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Respect Alaska tribes’ rights on the Tongass question
Respect Alaska tribes’ rights on the Tongass question (October 21, 2019)

The Tongass is the traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, a lineage that stretches so deep in time, we call it immemorial.


The reality of Native American Studies
The reality of Native American Studies (October 21, 2019)

I salute those professors who created Native American Studies. They had to start from scratch.


Presidential candidates continue outreach in Indian Country
Presidential candidates continue outreach in Indian Country (October 14, 2019)

With a growing number of communities celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, another Democratic presidential candidate announced plans to improve the government's relationship with the first Americans.


Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?'
Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?' (October 10, 2019)

As Lakota people, we must realize the fact that our ancient world view is as valid as any other.


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women
YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women (October 7, 2019)

'When something happens to an Indigenous person, to a Native person, why isn’t that being heard? We’re just another number.'


'Does the White House support VAWA?': Trump officials won't say
'Does the White House support VAWA?': Trump officials won't say (September 24, 2019)

The Trump administration's commitment to Indian Country was tested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol when representatives of the White House refused to answer questions about expanding protections for Native women.


Native Sun News Today: Bamboozled by State jurisdiction
Native Sun News Today: Bamboozled by State jurisdiction (September 23, 2019)

Every tribe has one treasure it must protect from plunder, a treasure that dwarfs all other treasures combined — tribal sovereignty.


RECAP: Sovereignty and Native Women's Safety at US Capitol
RECAP: Sovereignty and Native Women's Safety at US Capitol (September 17, 2019)

Native women rallied at the U.S. Capitol to honor survivors of violence and to push for renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.


James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way
James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way (September 2, 2019)

How did the government get this power over tribes? They took it.


Appeals court decision affirms tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians
Appeals court decision affirms tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (August 29, 2019)

Tribes can serve protection orders against non-Indians due to their 'inherent' sovereignty, a federal appeals court ruled, addressing an issue being raised on the road to the White House.


Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada
Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada (August 28, 2019)

Project Reconciliation is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call for Indigenous communities 'gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.'


Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum
Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum (August 20, 2019)

Democratic presidential candidates are reaching out to Native voters at a historic forum in one of the most critical states in the 2020 campaign.


RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 19, 2019)

The historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is underway in Sioux City, Iowa, in the homelands of several tribes.


Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president
Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president (August 16, 2019)

With a prominent Indian Country figure as a supporter, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is promising major changes in the federal-tribal relationship.


Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House
Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House (August 15, 2019)

I imagine how much Frank LaMere would enjoy participating in his own presidential forum next week in Iowa.


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.


'The people spoke': Northern Arapaho Tribe stands by chairman
'The people spoke': Northern Arapaho Tribe stands by chairman (August 13, 2019)

Citizens of the Northern Arapaho Tribe are standing by Chairman Lee Spoonhunter and his efforts to take his people in a new direction.


Former White Mountain Apache Tribe chairman Ronnie Lupe passes on
Former White Mountain Apache Tribe chairman Ronnie Lupe passes on (August 13, 2019)

'He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,' Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood said of the legendary Ronnie Lupe.


Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain
Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain (August 12, 2019)

Tribal leaders and advocates celebrated after an appeals court rebuffed opponents of the Indian Child Welfare Act in one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


Lac du Flambeau Band leaders accused in new online lending lawsuit
Lac du Flambeau Band leaders accused in new online lending lawsuit (August 9, 2019)

Leaders and employees of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are being sued by a consumer of the tribe's online lending operation.


Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands
Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands (August 8, 2019)

The Cupeño people survived near genocide and forced removal. They may not be able to overcome disenrollment and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


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.


More 2020 presidential candidates line up for historic Native issues forum
More 2020 presidential candidates line up for historic Native issues forum (August 6, 2019)

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum continues to grow as more Democratic candidates reach out to Native voters early in the 2020 election cycle.


The Revelator: Books provide insight into #NoDAPL movement and food sovereignty
The Revelator: Books provide insight into #NoDAPL movement and food sovereignty (August 5, 2019)

New books tackle tough issues related to climate change, extinction, Indigenous sovereignty, ocean conservation and a whole lot more.


Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty
Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty (July 31, 2019)

For too long, partisan politics have taken the Native Vote and needs of Indian Country for granted.


Candidates make first major play for Native vote in 2020 presidential race
Candidates make first major play for Native vote in 2020 presidential race (July 25, 2019)

The 2020 Democratic presidential field is a crowded one. Some candidates are distinguishing themselves in Indian Country.


Bethany Berger: Trump wasn't the first president to confront the Supreme Court – and back down
Bethany Berger: Trump wasn't the first president to confront the Supreme Court – and back down (July 24, 2019)

As Donald Trump agrees reluctantly to respect the Supreme Court, he follows a long-ago legal victory of the Cherokee Nation.


Tribal Leaders: Preserve eagle feathers for federally recognized tribes
Tribal Leaders: Preserve eagle feathers for federally recognized tribes (July 18, 2019)

Leaders of the Ute Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe are calling on fellow Indian nations to oppose an eagle feather petition they say weakens treaty rights and undermines sovereignty.


Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens
Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens (July 18, 2019)

John Paul Stevens often supported the rights of tribes during his time on the nation's highest court.


Chip Colwell: Acknowledge the Indigenous caretakers of the land
Chip Colwell: Acknowledge the Indigenous caretakers of the land (July 17, 2019)

Land acknowledgment is a recognition of a truth, a kind of verbal memorial that we erect in honor of indigenous peoples.


Oglala Sioux Tribe adopts marriage equality law
Oglala Sioux Tribe adopts marriage equality law (July 17, 2019)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is the first Indian nation in South Dakota to recognize same-sex marriages.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death (July 11, 2019)

The descendants of Lakota people no longer have control over their lives.


Supreme Court keeps Indian Country in the dark in sovereignty case
Supreme Court keeps Indian Country in the dark in sovereignty case (July 10, 2019)

It's still anyone's guess why the nation's highest court postponed a decision in one of the most consequential Indian law cases in recent history.


YES! Magazine: City aims to do more for urban Indian population
YES! Magazine: City aims to do more for urban Indian population (July 10, 2019)

New Mexico's largest city amended a decades-old ordinance to recognize tribal sovereignty and create more services for Native people living in urban centers.


Appeals court turns back attack on tribal lending operation
Appeals court turns back attack on tribal lending operation (July 5, 2019)

Online lending businesses owned by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are entitled to sovereign immunity, a federal appeals court ruled.


Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate
Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate (June 25, 2019)

Democrats are holding their first presidential debates but the candidates most familiar with Indian issues are not participating.


UW News: Heritage marker recognizes Ho-Chunk Nation history and sovereignty
UW News: Heritage marker recognizes Ho-Chunk Nation history and sovereignty (June 24, 2019)

A new marker recognizes the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk, acknowledges the circumstances that led to their forced removal, and honors the tribe's history of resistance and resilience.


Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case
Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case (June 24, 2019)

Is the nation's highest court on Indian time? It sure looks like it, judging by the wait for a decision in a highly-anticipated case.


Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case
Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case (June 18, 2019)

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?


House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance Indian Country bills
House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance Indian Country bills (June 17, 2019)

Bills addressing the sovereign rights of tribes, aging Indian schools and the history of Ponca people are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Indians of All Tribes celebrates 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover
Indians of All Tribes celebrates 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover (June 13, 2019)

Veterans of the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island will return to the site of the historic takeover.


Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case
Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case (June 11, 2019)

After a blockbuster season in which tribal treaties have been front and center, it looks like the Supreme Court is taking a little break from Indian Country.


Native Sun News Today: Supreme Court decision impacts tribal sovereignty
Native Sun News Today: Supreme Court decision impacts tribal sovereignty (June 3, 2019)

Tribal sovereignty is always a court ruling away from being reduced, perhaps one day, even eliminated.


Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket (May 28, 2019)

It looks like Indian Country can rest easy for now, with no new cases added to the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.


Decision on Cherokee Nation chief candidate comes down to the wire
Decision on Cherokee Nation chief candidate comes down to the wire (May 27, 2019)

Voters of the Cherokee Nation are going to the polls in a matter of days as a key candidate fights to stay on the ballot.


Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition
Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition (May 24, 2019)

The Shinnecock Nation is asserting sovereignty in New York, drawing complaints and threats of litigation along the way.


Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood
Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood (May 16, 2019)

Should the federal government stop issuing Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood?


'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation (May 10, 2019)

The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.


Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation
Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation (May 8, 2019)

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't hear from Indian Country often but it was hard to tell as a closely-watched tribal case came up for consideration.


'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court
'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court (May 6, 2019)

Tribes are paying close attention to a court case that they say will have a major impact on efforts to improve economic conditions in their communities.


Oglala Sioux Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation
Oglala Sioux Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation (May 2, 2019)

Tribal-state relations continue to erode in South Dakota, barely four months after a Republican governor was sworn into office.


Not 'extinct': Colville Tribes win appeal in hunting rights case in Canada
Not 'extinct': Colville Tribes win appeal in hunting rights case in Canada (May 2, 2019)

Rick Desautel, a Colville veteran who lives in the U.S., has once again won the right to hunt on ancestral territory across the border.


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan (April 18, 2019)

Adult citizens of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians can use marijuana and grow small amounts under a new law.


Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny
Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny (April 16, 2019)

Tribes, Democrats and watchdog groups are paying close attention to David Bernhardt, derided by some as a creature of Washington's swamp.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Colonial governments make money off of stolen land
Doug George-Kanentiio: Colonial governments make money off of stolen land (April 16, 2019)

An end to infighting is in sight if we can stand and see it beginning with the demanding what is ours.


Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket
Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket (April 15, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's sovereign boundaries and the Crow Tribe's treaty rights are at stake before the highest court in the land.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


'A leader in Indian Country': Bay Mills Indian Community legalizes recreational marijuana
'A leader in Indian Country': Bay Mills Indian Community legalizes recreational marijuana (April 10, 2019)

The Bay Mills Indian Community is the first tribe in Michigan to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.