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Michigan's highest court accepts case affecting tribe's status as 'local' government
Law | Politics

Michigan's highest court accepts case affecting tribe's status as 'local' government (May 25, 2018)

A citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians whose criminal past is hurting his political ambitions is taking his case to a higher power.

Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute
Law | National

Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute (May 21, 2018)

The Muscogee Nation and the state of Oklahoma are headed into a historic sovereignty clash thanks to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case
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Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case (May 21, 2018)

In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.

Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case
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Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case (May 16, 2018)

After seven months, the Trump administration has finally provided its views in a closely-watched treaty rights case and it's not looking good for Indian Country.

Cronkite News: Tribes are slowly reclaiming authority over their homelands
Law | National | Politics

Cronkite News: Tribes are slowly reclaiming authority over their homelands (May 9, 2018)

For decades, tribal law enforcement had to refer serious crime to federal or state agencies with scant resources – and little interest, critics say – to investigate those crimes.

Native Sun News Today: Origins of the federal government's 'plenary power' in Indian Country
Law | National

Native Sun News Today: Origins of the federal government's 'plenary power' in Indian Country (May 4, 2018)

Throughout Indian Country tribal governments assume that the United States is bound to Indian treaty obligations.

Graham Lee Brewer: President Trump injects 'race' into tribal health care debate
Health | Opinion | Politics

Graham Lee Brewer: President Trump injects 'race' into tribal health care debate (May 1, 2018)

Yes, tribal nations are sovereign, but the U.S. still has obligations for their wellbeing.

Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case
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Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case (April 30, 2018)

Indian Country is breathing a sigh of relief as the nation's highest court has refused to hear a closely-watched tribal sovereignty dispute.

HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands
National | Trust

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.

Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington
Environment | National | Politics

Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington (April 24, 2018)

Labor unions and Indian water rights aren’t usually associated with one another. But to the White Mountain Apache Tribe they’re currently tightly entwined.

Graham Lee Brewer: A bipartisan meltdown over the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Opinion | Politics

Graham Lee Brewer: A bipartisan meltdown over the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (April 24, 2018)

A bill exempting tribal nations from labor regulations fails in the Senate as union concerns trump sovereignty.

Winnebago Tribe fights back in court after 'attack on sovereignty'
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Winnebago Tribe fights back in court after 'attack on sovereignty' (April 24, 2018)

A raid on the Winnebago Tribe's tobacco operations has spawned a new lawsuit in federal court.

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails
National | Politics

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails (April 17, 2018)

A vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act failed in spectacular fashion evening but a key leader says the fight isn't over.

Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty
Opinion | Politics

Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty (April 17, 2018)

'Democrats show, once again, that they are no allies, accomplices, friends or champions of tribal sovereignty.'

Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote
Politics

Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote (April 17, 2018)

Tribes lost a battle in Congress when Democrats tanked a bill giving tribes authority over labor relations.

Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill
National | Politics

Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill (April 17, 2018)

A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law is fueling an all-out partisan war on Capitol Hill, the likes of which one top Democrat is calling unprecedented.

Tribal lenders worried about 'mixed signals' from Trump administration
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Tribal lenders worried about 'mixed signals' from Trump administration (April 12, 2018)

Tribal lenders cheered when the Trump administration started taking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a new direction but an appeal is generating some concerns.

Brian Lightfoot Brown: Narragansett Tribe marks federal recognition milestone
Opinion | Federal Recognition

Brian Lightfoot Brown: Narragansett Tribe marks federal recognition milestone (April 11, 2018)

If even for just a day, the Narragansett people could feel pride in knowing that they have come together in the past and gained a victory.

Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence
Law | National

Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence (April 10, 2018)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have had particularly interesting experiences as they hold non-Indians accountable for domestic violence.

Graham Lee Brewer: Marriage equality is a matter of tribal sovereignty
Opinion

Graham Lee Brewer: Marriage equality is a matter of tribal sovereignty (April 2, 2018)

More tribal nations are returning to traditional views that accept and honor LGBTQ members.

Winnebago Tribe promotes food sovereignty for future generations
Environment | Health | National

Winnebago Tribe promotes food sovereignty for future generations (March 30, 2018)

Native and non-Native farmers, ranchers and agricultural advocates met on the Winnebago Reservation to discuss regenerative agriculture.

All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case
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All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case (March 29, 2018)

A closely-watched patent dispute involving the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is moving into the federal court system.

