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National Indian Education Association chooses new president
National Indian Education Association chooses new president (October 15, 2018)

The National Indian Education Association is undergoing significant change as it approaches its 50th anniversary.


More tribal leaders criticize ruling in Indian Child Welfare Act case
More tribal leaders criticize ruling in Indian Child Welfare Act case (October 10, 2018)

A federal judge struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 as unconstitutional.


A Republican Native American is running for governor in 2018
A Republican Native American is running for governor in 2018 (October 3, 2018)

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation is hoping to become Oklahoma's first Native American governor and already has the endorsement of a key Republican.


Native homeless woman's tragic death brings light to struggles in Minneapolis
Native homeless woman's tragic death brings light to struggles in Minneapolis (September 26, 2018)

Alissa Skipintheday was friendly and outgoing. She loved to take photos and dreamed of becoming a beautician.


Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools
Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools (September 25, 2018)

Two tribal communities will be getting new schools thanks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills (September 24, 2018)

An audit of the Indian Health Service, a water rights settlement for the Kickapoo Tribe and land for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


Woman from Mille Lacs Band dies in 'Forgotten Natives' encampment
Woman from Mille Lacs Band dies in 'Forgotten Natives' encampment (September 12, 2018)

Alissa Rose Skipintheday just turned 26 years old before passing on.


Native candidate Donna Bergstrom returns home to Red Lake Nation
Native candidate Donna Bergstrom returns home to Red Lake Nation (September 12, 2018)

The state of Minnesota will almost surely have a Native woman serving as Lieutenant Governor come 2019.


Red Lake Nation mourns passing of hereditary chief Billy King
Red Lake Nation mourns passing of hereditary chief Billy King (August 28, 2018)

Flags are flying at half-staff on the Red Lake Nation in honor of the late Billy King, a hereditary leader of the tribe.


Mark Trahant: Native candidates make history at the polls again
Mark Trahant: Native candidates make history at the polls again (August 16, 2018)

Minnesota is certain to elect a Native woman as its next lieutenant governor.


Gordy Adams: Combating methamphetamine in tribal housing
Gordy Adams: Combating methamphetamine in tribal housing (August 16, 2018)

As director of housing for the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, methamphetamine usage in our housing units has and continues to be a problem.


White Earth Nation citizen shot and killed by police officers
White Earth Nation citizen shot and killed by police officers (August 7, 2018)

William 'Billy' James Hughes, a citizen of the White Earth Nation, is the latest Native person to be killed at the hands of police.


'Release our brother': Riders seek justice for Leonard Peltier
'Release our brother': Riders seek justice for Leonard Peltier (August 6, 2018)

The Leonard Peltier Freedom Ride is a 1,500-mile journey for justice for the imprisoned American Indian activist.


Red Lake Nation voters return Darrell Seki to chairman's post
Red Lake Nation voters return Darrell Seki to chairman's post (July 19, 2018)

Darrell Seki, Sr. will be serving a second term as chairman of the Red Lake Nation.


Witness list for hearing on bill to return land to Leech Lake Band
Witness list for hearing on bill to return land to Leech Lake Band (July 10, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.


Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill
Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill (July 9, 2018)

A bill to return nearly 12,000 acres to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is getting its first hearing this week.


Arne Vainio: Don't wait too long to let someone know they are important
Arne Vainio: Don't wait too long to let someone know they are important (June 12, 2018)

Words are not always the best way to communicate and when you use them, make sure they matter.


Ojibwe hockey star celebrates team's historic championship victory
Ojibwe hockey star celebrates team's historic championship victory (June 8, 2018)

Ojibwe hockey star T.J. Oshie made history as the Washington Capitals hockey team won its first Stanley Cup in more than two decades.


Grandmother sues after Bureau of Indian Affairs took kids from reservation
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Grandmother sues after Bureau of Indian Affairs took kids from reservation (May 30, 2018)

A non-Indian woman is suing the federal government after her grandchildren were taken from her by Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers.


Mark Trahant: Three Native women are running for top office in Minnesota
Mark Trahant: Three Native women are running for top office in Minnesota (May 24, 2018)

Three Ojibwe women are running for the office of Lt. Governor of Minnesota. Unprecedented?


Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act
Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act (May 17, 2018)

A bipartisan bill aimed at stopping the trafficking of tribal items is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill amid ongoing concern over the sale of cultural property.


