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Rep. Tom Cole: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Rep. Tom Cole: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month (November 4, 2019)

As Americans, it is indeed important to remember the role tribes and their leaders have played in our collective history.


Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations
Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations (October 9, 2019)

All of Indian Country is waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to do what is morally and legally right.


National Congress of American Indians heads into election season after major changes
National Congress of American Indians heads into election season after major changes (October 2, 2019)

The race to lead the National Congress of American Indians is kicking into high gear as the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization prepares for its biggest meeting of the year.


Supreme Court keeps Indian Country in the dark in sovereignty case
Supreme Court keeps Indian Country in the dark in sovereignty case (July 10, 2019)

It's still anyone's guess why the nation's highest court postponed a decision in one of the most consequential Indian law cases in recent history.


Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case
Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case (June 26, 2019)

The nation's highest court made Indian Country wait a really, really long time for a decision in one of most consequential cases in recent history.


Chickasaw Nation drawn into internal dispute at National Rifle Association
Chickasaw Nation drawn into internal dispute at National Rifle Association (June 21, 2019)

A former Democratic Congressman employed by the Chickasaw Nation is being accused of taking part in a attempted coup at the largest gun lobby.


Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case
Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case (June 18, 2019)

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?


National Congress of American Indians enters 'new chapter' with new executive
National Congress of American Indians enters 'new chapter' with new executive (June 12, 2019)

The nation's oldest and largest inter-tribal organization has hired Kevin Allis, Forest County Potawatomi, as its first chief executive officer.


Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision
Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision (June 4, 2019)

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?


Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket (May 28, 2019)

It looks like Indian Country can rest easy for now, with no new cases added to the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.


Native Sun News Today: Chickasaw citizen Tom Love is a billionaire
Native Sun News Today: Chickasaw citizen Tom Love is a billionaire (May 28, 2019)

You can Google 'Richest Native Americans,' and you won’t get Tom Love, or any other person.


Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer
Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer (May 10, 2019)

Jefferson Keel is stepping down as Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation but he won't be going far from his people.


Arrest made in connection with 'hateful and racist' vandalism at Chickasaw Nation office
Arrest made in connection with 'hateful and racist' vandalism at Chickasaw Nation office (April 5, 2019)

An office of the Chickasaw Nation was defaced with the words 'Indians will be gassed' and 'Savages' along with symbols of White supremacy.


Chickasaw Nation office defaced by 'hateful and racist' vandalism
Chickasaw Nation office defaced by 'hateful and racist' vandalism (March 28, 2019)

Native politicians and officials condemned hate and racism after a Chickasaw Nation office was vandalized with the words 'Indians will be gassed' and 'Savages.'


'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny
'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny (March 26, 2019)

An Indian Health Service pediatrician abused young patients on two reservations for years without being held accountable.


Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law
Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law (January 7, 2019)

A new federal law is a remedy for a huge injustice that has led to a devastating loss of land for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


Indian Health Service ordered to pay $15 million for baby's brain damage
Indian Health Service ordered to pay $15 million for baby's brain damage (November 29, 2018)

Indian Health Service staff caused a baby boy to suffer irreversible brain damage, a federal judge concluded in a stunning decision.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (November 13, 2018)

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (November 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the historic mid-term election.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


Another Native woman advances in historic year for Native candidates
Another Native woman advances in historic year for Native candidates (August 8, 2018)

Another Native woman is making history after winning her primary for a U.S. Congress seat in Kansas.


Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation sue opioid manufacturers
Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation sue opioid manufacturers (August 6, 2018)

The Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation are the latest to sue opioid manufacturers for the drug crisis in Indian Country.


Tribes hail historic Supreme Court hire as justices hear treaty rights case
Tribes hail historic Supreme Court hire as justices hear treaty rights case (April 18, 2018)

With the U.S. Supreme Court taking up its third Indian law case of the term, tribes and their advocates are welcoming a historic development.


Chickasaw Nation announces $28.9 million expansion of engineering firm
Chickasaw Nation announces $28.9 million expansion of engineering firm (March 28, 2018)

The Chickasaw Nation is investing $28.9 million to expand one of its businesses in North Carolina.


Chickasaw citizen Kevin Washburn named dean of law school in Iowa
Chickasaw citizen Kevin Washburn named dean of law school in Iowa (March 20, 2018)

Kevin Washburn, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is making history once again in academic circles.


American Indian Cultural Center and Museum names senior curator
American Indian Cultural Center and Museum names senior curator (March 19, 2018)

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is building up senior staff as construction resumes on the long-delayed facility in Oklahoma.


Chickasaw Nation breaks ground on health center with unique system
Chickasaw Nation breaks ground on health center with unique system (March 7, 2018)

Citizens of the Chickasaw Nation will soon be able to utilize a unique fitness system, one of the first of its kind in the United States.


Rep. Tom Cole: Tribes are improving the lives of their people and their neighbors
Rep. Tom Cole: Tribes are improving the lives of their people and their neighbors (November 20, 2017)

I know my heritage as a member of the Chickasaw Nation has shaped and influenced my life in more ways than I can count.


Native business leader J.D. Colbert announces campaign for Congress in Texas
Native business leader J.D. Colbert announces campaign for Congress in Texas (August 21, 2017)

It looks like 2018 is shaping up to big another big year for Native candidates for Congress with J.D. Colbert, who is Chickasaw and Creek, announcing his campaign.


Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)

Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.


Chickasaw Nation produces film about rancher Montford Johnson
Chickasaw Nation produces film about rancher Montford Johnson (May 10, 2017)

Montford Johnson grew up an orphan in Indian Territory and went on to establish a large ranching empire in the 1800s.


