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Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society
Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society (November 21, 2019)

A Rosebud Sioux citizen wants to revive an old tradition of governance which is made up of a council of leaders, which would maintain the language, history and culture of the tribe.


Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era
Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era (November 6, 2019)

Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.


A handful of individual voters do not represent the majority
A handful of individual voters do not represent the majority (October 30, 2019)

It should be common knowledge by now that the condition of our tribal government is in need of a serious upgrade.


United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case
United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case (September 9, 2019)

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.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death (July 11, 2019)

The descendants of Lakota people no longer have control over their lives.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe pressed to amend constitution
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe pressed to amend constitution (July 5, 2019)

All across the country many tribes are calling for reform of their respective constitutions.


Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet (May 16, 2019)

A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.


'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.


Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down
Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down (April 4, 2019)

The U.S. forced its plenary power on our people and basically negated the old traditional system and any opportunity to prosper.


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.


United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era
United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era (March 4, 2019)

'This is Indian land,' tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?


Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters
Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters (February 21, 2019)

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.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism and colonialism continue to affect our people today
Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism and colonialism continue to affect our people today (January 25, 2019)

The federal government's purpose is to subjugate and control us Natives on our own treaty lands.


Author's grandparents stood up to 'colonial power' in early 1900s
Author's grandparents stood up to 'colonial power' in early 1900s (December 13, 2018)

Legendary Native leaders Henry and Elizabeth Cloud are the focus of a new book authored by their youngest grandchild.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our problems can be traced to our tribal constitution
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our problems can be traced to our tribal constitution (November 13, 2018)

I believe life on the homeland will not evolve until we rid ourselves of this so-called 'constitution' that was shoved down our throats.


New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history
New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history (October 16, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Trump administration, is back home in Alaska.


Jeffrey Whalen: Tribal government's many moments of tyranny
Jeffrey Whalen: Tribal government's many moments of tyranny (September 13, 2018)

It appears a majority of Oglala Sioux leaders don't want to see the tribe's constitution reformed.


'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 12, 2018)

Indian Country is entering uncharted territory with the Trump administration's move to take a tribe's reservation out of trust.


Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era
Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era (September 10, 2018)

Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.


'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era
'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era (July 25, 2018)

The Trump administration won't stand in the way of bipartisan legislation to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from litigation.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux task force forges ahead with new constitution
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux task force forges ahead with new constitution (June 4, 2018)

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.


Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case
Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case (May 21, 2018)

In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.


Ivan Star Comes Out: A domineering and condescending constitution governs our people
Ivan Star Comes Out: A domineering and condescending constitution governs our people (May 4, 2018)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution grants its tribal council absolute power and authority to govern.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Transforming our tribal constitution into a genuine indigenous document
Ivan Star Comes Out: Transforming our tribal constitution into a genuine indigenous document (April 27, 2018)

It is imperative that the provisions of a constitution not only come from the people but that such provisions are what the people want.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Sometimes it's good to air out our dirty laundry
Ivan Star Comes Out: Sometimes it's good to air out our dirty laundry (January 25, 2018)

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.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people (January 19, 2018)

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.


Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory
Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory (November 27, 2017)

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.


Bryan Newland: Trump administration must explain need for new tribal land rules
Bryan Newland: Trump administration must explain need for new tribal land rules (October 26, 2017)

Why is the Trump administration trying to make it harder for tribes to restore their homelands? Attorney Byran Newland has questions.


Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process
Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process (October 17, 2017)

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.


Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands
Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands (October 12, 2017)

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.


James Giago Davies: Indian Reorganization Act stripped tribes of sovereignty
James Giago Davies: Indian Reorganization Act stripped tribes of sovereignty (August 25, 2017)

Dark, disturbing truths can hide within the seemingly beneficial intent of the Indian Reorganization Act.


Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process
Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process (July 24, 2017)

Changes to the land-into-trust process will never satisfy critics, attorney Bryan Newland writes on Turtle Talk.


Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)

In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.


Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)

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.


Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests (July 11, 2017)

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.


House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)

A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.


Gabe Galanda: Tribal 'membership' rules strip away at sovereignty
Gabe Galanda: Tribal 'membership' rules strip away at sovereignty (June 14, 2017)

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.


Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe
Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe (June 1, 2017)

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.


Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)

Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.


Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands
Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (May 9, 2017)

A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Let's scrutinize the Indian Reorganization Act
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.'


Secretary Zinke advocates 'off-ramp' for taking lands out of trust
Secretary Zinke advocates 'off-ramp' for taking lands out of trust (May 3, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior is making some puzzling comments about Indian lands.


Tim Giago: Tribal sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in the White House
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.


Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in America
Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in America (April 20, 2017)

Oglala District Representative, Stephanie Leasure, offered me an opportunity to provide prayer for the first day the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council’s April session.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian Country still waiting on that New Deal
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian Country still waiting on that New Deal (April 5, 2017)

The so-called 'New Indian Deal' emphasized tribal self-government, economic recovery, and revitalization of cultural identity.


William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska
William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska (March 30, 2017)

In a way, there are two histories of how Alaska came to be American – and two perspectives.


Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute (November 10, 2016)

The New York tribe can follow the land-into-trust process, a federal appeals court ruled in a unanimous decision.


Oneida Nation battles longtime foe over activities on trust land
Oneida Nation battles longtime foe over activities on trust land (October 5, 2016)

The tribe went to court after the village of Hobart threatened to interfere with a popular family festival.


Tim Giago: Indian Country can't forget the Indian Reorganization Act
Tim Giago: Indian Country can't forget the Indian Reorganization Act (August 8, 2016)

Has Indian Country forgotten the significance of the Indian Reorganization Act?


Bryan Newland: Donald Trump's radical view of federal Indian law
Bryan Newland: Donald Trump's radical view of federal Indian law (July 29, 2016)

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.


Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands
Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands (July 12, 2016)

For the second time, a federal appeals court has refused to undermine the status of the Alabama tribe's reservation.


Court sides with Bureau of Indian Affairs in disenrollment dispute
Court sides with Bureau of Indian Affairs in disenrollment dispute (July 8, 2016)

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.


Jenny Bell-Jones: Clearing up misconceptions about Alaska tribes
Jenny Bell-Jones: Clearing up misconceptions about Alaska tribes (July 5, 2016)

Tribes are here with us today and they have always been here.


Seminole Tribe won't get to argue taxation case at Supreme Court
Seminole Tribe won't get to argue taxation case at Supreme Court (June 13, 2016)

The development wasn't a major setback since the tribe won a significant ruling before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Peter d'Errico: Voting debate raises questions of self-governance
Peter d'Errico: Voting debate raises questions of self-governance (June 9, 2016)

Indian Country has long debated whether to participate in the ritual of voting in U.S. elections.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Restoring some balance to Native nations
Doug George-Kanentiio: Restoring some balance to Native nations (April 18, 2016)

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.


Blackfeet Nation citizens still talking about constitutional reforms
Blackfeet Nation citizens still talking about constitutional reforms (February 10, 2016)

The Montana tribe first adopted the constitution in 1935, a year after the Indian Reorganization Act became law.


NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill
NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill (January 14, 2016)

S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes beyond a clean fix of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.


Patrick Sullivan: Court to rule on land-into-trust for Alaska tribes
Patrick Sullivan: Court to rule on land-into-trust for Alaska tribes (January 5, 2016)

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.


Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix
Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix (November 24, 2015)

The Cherokee Nation citizen said lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hearing conflicting messages from tribes on a major legislative priority.