More: self-determination

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation shares story of our survival
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation shares story of our survival (September 10, 2018)

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.


Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era
Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era (September 10, 2018)

Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.


Omaha Tribe theft case results in guilty pleas from all defendants
Omaha Tribe theft case results in guilty pleas from all defendants (September 10, 2018)

Nine people have admitted they misused health care funds that were provided to Omaha Tribe.


Tara Sweeney: The late John McCain never forgot the first Americans
Tara Sweeney: The late John McCain never forgot the first Americans (September 5, 2018)

John McCain worked hard to support and strengthen tribal sovereignty and tribal self-determination.


Diane Humetewa: John McCain was a leading voice for Indian Country
Diane Humetewa: John McCain was a leading voice for Indian Country (August 29, 2018)

During the majority of his time in the House and Senate, John McCain was a leading voice for and architect of federal Indian policy.


Richard Monette: John McCain has been a genuine hero for Native America
Richard Monette: John McCain has been a genuine hero for Native America (August 27, 2018)

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.


'We had hope for a little while': Rosebud hospital under scrutiny again
'We had hope for a little while': Rosebud hospital under scrutiny again (August 6, 2018)

Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are wondering when the federal government will provide adequate health care on their reservation.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Foreign governments trample on Mohawk sovereignty
Doug George-Kanentiio: Foreign governments trample on Mohawk sovereignty (August 3, 2018)

The Mohawk Nation has long had a rational and methodical way to acknowledge citizenship but that's changing.


Pueblo tribes welcome action on bill to boost economic development
Pueblo tribes welcome action on bill to boost economic development (July 25, 2018)

Another Indian bill will be crossing President Trump's desk and it's one that seemed doomed just a couple of months ago.


Democrats: We must build on the successes of self-determination
Democrats: We must build on the successes of self-determination (July 23, 2018)

Congress must remain committed and attentive to fulfilling the United States’ obligations to Indian Country.


Tribes face obstacles at troubled Indian Health Service facility
Tribes face obstacles at troubled Indian Health Service facility (July 16, 2018)

Three Sioux tribes are asserting self-determination in order to take care of their own people.


Winnebago Tribe set to assume control of troubled hospital on reservation
Winnebago Tribe set to assume control of troubled hospital on reservation (June 27, 2018)

An Indian Health Service hospital is getting a new name as it comes under the control of the Winnebago Tribe.


Winnebago Tribe names executives for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
Winnebago Tribe names executives for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital (May 1, 2018)

As a key deadline looms, the Winnebago Tribe has named two executives who will manage the troubled hospital on the reservation.


HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands
HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands (April 24, 2018)

Tribes are making the federal government get out of the way when it comes to leasing on their homelands.


Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital (April 23, 2018)

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.


Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS'
Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS' (April 18, 2018)

The tribal self-governance program, a key development in the self-determination era, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with some achievements.


Daniel Akaka, former chairman of Senate Committee of Indian Affairs, walks on
Daniel Akaka, former chairman of Senate Committee of Indian Affairs, walks on (April 6, 2018)

Daniel Akaka, a former U.S. Senator and a champion for self-determination, has passed away at the age of 93.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota values obliterated in school system
Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota values obliterated in school system (March 28, 2018)

Our youth deserve a life far better than the one we have endured.


Winnebago Tribe moves forward with takeover of troubled hospital
Winnebago Tribe moves forward with takeover of troubled hospital (February 6, 2018)

The Winnebago Tribe is moving forward with plans to take over the troubled Indian Health Service hospital on its reservation.


Winnebago Tribe asserts self-determination in hopes of fixing troubled hospital
Winnebago Tribe asserts self-determination in hopes of fixing troubled hospital (November 15, 2017)

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.


President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary
President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary (November 13, 2017)

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.


House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills
House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills (November 9, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will take testimony on three tribal self-determination and land bills on November 15.


Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington
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Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington (November 6, 2017)

The Yakama Nation is asserting authority over a disputed portion of its territory with a new lawsuit in federal court.


Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era
Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era (September 6, 2017)

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.


Doug Steiger: Reform the Indian Health Service by looking at tribal success stories
Doug Steiger: Reform the Indian Health Service by looking at tribal success stories (August 11, 2017)

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.


Peter d'Errico: Indigenous music shines through despite invasion and colonization
Peter d'Errico: Indigenous music shines through despite invasion and colonization (August 8, 2017)

Native peoples provide creative energies to the world, despite invasion and colonization, Peter d'Errico writes on Indian Country Media Network.


Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)

The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.


Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school
Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school (May 11, 2017)

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.


Peter d'Errico: When to collaborate and when to resist colonialism
Peter d'Errico: When to collaborate and when to resist colonialism (May 10, 2017)

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.


Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands
Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (May 9, 2017)

A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.


Peter d'Errico: The dangers in accepting a colonial view of sovereignty
Peter d'Errico: The dangers in accepting a colonial view of sovereignty (May 1, 2017)

A careful analysis of the ‘self-government’ rhetoric reveals that beneath the glitter are difficult compromises and dangerous assumptions.


Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contract
Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contract (April 4, 2017)

The tribe sought $17 million to fund its judicial branch but the Bureau of Indian Affairs awarded only $1.3 million.


