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Sioux Nation citizens seek to join Dakota Access Pipeline lawsuitFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Sioux Nation citizens seek to join Dakota Access Pipeline lawsuit (02/27)
The 13 citizens, a group that includes LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, are seeking to add President Donald Trump to the ongoing case.
Trump administration opposes injunction against Dakota AccessFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Trump administration opposes injunction against Dakota Access (02/22)
Arguments on an injunction sought by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe take place in federal court on February 28.
Ivan Star Comes Out: 'Civilization' aims to alienate Native AmericaFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: 'Civilization' aims to alienate Native America (02/20)
My Native ancestry was nearly removed from my consciousness by the Euro-American’s blasphemous need to make me into their image
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (02/17)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.
Hearing on injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline moved to February 28Filed Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Hearing on injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline moved to February 28 (02/17)
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are pushing hard to stop the controversial project.
Steven Newcomb: Dakota Access marks growth of imperial American empireFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Dakota Access marks growth of imperial American empire (02/16)
Army Corps of Engineers continues the American empire way in Oceti Sakowin Nation territory.
Monte Mills: Tribes turn to courts to battle Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Monte Mills: Tribes turn to courts to battle Dakota Access Pipeline (02/16)
Unlike the voices of thousands who joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in protest, the next chapter will be argued by a few lawyers in the pin drop silence of a federal courtroom.
Dakota Access ready to start transporting oil sooner than expectedFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Dakota Access ready to start transporting oil sooner than expected (02/13)
Even though Dakota Access is moving a lot faster than anticipated, a federal judge declined to halt construction activities in North Dakota.
More tribes join effort to halt completion of Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
More tribes join effort to halt completion of Dakota Access Pipeline (02/13)
The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline is entering a crucial phase as tribes and their citizens place their faith in a system of justice that hasn't always addressed their concerns.
Tribes head back to court in hopes of halting Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribes head back to court in hopes of halting Dakota Access Pipeline (02/10)
The fate of the controversial project lies in the hands of a federal judge who has twice refused to stop construction in North Dakota.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Donald Trump ain't seen nothin' yetFiled Under: Opinion
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Donald Trump ain't seen nothin' yet (02/03)
Donald Trump has no idea of the spiritual and moral courage that is embodied in the hearts and souls of the Indian people.
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe (01/31)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) has refused to say whether he will defend the tribal jurisdiction provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Steven Newcomb: System of domination still being used against our nationsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: System of domination still being used against our nations (01/26)
'The assumed right and reality system of domination remains disguised.'
Steven Newcomb: Our indigenous nations were never conqueredFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Our indigenous nations were never conquered (01/11)
'The federal Indian domination system is premised on the invaders’ claim to have a right to oppress our rightfully free and independent nations.'
Hopi Tribe banishes non-Indian couple accused of federal fraudFiled Under: Education | Law
Hopi Tribe banishes non-Indian couple accused of federal fraud (01/10)
Thane Epefanio and his wife, Michelle, worked at a private religious school on the reservation in Arizona.
Steven Newcomb: Oceti Sakowin never surrendered lands to United StatesFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Oceti Sakowin never surrendered lands to United States (01/02)
'It is outrageous to see the photos of people injured by North Dakota’s brutal police actions at Standing Rock.'
Steven Newcomb: What the mainstream media won't show at Standing RockFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: What the mainstream media won't show at Standing Rock (12/12)
The U.S. Dakota territorial act specifies that no Indian land shall become part of the territory of Dakota until the Indians consent in a treaty with the United States.
Mary Annette Pember: Tribal member arrested for string of arsons on Lac Courte Oreilles ReservationFiled Under: Environment | Law
Mary Annette Pember: Tribal member arrested for string of arsons on Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation (12/02)
A series of suspicious fires that targeted religious structures on the reservation in Wisconsin might be finally be solved.
Steve Russell: Resisting apartheid and genocide in the Donald Trump eraFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Resisting apartheid and genocide in the Donald Trump era (11/30)
'I can’t deny that Muslims believe some silly stuff. So do Christians and Jews.'
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indigenous renaissance starts with familyFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indigenous renaissance starts with family (11/28)
Our ancestors wanted us to understand the newcomer’s ways so we would be able to survive, compete, and prosper far into the future.
Steven Newcomb: All bets are off with Donald Trump as presidentFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: All bets are off with Donald Trump as president (11/28)
'What’s likely coming is an era of Christian Dominionism, an ideological orientation committed to the belief that the Bible and fundamentalist Christianity ought to serve as a guide and backdrop for governing the American body politic.'
Tim Giago: Thanksgiving is America's holiday of the imaginationFiled Under: Opinion
Tim Giago: Thanksgiving is America's holiday of the imagination (11/21)
There is a saying amongst the Lakota that when the Pilgrims first landed at Plymouth Rock they fell on their knees and prayed and then they fell on the Indians and preyed.
