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Hunter Biden's name used to legitimize sale of fraudulent tribal bonds
Hunter Biden's name used to legitimize sale of fraudulent tribal bonds (January 27, 2020)

A tribal bond scheme that defrauded unwitting investors of more than $60 million attracted attention because of high profile name connected to it.


Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business
Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business (January 27, 2020)

Terry Hunt, the president of the Lumbee Tribe's economic development arm, died while on official business in Kenya.


Tule River Tribe getting ready to join cannabis business
Tule River Tribe getting ready to join cannabis business (January 27, 2020)

The Eh-Lo Dispensary will be opening on the Tule River Reservation in the spring of 2020.


YES! Magazine: Welcome to the newest national park in New Mexico
YES! Magazine: Welcome to the newest national park in New Mexico (January 21, 2020)

Shifting sands make New Mexico's White Sands National Park a geological wonder, a prehistoric time capsule, and an economic driver for the region.


'It's a pretty monumental step': Tribal farm reclaims land on Winnebago Reservation
'It's a pretty monumental step': Tribal farm reclaims land on Winnebago Reservation (January 17, 2020)

Once the Ho-Chunk people had vast lands upon which they planted corn, beans and squash and hunted deer and buffalo. Life changed after forced removal.


Geneva Lone Hill: Economic development in Indian Country
Geneva Lone Hill: Economic development in Indian Country (January 15, 2020)

It is hard enough to do economic development on rural isolated Indian reservations without having falsehoods on top of the fraud.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent bond sale scheme
Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent bond sale scheme (January 15, 2020)

An economic development corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation is back in the news in connection with some allegedly fraudulent dealings.


Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup
Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup (January 6, 2020)

They may have turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine.


Oneida Nation visionary Rick Hill honored at Lakota National Invitational
Oneida Nation visionary Rick Hill honored at Lakota National Invitational (December 23, 2019)

As Native students bounced basketballs and veterans carrying flags lined up for grand entry, a documentary film crew took to the court to honor the late Rick Hill, a leader from the Oneida Nation.


Entrepreneur program empowers Native women to forge a brighter future
Entrepreneur program empowers Native women to forge a brighter future (December 11, 2019)

Diplomas in hand, 16 Navajo women became the latest graduating class of Project DreamCatcher, a free business training program that aims to create economic opportunities for female Native entrepreneurs.


Economic Development sometimes a pitfall
Economic Development sometimes a pitfall (November 19, 2019)

It’s all about money….and land? .... And power. We are capitalists, after all.


Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine
Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine (November 18, 2019)

Calling the purchase of coal mines 'disrespectful' to the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez is pulling the tribe's financial backing.


Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases
Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases (November 14, 2019)

'It’s going to take a long time for the harmony between us as people and Mother Earth to be completely restored, but this is a beginning.'


Navajo Nation rips support of coal company
Navajo Nation rips support of coal company (November 13, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation say they weren't informed about the purchase of three coal mines far from tribal territory.


SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away
SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away (November 11, 2019)

An aging power plant that has provided jobs and revenues to the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation is finally shutting down for good.


'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty
'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty (November 7, 2019)

Fawn Sharp grew up steeped in the tribal activist culture of the Pacific Northwest.


YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty
YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty (October 31, 2019)

Thanks to a union of land cooperatives, people in Puebla have food sovereignty and education in Nahuatl instead of mega-projects and a Walmart.


Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain
Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain (October 28, 2019)

A company owned by the Navajo Nation is now the third largest coal producer in the United States


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.


The Arctic's future is Indigenous
The Arctic's future is Indigenous (October 11, 2019)

There are competing visions for the Arctic, including energy development and commerce. What about Indigenous voices?


'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world
'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world (September 30, 2019)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is telling is own story at a new cultural center and museum on the reservation.


Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada
Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada (August 28, 2019)

Project Reconciliation is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call for Indigenous communities 'gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.'


RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 19, 2019)

From Amy Klobuchar's 'I care' moment to Steve Bullock's defense of the Indian Child Welfare Act, here's a recap of what you might have missed.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever (August 13, 2019)

Nothing has been more important to me than serving the Cherokee people.


Tribally-owned housing company continues to expand operations
Tribally-owned housing company continues to expand operations (July 23, 2019)

Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe, is the majority owner of a modular home building company.


Winnebago Tribe among the first to enter industrial hemp industry
Winnebago Tribe among the first to enter industrial hemp industry (July 22, 2019)

The Winnebago Tribe will soon become the first Indian nation in Nebraska to start planting hemp.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation steps up for the 2020 Census
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation steps up for the 2020 Census (July 19, 2019)

Vital funding happens when our citizens are counted. I challenge all Cherokees to participate in the 2020 Census and make a positive difference.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native people still treated as invisible
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native people still treated as invisible (July 10, 2019)

Native Americans are not chopped liver.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota visionary honors traditions with new technology
Native Sun News Today: Lakota visionary honors traditions with new technology (July 8, 2019)

On every reservation there is a visionary, a person who tries to create something new and promising, to protect something old and important.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill (June 27, 2019)

Tribal leaders are seeking support for bills that would guarantee water to their people in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.