Sacred pipe sold at auction being returned to tribes thanks to anonymous buyer
Sacred pipe sold at auction being returned to tribes thanks to anonymous buyer (May 9, 2018)

The Prairie Island Indian Community is offering thanks to an anonymous person who purchased a sacred pipe at an auction.


Red Lake Nation enters busy election season with eight seats in play
Red Lake Nation enters busy election season with eight seats in play (April 12, 2018)

It's election season for the Red Lake Nation, with 39 candidates certified for eight tribal leadership positions.


A record number of Native candidates are running for office in 2018
A record number of Native candidates are running for office in 2018 (March 19, 2018)

More than 70 Native Americans are running for office across the nation and some are hoping to make history at the ballot boxes this year.


Red Lake Nation calls for removal of oil pipelines from reservation
Red Lake Nation calls for removal of oil pipelines from reservation (March 16, 2018)

'We just want them to move their lines and clean up the pollution and the damages they've done the past 70 years.'


Mark Trahant: Ready for change? 11 Native candidates are running
Mark Trahant: Ready for change? 11 Native candidates are running (March 15, 2018)

A special election in Pennsylvania is a good sign for Native American #NativeVote18 candidates running for office.


Red Lake Nation land swap is 'never going to happen' under Trump
Red Lake Nation land swap is 'never going to happen' under Trump (March 5, 2018)

The Red Lake Nation pulled out of a land swap with an energy company amid concerns that the deal would be held up in Washington, D.C.


White Earth Nation plagued by infighting ahead of primary election
White Earth Nation plagued by infighting ahead of primary election (February 28, 2018)

The White Earth Nation is heading into election season and it's not looking pretty.


Mark Trahant: Native candidates make strides in Minnesota and Idaho
Mark Trahant: Native candidates make strides in Minnesota and Idaho (February 8, 2018)

Peggy Flanagan of Minnesota and Paulette Jordan of Idaho are on the move as their historic campaigns advance.


Mark Trahant: Native candidate Peggy Flanagan faces critical test in Minnesota
Mark Trahant: Native candidate Peggy Flanagan faces critical test in Minnesota (February 5, 2018)

The November election seems far off. It’s almost a year away, right?


Lake named for advocate of tribal removal changed to 'Bde Maka Ska'
Lake named for advocate of tribal removal changed to 'Bde Maka Ska' (January 19, 2018)

The largest lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is now being recognized by its original Native name.


Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court
Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court (January 17, 2018)

The opioid epidemic has hit Indian Country hard and tribes are looking for ways to hold drug companies accountable by going to court.


Indian lawmaker in Minnesota governor's race discloses 'private' relationship
Indian lawmaker in Minnesota governor's race discloses 'private' relationship (January 12, 2018)

Rep. Peggy Flanagan (D), a citizen of the White Earth Nation, is coming forward with news about her 'private' life.


Sen. Tina Smith from Minnesota joins Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Sen. Tina Smith from Minnesota joins Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (January 10, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is welcoming its newest member, Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota).


Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat
Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat (December 13, 2017)

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) passed over a historic opportunity to name a Native woman to a Senate seat being vacated by a disgraced lawmaker.


Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress
Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress (December 11, 2017)

Since 1789 there have been 12,244 people serving in Congress. Never has there been a Native woman.


Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment
Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment (December 8, 2017)

Two lawmakers, one Democrat and one Republican and both with ties to Indian Country, announced their resignations due to sexual harassment allegations.


Mark Trahant: Election night brings good news for Native American candidates
Mark Trahant: Election night brings good news for Native American candidates (November 8, 2017)

Voters from Maine to Washington and all points in between rejected Trumpism and it was a good night for Native candidates too.


American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks passes away at the age of 80
American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks passes away at the age of 80 (October 30, 2017)

Famed American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks died on October 27,2017, after a brief fight with pneumonia. He was 80.


Arne Vainio: I wanted you to know you are loved and that I am bringing you home
Arne Vainio: I wanted you to know you are loved and that I am bringing you home (October 19, 2017)

I’ve been flying to Los Angeles every few months for years to visit the last of my father’s family.


Non-Indian parents file lawsuit to halt transfer of child custody cases to tribes
Non-Indian parents file lawsuit to halt transfer of child custody cases to tribes (October 11, 2017)

Two non-Indian parents filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the state of Minnesota from transferring Indian child custody cases to tribes.