Steven Newcomb: Dakota Access Pipeline is about colonizationFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Dakota Access Pipeline is about colonization (11/14)
'We need to be calling into question the taken for granted false assumptions upon which U.S. federal Indian law was founded.'
Peter d'Errico: Law isn't the only field in need of being decolonizedFiled Under: Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Law isn't the only field in need of being decolonized (11/07)
'Most folks probably don't think about archaeology when they look at U.S. federal Indian law—and vice versa.'
Steven Newcomb: Supreme Court still clinging to racist doctrineFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Supreme Court still clinging to racist doctrine (11/03)
'The same doctrine of Christian discovery and domination that Columbus had used to claim various non-Christian islands was used by Justice Ginsburg as the backdrop for her legal opinion in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York.'
Steven Newcomb: Getting to the origins of federal Indian lawFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Getting to the origins of federal Indian law (10/24)
How were the Christian nations supposed to 'acquire' lands 'occupied by heathens and infidels?'
Ivan Star Comes Out: Education system diminishes Native peopleFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Education system diminishes Native people (10/20)
As Natives, we have been omitted from history texts, as taught in the American school system.
Tuffy Lunderman: Five hundred years of Indian Country resilienceFiled Under: Opinion
Tuffy Lunderman: Five hundred years of Indian Country resilience (10/17)
Because the Lakota lacked an immigration policy they went from being 100 percent of the population to approximately 1 percent today.
James Giago Davies: Understanding who we are as Lakota peopleFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Understanding who we are as Lakota people (10/04)
Each Lakota should be free to express his beliefs and ideas without having to kowtow to some other Lakota’s idea of what they should be.
Steven Newcomb: System of domination at play in #NoDAPL fightFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: System of domination at play in #NoDAPL fight (10/03)
'On what basis did the invading colonizers first assume that our free nations and our ancestors were subject to the ideas and arguments of the Christian world?'
Dave Archambault Sr.: The roots of the battle at Standing RockFiled Under: Opinion
Dave Archambault Sr.: The roots of the battle at Standing Rock (09/29)
To understand the problem that the Standing Rock Sioux is having with the construction of a pipeline that is being built just 500 feet from their reservation boundary, one has to understand the roots of the disagreement.
Steven Newcomb: Vicious dogs unleashed on #NoDAPL resistersFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Vicious dogs unleashed on #NoDAPL resisters (09/07)
On September 3, 2016, we saw an excellent illustration of a claimed right to coerce our nations into obedience.
Steven Newcomb: Time for Pope Francis to revoke the papal bullsFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Time for Pope Francis to revoke the papal bulls (09/05)
It is time for Pope Francis to publicly announce what we already know: The papal language of domination issued by his papal predecessors was invalid language.
Larry Emery: President Barack Obama must halt Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Opinion | Politics
Larry Emery: President Barack Obama must halt Dakota Access Pipeline (09/01)
The United States has a legally-binding obligation to obtain the Native People’s consent before activities are carried out that affect treaty lands.
Tim Giago: Indian Country still suffering from boarding school eraFiled Under: Opinion
Tim Giago: Indian Country still suffering from boarding school era (08/30)
There are thousands of Indian children with grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and siblings who were victims of the boarding schools and who ended their lives as broken people.
Steven Newcomb: Law of Christendom at play in #NoDAPL battleFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Law of Christendom at play in #NoDAPL battle (08/29)
Dakota resistance, allied with many other nations, provides the opportunity to bring the world’s attention to the fact that that bigoted religious form of reasoning and argumentation is still being used against our Original Nation.
Steven Newcomb: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe challenges system of dominationFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe challenges system of domination (08/23)
It only takes one break and a massive release of the hydrocarbons to poison sacred waters for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with toxicity.
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal courtFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal court (08/22)
The tribe is defending its court system from an 'attack' by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tim Giago: Sitting Bull continued to live the traditional Lakota wayFiled Under: Opinion
Tim Giago: Sitting Bull continued to live the traditional Lakota way (08/15)
One cold winter day Tatanka Iyotanka (Sitting Bull), the great Lakota warrior, was sitting on a bench in front of his home with his two wives on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Steven Newcomb: Another push for assimilation in 'Trail of Tears'Filed Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Another push for assimilation in 'Trail of Tears' (08/15)
A host of failed U.S. policies were aimed at making us 'equal Americans,' and they are the very same policies that resulted in our nations being in the predicaments in which we find ourselves today.
Delphine Red Shirt: Oglala tribal police used to shut down sundancesFiled Under: Opinion
Delphine Red Shirt: Oglala tribal police used to shut down sundances (08/09)
Around this time in the summer, you can find a sundance on the Pine Ridge Reservation just about every weekend.