Native Sun News Today: Native institution helps fulfill financial dreams
Native Sun News Today: Native institution helps fulfill financial dreams (June 17, 2019)

Discussing money and finances in homes has been a taboo for many generations.


Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency
Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency (June 13, 2019)

Northeastern Oklahoma is an area with some of the best outcomes for American Indian children in the country.


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.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps tribal citzens grow their businesses
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps tribal citzens grow their businesses (May 16, 2019)

Small businesses are our lifeline and represent a bright future for tribes in Oklahoma.


Mark Trahant: President Trump is about to make Indian Country more expensive
Mark Trahant: President Trump is about to make Indian Country more expensive (May 14, 2019)

Agriculture is big business in Indian Country. So is construction. Both are impacted by Trump's trade war.


Cronkite News: Indian Country falling behind when it comes to broadband
Cronkite News: Indian Country falling behind when it comes to broadband (May 9, 2019)

Fewer than half the households on tribal lands in Arizona have access to broadband internet, and only one exceeds the state average.


'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court
'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court (May 6, 2019)

Tribes are paying close attention to a court case that they say will have a major impact on efforts to improve economic conditions in their communities.


The Revelator: Bringing energy independence to Indian Country
The Revelator: Bringing energy independence to Indian Country (May 2, 2019)

An organization focused on increasing energy independence for American Indians is helping to bring light, jobs and new opportunities to tribal communities.


Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office
Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office (April 18, 2019)

After two losses at the polls, Gavin Clarkson is back in the race in New Mexico.


'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.


Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour (April 11, 2019)

A hearing on community development in Indian Country turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of officials were forced to explain why they turned in their testimony late.


AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development
AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development (April 10, 2019)

The Trump administration has put a loan guarantee program at the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the chopping block.


Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration
Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration (April 10, 2019)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney made her first appearance before Congress and had to apologize for being late with her testimony.


The Conversation: First Nations slowly reclaim their ancestral territories
The Conversation: First Nations slowly reclaim their ancestral territories (April 8, 2019)

Over the past 20 years, the courts have validated long-standing claims by First Nations that Canadian governments have systematically ignored and violated the terms of treaties negotiated between 1871 and 1921.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to grow our economy
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to grow our economy (April 8, 2019)

Cherokee Nation Businesses is not just the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, but for all of northeast Oklahoma.


Oklahoma Watch: Indian Country left behind in economic development initiative
Oklahoma Watch: Indian Country left behind in economic development initiative (March 27, 2019)

Tribes have been left out of a major part of a new federal tax incentive, with their governments unable to support projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas.


Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch
Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch (March 20, 2019)

President Donald Trump has elevated a new champion for Indian Country to the Supreme Court.


Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow
Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow (March 11, 2019)

Since opening in 2015, HeSapa Enterprises has steadily grown in size and services provided to customers


Winnebago Tribe moves forward with major community expansion plans
Winnebago Tribe moves forward with major community expansion plans (March 1, 2019)

With employment and economic opportunities growing, the Winnebago Tribe is ready to welcome more people to the reservation.


Native Sun News Today: Economic development and the Pine Ridge Reservation
Native Sun News Today: Economic development and the Pine Ridge Reservation (February 20, 2019)

The Pine Ridge Reservation has been designated an Empowerment Zone, a Promise Zone and an Opportunity Zone.


Winnebago Tribe explores new frontiers as opportunities grow on homelands
Winnebago Tribe explores new frontiers as opportunities grow on homelands (February 18, 2019)

On the banks of the Missouri River, not far from where Lewis and Clark camped at the start of their long journey, one tribe is exploring new frontiers of its own.


Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day
Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day (February 18, 2019)

Oklahoma’s rich identity is so closely tied to its Native heritage.


James Giago Davies: It's time to make universal basic income a reality
James Giago Davies: It's time to make universal basic income a reality (February 15, 2019)

America has plenty of money for corporate welfare and defense contractors. Why so little for tribal citizens?


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation aims to tell the stories of our people
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation aims to tell the stories of our people (February 11, 2019)

Telling the Cherokee story – our history, our heritage – is a skill that our people have passed down from one generation to the next.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate (February 6, 2019)

After a somewhat disappointing start in the Trump era, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues to hit the ground running.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting (February 4, 2019)

Native languages, Native veterans and tribal economic development are the subject of three bills being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Winnebago Tribe still fighting back a year after raid on reservation
Winnebago Tribe still fighting back a year after raid on reservation (February 4, 2019)

Federal agents raided the reservation in what leaders of the Winnebago Tribe have called an attack on their sovereignty.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal leader addresses lawmakers in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Tribal leader addresses lawmakers in South Dakota (January 18, 2019)

President Rodney Bordeaux of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe highlighted the government shutdown and the Keystone XL Pipeline in his State of the Tribes address.


Winnebago Tribe continues to see more return to homelands
Winnebago Tribe continues to see more return to homelands (January 16, 2019)

'Our goal is to create self-sufficiency by getting jobs and opportunity to our local tribal members,' an executive from Ho-Chunk Inc. says.


Jeffrey Whalen: We need a plan to improve our reservation economy
Jeffrey Whalen: We need a plan to improve our reservation economy (January 8, 2019)

We hear over and over again that Oglala Lakota County is the poorest in the nation.