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Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriageFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriage (03/21)
Tribal law previously restricted marriages to a man and a woman.
Donald Trump praises Andrew Jackson but neglects history of genocideFiled Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump praises Andrew Jackson but neglects history of genocide (03/16)
Andrew Jackson is widely reviled as one of the worst presidents for Indian Country but he has one prominent admirer in the White House.
Bill John Baker: A new day for the Cherokee Nation on health careFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: A new day for the Cherokee Nation on health care (03/13)
We have worked aggressively to improve access to quality health care and the wellness of our tribe, both individually and collectively.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect our natural resourcesFiled Under: Environment | Law | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect our natural resources (02/27)
We will not stand idly by and let a private company unilaterally determine the future of two important rivers and the safety of the Cherokee community.
Tristan Ahtone: Cherokee Nation entitled to delegate in CongressFiled Under: National | Politics
Tristan Ahtone: Cherokee Nation entitled to delegate in Congress (01/06)
To deal with a Trump administration, the tribal nation might now want to use that 200-year-old treaty right.
Steve Russell: Quest for gold led to destruction of Indian treaties Filed Under: Opinion
Steve Russell: Quest for gold led to destruction of Indian treaties (12/23)
The United States of America, showing its exceptionalism, forwent the death penalty for Indians possessing gold.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation seeks justice for broken treatiesFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Trust
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation seeks justice for broken treaties (12/20)
Lawsuits by nature are adversarial, but this is a chance for the government of the United States to do what is right.
Cherokee Nation legal opinion recognizes same-sex marriagesFiled Under: Law | National
Cherokee Nation legal opinion recognizes same-sex marriages (12/13)
Portions of the Cherokee Nation Marriage and Family Act that restricted who can marry have been declared null and void.
Cherokee Nation files breach of trust lawsuit against federal governmentFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Cherokee Nation files breach of trust lawsuit against federal government (11/28)
Citing dozens of treaties and agreements dating to the late 1700s, the tribe said it has never been provided with a proper accounting of its trust funds.
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts ActFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Opinion | Politics | Federal Recognition
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act (10/24)
Turning Oklahoma into an isolated island in Indian Country serves no purpose for anyone.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary ClintonFiled Under: National | Politics
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary Clinton (10/21)
The tribe's leader also took a big shot at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Obama administration asks tribes about infrastructure projectsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Obama administration asks tribes about infrastructure projects (09/23)
The #NoDAPL movement is forcing federal agencies to re-examine their handling of large projects.
Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a closeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close (09/21)
With a new president on the horizon, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has just four more months to reach its goal of placing 500,000 acres in trust.
Cherokee Nation sends six veterans on third annual Warrior Flight to DCFiled Under: National
Cherokee Nation sends six veterans on third annual Warrior Flight to DC (09/12)
Two veterans from World War II and four from the Korean War will visit memorials and monuments in the nation's capital.
Native baseball player Koda Glover continues to impress in the big leaguesFiled Under: National | Sports
Native baseball player Koda Glover continues to impress in the big leagues (09/02)
Koda Glover, who is Cherokee, pitches for the Washington Nationals.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in needs of communities in OklahomaFiled Under: Business | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in needs of communities in Oklahoma (08/30)
When our businesses are doing well, so are our people, our communities and our state.
School starts at #NoDAPL camp as pipeline resistance digs in for long haulFiled Under: Education | Environment | Law | National
School starts at #NoDAPL camp as pipeline resistance digs in for long haul (08/29)
The Defenders of the Water School held its first classes at the Camp of the Sacred Stones as the #NoDAPL movement continues.
Tribes prepare for critical hearing in Dakota Access Pipeline lawsuitFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Tribes prepare for critical hearing in Dakota Access Pipeline lawsuit (08/22)
Support is growing across Indian Country as tribes head to court in a bid to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from crossing their sacred lands.
Indian Country makes presence known at Democratic conventionFiled Under: National | Politics
Indian Country makes presence known at Democratic convention (07/26)
Whether it was a hospitality tent hosted by the Cherokee Nation or meetings among American Indian and Alaska Native delegates, Democrats expressed pride in their prominent roles within the party.
Cherokee player Koda Glover wins praise in major league debutFiled Under: National | Sports
Cherokee player Koda Glover wins praise in major league debut (07/21)
The 23-year-old Cherokee player made a strong debut right after being called up from the minors.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation hosts Reservation Economic SummitFiled Under: Business | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation hosts Reservation Economic Summit (07/06)
RES Oklahoma will bring together tribal leaders, elected officials, industry leaders and the American Indian business community to collaborate and network in an innovative and entrepreneurial atmosphere.