Gas pipeline stays in place on Indian land despite court decision
Law | National | Politics | Trust

Gas pipeline stays in place on Indian land despite court decision (March 29, 2018)

A natural gas pipeline continues to operate illegally on Indian land in Oklahoma, a year after a federal judge ordered it to be removed.

Supreme Court hears second Indian law case during a busy term
Law | National

Supreme Court hears second Indian law case during a busy term (March 21, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in its second Indian law case of what has turned out to be an unusually busy term.

Angelina Arroyo: Habematolel Pomo stay strong in face of adversity
Opinion

Angelina Arroyo: Habematolel Pomo stay strong in face of adversity (March 20, 2018)

The traditions we share, the stories we tell, the very health of our people, all these are powerful elements that have kept our people together over time.

Winnebago Tribe sees power from solar energy as boost to sovereignty
Environment | National

Winnebago Tribe sees power from solar energy as boost to sovereignty (March 7, 2018)

For the Winnebago Tribe, the battle for sovereignty is taking place in a field near a car dealership and on roofs across their reservation.

Tribes weigh in on taxation case ahead of Supreme Court arguments
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Tribes weigh in on taxation case ahead of Supreme Court arguments (March 5, 2018)

An online taxation case could hinder economic growth in Indian Country unless the U.S. Supreme Court addresses tribal sovereignty.

Navajo Nation joins opposition to controversial 'fugitives' bill in Congress
Law | National | Politics

Navajo Nation joins opposition to controversial 'fugitives' bill in Congress (February 26, 2018)

The Navajo Nation is registering opposition to a controversial bill that's been called a threat to tribal sovereignty.

Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court
Law | National

Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court (February 21, 2018)

An unusually large number of Indian law petitions have been presented to the nation's highest court as tribes face continued challenges to their sovereignty.

Agency that targeted tribal lenders in line for even more big changes
Business | National | Politics

Agency that targeted tribal lenders in line for even more big changes (February 20, 2018)

The Trump administration continues to chart a dramatic new course for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency that targeted tribal lending businesses during the Obama era.

Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
Law | National | Politics

Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

The leader of the National Congress of American Indians singled out a controversial bill as a threat to tribal sovereignty as he called on lawmakers to work on more productive ways to improve public safety in tribal communities.

Frank LaMere: Native people are still fighting for our own rights
Opinion

Frank LaMere: Native people are still fighting for our own rights (February 12, 2018)

It seems like it is always the Indians versus their neighbors or my Winnebago people versus the whole world.

Mark Trahant: Stop Disenrollment campaign returns for third year
National | Opinion

Mark Trahant: Stop Disenrollment campaign returns for third year (February 7, 2018)

Great nations don’t kick out their relations.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill
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Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill (February 5, 2018)

There is major concern amongst South Dakota’s tribal leaders about a bill to authorize the arrest of fugitives in Indian Country.

Winnebago Tribe slams raid on businesses as attack on sovereignty
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Winnebago Tribe slams raid on businesses as attack on sovereignty (January 31, 2018)

The leader of the Winnebago Tribe is firing back at federal and state officials in Nebraska, a day after federal agents raided the offices of the economic development corporation on the reservation.

GOP co-sponsor of bill with 'racist undertones' won't seek re-election
Law | Politics

GOP co-sponsor of bill with 'racist undertones' won't seek re-election (January 31, 2018)

It's looking more and more like a Republican law and order bill is a political stunt, written at Indian Country's expense.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe slams GOP bill with 'racist undertones'
Law | National | Politics

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe slams GOP bill with 'racist undertones' (January 30, 2018)

Indian Country isn't a haven for fugitives, the leader of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said, rebutting claims from Republican lawmakers and law enforcement authorities in South Dakota.

YES! Magazine: Imagination and the movement for Hawaiian sovereignty
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YES! Magazine: Imagination and the movement for Hawaiian sovereignty (January 29, 2018)

Imagination, as Hawaiian Native rights advocate Poka Laenui describes it, is more than an antidote to hopelessness. It is a source of power.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country needs more stories like 'Sovereignty' play
Arts & Entertainment | Opinion

Mark Trahant: Indian Country needs more stories like 'Sovereignty' play (January 29, 2018)

Indian Country needs a canon of stories. A collection of memory that every child knows growing up.

Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative'
Arts & Entertainment | Law | National

Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative' (January 26, 2018)

Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is a campaign to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limits tribal sovereignty.

Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle secures U.S. Artists Award
Arts & Entertainment | National

Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle secures U.S. Artists Award (January 22, 2018)

Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has won a $50,000 United States Artists Award.

