More: land-into-trust

Pete Buttigieg touts health care plans as benefit for Indian Country
Pete Buttigieg touts health care plans as benefit for Indian Country (August 23, 2019)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg didn't attend a historic Native forum like several others but he's still reaching out to Native voters.


Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum
Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum (August 21, 2019)

From freeing Indian activist Leonard Peltier to improving Indian health care, the 2020 candidates for president didn't run from the difficult issues at the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.


Chairman of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election in September
Chairman of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election in September (August 19, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been in turmoil following the Trump administration's refusal to stand up for the tribe's land rights.


Prairie Island Indian Community gains support for safe homelands
Prairie Island Indian Community gains support for safe homelands (August 6, 2019)

The Prairie Island Indian Community continues efforts to provide a safe and stable homeland for its people.


Tribal leaders grill 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Indian issues
Tribal leaders grill 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Indian issues (July 30, 2019)

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates hit the stage for their second round of debates, some of the hopefuls are sitting down with tribal leaders.


Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens
Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens (July 18, 2019)

John Paul Stevens often supported the rights of tribes during his time on the nation's highest court.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court (June 25, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is battling the Trump administration in a lawsuit that will stay in the nation's capital.


Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate
Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate (June 25, 2019)

Democrats are holding their first presidential debates but the candidates most familiar with Indian issues are not participating.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at business meeting (June 19, 2019)

A bill to improve aging roads and bridges in Indian Country and another to correct a failing of the disastrous tribal termination era are advancing on Capitol Hill.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to schedule
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to schedule (June 18, 2019)

Bills to address aging roads and bridges in Indian Country and to correct a failing of the tribal termination era are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (June 7, 2019)

Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.


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.


Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election
Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election (May 27, 2019)

A recall petition against Chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been certified.


Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition
Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition (May 24, 2019)

The Shinnecock Nation is asserting sovereignty in New York, drawing complaints and threats of litigation along the way.


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.


'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting
'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting (May 9, 2019)

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney was at the White House but won't say whether tribal legislation came up before President Trump tweeted about it.


'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills
'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills (May 8, 2019)

A tweet about Pocahontas spooked Republicans on Capitol Hill. Indian Country was the loser.


Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills
Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills (April 30, 2019)

A small group of Republicans are going on record as opponents of tribal legislation.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work with hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work with hearing (April 29, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will take testimony on bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and tribal homelands.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


'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.


Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior (April 4, 2019)

The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky at the Department of the Interior.


AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing
AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing (April 3, 2019)

Legislation to correct a disastrous Supreme Court ruling affecting tribal homelands and to improve tribal consultation were aired on Capitol Hill.


Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and tribal consultation bills
Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and tribal consultation bills (April 2, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony from tribal leaders and Indian law and policy experts.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix (March 29, 2019)

Will Congress finally fix one of the most destructive U.S. Supreme Court decisions?


House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control
House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (March 22, 2019)

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


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?


Top official at Department of the Interior hit with ethics complaint
Top official at Department of the Interior hit with ethics complaint (March 1, 2019)

Democrats and watchdog groups are calling for an investigation into David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Department of the Interior by President Trump.


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


Mark Trahant: The first nations should have the first say on the next president
Mark Trahant: The first nations should have the first say on the next president (February 25, 2019)

What if there was an Indian Country primary? Call it an experiment.


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.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands (February 14, 2019)

A federal judge has dealt a setback to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.


Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations
Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations (February 11, 2019)

With key Trump officials in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week in Washington with a stinging rebuke of the president and his policies.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to rebuke chairman as financial situation worsens
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to rebuke chairman as financial situation worsens (January 25, 2019)

Things are not looking good for the People of the First Light, whose homelands are in danger of being taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe faces opposition to land-into-trust application
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe faces opposition to land-into-trust application (January 16, 2019)

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is seeking to restore more of its homelands but local officials are putting up a fight.


Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon
Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (January 8, 2019)

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.


Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing
Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing (December 15, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is stepping down from the Trump administration following yet another report of pervasive misconduct at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands (November 28, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been dealt a major setback, nearly 400 years after helping the Pilgrims survive.


Quapaw Nation restores small portion of homelands in Kansas
Quapaw Nation restores small portion of homelands in Kansas (November 28, 2018)

It only took a few years the Quapaw Nation has restored 211 acres of its homelands in Kansas.


Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law
Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law (November 26, 2018)

Federal Indian law is a field of law designed by the United States to dominate Native Nations.


Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application
Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application (November 20, 2018)

It took more than eight years but the Samish Nation has finally secured approval of a land-into-trust application in Washington state.


'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration
'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration (November 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government's trust relationship.


Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (November 14, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is fighting to protect its reservation in Massachusetts.


National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat
National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat (October 24, 2018)

Indian Country continues to stand behind the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose homelands are slated to be taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


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.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands
Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands (September 28, 2018)

The Supreme Court's Carcieri ruling has created an unfair, immoral obstacle to many tribes.


'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.


NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty
NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty (September 11, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians disagrees strongly with the Department of the Interior’s decision affecting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.


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.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians prevails in homelands litigation
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians prevails in homelands litigation (September 5, 2018)

The cards continue to fall into place for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration (August 28, 2018)

The federal government hasn't taken an Indian nation's land out of trust since the termination era and one tribe hopes it stays that way.


Tara Sweeney quietly takes helm at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Tara Sweeney quietly takes helm at Bureau of Indian Affairs (August 16, 2018)

Tara Sweeney has been serving as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for more than two weeks but the Trump administration has kept her out of view.


'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.


Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and economic development bills
Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and economic development bills (July 23, 2018)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on tribal homelands and economic development bills.


Shingle Springs Band acquires 35.9 acres for $1.2 million
Shingle Springs Band acquires 35.9 acres for $1.2 million (July 20, 2018)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians has acquired land near its reservation in northern California.


Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (July 18, 2018)

Due to litigation, the Trump administration might be forced to do something unprecedented -- take a tribe's trust land out of trust.


Lytton Band moves closer to success with tribal homelands legislation
Lytton Band moves closer to success with tribal homelands legislation (July 9, 2018)

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is getting closer to securing a permanent homeland for its people.


States win big victory with Supreme Court ruling on online taxation
States win big victory with Supreme Court ruling on online taxation (June 21, 2018)

The nation's highest court has opened the door for states to impose taxes on internet sales, a major development that further encroaches on tribal efforts to expand their economies.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill (June 14, 2018)

A bill to place 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is closer to becoming law.


Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.