Bureau of Indian Affairs pays tribute to fallen tribal police officers
Bureau of Indian Affairs pays tribute to fallen tribal police officers (May 2, 2017)

Three names are being added to the Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in New Mexico.


Native Sun News Today: Chickasaw citizen donates prom dresses to Pine Ridge youth
Native Sun News Today: Chickasaw citizen donates prom dresses to Pine Ridge youth (April 24, 2017)

Every spring teenage girls at Pine Ridge high school get asked to their senior prom, and prom dresses are expensive.


Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda (February 20, 2017)

Scott Pruitt, as attorney general in Oklahoma, repeatedly fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation fronts.


Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water deal
Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water deal (December 21, 2016)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) tried to get the lawsuit filed by the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation thrown out of court.


Donald Trump's Energy nominee sits on board for Dakota Access Pipeline owner
Donald Trump's Energy nominee sits on board for Dakota Access Pipeline owner (December 14, 2016)

The connections between Republican president-elect Donald Trump and the controversial pipeline continue to get stronger.


National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (December 13, 2016)

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.


Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (December 13, 2016)

Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.


Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump
Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump (November 23, 2016)

Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is under consideration to run the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage
Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage (November 14, 2016)

The life and culture of our nation’s Native American tribes are written in nearly every chapter of America’s story.


Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal
Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal (September 29, 2016)

A settlement for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation is close to becoming law even though it has never been put to a hearing.


Editorial: Settlement recognizes tribal role in water management
Editorial: Settlement recognizes tribal role in water management (August 15, 2016)

An agreement reached among officials from the state, Oklahoma City and two American Indian tribes ends what many expected would be a lengthy and costly fight over water rights.


Oklahoma tribes herald 'momentous achievement' on water rights
Oklahoma tribes herald 'momentous achievement' on water rights (August 12, 2016)

The Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation will play a role in determining how water is allocated in their treaty territory.


Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation resolve water rights lawsuit
Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation resolve water rights lawsuit (August 11, 2016)

The tribes asserted ownership to water under the 1830 Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.


Hanna Velazquez: A day of agony for a Chickasaw police officer
Hanna Velazquez: A day of agony for a Chickasaw police officer (July 18, 2016)

Maybe the salty tears falling from cheeks to a phone screen as I type will penetrate these words and somehow equate to the sadness and devastation of my heart.


Oklahoma tribes to help restore habitats for monarch butterfly
Oklahoma tribes to help restore habitats for monarch butterfly (May 13, 2016)

The tribes will plant milkweed on their lands in order to boost the populations of the threatened butterfly.


Indian lawmaker from Oklahoma delivers weekly address for GOP
Indian lawmaker from Oklahoma delivers weekly address for GOP (March 28, 2016)

Oklahoma State Rep. Lisa Johnson-Billy (R) is the first Native American and the first woman elected to her district.


Chickasaw Nation helps restart work on troubled Indian museum
Chickasaw Nation helps restart work on troubled Indian museum (March 16, 2016)

The tribe has agreed to contribute $15 million for construction and up to $14 million for operations of the stalled American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.


Tribes to repatriate ancestors removed from refuge in Alabama
Tribes to repatriate ancestors removed from refuge in Alabama (January 12, 2016)

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.


Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post
Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post (December 10, 2015)

As expected, the Chickasaw Nation citizen will return to University of New Mexico School of Law, where he previously served as dean.


Editorial: Trust settlement ends sordid chapter in our history
Editorial: Trust settlement ends sordid chapter in our history (October 15, 2015)

Corrupt mismanagement of assets is part of the sordid history of decades of federal Indian policy.


Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation celebrate trust settlement
Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation celebrate trust settlement (October 8, 2015)

The two Oklahoma tribes will receive a total of $186 million to settle trust mismanagement claims against the federal government.


Secretary Jewell heads to Oklahoma for tribal trust settlement
Secretary Jewell heads to Oklahoma for tribal trust settlement (October 5, 2015)

The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation agreed to accept $186 million to settle a trust mismanagement lawsuit they filed in 2005.


Oklahoma tribes settle trust mismanagement lawsuit for $186M
Oklahoma tribes settle trust mismanagement lawsuit for $186M (September 28, 2015)

The Choctaw Nation will receive $139.5 million and the Chickasaw Nation will receive $46.5 million to resolve a lawsuit filed in 2005.


Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes negotiate hunting agreements
Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes negotiate hunting agreements (September 22, 2015)

The Cherokee Nation signed the first hunting and fishing compact but the deal is controversial among its citizens.


Assistant Secretary Washburn plans to return to New Mexico
Assistant Secretary Washburn plans to return to New Mexico (September 18, 2015)

The Chickasaw Nation citizen is on leave as dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law.


AmeriCorps awards grants to tribes in New Mexico and Oklahoma
AmeriCorps awards grants to tribes in New Mexico and Oklahoma (September 8, 2015)

Tribes will use the money for environmental, heath, veterans and elder-youth programs.


Tribes in Oklahoma quick to express disinterest in marijuana
Tribes in Oklahoma quick to express disinterest in marijuana (August 18, 2015)

Merely attending a meeting on marijuana might get your tribe a call from the media.


Chickasaw Nation to induct four citizens into Hall of Fame
Chickasaw Nation to induct four citizens into Hall of Fame (July 21, 2015)

This year's honorees include Thelma Ross, a 97-year-old tribal member who served as an administrator for the Navajo Code Talkers.