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Decision day for National Congress of American Indians with leadership changes
National | Politics
Decision day for National Congress of American Indians with leadership changes (October 19, 2017)
It's decision day for the National Congress of American Indians as attendees elect a slate of new leaders.

Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin
Law | National | Politics
Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin (October 12, 2017)
The Native American Voting Rights Coalition is identifying and documenting obstacles faced by Native voters.

Eastern Cherokee council complete after second round of voting for one seat
Law | Politics
Eastern Cherokee council complete after second round of voting for one seat (October 12, 2017)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a complete council after a second round of voting took place for one disputed seat.

Mark Trahant: Native lawmaker Peggy Flanagan joins ticket for top office in Minnesota
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native lawmaker Peggy Flanagan joins ticket for top office in Minnesota (October 9, 2017)
This country has never elected a Native American woman to lead a state, or even as a lieutenant governor.

Teton Times: Standing Rock citizens secure injunction in constitutional dispute
Law | National | Politics
Teton Times: Standing Rock citizens secure injunction in constitutional dispute (October 9, 2017)
Citing tribal traditions and customs, a judge granted an injunction to stop a proposed constitution revision because Standing Rock Sioux leaders failed to inform the people.

Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux chairman seeks NCAI presidency
National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux chairman seeks NCAI presidency (October 6, 2017)
Tribal leaders in the Great Plains are endorsing Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier as president of the National Congress of American Indians.

Chukchansi Tribe announces open enrollment period after years of mass purges
National
Chukchansi Tribe announces open enrollment period after years of mass purges (October 3, 2017)
The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is holding an open enrollment period after removing hundreds of people from its rolls.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ousts Dave Archambault as chairman in election
National | Politics
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ousts Dave Archambault as chairman in election (September 28, 2017)
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has a new leader after voters ousted Dave Archambault II at the polls.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe goes to polls without constitutional changes on ballot
Politics
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe goes to polls without constitutional changes on ballot (September 26, 2017)
Efforts to change the constitution of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are on hold as citizens go to the polls to elect their leaders.

Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress (September 25, 2017)
There are now seven #NativeVote18 candidates for U.S. Congress -- three Republicans and four Democrats.

President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent
Law | Politics | Trust
President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent (September 22, 2017)
President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians choose Leonard Forsman as new president
Politics
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians choose Leonard Forsman as new president (September 21, 2017)
Leonard Forsman, the chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, is the new president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

Mark Trahant: Three fights ahead for the Native vote in United States and Canada
Canada | Environment | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Three fights ahead for the Native vote in United States and Canada (September 18, 2017)
A climate tax, a Senate seat, and the revival of a Canadian political party are three fights ahead for the #NativeVote in 2018.

Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis
Law | National | Politics
Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis (September 7, 2017)
The Nooksack Tribe has reached an agreement with the Trump administration that could resolve a long-running governance crisis on the reservation.

Native Sun News Today: Does 'Death with Dignity' go against Lakota tradition?
Health | National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Does 'Death with Dignity' go against Lakota tradition? (September 5, 2017)
Physician-assisted death may be on the ballot in 2018 if Death with Dignity South Dakota can get enough signatures on a petition.

Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship
Law | National | Politics
Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship (August 30, 2017)
The descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation are entitled to tribal citizenship, a federal judge has ruled.

Native business leader J.D. Colbert announces campaign for Congress in Texas
National | Politics
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.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates face uphill battles in the era of Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates face uphill battles in the era of Donald Trump (August 21, 2017)
Imagine being a Native American politician in the Trump era. It would be an uphill climb to represent constituents as well as being a public advocate for Native people and community.

Crow Tribe votes on potential changes to constitution despite court decision
Law | National | Politics
Crow Tribe votes on potential changes to constitution despite court decision (August 16, 2017)
A power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of the Crow Tribe is playing out in the judicial system on the reservation.

Mark Trahant: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over (August 16, 2017)
The question now is how fast will the Trump administration crumble? When will people resign in good conscience?

Harold Monteau: Democrats need to get their act together in new election season
Opinion | Politics
Harold Monteau: Democrats need to get their act together in new election season (August 14, 2017)
Writing on Indian Country Media Network, Harold Monteau offers a few ideas for the Democrats to consider to help them become Democrats again.

Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign
Politics
Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign (August 10, 2017)
It's hard to believe but a tribal citizen has never served in the Massachusetts Legislature. Jacob Ventura is hoping to change that.

Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on
Health | National
Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on (August 9, 2017)
A clinic operated by the Nooksack Tribe is losing $2.5 million in federal health care funds amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.

Chitimacha Tribe replaces embattled ex-chairman with first female leader
Law | Politics
Chitimacha Tribe replaces embattled ex-chairman with first female leader (August 1, 2017)
Melissa Darden will serve a two-year term as the newly-elected leader of the Chitimacha Tribe.

Cronkite News: Unpopular Republican lawmaker rebukes party in new book
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Unpopular Republican lawmaker rebukes party in new book (July 31, 2017)
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to 'traditional conservatism' in a book that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign.

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe returns Jeromy Sullivan to chairman's post
Politics
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe returns Jeromy Sullivan to chairman's post (July 13, 2017)
Voters of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe re-elected Jeromy Sullivan to a fifth term as chairman.

Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
National | Politics
Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.

National Organization for Women elects Native citizen as vice president
National
National Organization for Women elects Native citizen as vice president (July 5, 2017)
Gilda Yazzie will serve as vice president of the National Organization for Women along with Toni Van Pelt, the new president.

Blackfeet Nation voters reject changes to decades-old constitution
National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation voters reject changes to decades-old constitution (June 28, 2017)
The Blackfeet Nation's governing structure will be staying the same after voters rejected an overhaul of the tribe's constitution.

Colville Tribes remove council member a week before citizens go to polls
Politics
Colville Tribes remove council member a week before citizens go to polls (June 23, 2017)
The vote to remove Ricky Gabriel from the council of the Colville Tribes was 9-4 and his own brother was forced into casting a vote.

Lumbee Tribe ordered to release voter list to opponents of chairman
Law | Politics
Lumbee Tribe ordered to release voter list to opponents of chairman (June 23, 2017)
A recall effort against Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. of the Lumbee Tribe is moving forward with the help of a court decision.

Montana tribes get new member of Congress who pleaded guilty to assault
Politics
Montana tribes get new member of Congress who pleaded guilty to assault (June 22, 2017)
The state of Montana has a new representative in the halls of Congress though he didn't garner much support in Indian Country.

Incoming member of Congress negotiating plea deal for assault
Law | Politics
Incoming member of Congress negotiating plea deal for assault (June 8, 2017)
Republican Greg Gianforte lost the Native vote but was successful overall in his bid to represent Montana in the U.S. House.

New Eastern Cherokee leader calls for unity after impeachment of chief
National | Politics
New Eastern Cherokee leader calls for unity after impeachment of chief (June 7, 2017)
Richard Sneed, the new leader of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is quickly settling into his new job on the reservation in North Carolina.

Snoqualmie Tribe chooses women to serve in top council posts
Politics
Snoqualmie Tribe chooses women to serve in top council posts (May 31, 2017)
Following an election, the Snoqualmie Tribe's chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary posts are now held by women.

Indigenous woman gains backing in bid for presidency in Mexico
Politics | World
Indigenous woman gains backing in bid for presidency in Mexico (May 31, 2017)
Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, a traditional doctor, is the first indigenous woman to run for president of Mexico.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe enters election season with crowded field
National | Politics
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe enters election season with crowded field (May 26, 2017)
It's election season for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Ten candidates, including incumbent Dave Archambault II, are seeking the chairman's post.

Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana
National | Politics
Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana (May 26, 2017)
Native voters favored Democrat Rob Quist but that wasn't enough to offset Republican Greg Gianforte's overall win for the state's sole U.S. House seat.

Republican candidate to replace Ryan Zinke charged with assault
National | Politics
Republican candidate to replace Ryan Zinke charged with assault (May 25, 2017)
Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter as the closely-watched campaign in Montana came to a close.

Nooksack Tribe remains without recognized council as Trump administration digs in
Health | Law | National | Politics
Nooksack Tribe remains without recognized council as Trump administration digs in (May 12, 2017)
A group of disputed leaders has been kicked out of federal court and denied access to an estimated $14 million in federal funds.