Jacqueline Keeler: 'Black Snake' film explores fight over pipeline in Minnesota
Jacqueline Keeler: 'Black Snake' film explores fight over pipeline in Minnesota (October 10, 2017)

Last year’s water protectors garnered worldwide attention, but several pipeline fights—such as the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline victory—got little public notice.


Mark Trahant: Native lawmaker Peggy Flanagan joins ticket for top office in Minnesota
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.


Mary Annette Pember: New mural is a symbol of Native resilience in Minnesota
Mary Annette Pember: New mural is a symbol of Native resilience in Minnesota (September 25, 2017)

The American Indian Community Housing Organization and Honor the Earth unveiled a mural that demonstrates the resilience of Native women, Mary Annette Pember reports.


Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 145-acre island at Lake Superior
Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 145-acre island at Lake Superior (September 21, 2017)

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is celebrating a historic achievement by reclaiming its ancestral lands in Minnesota.


Controversy lingers over 'Scaffold' sculpture depicting hangings of Dakota men
Controversy lingers over 'Scaffold' sculpture depicting hangings of Dakota men (September 14, 2017)

A museum in Minnesota continues to face questions in connection with a controversial sculpture that depicted the execution of 38 Dakota men in 1862.


Two charged in connection with kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman
Two charged in connection with kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman (August 28, 2017)

A North Dakota couple is facing kidnapping and murder charges in connection with the disappearance and death of a young woman from the Spirit Lake Nation.


White Earth Nation looks to diversify economy with first hemp crop on reservation
White Earth Nation looks to diversify economy with first hemp crop on reservation (August 9, 2017)

The White Earth Nation is looking to diversify its economy by growing hemp.


Indian Lawmakers: Enbridge pipeline threatens Ojibwe way of life in Minnesota
Indian Lawmakers: Enbridge pipeline threatens Ojibwe way of life in Minnesota (August 2, 2017)

Enbridge's Line 3 proposal shows willful ignorance of Ojibwe history and rights, four Indian lawmakers in Minnesota write on Indian Country Media Network.


Tribes team up to address northern border issues at conference in August
Tribes team up to address northern border issues at conference in August (July 26, 2017)

Two tribes whose territories span the United States border with Canada have joined forces for a unique summit.


Red Lake Nation in mourning after Secretary Don Cook passes away
Red Lake Nation in mourning after Secretary Don Cook passes away (May 3, 2017)

Flags on the reservation in Minnesota are flags at half-staff following the death of Don Cook at the age of 74.


Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood
Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood (April 28, 2017)

When we lose an elder, we lose a library.


Foreign billionaire behind mine opposed by tribes rents mansion to Trump couple
Foreign billionaire behind mine opposed by tribes rents mansion to Trump couple (April 18, 2017)

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, work for President Donald Trump and are in position to influence the administration's position on a mine project in Minnesota.


Tribes secure over $9M in grants to improve transportation safety
Tribes secure over $9M in grants to improve transportation safety (April 10, 2017)

Some 74 tribes in 20 states will use for the funds for a variety of road, bridge, pedestrian and safety projects.


Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation border
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Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation border (April 4, 2017)

A unanimous decision from a federal appeals court confirms that Congress did not reduce the boundaries of the reservation.


Mark Trahant: Native women represent in public office across nation
Mark Trahant: Native women represent in public office across nation (April 3, 2017)

A little more than 40 percent of all American Indian and Alaska Native legislators are female.


Mark Trahant: Another Native woman aims to make history at polls
Mark Trahant: Another Native woman aims to make history at polls (February 14, 2017)

Timing is everything in politics — so Minnesota Rep. Peggy Flanagan (D) is wasting no time in her bid for Congress.


Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock
Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock (February 1, 2017)

The surge of formal opposition to tar sands and fracked oil pipelines shows how Standing Rock resistance has emboldened Great Lakes tribes.


Mark Trahant: A new door opens for a Native woman in Congress
Mark Trahant: A new door opens for a Native woman in Congress (December 13, 2016)

In politics timing is everything. Sometimes the stars do align.


Mark Trahant: Indian candidates find successes at the state level
Mark Trahant: Indian candidates find successes at the state level (November 15, 2016)

Let’s examine 2016 and what worked, what needed work, and what must be rethought.