Trump administration signals major changes for tribal lending industry
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Trump administration signals major changes for tribal lending industry (January 19, 2018)

Indian Country advocates are praising the Trump administration for dropping a case that targeted the tribal lending industry.

Winnebago Tribe launches HoChunk Harvest food sovereignty project
Health | National

Winnebago Tribe launches HoChunk Harvest food sovereignty project (January 18, 2018)

A new initiative on the Winnebago Reservation seeks to improve the health of residents in the northeast Nebraska community.

Mary Kathryn Nagle debuts 'Sovereignty' play at theater in nation's capital
Arts & Entertainment

Mary Kathryn Nagle debuts 'Sovereignty' play at theater in nation's capital (January 17, 2018)

A new play by Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, shares an intensely personal story.

National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again
National | Politics

National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again (January 17, 2018)

Tribal leaders will be hearing from Secretary Ryan Zinke at an upcoming National Congress of American Indians meeting in Washington, D.C.

Indian Country left behind as Republicans push tax cuts through Congress
National | Politics

Indian Country left behind as Republicans push tax cuts through Congress (December 19, 2017)

A $1.5 trillion tax reform bill represents a rare and now missed opportunity to address the many economic development disparities in Indian Country, Democratic members of Congress said.

Gyasi Ross: What the demise of net neutrality means for our Native communities
Opinion | Technology

Gyasi Ross: What the demise of net neutrality means for our Native communities (December 18, 2017)

The digital divide, already wide in Indian Country, just got a LOT bigger, Gyasi Ross writes on The Huffington Post.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend
Opinion

Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend (December 13, 2017)

When I think of what it requires to be a rotiane in the best sense, Chief Irv Powless exemplified this in every instance of his 88 years and for that I am grateful

Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe
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Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe (December 11, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court has been relatively uneventful so far for Indian Country but a little shakeup is on the way.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe joins heated debate over drug patents
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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe joins heated debate over drug patents (December 8, 2017)

Far across in the country, in upper New York State, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (Akwasasne) needed help, specifically to protect tribal sovereign immunity from being limited by an unfavorable court ruling.

Kirk Francis to President Trump: 'You can choose to do better. You must do better'
Opinion

Kirk Francis to President Trump: 'You can choose to do better. You must do better' (November 28, 2017)

It is time for Native Americans to finally receive the honor and respect we rightfully deserve in our own lands.

Leland McGee: California agency attacks tribal sovereignty with marijuana rules
Opinion

Leland McGee: California agency attacks tribal sovereignty with marijuana rules (November 28, 2017)

All tribes should recognize the dangerous precedent California is establishing in state-tribal relations throughout Indian Country.

Native Sun News Today: Promoting food sovereignty with Tatanka Harvest on Pine Ridge Reservation
Environment | National

Native Sun News Today: Promoting food sovereignty with Tatanka Harvest on Pine Ridge Reservation (November 20, 2017)

Residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation were invited to watch and learn or participate in the bison butchering, and anyone who helped was able to take something home.

Tribes see opening under Trump to reshape agency that targets lending industry
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Tribes see opening under Trump to reshape agency that targets lending industry (November 17, 2017)

The leader of an independent federal agency that has targeted the tribal lending industry will be stepping down, opening the door for President Donald Trump to reshape its efforts.

Native Sun News Today: Food sovereignty in action on South Dakota reservations
Environment | Health | National

Native Sun News Today: Food sovereignty in action on South Dakota reservations (November 10, 2017)

Community gardens on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux reservations are bringing food sovereignty to life.

Gregory Ablavsky: President Trump continues dark chapter with treatment of tribes
Opinion

Gregory Ablavsky: President Trump continues dark chapter with treatment of tribes (November 9, 2017)

With his policy towards public lands, President Trump is continuing a dark chapter in our history, writes professor Gregory Ablavsky.

Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington
Law

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.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe wins state court recognition of ruling against non-Indians
Law

Coeur d'Alene Tribe wins state court recognition of ruling against non-Indians (November 6, 2017)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is welcoming a new court decision that recognizes judgments from its judicial system.

Michigan appeals court classifies Sault Tribe government as 'local' in new decision
Law | Politics

Michigan appeals court classifies Sault Tribe government as 'local' in new decision (October 24, 2017)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is considered a 'local' government under the Michigan constitution, the state's appeals court ruled.

House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act
National | Politics | Trust

House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act (October 19, 2017)

A controversial Indian lands bill that faced repeated opposition during the Obama administration is seeing new life in the Trump era.