Native American Rights Fund slams President Trump for commission on 'voter suppression'
Law | National | Politics
Native American Rights Fund slams President Trump for commission on 'voter suppression' (May 12, 2017)
The nation's oldest Indian legal advocacy group is speaking out President Trump's new voter fraud initiative.

Crow Tribe welcomes Vice President Pence to coal mine on homelands
Environment | National | Politics
Crow Tribe welcomes Vice President Pence to coal mine on homelands (May 12, 2017)
The trip highlights the importance of coal to the Crow people in Montana.

President Trump fires director of Federal Bureau of Investigation
Law | National | Politics
President Trump fires director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (May 10, 2017)
James Comey visited several reservations during his tenure and linked high rates of violent crime to complex jurisdictional issues in Indian Country.

Southern Ute Tribe votes on another payout from $126M settlement
Politics | Trust
Southern Ute Tribe votes on another payout from $126M settlement (May 4, 2017)
The Colorado-based tribe already shared 60 percent of the settlement on a per capita basis but some citizens want the rest of the funds.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Let's scrutinize the Indian Reorganization Act
Opinion | Politics
Ivan Star Comes Out: Let's scrutinize the Indian Reorganization Act (May 4, 2017)
Mark Twain, the humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, once wrote: 'Politicians and diapers must be changed often – and for the same reason.'

Mark Trahant: It's time for a Native woman to serve in U.S. Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: It's time for a Native woman to serve in U.S. Congress (May 3, 2017)
There’s no reason why there won’t be several more Native American women, and men, running as a challenge to the Trump White House.

Mark Trahant: Senate candidate cites Standing Rock as 'awakening'
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Senate candidate cites Standing Rock as 'awakening' (April 27, 2017)
James Singer is the first candidate to cite Standing Rock as the answer to the question, ‘why run?’

Native Sun News Today: Battle over Whiteclay liquor just beginning
Business | Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Battle over Whiteclay liquor just beginning (April 27, 2017)
Frank LaMere, who crusaded against alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Nebraska, for more than two decades, broke down into tears.

Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads to recall in Alaska city
Environment | National | Politics
Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads to recall in Alaska city (April 26, 2017)
Three city council members in Homer could be voted out of office for a resolution that opposes the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Tim Giago: Tribal sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in the White House
Opinion
Tim Giago: Tribal sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in the White House (April 24, 2017)
Politics can at times amount to a funny business in Indian country.

Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement (April 21, 2017)
The agreement confirms and quantifies the tribe's water rights in Montana and authorizes $471 million in investments on the reservation.

Steve Russell: Thoughts about sovereignty and tribal governments
Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Thoughts about sovereignty and tribal governments (April 20, 2017)
Thoughts to shave tribal government through tribal elections to stop the division.

Mark Trahant: There's always another election to change Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: There's always another election to change Congress (April 17, 2017)
The 2018 congressional elections already promise to be extraordinary.

Tim Giago: Playing the race and gender game in American politics
Opinion | Politics
Tim Giago: Playing the race and gender game in American politics (April 10, 2017)
Most of us have surmised by now that the 2016 Presidential Election was more about race and gender than about who would make the better president.

Blackfeet Nation asks citizens to approve water rights compact
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation asks citizens to approve water rights compact (April 5, 2017)
The state of Montana and Congress already ratified the deal. Now it's up to tribal voters.

Agua Caliente Band returns four incumbents to seats on council
Politics
Agua Caliente Band returns four incumbents to seats on council (April 5, 2017)
Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe, Vice Chairman Larry N. Olinger, Secretary/Treasurer Vincent Gonzales II and Reid D. Milanovich won re-election along with newcomer Anthony W. Purnel.

Shinnecock Nation chooses four members for council of trustees
Politics
Shinnecock Nation chooses four members for council of trustees (April 5, 2017)
Two incumbents and two former leaders were elected to the seven-member council of the New York-based tribe.

Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power'
Law | National | Politics
Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power' (April 4, 2017)
A dispute tied to the ouster of more than 300 people from the rolls is simmering in federal court.

Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriage
Law | National | Politics
Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriage (March 21, 2017)
Tribal law previously restricted marriages to a man and a woman.

Tulalip Tribes install first leadership board with women in majority
Politics
Tulalip Tribes install first leadership board with women in majority (March 21, 2017)
A woman is serving as chair of the Washington-based tribe for the first time in nearly 80 years.

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