April Youpee-Roll: Elizabeth Warren owes more to Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion
April Youpee-Roll: Elizabeth Warren owes more to Indian Country (06/24)
Indian identity is not a mythical connection to a long romanticized (and assumed long dead) people.
Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authorityFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authority (06/21)
S.2785, the Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act, recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes to arrest, prosecute and sentence any person for drug crimes and domestic violence against children.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in need of more foster familiesFiled Under: Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in need of more foster families (06/21)
The work of our Cherokee foster parents, child welfare workers and advocates is near and dear to my heart.
Steve Russell: Donald Trump represents grave threat to law and orderFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Donald Trump represents grave threat to law and order (06/20)
If I feel the need to defend myself against accusations of implicit bias in my Trump coverage going forward, I'm going to cite the disclosures I'm about to make.
DVIDS: Tribal members recognized for their service in US militaryFiled Under: National
DVIDS: Tribal members recognized for their service in US military (06/16)
The Society of American Indian Government Employees recently gathered to honor recipients of the 2016 SAIGE Military Meritorious Service Award.
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12Filed Under: Law | National
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12 (06/15)
Tribes and tribal organizations say the new regulations will help prevent the breakup of families in their communities.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation fights opioid abuse in OklahomaFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation fights opioid abuse in Oklahoma (06/13)
We have a crisis in Oklahoma and throughout Indian Country, and we must raise awareness of the issue.
Cherokee Nation citizen Stacy Leeds reappointed to law school postFiled Under: Law
Cherokee Nation citizen Stacy Leeds reappointed to law school post (06/07)
Stacy Leeds made history in 2011 when she became the first Native woman named as dean of a law school in the United States.
Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee groupFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group (05/13)
The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee did not meet all seven mandatory criteria, acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts said.
Sen. Warren stands up to Donald Trump despite his 'Indian' insultsFiled Under: National | Politics
Sen. Warren stands up to Donald Trump despite his 'Indian' insults (05/10)
The Democratic lawmaker from Massachusetts is warning the presumptive Republican presidential nominee that using stereotypes and slurs didn't pay off for another opponent.
Bill John Baker: Oklahoma tribes back bill to protect Indian artists from fraudsFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Oklahoma tribes back bill to protect Indian artists from frauds (04/18)
It’s critical for us as Indian people to ensure Indian art is truly created by enrolled citizens of federally recognized tribes.
Steve Russell: Ballot measure 777 threatens waters in OklahomaFiled Under: Environment | Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Ballot measure 777 threatens waters in Oklahoma (03/28)
Farmers and ranchers have the same right to do business as any other business, but that right does not now include the right to silence critics of inhumane or environmentally unsound practices.
Donald Trump again derides Sen. Elizabeth Warren as 'the Indian'Filed Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump again derides Sen. Elizabeth Warren as 'the Indian' (03/22)
The Democratic Senator from Massachusetts has claimed Cherokee ancestry but has resisted repeated calls to provide documentation.
Albert Bender: Cherokee war chief Dragging Canoe was a true heroFiled Under: Opinion
Albert Bender: Cherokee war chief Dragging Canoe was a true hero (03/21)
On February 27, a commemoration of the life of the great Cherokee war chief Dragging Canoe was held at the Global Education Center in Nashville.
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experienceFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | Law | National | Politics | Federal Recognition | Trust
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (03/16)
Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation partners with Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation partners with Indian Health Service (03/07)
It was a historic achievement for the Cherokee Nation as the tribe negotiated, finalized and signed a Joint Venture Construction Program agreement with Indian Health Service.
Cherokee tribes work to keep language alive for new generationsFiled Under: Education | National
Cherokee tribes work to keep language alive for new generations (03/01)
Only about 3,000 Cherokee Nation citizens are fluent while the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians counts upwards of 400 fluent speakers.
Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grantsFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants (02/17)
Some of the newest members of the family of Indian nations received funds to address housing conditions and economic development in their communities.
