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Steven Newcomb: Our indigenous nations were never conqueredFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Our indigenous nations were never conquered (01/11)
'The federal Indian domination system is premised on the invaders’ claim to have a right to oppress our rightfully free and independent nations.'
Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdictionFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction (01/11)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) refused to repudiate his opposition to tribal jurisdiction despite acknowledging that non-Indians contribute to high rates of crime.
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (01/10)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was forced to admit that he opposed landmark provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Native Sun News Today: Nation building through food sovereigntyFiled Under: Environment | Health | National
Native Sun News Today: Nation building through food sovereignty (01/10)
Localizing food facilities and methods inspections, establishing codes to protect seed banks and traditional planting and harvesting methods are some ways to exercise tribal sovereignty.
Kyle Powys Whyte: Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight continuesFiled Under: Environment | Law | Opinion
Kyle Powys Whyte: Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight continues (01/06)
In December, protesters in Standing Rock, North Dakota scored a big victory against a pipeline builder, yet the underlying problems have not been addressed.
Steve Russell: Sovereignty faces serious threat under Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Sovereignty faces serious threat under Donald Trump (01/04)
'President Trump had the blueprint down for ending tribal sovereignty long before he went into politics.'
Steven Newcomb: Trump's bad plan to 'privatize' indigenous landsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Steven Newcomb: Trump's bad plan to 'privatize' indigenous lands (12/29)
Steven Newcomb of the Indigenous Law Institute explains why 'privatization' of indigenous lands is such a dangerous idea.
Steve Russell: Quest for gold led to destruction of Indian treaties Filed Under: Opinion
Steve Russell: Quest for gold led to destruction of Indian treaties (12/23)
The United States of America, showing its exceptionalism, forwent the death penalty for Indians possessing gold.
Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water dealFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water deal (12/21)
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) tried to get the lawsuit filed by the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation thrown out of court.
Gavin Clarkson: A tribal economic contract with President Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Gavin Clarkson: A tribal economic contract with President Donald Trump (12/20)
'With the successful implementation of an Economic Contract with Indian country, President Trump could arguably become the best president ever for Indian country.'
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognition (12/20)
Federal recognition offers financial help, and those tribes without it have 'second-class status in Indian Country' and remain vulnerable to local authorities.
Peter d'Errico: #NoDAPL battle is about tribal self-determinationFiled Under: Opinion
Peter d'Errico: #NoDAPL battle is about tribal self-determination (12/19)
'Standing Rock people are protecting the water; they are not just protesting.'
James Giago Davies: Tribal nations must insist on independenceFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Tribal nations must insist on independence (12/15)
All tribal administrations are creations of the federal government.
Ruth Hopkins: Donald Trump ushers in a new era of terminationFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Ruth Hopkins: Donald Trump ushers in a new era of termination (12/13)
Donald Trump has a long history of animosity towards us.
Lakota Country Times: Food sovereignty for the Rosebud Sioux TribeFiled Under: Business | Health | National
Lakota Country Times: Food sovereignty for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (12/12)
Shoppers across the Sicangu Nation will now have a little help in choosing healthy foods at the supermarket.
Mike Myers: What Donald Trump's election means for indigenous nationsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mike Myers: What Donald Trump's election means for indigenous nations (12/09)
For at least the next two years he and his Republican allies will have a virtually unfettered opportunity to attack our sovereignty, our rights, our resources, and our lands.
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economiesFiled Under: Business | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies (12/08)
A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald Trump (12/08)
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican Indian or Democrat; the power to uplift or crush Indian Country is now in the hands of extremely conservative people.
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administrationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administration (12/07)
Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, sovereign immunity and taxation fronts.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal landFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land (12/07)
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 homelandsFiled Under: Opinion
Nick Zaiac: Let tribes decide what to do with their own homelands (12/07)
'The important thing is that people have a choice rather than having that choice dictated to them by Washington.'
Kirk Francis: Indian Country must remain vigilant despite #NoDAPL victoryFiled Under: Opinion
Kirk Francis: Indian Country must remain vigilant despite #NoDAPL victory (12/06)
While it is important that we recognize the value and benefit that our collective advocacy efforts had in securing this win, we must remain equally vigilant and steadfast in our determination to ensure that the next administration does not reverse this decision.
Steven Newcomb: A message to the Donald Trump administrationFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: A message to the Donald Trump administration (12/01)
'Here’s the message we ought to collectively deliver to the Trump administration: There is no such thing as a right of domination.'
