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Native Sun News Today: Summit focuses on sacredness of water
Native Sun News Today: Summit focuses on sacredness of water (August 22, 2019)

Tribal advocates are seeking a World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water as they fight the Keystone XL Pipeline.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Joe Sestak at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Joe Sestak at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 22, 2019)

Joe Sestak, a former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, brought his military experience to the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Steve Bullock at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Steve Bullock at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 22, 2019)

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock faced some technical difficulties as he outlined his vision for Indian Country.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Amy Klobuchar at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Amy Klobuchar at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 22, 2019)

Amy Klobuchar, a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, was among the record number of participants in a historic Native issues forum.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Marianne Williamson at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Marianne Williamson at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 22, 2019)

There will be no Andrew Jackson in the White House if best-selling author Marianne Williamson becomes president.


RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 21, 2019)

From veteran Joe Sestak's call for tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians to Navajo citizen Mark Charles and his #WeThePeople platform, here's what went down at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.


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.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Mark Charles at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Mark Charles at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 21, 2019)

Mark Charles, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is running for president in 2020 as an Independent.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Kamala Harris at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Kamala Harris at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 21, 2019)

Kamala Harris, the U.S. Senator from California, was among the record number of participants in the historic #NativeVote2020 event.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Julián Castro at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Julián Castro at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 21, 2019)

Julián Castro, a former Obama administration official, was the first presidential candidate in the 2020 cycle with a detailed Indigenous agenda.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 21, 2019)

Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, shared her sweeping plans to improve the federal-tribal relationship at a historic Indian Country event.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Bernie Sanders at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
AUDIO/VIDEO: Bernie Sanders at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 21, 2019)

Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator from Vermont, discussed his Indian Country platform with tribal leaders and tribal citizens.


Day 2: Tune into the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
Day 2: Tune into the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 20, 2019)

History is being made as 11 candidates for president in 2020 are taking part in a forum focused solely on the concerns of Native Americans.


Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum
Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum (August 20, 2019)

Democratic presidential candidates are reaching out to Native voters at a historic forum in one of the most critical states in the 2020 campaign.


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.


Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe dispels rumors about treatment facility
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe dispels rumors about treatment facility (July 31, 2019)

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe plans to open a $20 million medication-assisted treatment facility, provided it can overcome local opposition.


Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium
Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium (July 31, 2019)

Ashlynne Mike was only 11 years old when she was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation.


Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act up for first hearing in new political climate
Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act up for first hearing in new political climate (July 25, 2019)

A bill to help tribes address the impacts of climate change is up for its first hearing in the 116th Congress.


Appeals court turns back attack on tribal lending operation
Appeals court turns back attack on tribal lending operation (July 5, 2019)

Online lending businesses owned by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are entitled to sovereign immunity, a federal appeals court ruled.


Mark Trahant: 'So much progress' treating the diabetes epidemic in Indian Country
Mark Trahant: 'So much progress' treating the diabetes epidemic in Indian Country (June 27, 2019)

Indian Country has made extraordinary progress on the diabetes front even though there remains a long way to go before the disease is under control.


National Congress of American Indians loses second-in-command
National Congress of American Indians loses second-in-command (June 25, 2019)

The nation's oldest and largest inter-tribal advocacy organization continues to undergo change, with a high-ranking staffer on the way out.


Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence
Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence (June 13, 2019)

With the Violence Against Women Act mired in partisan politics, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to turn the focus back to the most vulnerable in Indian Country.


National Congress of American Indians enters 'new chapter' with new executive
National Congress of American Indians enters 'new chapter' with new executive (June 12, 2019)

The nation's oldest and largest inter-tribal organization has hired Kevin Allis, Forest County Potawatomi, as its first chief executive officer.


Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era
Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era (May 31, 2019)

In the first two years of the Trump presidency, complaints of wrongdoing, corruption, fraud and misuse of funds increased 16 percent at the agency with the most responsibilities in Indian Country.


Recap: Opening day of 10th annual National Tribal Health Summit
Recap: Opening day of 10th annual National Tribal Health Summit (May 13, 2019)

More than 600 tribal health leaders are attending the 10th annual annual National Tribal Public Health Summit.


Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer
Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer (May 10, 2019)

Jefferson Keel is stepping down as Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation but he won't be going far from his people.


Mark Trahant: Indigenous peoples of the Arctic stand up to Trump spin
Mark Trahant: Indigenous peoples of the Arctic stand up to Trump spin (May 9, 2019)

Indigenous leaders call climate change an urgent threat that requires a global response. But that idea was trashed by the Trump administration.


'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.


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.


'No Road Map': Leader of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe testifies about reorganization
'No Road Map': Leader of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe testifies about reorganization (April 30, 2019)

With the help of a tribal leader and maybe the Trump administration, a House subcommittee will try to get to the bottom of a reorganization at the Department of the Interior.