Dean Suagee: Include tribal nations in federal conservation fund
Dean Suagee: Include tribal nations in federal conservation fund (January 30, 2017)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important avenue for Indian country funding.


John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country
John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country (December 29, 2016)

As a Republican, I truly believe that tribes and their members are better off when Washington stays out of the way.


Peter d'Errico: #NoDAPL battle is about tribal self-determination
Peter d'Errico: #NoDAPL battle is about tribal self-determination (December 19, 2016)

'Standing Rock people are protecting the water; they are not just protesting.'


Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies (December 8, 2016)

A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land
Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land (December 7, 2016)

The Oklahoma Republican said a widely circulated report 'completely distorted' his views about sovereignty and self-determination.


Nick Zaiac: Let tribes decide what to do with their own homelands
Nick Zaiac: Let tribes decide what to do with their own homelands (December 7, 2016)

'The important thing is that people have a choice rather than having that choice dictated to them by Washington.'


Donna Ennis: Tribes must be included in federal decision-making
Donna Ennis: Tribes must be included in federal decision-making (October 31, 2016)

'The federal government has acted in ways that continue to threaten tribal self-determination.'


Peter d'Errico: Book encourages return to a 'tribal' way of life
Peter d'Errico: Book encourages return to a 'tribal' way of life (September 26, 2016)

'To 'learn' from 'tribal societies' without destroying them requires recognition of and support for Indigenous self-determination.'


Steven Newcomb: Time for Pope Francis to revoke the papal bulls
Steven Newcomb: Time for Pope Francis to revoke the papal bulls (September 5, 2016)

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.


Indian Health Service hosts meeting with Direct Service Tribes
Indian Health Service hosts meeting with Direct Service Tribes (August 30, 2016)

Direct Service Tribes are the tribes that rely on the IHS to provide health care to their communities.


Peter d'Errico: 'Friends' continue to embrace negative Indian policy
Peter d'Errico: 'Friends' continue to embrace negative Indian policy (August 22, 2016)

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.


Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Native people are still fighting for their basic rights
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Native people are still fighting for their basic rights (August 11, 2016)

Do you think that the United States’ injustices against American Indians exist only in the past?


Tim Giago: Indian Country can't forget the Indian Reorganization Act
Tim Giago: Indian Country can't forget the Indian Reorganization Act (August 8, 2016)

Has Indian Country forgotten the significance of the Indian Reorganization Act?


Harold Monteau: Even more lessons in indigenous law and policy
Harold Monteau: Even more lessons in indigenous law and policy (July 28, 2016)

Harold Monteau, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe who is of Metis descent, continues his series on indigenous law and policy.


Democrats embrace tribal sovereignty in platform for convention
Democrats embrace tribal sovereignty in platform for convention (July 8, 2016)

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.


Northern Arapaho Tribe asserts more control over health system
Northern Arapaho Tribe asserts more control over health system (June 28, 2016)

The Wyoming tribe is looking for additional sources of funding due to shortfalls in an Indian Health Service contract.


Omaha Tribe cooperates with federal investigation into payments
Omaha Tribe cooperates with federal investigation into payments (June 27, 2016)

Several council members and some employees received $389,000 in 'incentive' payments that are now being questioned.


Tribes take more control of their lands with HEARTH Act regulations
Tribes take more control of their lands with HEARTH Act regulations (June 22, 2016)

The Oneida Nation and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians have joined the growing list of tribes with approved HEARTH Act regulations.


Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policy
Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policy (June 21, 2016)

The history of the development of Federal Indian Law in the U.S. reveals a marked similarity to the development of Canadian Law.


Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term (June 20, 2016)

A record four Indian law cases were on the docket and tribes are still waiting for a decision a closely-watched jurisdiction dispute.


Peter d'Errico: Voting debate raises questions of self-governance
Peter d'Errico: Voting debate raises questions of self-governance (June 9, 2016)

Indian Country has long debated whether to participate in the ritual of voting in U.S. elections.


Mike Myers: Roadblocks to true self-governance in Indian Country
Mike Myers: Roadblocks to true self-governance in Indian Country (May 31, 2016)

The major roadblocks to restoring our original forms of governing and governance are our own internalized racism and inability to de-colonize ourselves.


Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policy
Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policy (May 23, 2016)

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.


David Wilkins: Native people choose different political allegiances
David Wilkins: Native people choose different political allegiances (May 11, 2016)

A profound, inherent level of diversity is a hallmark of our collective Native nations.


Vi Waln: Native Nation Rebuilders program helps strengthen tribal governments
Vi Waln: Native Nation Rebuilders program helps strengthen tribal governments (May 9, 2016)

The Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship targets tribal citizens residing in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota who have an interest in strengthening tribal governance.


Mike Myers: Indian Health Service carries out cultural colonization
Mike Myers: Indian Health Service carries out cultural colonization (May 9, 2016)

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.


Gabe Galanda: A moral responsibility to stop tribal disenrollment
Gabe Galanda: A moral responsibility to stop tribal disenrollment (April 27, 2016)

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.


Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands
Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands (April 21, 2016)

The Energy Policy Modernization Act addresses red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and includes Alaska Native corporations in more programs.