Brandon Ecoffey: Hemp can bring a better future for our tribal nationsFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Hemp can bring a better future for our tribal nations (11/29)
Widespread hemp cultivation would be an immediate boost to employment and would also provide for a more sustainable use of our lands than beef production.
Steven Newcomb: All bets are off with Donald Trump as presidentFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: All bets are off with Donald Trump as president (11/28)
'What’s likely coming is an era of Christian Dominionism, an ideological orientation committed to the belief that the Bible and fundamentalist Christianity ought to serve as a guide and backdrop for governing the American body politic.'
Peter d'Errico: Indigenous leaders must stand up for nationhoodFiled Under: Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Indigenous leaders must stand up for nationhood (11/28)
'When anti-Indigenous politicians stir up non-Indigenous hate and anger, Indigenous leaders must respond with strong alternative views.'
Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald TrumpFiled Under: National | Politics
Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump (11/23)
Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is under consideration to run the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Zoltan Grossman: America shows its true colors with Donald Trump's winFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Zoltan Grossman: America shows its true colors with Donald Trump's win (11/22)
'Donald Trump is a special threat, particularly to Native sovereignty given his attacks on tribal gaming since 1993.'
Gabe Galanda: Every tribe should be troubled by disenrollmentsFiled Under: Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Every tribe should be troubled by disenrollments (11/17)
'The disenrollment club is one club you don’t want your tribe to join.'
Gyasi Ross: What Donald Trump's win means for Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Gyasi Ross: What Donald Trump's win means for Indian Country (11/17)
'Put bluntly, we will not make any positive strides during the Trump Administration.'
Steven Newcomb: Dakota Access Pipeline is about colonizationFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Dakota Access Pipeline is about colonization (11/14)
'We need to be calling into question the taken for granted false assumptions upon which U.S. federal Indian law was founded.'
Tim Giago: Tribes stand at major crossroads with Donald Trump in officeFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Tim Giago: Tribes stand at major crossroads with Donald Trump in office (11/14)
The election of Donald Trump will put the Sovereign Indian Nations of America at a crossroads they have not faced since the turn of the 19th century.
Steve Russell: Being indigenous after the 'Trump Apocalypse'Filed Under: Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Being indigenous after the 'Trump Apocalypse' (11/10)
'Donald Trump came out against tribal sovereignty long before he got into politics.'
Quinault Nation calls for tribal inclusion in Donald Trump's transition teamFiled Under: National | Politics
Quinault Nation calls for tribal inclusion in Donald Trump's transition team (11/09)
President Fawn Sharp acknowledged that Republican Donald Trump's victory on Election Day came as a 'surprise' but vowed to move forward.
Republican Donald Trump secures huge victory in stunning upsetFiled Under: National | Politics
Republican Donald Trump secures huge victory in stunning upset (11/09)
Tribes are entering a new and unknown era with a Republican in the White House and Republicans in control of Congress.
Oglala Sioux Tribe credits the late Janet Reno for Indian Country initiativesFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | Law | National | Politics
Oglala Sioux Tribe credits the late Janet Reno for Indian Country initiatives (11/07)
The first woman to serve as Attorney General first gained experience with tribes while growing up in Florida.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe moves to cut ties with pipeline investorsFiled Under: Business | National | Politics
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe moves to cut ties with pipeline investors (11/02)
The tribe won't do business with Wells Fargo, its longtime banker, or other institutions with financial ties to the controversial project.
United South and Eastern Tribes open sovereignty conferenceFiled Under: National
United South and Eastern Tribes open sovereignty conference (10/25)
Leaders of 26 tribes, from Maine to Florida to Texas, are hearing updates on key issues.
ICT series continues with George W. Bush's sovereignty gaffeFiled Under: National | Politics
ICT series continues with George W. Bush's sovereignty gaffe (10/25)
The former governor of Texas was not known for any major Indian policy achievements during his eight years in office.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary ClintonFiled Under: National | Politics
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary Clinton (10/21)
The tribe's leader also took a big shot at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Harold Monteau: Don't shoot a messenger for tribal sovereigntyFiled Under: Opinion
Harold Monteau: Don't shoot a messenger for tribal sovereignty (10/19)
'I will continue to write about issues and activities in Indian Country that I see as potentially harmful to Tribes and Tribal Sovereignty.'
Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald Trump (10/14)
When the issues involve tribes, and especially, tribal sovereignty, Tom Cole has been one of the most important members in the history of Congress.
Charles Trimble: Standing on moral high ground in #NoDAPL fightFiled Under: Opinion
Charles Trimble: Standing on moral high ground in #NoDAPL fight (10/04)
Several months ago I posted a piece on Facebook that talked about the moral high ground that Native people as a whole have occupied as part of our ongoing struggle to preserve our homelands and our cultures.
Tim Ballew: Tribal sovereignty finally gets the attention it deservesFiled Under: Opinion
Tim Ballew: Tribal sovereignty finally gets the attention it deserves (10/03)
'Standing together in support of the treaties is an important way for everyone, tribal members and allies, to protect the resources we all value.'
Peter d'Errico: Briefcase warriors must defend sovereignty of the original nationsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Briefcase warriors must defend sovereignty of the original nations (09/28)
'The starting point for any Native litigation that deserves the name 'briefcase warrior' starts with the original free and independent existence of Native Nations.'
James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin assert sovereignty once againFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin assert sovereignty once again (09/28)
We must gather in Washington as one people, and not allow one condescending word to be spoken by the government against our vital interest.
Peter d'Errico: Book encourages return to a 'tribal' way of lifeFiled Under: Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Book encourages return to a 'tribal' way of life (09/26)
'To 'learn' from 'tribal societies' without destroying them requires recognition of and support for Indigenous self-determination.'
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe wins sovereignty caseFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe wins sovereignty case (09/15)
A ruling from the South Dakota Supreme Court has reaffirmed the authority of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court and recognized the sovereignty of the Sicangu Nation.
Donna Loring: Maine's mistreament of tribes goes back centuriesFiled Under: Opinion
Donna Loring: Maine's mistreament of tribes goes back centuries (09/12)
We as Wabanki Tribes in Maine live behind a White Curtain of poverty, bigotry and isolation from the rest of Indian Country.
Steven Newcomb: Time for Pope Francis to revoke the papal bullsFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Time for Pope Francis to revoke the papal bulls (09/05)
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.
Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protestFiled Under: Law
Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protest (08/30)
After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court.
Mark Trahant: Congressional candidates debate on Fort Peck Nation in MontanaFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Congressional candidates debate on Fort Peck Nation in Montana (08/30)
We need politicians to answer questions (even with short answers) in every congressional district with tribal communities.
Harold Monteau: Tribal lending industry facing major challengesFiled Under: Business | Opinion
Harold Monteau: Tribal lending industry facing major challenges (08/26)
The Tribal Lending Industry is now weathering a 'Perfect Storm' of Private Civil Litigation, CFPB enforcement actions and Criminal Indictments.
Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty caseFiled Under: Law | National
Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty case (08/24)
After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court and he's not happy about it.
Chemehuevi Tribe wins decision barring county from citing membersFiled Under: Law
Chemehuevi Tribe wins decision barring county from citing members (08/23)
A federal judge agreed that the California tribe's sovereignty is at stake in a dispute with the local sheriff.
Peter d'Errico: 'Friends' continue to embrace negative Indian policyFiled Under: Opinion
Peter d'Errico: 'Friends' continue to embrace negative Indian policy (08/22)
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.
Brandon Ecoffey: Anti-Indian fighter lurks off radar in South DakotaFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Anti-Indian fighter lurks off radar in South Dakota (08/17)
Indian Country has dealt with the likes of Slade Gorton and other anti-Indian politicians but there is one who is potentially far more dangerous lurking just off the radar.
Steve Russell: Donald Trump will hurt Indian Country on purposeFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Donald Trump will hurt Indian Country on purpose (08/16)
President Trump will not hurt us accidentally. He will hurt us on purpose and he’s said so whenever asked.
Steven Newcomb: Another push for assimilation in 'Trail of Tears'Filed Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Another push for assimilation in 'Trail of Tears' (08/15)
A host of failed U.S. policies were aimed at making us 'equal Americans,' and they are the very same policies that resulted in our nations being in the predicaments in which we find ourselves today.
Ute Tribe calls on state to end 'constant attacks' on its sovereigntyFiled Under: Law | National
Ute Tribe calls on state to end 'constant attacks' on its sovereignty (08/11)
Will a new court ruling put an end to 40 years of litigation? Tribal leaders hope so.

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