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Christmas on the Rez
Christmas on the Rez (December 16, 2019)

The bells of the Catholic Church continue to call Mohawk Christians to return to mass and renew their faith.


Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty
Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty (November 25, 2019)

Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.


Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day
Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day (October 15, 2019)

While Columbus Day affirms the story of a nation created by Europeans for Europeans, Indigenous Peoples Day emphasizes Native histories and Native people.


Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams
Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams (October 14, 2019)

'The false religious doctrine of Christian discovery was used by the United States to perpetuate crimes of genocide and forced displacement against Native Peoples.'


Doug George-Kanentiio: How did the 'Indian reservation' system begin?
Doug George-Kanentiio: How did the 'Indian reservation' system begin? (September 20, 2019)

In effect, reservation life begins with the Laws of Burgos, issued by the Kingdom of Spain more than 500 years ago.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system (August 20, 2019)

The educational system on the Indian reservations across America have always operated at the whims of the federal government.


YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii
YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii (August 15, 2019)

Native Hawaiians and other Indigenous peoples need more authority in the federal and state project processes that affect them.


Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction'
Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction' (August 14, 2019)

The Ute Tribal Business Committee appreciates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to establish a new policy promoting the direct collection of eagle feathers found on tribal lands.


Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country
Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country (August 13, 2019)

Bald and golden eagle remains that are found in Indian Country will be able to stay there under a new policy adopted by the federal government.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Breaking the hold of the Doctrines of Discovery
Doug George-Kanentiio: Breaking the hold of the Doctrines of Discovery (August 7, 2019)

If we are to break the chains of 'federal trust' and colonial 'paternalism' we must know our opponents and have a strong command of our collective histories.


Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by #MAGA teen at Indigenous Peoples March
Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by #MAGA teen at Indigenous Peoples March (July 29, 2019)

A Catholic school student plans to appeal after a $250 million libel lawsuit against The Washington Post was thrown out of court.


Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country
Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country (July 15, 2019)

A petition that could lead to major changes in the way eagle feathers are eagle parts are handled by the federal government has generated significant controversy.


Jimmy Lee Beason: Native people still denied religious freedom on their own lands
Jimmy Lee Beason: Native people still denied religious freedom on their own lands (July 4, 2019)

It is rather apparent that Native people were not afforded the right to practice their spirituality in their own lands as 'promised' by the U.S. Constitution.


California governor apologizes for 'genocide' of Native peoples
California governor apologizes for 'genocide' of Native peoples (June 19, 2019)

A Truth and Healing Council in California aims to ensure no one forgets about the genocide of Native peoples.


Mary Annette Pember: Native spirituality appropriated by beauty and wellness industry
Mary Annette Pember: Native spirituality appropriated by beauty and wellness industry (June 4, 2019)

Native Americans are troubled by the beauty and wellness industry’s marketing of practices and items associated with their prayer rituals.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Men try to take over women's bodies
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Men try to take over women's bodies (May 30, 2019)

What is it with white Republican men that causes them to be so adamantly against abortions?


Cronkite News: Navajo matriarch holds strong to tribal traditions and her faith
Cronkite News: Navajo matriarch holds strong to tribal traditions and her faith (May 29, 2019)

Native Americans like Nellie Shirley find it easy to reconcile Christianity with their own spiritual and religious beliefs and traditions.


Cronkite News: Hopi journalist Patty Talahongva shares her story
Cronkite News: Hopi journalist Patty Talahongva shares her story (May 22, 2019)

'People don’t know our history, and sometimes our people don’t even know our own history.'


Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation
Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation (May 20, 2019)

I speak as an abused boarding school survivor. I was there; I saw it, I felt it, and I recovered from it.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic (May 2, 2019)

Kristi Noem has taken it upon herself to tell us that she is the one who is in charge and she makes no bones about what she has to offer.


'That’s first-degree murder': Lakota father seeks justice for son slain by police officer
'That’s first-degree murder': Lakota father seeks justice for son slain by police officer (May 1, 2019)

Clarence Leading Fighter, 32, was shot and killed inside a church in Nebraska. His family wants answers.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian
Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian (May 1, 2019)

I dropped out of school while so many went on to become 'educated,' or is it appropriate to say assimilated.


