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Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.
Tribal and environmental leaders urged lawmakers to protect sacred land by banning mining around the Grand Canyon.
The Crow Nation of Montana wants a say in the future of the Crazy Mountains, a range that shaped the history of the tribe and the West at large.
The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on tribal homelands and tribal treaty bills.
Nearly two decades after the first executive order on tribal consultation, the federal government is still struggling to meet their trust and treaty responsibilities.
The Ramapough Lenape Nation is fighting for its right to use ancestral land for ceremonies and other purposes.
An Indigenous journalist reflects on the 800-year-old cathedral and what 'sacred' means to her.
Pueblo and Navajo leaders are testifying about the need to protect ancestral lands in New Mexico.
With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.
With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on ancestral territory.
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.
The ceremony takes place during the Spring Equinox, and begins with Lakota spiritual leaders who have been visiting this sacred mountain for generations.
Life was already difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.
President Trump's decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument is harming tribal sites, members of Congress were told.
Many tribes still lack legal recognition and struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and the environment.
A sacred Apache site is being threatened by a huge mining project in Arizona.
The House Committee on Natural Resources has a new vice chair and it's a Native person for the first time in history.
Members of the Northern Cheyenne, Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes received a wonderful holiday gift that will benefit generations to come.
Tribal monitors are helping collect data on culturally significant sites that are facing an uncertain future in Arizona.
There is a long history of looting and stealing Indian burials and important cultural and sacred patrimony.
A ski resort on public land uses reclaimed sewage to make snow on sacred land.
'Basically, we’re kind of outraged,' the chairman of the Chemehuevi Tribe said in response to possible destruction of cultural sites.
The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers is searching for a new leader following the departure of its long-serving president.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is protecting one area of Montana as the Blackfeet Nation calls on him to protect another.
A decades-long fight to protect sacred Blackfeet Nation land continues in the federal courts.
The wall along the U.S. border with Mexico has damaged and destroyed sacred sites, according to a new report.
Despite times of tension, Native leaders and colleagues describe the late John McCain as a firm advocate for tribal rights.
The Trump administration continues to dismantle the Bears Ears National Monument despite objections from tribes.
John McCain is remembered as a patriot and a hero by many in Indian Country.
Rising through the Great Plains are the Black Hills, a historic and sacred region for many tribes.
Historically, Native American tribes have struggled to explain why certain landscapes are sacred for them.
Federal officials mistakenly published confidential information about cliff dwellings, spiritual structures, rock art and other Native sites in Utah.
A portion of the Santa Fe National Forest has been closed to geothermal development in order to protect tribal sacred sites.
When you see a statue or sign that is supposed to evoke a feeling of American patriotism in your heart, think of how an indigenous person might look at the same thing.
The Trump administration has finally announced new advocates for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.
Canadian gold prospectors resume drilling near sacred Pe’ Sla after securing an alternative water supply for their operations.
'Money isn’t everything to us. We are about the water and that we service the needs of our people that pay for it.'
Gold prospectors are drilling on land adjacent to Pe’ Sla in the Black Hills, a sacred site held in trust for tribes.
Bears Ears is at the center of a critical discussion around Indigenous rights and protection of sacred sites and traditional uses in the United States.
This may be a young nation, but its Indigenous history is ancient, measured in tens of thousands of years.
Let’s re-experience our homelands the way our ancestors did and regenerate that culture
The cultural history of indigenous nations has been chapter upon chapter of defending our rights against corporate America.
Concerns about pollution and damage to sacred sites prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to demand consultation on fracking activities in treaty territory.
The Custer Gallatin National Forest is seeking to protect an area in South Dakota that includes petroglyph and sacred sites.
Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission are poised to 'streamline' the interests of the wireless industry despite strong objections from Indian Country.
Republicans are reaching back to the Obama administration to justify a bill that prevents any changes to the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument.
Republican lawmakers are once again trying to protect the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument even though tribal leaders and advocates have called for change.
Three tribal elders are planning an appeal in order to hold the federal government accountable for bulldozing a sacred site in Oregon.
The Hopi Tribe has won the right to sue a ski resort whose operators are using reclaimed sewage in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.
Tribal leaders with connections to the Bears Ears National Monument are finally getting their say on Capitol Hill amid efforts to erode protections on their ancestral lands.
Conservation groups lost what they considered a battle for groundwater, land and cultural resources near Mato Tipila on January 19, when a federal appeals court here denied their pleadings over licensing of a uranium mine and mill near the sacred site.
A Canadian company is moving forward with a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe’ Sla.
Legal and policy frameworks in both the U.S. and Canada fail to reflect emerging norms related to Indigenous legal and cultural traditions and human rights.
Great Plains tribal leaders, at a meeting with U.S. Forest Service personnel on November 21, fired a barrage of constitutional arguments against proposed federal permitting of new gold exploration in the Black Hills.