From ancient traditions to forced removal and assimilation to survival and to self-determination, the Cherokee Nation’s strong sense of identity and governance are undeniable.
Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.
Nine people have admitted they misused health care funds that were provided to Omaha Tribe.
John McCain worked hard to support and strengthen tribal sovereignty and tribal self-determination.
During the majority of his time in the House and Senate, John McCain was a leading voice for and architect of federal Indian policy.
Senator John McCain’s passing has many of us wondering aloud whether the balance of America’s history will ever again produce such a giant spirit.
Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are wondering when the federal government will provide adequate health care on their reservation.
The Mohawk Nation has long had a rational and methodical way to acknowledge citizenship but that's changing.
Another Indian bill will be crossing President Trump's desk and it's one that seemed doomed just a couple of months ago.
Congress must remain committed and attentive to fulfilling the United States’ obligations to Indian Country.
Three Sioux tribes are asserting self-determination in order to take care of their own people.
An Indian Health Service hospital is getting a new name as it comes under the control of the Winnebago Tribe.
As a key deadline looms, the Winnebago Tribe has named two executives who will manage the troubled hospital on the reservation.
Tribes are making the federal government get out of the way when it comes to leasing on their homelands.
Citing chronic underfunding and inaction at the federal level, tribes in the Great Plains are planning to take over a troubled Indian Health Service hospital.
The tribal self-governance program, a key development in the self-determination era, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with some achievements.
Daniel Akaka, a former U.S. Senator and a champion for self-determination, has passed away at the age of 93.
Our youth deserve a life far better than the one we have endured.
The Winnebago Tribe is moving forward with plans to take over the troubled Indian Health Service hospital on its reservation.
The Winnebago Tribe is moving to take over management of the hospital on its reservation in Nebraska, more than two years after federal officials cut off key funding sources for the troubled facility.
Alex Azar, a pharmaceutical executive, served in top leadership posts at the department in George W. Bush administration, an era of resistance to Indian health care.
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will take testimony on three tribal self-determination and land bills on November 15.
The Yakama Nation is asserting authority over a disputed portion of its territory with a new lawsuit in federal court.
Two more tribes are taking advantage of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act, a self-determination law that has proven popular in Indian Country.
Most of the infrastructure of Indian Health Service is geared towards complicated financial reporting requirements related to federal auditing, not the quality of the medical care, Doug Steiger writes on Indian Country Media Network.
Native peoples provide creative energies to the world, despite invasion and colonization, Peter d'Errico writes on Indian Country Media Network.
Attorneys for the Bureau of Indian Affairs admitted the student suffered burns while making fry bread but a judge said the federal government can't be held liable.
Native people's relations with colonialism requires as much clear analysis as possible—to gauge when and where to collaborate, when and where to resist.
A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.
A careful analysis of the ‘self-government’ rhetoric reveals that beneath the glitter are difficult compromises and dangerous assumptions.
The tribe sought $17 million to fund its judicial branch but the Bureau of Indian Affairs awarded only $1.3 million.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important avenue for Indian country funding.
As a Republican, I truly believe that tribes and their members are better off when Washington stays out of the way.
'Standing Rock people are protecting the water; they are not just protesting.'
A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.
The Oklahoma Republican said a widely circulated report 'completely distorted' his views about sovereignty and self-determination.
'The important thing is that people have a choice rather than having that choice dictated to them by Washington.'
'The federal government has acted in ways that continue to threaten tribal self-determination.'
'To 'learn' from 'tribal societies' without destroying them requires recognition of and support for Indigenous self-determination.'
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.
Direct Service Tribes are the tribes that rely on the IHS to provide health care to their communities.
Every time we confuse Indian sovereignty issues with civil rights issues, we not only miss the point of the Indian struggle, we actually advance the US policy of destroying Indian Nations.
Do you think that the United States’ injustices against American Indians exist only in the past?
Has Indian Country forgotten the significance of the Indian Reorganization Act?
Harold Monteau, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe who is of Metis descent, continues his series on indigenous law and policy.
The draft of the document includes the most expansive and detailed language to date regarding self-determination, land-into-trust, Native languages, sacred sites and other key concerns.
The Wyoming tribe is looking for additional sources of funding due to shortfalls in an Indian Health Service contract.
Several council members and some employees received $389,000 in 'incentive' payments that are now being questioned.
The Oneida Nation and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians have joined the growing list of tribes with approved HEARTH Act regulations.
The history of the development of Federal Indian Law in the U.S. reveals a marked similarity to the development of Canadian Law.
A record four Indian law cases were on the docket and tribes are still waiting for a decision a closely-watched jurisdiction dispute.
Indian Country has long debated whether to participate in the ritual of voting in U.S. elections.
The major roadblocks to restoring our original forms of governing and governance are our own internalized racism and inability to de-colonize ourselves.
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.
A profound, inherent level of diversity is a hallmark of our collective Native nations.
The Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship targets tribal citizens residing in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota who have an interest in strengthening tribal governance.
It bothers me that I know that somewhere there are purportedly Indigenous folks collaborating with the Indian Health Service to develop this 'traditional healer' position.
An increasing number of tribes -- as many as 15% of all federally recognized tribes -- are destroying themselves and taking the lives of their own people.
The Energy Policy Modernization Act addresses red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and includes Alaska Native corporations in more programs.