YES! Magazine: 'All My Relations' podcast run by two Native women
YES! Magazine: 'All My Relations' podcast run by two Native women (April 30, 2019)

Launched in February, the show has covered indigenous feminism, food sovereignty, and DNA tests, among other topics.


Ramapough Lenape Nation sees some support from Trump administration
Ramapough Lenape Nation sees some support from Trump administration (April 22, 2019)

The Ramapough Lenape Nation is fighting for its right to use ancestral land for ceremonies and other purposes.


Lakota man shot and killed by police officer inside a church
Lakota man shot and killed by police officer inside a church (April 22, 2019)

Clarence Leading Fighter, 32, was shot and killed in Nebraska on April 14, 2019.


Jacqueline Keeler: The fight to protect Indigenous sacred sites
Jacqueline Keeler: The fight to protect Indigenous sacred sites (April 22, 2019)

An Indigenous journalist reflects on the 800-year-old cathedral and what 'sacred' means to her.


Bill John Baker: Native students can show their cultural pride at graduation
Bill John Baker: Native students can show their cultural pride at graduation (April 16, 2019)

No Native student should ever be barred from wearing eagle feathers or displaying their cultural pride at graduation.


Native Sun News Today: A long history of stealing Lakota land
Native Sun News Today: A long history of stealing Lakota land (April 8, 2019)

'The Oglala Sioux Tribe has not ceded one acre of land,' attorney Mario Gonzales asserts.


Sylvia McAdam: I was put on trial for 'trespassing' on my own lands
Sylvia McAdam: I was put on trial for 'trespassing' on my own lands (March 28, 2019)

The Doctrine of Discovery is a legal fiction. It justifies Indigenous dispossession by discounting Indigenous history, legal orders, sovereignty and existence.


Clara Caufield: The connections between the Indians and the Irish
Clara Caufield: The connections between the Indians and the Irish (March 28, 2019)

We have just observed St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favorite holidays, due to my Irish heritage, coming from my father, a red-headed, white skinned and freckled guy.


Yakama Nation makes major impact with decision in treaty rights case
Yakama Nation makes major impact with decision in treaty rights case (March 26, 2019)

For the fifth time, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed Yakama Nation rights under the 1855 treaty with the United States.


For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line'
For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line' (March 19, 2019)

Life was already difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.


Doug Pibel: Even the conservatives on the Supreme Court can be swayed
Doug Pibel: Even the conservatives on the Supreme Court can be swayed (March 19, 2019)

The court’s gone conservative. But there’s pretty clear evidence that public pressure can make a difference.


Seasonal complaint: 'Missionaries are on our reservation!'
Seasonal complaint: 'Missionaries are on our reservation!' (March 11, 2019)

The weather is warmer and there's another influx of Christian missionaries and charity groups on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization
Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization (March 8, 2019)

Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture. My mother was one of them.


Rosalyn LaPier: Donald Trump jokes about a dark moment of American genocide
Rosalyn LaPier: Donald Trump jokes about a dark moment of American genocide (February 22, 2019)

Wounded Knee is among the worst massacres in Native American history.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The real truths about White racial supremacy
Ivan Star Comes Out: The real truths about White racial supremacy (February 22, 2019)

Racists wearing 'MAGA' hats and waving Nazi and confederate battle flags are capable of killing just because it is the law.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Please keep religion out of lawmaking
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Please keep religion out of lawmaking (February 19, 2019)

Thousands of South Dakotan are not Christians -- most are Lakota people who practice the beliefs of their ancestors.


Native Sun News Today: Former inmate connected with his culture behind bars
Native Sun News Today: Former inmate connected with his culture behind bars (February 18, 2019)

'Before going to prison, I was like any other youth raised in the violence and poverty, the alcohol and addiction. I was lost.'


Steven Newcomb: We the people of the dominated Native nations
Steven Newcomb: We the people of the dominated Native nations (February 11, 2019)

Native nations need a path to liberate themselves from the U.S.’s claim of a right of oppression over them.


Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up
Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up (February 7, 2019)

The Indian Child Welfare Act is under attack and tribes are pushing back after conservative and Christian groups joined the battle.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Native voices are joining our political leadership
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Native voices are joining our political leadership (February 7, 2019)

There is wide recognition that this country is in bad shape in terms of political, intellectual and social leadership, and we know that a diverse public voice is crucial to the health of any democracy.


Native Sun News Today: Native elder seeks dialog with #MAGA youth
Native Sun News Today: Native elder seeks dialog with #MAGA youth (February 5, 2019)

Feeling mocked by Catholic students during the historic Indigenous Peoples March, a Native elder offered to defuse tense fallout by holding a dialog in their hometown.


Mary Annette Pember: #MAGA youth and the Catholic Church's legacy in Iudian Country
Mary Annette Pember: #MAGA youth and the Catholic Church's legacy in Iudian Country (February 4, 2019)

It’s time the students who mocked and disrespected an elder of the Omaha Nation learn the whole truth of this history.


Albert Bender: What really happened at the Indigenous Peoples March
Albert Bender: What really happened at the Indigenous Peoples March (January 29, 2019)

The mocking harassment of a Native elder by Catholic high school students has sparked national and international outrage.


Jennifer Harvey: That #MAGA kid in the Nathan Phillips video is yours too
Jennifer Harvey: That #MAGA kid in the Nathan Phillips video is yours too (January 28, 2019)

Our White youth should expect us to demand better behavior from them.


Richie Richards: Mainstream media demeans our songs by calling it 'chanting'
Richie Richards: Mainstream media demeans our songs by calling it 'chanting' (January 28, 2019)

Dismissing sacred and traditional songs of tribal nations as simple 'chants' takes away from the value of those words and the meaning behind the drum.


Kitcki Carroll: Indigenous peoples deserve dignity on our own lands
Kitcki Carroll: Indigenous peoples deserve dignity on our own lands (January 22, 2019)

America, it is time to live by the principles, morals, and values you profess to embrace and exemplify.


Rally shows support for tribal elder at center of #MAGA confrontation
Rally shows support for tribal elder at center of #MAGA confrontation (January 21, 2019)

Supporters of Nathan Phillips braved subzero temperatures to show solidarity with the tribal elder at the center of a widely-seen confrontation in the nation's capital.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit
Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit (January 18, 2019)

Looking back at my life, it is as if my life was predestined by the unknown.


'We are homeland security': Tohono O'odham Nation demands role in border talks
'We are homeland security': Tohono O'odham Nation demands role in border talks (January 16, 2019)

Indian Country is 26 days into a fight with the Trump administration. One tribe's been struggling even longer.


Native Sun News Today: Survivors of Indian school abuse lobby for changes in law
Native Sun News Today: Survivors of Indian school abuse lobby for changes in law (January 15, 2019)

The 9 Little Girls abuse survivor advocacy group wants justice and healing for the many who suffered during the boarding school era.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Sisters share stories of abuse at Indian school
Native Sun News Today: Sisters share stories of abuse at Indian school (November 27, 2018)

The 9 Little Girls abuse survivor advocacy group wants justice and healing for the many who suffered during the boarding school era.


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.


Leader of Yakama Nation denied entry into Supreme Court hearing
Leader of Yakama Nation denied entry into Supreme Court hearing (October 30, 2018)

Chairman JoDe Goudy of the Yakama Nation was barred from the Supreme Court because he was wearing a headdress.


Standing up to the Doctrine of Christian Discovery
Standing up to the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (October 30, 2018)

Federal Indian law traces back to a religious doctrine that treats indigenous peoples as inferior, as 'heathens' and 'infidels.'


Yakama Nation treaty rights case lands at Supreme Court
Yakama Nation treaty rights case lands at Supreme Court (October 29, 2018)

Leaders of the Yakama Nation are asking for Indian Country's support as the Supreme Court hears its first tribal case..


Standing Rock citizens sue county over #NoDAPL road blockade
Standing Rock citizens sue county over #NoDAPL road blockade (October 29, 2018)

Two Standing Rock citizens and a member of the clergy are suing authorities who shut down a key highway during the height of the #NoDAPL movement.


What drives people to join hate groups? Research offers clues
What drives people to join hate groups? Research offers clues (October 10, 2018)

New research offers clues to stop the spread of organized hate groups in the United States.