'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 administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing
Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing (April 8, 2019)

It's taken nearly nine months, but Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney is finally ready to testify before Congress.


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.


'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny
'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny (March 26, 2019)

An Indian Health Service pediatrician abused young patients on two reservations for years without being held accountable.


National Museum of the American Indian hosts 'Safety for Our Sisters' symposium
National Museum of the American Indian hosts 'Safety for Our Sisters' symposium (March 21, 2019)

An event in Washington, D.C., will help draw attention to efforts to protect Native women from violence.


Supreme Court delivers slim victory in Yakama Nation treaty rights case
Supreme Court delivers slim victory in Yakama Nation treaty rights case (March 19, 2019)

The Yakama Nation is celebrating after the tribe's treaty rights were confirmed by the highest court in the land.


Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case (March 11, 2019)

Arguments are taking place in a case that tribes say goes to the very heart of their sovereignty and their relationship with the United States.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs (March 11, 2019)

'Where Are They Now' sounds like an old cable television show, only this week it's about the trust and treaty responsibility.


House subcommittee schedules hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women
House subcommittee schedules hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women (March 8, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is holding its second hearing of the 116th Congress and the topic is a pressing one.


Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes wrap up Impact Week in DC
Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes wrap up Impact Week in DC (March 6, 2019)

Leaders of more than two dozen tribes from Texas to Maine to Florida met in the nation's capital this week.


VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse
VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse (March 6, 2019)

Stanley Patrick Weber worked at the Indian Health Service for two decades before being indicted for abusing young male patients.


Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes continue Impact Week in DC
Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes continue Impact Week in DC (March 6, 2019)

Leaders of more than two dozen tribes from Texas to Maine to Florida are meeting in the nation's capital this week.


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?


VIDEO: Rep. Deb Haaland addresses the United South and Eastern Tribes
VIDEO: Rep. Deb Haaland addresses the United South and Eastern Tribes (March 4, 2019)

'I am here because of Indian Country,' Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) told tribal leaders.


Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes open Impact Week meeting
Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes open Impact Week meeting (March 4, 2019)

Leaders of tribes from Texas to Maine to Florida are meeting in the nation's capital this week.


Tim Giago: Media organizations honor Teddy Roosevelt despite his racist views
Tim Giago: Media organizations honor Teddy Roosevelt despite his racist views (March 4, 2019)

Racial prejudice is racial prejudice no matter when it occurred.


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.


National Congress of American Indians names new communications director
National Congress of American Indians names new communications director (February 27, 2019)

The National Congress of American Indians has a new director of communications for the first time since the Obama era.


Suzan Shown Harjo: Joan Mondale was a model ally for Indian Country
Suzan Shown Harjo: Joan Mondale was a model ally for Indian Country (February 26, 2019)

The late Joan Mondale was an ally of the first order and one who is remembered with respect and fondness in many Native families and homelands.


Timeline: National Congress of American Indians in turmoil and transition
Timeline: National Congress of American Indians in turmoil and transition (February 22, 2019)

It's been a rocky few months for the National Congress of American Indians.


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.


National Congress of American Indians vows change after declaring workplace 'safe' for women
National Congress of American Indians vows change after declaring workplace 'safe' for women (February 15, 2019)

Controversy continues to overshadow the efforts of the National Congress of American Indians to advocate for the needs of tribes and their citizens.


President of National Congress of American Indians issues apology
President of National Congress of American Indians issues apology (February 15, 2019)

The leader of the nation's largest inter-tribal organization is responding to controversy that arose at a White House tribal listening session.


Rosebud Sioux Tribe issues statement about White House listening session
Rosebud Sioux Tribe issues statement about White House listening session (February 15, 2019)

President Rodney Bordeaux of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is weighing in on a White House tribal listening session that got ugly.


White House listening session turns messy as one tribe walks out in protest
White House listening session turns messy as one tribe walks out in protest (February 14, 2019)

The Trump administration's attempt to reset its troubled relationship with Indian Country got off to a rocky start after one tribe walked out on what was billed as a historic meeting.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans (February 13, 2019)

The law that established the Administration for Native Americans is marking its 45th anniversary.


Twitter Recap: Day two of National Congress of American Indians winter session
Twitter Recap: Day two of National Congress of American Indians winter session (February 13, 2019)

Catch up on the second and final day of the National Congress of American Indians winter session in Washington, D.C.


Twitter Recap: Day one of National Congress of American Indians winter session
Twitter Recap: Day one of National Congress of American Indians winter session (February 12, 2019)

The National Congress of American Indians is hearing from key members of Congress and senior federal officials at its executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.


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.


Tribal leaders gather in nation's capital amid threat of another shutdown
Tribal leaders gather in nation's capital amid threat of another shutdown (February 11, 2019)

A cloud is hanging over the State of Indian Nations and the National Congress of American Indians but it's still looking like a banner week in Washington, D.C.