Vi Waln: Don't attack your fellow Lakota citizens for attending ceremoniesFiled Under: Opinion
Vi Waln: Don't attack your fellow Lakota citizens for attending ceremonies (08/08)
Whether your actions are questionable or not, there are still neighbors and relatives who are quick to judge.
Steve Russell: Even the Supreme Court makes up 'facts' about tribesFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steve Russell: Even the Supreme Court makes up 'facts' about tribes (08/08)
The biggest obstacle to crafting one story to govern Indian land titles is that no such story existed that could account for all the facts on the ground.
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Catholic schools try to make up for bad pastFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Catholic schools try to make up for bad past (08/03)
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum and the author of the new book 'The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians.'
Tweedy Sombrero Navarrete: A Christian call to protect sacred landFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Tweedy Sombrero Navarrete: A Christian call to protect sacred land (07/29)
Native American traditional wisdom about stewardship of God’s creation is too often dismissed.
Peter d'Errico: Celebrating the dark side of White 'civilization'Filed Under: Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Celebrating the dark side of White 'civilization' (07/21)
Whether one celebrates this 'civilization' or not depends on whether one profits from the destruction inherent in the system.
Arne Vainio: A powerful homecoming for family in our troubled timesFiled Under: Opinion
Arne Vainio: A powerful homecoming for family in our troubled times (07/18)
My wife Ivy and I traveled south in the middle of these troubled times.
Robert Soto: Lipan Apache Tribe wins long fight for eagle feathersFiled Under: Environment | Law | Opinion
Robert Soto: Lipan Apache Tribe wins long fight for eagle feathers (07/08)
We are now fully free to worship the Creator as our ancestors did for centuries.
Church denies connection to vandalism at Otomi site in MexicoFiled Under: World
Church denies connection to vandalism at Otomi site in Mexico (06/29)
Followers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses reportedly told a professor that they damaged the site because it conflicted with their religion.
Vi Waln: Don't be afraid to come pray with your Lakota relativesFiled Under: Opinion
Vi Waln: Don't be afraid to come pray with your Lakota relatives (06/27)
This is the time of the year when Lakota people are sacrificing themselves to pray for humanity, as well as Mother Earth and all the living beings of the universe.
Steven Newcomb: Old religious ideas influence federal Indian lawFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Old religious ideas influence federal Indian law (06/16)
We are being continually controlled by narratives that Christian narrators developed long ago.
Steven Newcomb: True honor and respect for the original nationsFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: True honor and respect for the original nations (06/14)
It is time to reset the relationship based on true honor and respect for the Original Free Nations.
Tim Giago: Settlers forced shame on America's indigenous peoplesFiled Under: Opinion
Tim Giago: Settlers forced shame on America's indigenous peoples (06/13)
Perhaps Native Americans in the year 2016 should re-examine their concept of Christianity and look back on all of the spiritual beliefs they gave up.
Mormon Church faces third abuse lawsuit in Navajo Nation courtFiled Under: Law | National
Mormon Church faces third abuse lawsuit in Navajo Nation court (06/08)
So far, four victims have come forward after suffering abuse in the Indian Student Placement Program.
Supreme Court won't take up dispute over solar plant on sacred landFiled Under: Environment | Law
Supreme Court won't take up dispute over solar plant on sacred land (06/06)
A group of plaintiffs that included an elder from the Fort Mojave Tribe challenged the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in southern California.
Mark Charles: Donald Trump subscribes to Doctrine of Discovery tooFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Charles: Donald Trump subscribes to Doctrine of Discovery too (06/06)
If you know American history and understand the worldview upon which this nation has been founded, then the lack of consistency between Donald Trump's public statements on global warming and his personal responses to global warming are not the least bit surprising.
Charles Trimble: Thanking Lakota veterans for sharing their storiesFiled Under: Opinion
Charles Trimble: Thanking Lakota veterans for sharing their stories (06/06)
I dislike people who pose as Indian spiritualists as a means to gaining personal acceptance and trust, as well as for political advantage and even financial gain.
Mormon Church disputes tribal jurisdiction in Navajo abuse caseFiled Under: Law | National
Mormon Church disputes tribal jurisdiction in Navajo abuse case (06/01)
The Mormon Church is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will settle the matter by ruling in a closely-watched jurisdiction case.
Steven Newcomb: Church edicts lead to centuries of dominationFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Church edicts lead to centuries of domination (05/23)
A claimed right of domination imposed on all our Original Free Nations in the past continues to be perpetuated and maintained against our Nations and Peoples today by international state governments such as Canada and the United States, and many others.
Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policyFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Law | Opinion
Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policy (05/23)
While the United States Indian Policy swings over 200 or so years has varied from 'wars of conquest and submission' to the current 'Self-determination and Self-governance' the central theme of 'assimilation' persists to this day.

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