National campaign launched to stop tribal disenrollment epidemicFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
National campaign launched to stop tribal disenrollment epidemic (02/09)
A prominent coalition of activists, artists and at least one elected tribal leader joined a campaign aimed at putting an end to the controversial practice.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in our people's wellbeingFiled Under: Education | Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in our people's wellbeing (02/08)
When you look closely at what Cherokee Nation and all tribal governments in Oklahoma are doing, you will see we are fighting poverty, expanding business, creating jobs and offering better health care. =
Federal judge dismisses Freedmen historical accounting lawsuitFiled Under: Law | Trust
Federal judge dismisses Freedmen historical accounting lawsuit (02/03)
Leatrice Tanner-Brown, whose grandfather was a Freedman of the Cherokee Nation, failed to demonstrate standing in her case against the Interior Department.
Nailah Harper-Malveaux named as one of 'New Student Activists'Filed Under: Education | National
Nailah Harper-Malveaux named as one of 'New Student Activists' (02/01)
Nailah Harper-Malveaux is a daughter of Ambassador Keith Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation.
Famed Indian ballerina Yvonne Chouteau passes on at age of 86Filed Under: Arts & Entertainment | National
Famed Indian ballerina Yvonne Chouteau passes on at age of 86 (02/01)
Yvonne Chouteau rose to fame in the 1940s and performed with some of the most prestigious dance groups in the world.
Indian gang member accused of running drug ring from prison cellFiled Under: Law
Indian gang member accused of running drug ring from prison cell (02/01)
Cody McClendon used a contraband cell phone to arrange the distribution and sale of methamphetamine through phone calls, text messages and even Facebook.
Steve Russell: Cherokee citizens upset with death of beloved elkFiled Under: Opinion
Steve Russell: Cherokee citizens upset with death of beloved elk (01/22)
The Cherokee Nation is having a Cecil the Lion moment, and the outrage in Tahlequah is palpable.
Tribes to repatriate ancestors removed from refuge in AlabamaFiled Under: Environment
Tribes to repatriate ancestors removed from refuge in Alabama (01/12)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Cherokee Nation, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Chickasaw Nation are jointly reburying the remains of three individuals.
Tribes awarded $5.9M to combat homelessness among veteransFiled Under: National
Tribes awarded $5.9M to combat homelessness among veterans (01/08)
The 26 tribal recipients will be able to meet the specific needs of their warriors by providing them with rental vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and services from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Cherokee Nation working to prosecute non-Indians under VAWAFiled Under: Law | National
Cherokee Nation working to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA (01/07)
The largest tribe in the United States is close to meeting the requirements of the landmark 2013 law, a senior official said.
Bill John Baker: The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attackFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Bill John Baker: The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attack (01/06)
Thirty-seven years ago, the federal government passed a law to keep Indian children safe.
USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issuesFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issues (12/08)
United South and Eastern Tribes President Brian Patterson testified against the Tribal Recognition Act, a bill that strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation children deserve loving homesFiled Under: Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation children deserve loving homes (12/03)
This time of year let’s keep in mind those Cherokee children that need a loving, nurturing home.
Cherokee Nation donates $4M for renovation of historic building Filed Under: Education
Cherokee Nation donates $4M for renovation of historic building (12/03)
The Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University opened in 1889 as a boarding school for Cherokee students.
Cherokee Nation unveils new warrior memorial for veteransFiled Under: National
Cherokee Nation unveils new warrior memorial for veterans (11/12)
The 12-foot granite memorial features a message in Cherokee and English that thanks veterans for their service to the tribe and to their homeland.
Review: Kay WalkingStick connects to her heritage with artFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment
Review: Kay WalkingStick connects to her heritage with art (11/09)
One hopes there was a long and complicated discussion about the placement of the first painting that greets visitors at the entrance of the Kay WalkingStick exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot projectFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot project (11/06)
The tribes will be gain access to national criminal databases as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.
Cherokee Nation woman faces murder charges for deaths of fourFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Cherokee Nation woman faces murder charges for deaths of four (10/27)
Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, is accused of intentionally driving her car into a crowd at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.
Cherokee Nation opens doors to $10M health center additionFiled Under: Health
Cherokee Nation opens doors to $10M health center addition (10/15)
The Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center, one of the heaviest used facilities, is now nearly double the size.
Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes negotiate hunting agreementsFiled Under: Environment | Law
Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes negotiate hunting agreements (09/22)
The Cherokee Nation signed the first hunting and fishing compact but the deal is controversial among its citizens.
Cherokee Nation Council adopts largest budget in tribal historyFiled Under: National | Politics
Cherokee Nation Council adopts largest budget in tribal history (09/16)
The $767 million budget provides $35 million in increases for health, education and other programs.

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