's cattle againFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Bureau of Indian Affairs seizes Oglala citizen's cattle again (12/15)
One Oglala Lakota rancher believes that his right to due process has been undermined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs' refusal to adhere to a tribal court ruling.
Swinomish Tribe seeks recognition of original treaty boundaryFiled Under: Law | Trust
Swinomish Tribe seeks recognition of original treaty boundary (12/14)
Chairman Brian Cladoosby: 'Our people have been fighting for this since 1873.'
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Trust
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (12/13)
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes one repatriation provision, two major infrastructure packages, three land-into-trust acquisitions and four water settlements.
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issuesFiled Under: Business | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues (12/12)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.
Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribes (12/09)
Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to head the Department of the Interior.
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economiesFiled Under: Business | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies (12/08)
A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald Trump (12/08)
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican Indian or Democrat; the power to uplift or crush Indian Country is now in the hands of extremely conservative people.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal landFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land (12/07)
The Oklahoma Republican said a widely circulated report 'completely distorted' his views about sovereignty and self-determination.
Bureau of Indian Affairs extends comment period on probate ruleFiled Under: National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs extends comment period on probate rule (12/05)
A new January 4, 2017, deadline leaves the agency little time to finalize changes if it intends to do so before the end of the Obama administration.
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new presidentFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president (11/30)
The #NoDAPL movement, preventing suicide and promoting educational opportunities are among the top priorities of the new generation in Indian Country.
Pokagon Band breaks ground on housing project on Indiana landFiled Under: National | Trust
Pokagon Band breaks ground on housing project on Indiana land (11/30)
A total of 44 housing units are in the works on the 166-acre parcel in South Bend.
Leader of Nooksack Tribe defends purge of 'non-Indians' from rollsFiled Under: Law | National
Leader of Nooksack Tribe defends purge of 'non-Indians' from rolls (11/23)
Chairman Bob Kelly did not address warnings from two federal agencies that his tribe is acting without a valid governing body.
Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald TrumpFiled Under: National | Politics
Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump (11/23)
Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is under consideration to run the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Indian Health Service warns Nooksack Tribe about disenrolleesFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service warns Nooksack Tribe about disenrollees (11/22)
Another federal agency is stepping in as the Washington tribe removes more than a third of its people from the rolls.
Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back programFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Politics
Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back program (11/22)
The 114th Congress is drawing to a close and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has added a hearing to its agenda.
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (11/18)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.
Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribesFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribes (11/18)
A quirk in the Indian Land Consolidation Act kept tribes from restoring their homelands.
Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollmentFiled Under: National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollment (11/17)
Despite warnings from the federal agency, the tribe has started removing more than 300 people from the rolls.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Keep Sarah Palin far away from Bureau of Indian AffairsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Keep Sarah Palin far away from Bureau of Indian Affairs (11/17)
What is the most horrifying of all; there is a strong possibility that Donald Trump will appoint Sarah Palin as the Secretary of the Interior.
Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in WashingtonFiled Under: National | Politics
Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in Washington (11/10)
Indian Country is adjusting to a new political reality with Donald Trump headed to the White House.
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendumFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum (11/10)
The referendum came after the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it would not recognize any actions taken by the tribal council due to a lack of a quorum.
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land disputeFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute (11/10)
The New York tribe can follow the land-into-trust process, a federal appeals court ruled in a unanimous decision.
Quinault Nation calls for tribal inclusion in Donald Trump's transition teamFiled Under: National | Politics
Quinault Nation calls for tribal inclusion in Donald Trump's transition team (11/09)
President Fawn Sharp acknowledged that Republican Donald Trump's victory on Election Day came as a 'surprise' but vowed to move forward.
Two key leadership positions filled at Bureau of Indian Affairs in DCFiled Under: Education | National
Two key leadership positions filled at Bureau of Indian Affairs in DC (11/02)
The Bureau of Indian Education has a new director to replace one who left amid scandal.
Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back programFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Politics
Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program (11/01)
With the presidential election only a week away, the future of a major Indian land effort hangs in the balance.
Clara Caufield: Tribes are putting more of our people behind barsFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Tribes are putting more of our people behind bars (11/01)
More prisoners are facing longer sentences in tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs jails which are not equipped to handle the increased numbers.
Bureau of Indian Affairs apprehended Dakota Access security guard with rifleFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs apprehended Dakota Access security guard with rifle (10/31)
Kyle Thompson, a military veteran from North Dakota, confirmed he was working for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Democracy Now: Dakota Access security guard had assault rifleFiled Under: Law | National
Democracy Now: Dakota Access security guard had assault rifle (10/31)
More details are emerging, including video footage of a man who appears to be a Dakota Access security contractor holding a rifle, with his face covered by a bandana, apparently attempting to infiltrate a group of water protectors.
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge ReservationFiled Under: Law | National
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge Reservation (10/24)
Chunta Suta Win 'Annie' Colhoff-Poor Bear and Vincent Von Brewer III were killed in separate incidents that some have linked to drug trafficking.
Alaska tribes enter new era with first land-into-trust applicationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Alaska tribes enter new era with first land-into-trust application (10/20)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is ready to help tribes in Alaska restore their homelands.
Chemehuevi Tribe secures approval of HEARTH Act regulationsFiled Under: Business | National
Chemehuevi Tribe secures approval of HEARTH Act regulations (10/20)
The California tribe won't have to seek approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for every single business site lease.
Bureau of Indian Affairs finishes update to model juvenile codeFiled Under: Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs finishes update to model juvenile code (10/20)
The code provides guidance to tribes to protect the rights of Indian juveniles and their parents, guardians or custodians.
Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates 'sacred' items kept in boxesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates 'sacred' items kept in boxes (10/19)
Tribal leaders sat in shock as a non-Indian witnesses brought out cardboard boxes containing what he said were sacred items.
Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's governmentFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's government (10/18)
The agency won't recognize any actions taken by the council, a decision that affects a disenrollment dispute on the reservation.
Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North AmericaFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | World
Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North America (10/17)
The first-ever meeting of the North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls took place at the White House.
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goalFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal (10/12)
More than 500,000 acres has been placed in trust but the figure includes properties that weren't the subject of land-into-trust applications.
Michael Paul Hill: Agent Orange affects San Carlos Apache TribeFiled Under: Environment | Health | Opinion
Michael Paul Hill: Agent Orange affects San Carlos Apache Tribe (10/10)
'We were used as lab rats to test the effects of the chemical on the body of Apaches.'
Colville Tribes agree to share settlement funds with membershipFiled Under: Law | National
Colville Tribes agree to share settlement funds with membership (10/06)
Each member will receive about $1,400 from the tribe's share of the Ramah contract support costs settlement.
Cronkite News: Hualapai Tribe pushes for water rights settlementFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Hualapai Tribe pushes for water rights settlement (10/06)
The chairman of the Hualapai Tribe told a Senate committee that a proposed 70-mile, $173 million water project would lay the groundwork for expansion of Grand Canyon West and increased tourism in the state.
Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending billsFiled Under: National | Politics
Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending bills (09/29)
Lawmakers again failed to approve funding for Indian Country programs but averted a shutdown of the federal government.
County sheriff announces additional arrests of #NoDAPL resistersFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
County sheriff announces additional arrests of #NoDAPL resisters (09/28)
Social media lit up with reports of yet another confrontation in North Dakota.

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