Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.
It should be common knowledge by now that the condition of our tribal government is in need of a serious upgrade.
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians can acquire homelands over the objections of a much larger and more politically engaged tribe, a federal appeals court ruled.
The descendants of Lakota people no longer have control over their lives.
All across the country many tribes are calling for reform of their respective constitutions.
A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.
With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.
The U.S. forced its plenary power on our people and basically negated the old traditional system and any opportunity to prosper.
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.
'This is Indian land,' tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?
With one figure forced out under a cloud, the official tapped to lead the Department of the Interior is promising a new era of relations with Indian Country.
The federal government's purpose is to subjugate and control us Natives on our own treaty lands.
Legendary Native leaders Henry and Elizabeth Cloud are the focus of a new book authored by their youngest grandchild.
I believe life on the homeland will not evolve until we rid ourselves of this so-called 'constitution' that was shoved down our throats.
Tara Sweeney, the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Trump administration, is back home in Alaska.
It appears a majority of Oglala Sioux leaders don't want to see the tribe's constitution reformed.
Indian Country is entering uncharted territory with the Trump administration's move to take a tribe's reservation out of trust.
Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.
The Trump administration won't stand in the way of bipartisan legislation to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from litigation.
A group of contemporary Lakota women have bravely stepped forward to take on the daunting task of reforming the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s 82-year old constitution.
In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution grants its tribal council absolute power and authority to govern.
It is imperative that the provisions of a constitution not only come from the people but that such provisions are what the people want.
We must come together as only a group of decent humans can and build a path that leads to freedom and contentment for our grandchildren.
Educating our youth can only provide them with their much needed sense of identity and thus the wherewithal to return to the old Oceti Sakowin system of government.
After delaying action for more than two months, the Supreme Court finally delivered victory to the Oneida Nation in a long-running land case. But there's some drama thanks to Justice Clarence Thomas.
Why is the Trump administration trying to make it harder for tribes to restore their homelands? Attorney Byran Newland has questions.
Tribal leaders are lashing out at the Trump administration again, this time over rule changes they said will make it all but impossible to restore their homelands.
Where Congress has failed to take action on one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases, tribes are seeing successes elsewhere as they seek to restore their homelands.
Dark, disturbing truths can hide within the seemingly beneficial intent of the Indian Reorganization Act.
Changes to the land-into-trust process will never satisfy critics, attorney Bryan Newland writes on Turtle Talk.
In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.
Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.
If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's not going to happen this week.
A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.
Thanks to the federal government and the Indian Reorganization Act, the dangerous concept of ‘membership’ has been codified by tribal governments, attorney Gabe Galanda writes on Indian Country Media Network.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs can't place land in trust for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians without the "written" consent of the Cherokee Nation, a federal judge has ruled.
Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.
A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.
Mark Twain, the humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, once wrote: 'Politicians and diapers must be changed often – and for the same reason.'
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is making some puzzling comments about Indian lands.
Politics can at times amount to a funny business in Indian country.
Oglala District Representative, Stephanie Leasure, offered me an opportunity to provide prayer for the first day the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council’s April session.
The so-called 'New Indian Deal' emphasized tribal self-government, economic recovery, and revitalization of cultural identity.
In a way, there are two histories of how Alaska came to be American – and two perspectives.
The New York tribe can follow the land-into-trust process, a federal appeals court ruled in a unanimous decision.
The tribe went to court after the village of Hobart threatened to interfere with a popular family festival.
Has Indian Country forgotten the significance of the Indian Reorganization Act?
Donald Trump’s most notable comments about Indian tribes reveal that he does not draw the distinction between the racial and political identities of Indian people.
For the second time, a federal appeals court has refused to undermine the status of the Alabama tribe's reservation.
Leaders of the Pala Band of Mission Indians in California have removed hundreds of people from the rolls and no one has the power to stop them.
Tribes are here with us today and they have always been here.
The development wasn't a major setback since the tribe won a significant ruling before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Indian Country has long debated whether to participate in the ritual of voting in U.S. elections.
The US and the Native nations must be returned to the status and condition at which time the treaties were signed and enacted, by each nation, into law.
The Montana tribe first adopted the constitution in 1935, a year after the Indian Reorganization Act became law.
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes beyond a clean fix of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.
The question of whether Alaska Natives may place land in the same federal trust status as Indian tribes in the lower 48 states was widely thought to have been resolved.
The Cherokee Nation citizen said lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hearing conflicting messages from tribes on a major legislative priority.