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Chris Winters: Getting the money out of the U.S. political system
Chris Winters: Getting the money out of the U.S. political system (December 5, 2019)

Lost amid the daily news cycle now focused on the impeachment of the president is the fact that money continues to roll in.


Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020
Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020 (December 4, 2019)

Get ready for round two. A federal appeals court will take up the Indian Child Welfare Act on January 22, 2020.


Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty
Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty (November 25, 2019)

Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.


Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths
Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths (November 19, 2019)

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared split on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent.


'We're under attack': Tribes defend Indian Child Welfare Act in critical case
'We're under attack': Tribes defend Indian Child Welfare Act in critical case (November 12, 2019)

The battle over the Indian Child Welfare Act is far from over as tribes continue to defend the landmark law in the courts.


Arizonans have hand in, eyes on this week’s Supreme Court DACA hearing
Arizonans have hand in, eyes on this week’s Supreme Court DACA hearing (November 12, 2019)

The fate of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is in the hands of the nation's highest court.


Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case
Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case (November 11, 2019)

The nation's highest court continues to keep Indian Country in the dark when it comes to one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era
Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era (November 6, 2019)

Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.


Tribes see slower season at nation's highest court but big cases remain unresolved
Tribes see slower season at nation's highest court but big cases remain unresolved (October 29, 2019)

Tribal leaders are still paying close attention to the nation's highest court despite a slowdown in cases affecting Indian Country's interests.


UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties
UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties (October 15, 2019)

The University of Wyoming College of Law is hosting two public events focusing on water contamination on one reservation and and a treaty rights case recently decided by the Supreme Court.


Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams
Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams (October 14, 2019)

'The false religious doctrine of Christian discovery was used by the United States to perpetuate crimes of genocide and forced displacement against Native Peoples.'


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.


Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations
Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations (October 9, 2019)

All of Indian Country is waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to do what is morally and legally right.


Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say
Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say (October 2, 2019)

The voting rights of Native Americans are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of polling places, tribal leaders said.


'Now is the time for truth, healing, and unity': Sarah Eagle Heart joins Women's March leadership
'Now is the time for truth, healing, and unity': Sarah Eagle Heart joins Women's March leadership (September 17, 2019)

Oglala Sioux citizen Sarah Eagle Heart plans to focus on #MMIW and elevate Indigenous issues as part of the Women's March board.


United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case
United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case (September 9, 2019)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians can acquire homelands over the objections of a much larger and more politically engaged tribe, a federal appeals court ruled.


Arizona joins other states calling on Supreme Court to overturn DACA
Arizona joins other states calling on Supreme Court to overturn DACA (September 4, 2019)

Republican-led states are supporting the Trump administration's efforts to end the Dreamers program for young immigrants.


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.


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.


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.


Chris Winters: Democratic leaders terrified about impeaching Donald Trump
Chris Winters: Democratic leaders terrified about impeaching Donald Trump (August 5, 2019)

We may be in the beginning stages of the process that could remove the president.


Cronkite News: President Trump declares 'big victory' on border wall
Cronkite News: President Trump declares 'big victory' on border wall (July 30, 2019)

Advocates will continue to fight the use of federal funds for the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.


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.


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.


Cronkite News: Salt River man wins reprieve from life prison sentence
Cronkite News: Salt River man wins reprieve from life prison sentence (July 11, 2019)

Riley Briones, Jr. was only 17 years old when he was accused of leading a gang that 'terrorized' the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.


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.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court set to rule on high-profile death penalty case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court set to rule on high-profile death penalty case (July 8, 2019)

There is no question that James McKinney murdered two people in 1991. But should he be put to death for it?


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.


Cronkite News: Trump upends Census count with renewed call for citizenship question
Cronkite News: Trump upends Census count with renewed call for citizenship question (July 4, 2019)

The 2020 Census was going forward without a U.S. citizenship question. Until someone tweeted otherwise.


Supreme Court shocks Indian Country by failing to resolve closely-watched case
Supreme Court shocks Indian Country by failing to resolve closely-watched case (June 27, 2019)

The nation's highest court threw Indian Country for a loop on the final day of a blockbuster term for tribal rights.


Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case
Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case (June 26, 2019)

The nation's highest court made Indian Country wait a really, really long time for a decision in one of most consequential cases in recent history.


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?


Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear death penalty case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear death penalty case (June 13, 2019)

A decision from the nation's highest court could affect as many as 19 death row inmates in Arizona.


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.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear border shooting case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear border shooting case (June 11, 2019)

A 15-year-old Mexican teen was shot and killed in 'cold-blooded murder' by a border patrol agent, his family told the U.S. Supreme Court.


Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision
Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision (June 4, 2019)

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?


Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon (June 4, 2019)

Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another.


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.


Kerry Drake: U.S. Supreme Court got it right in Crow Tribe hunting case
Kerry Drake: U.S. Supreme Court got it right in Crow Tribe hunting case (May 30, 2019)

American history is rife with examples of states and the federal government failing to honor treaties with Native American tribes.


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.


Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election
Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election (May 27, 2019)

A recall petition against Chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been certified.


Supreme Court winds down surprising term with two wins for tribal treaties
Supreme Court winds down surprising term with two wins for tribal treaties (May 23, 2019)

Justice Neil Gorsuch has helped tribes win in two cases so far. He's locked out of a third but experts are sensing a sea change on the nation's highest court.


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.


Harold Frazier: Tribal treaties are still the supreme law of the land
Harold Frazier: Tribal treaties are still the supreme law of the land (May 22, 2019)

The United States will only honor the treaties it makes when they are forced to do it.


SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court sides with Crow hunter in treaty rights case
SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court sides with Crow hunter in treaty rights case (May 21, 2019)

For Clayvin Herrera and other members of the Apsáalooke Nation, the Supreme Court’s decision vindicates a right they believe essential.


Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe
Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe (May 20, 2019)

The nation's highest court has once again sided with Indian Country in a treaty rights case.


Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet (May 16, 2019)

A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.


'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting
'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting (May 9, 2019)

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney was at the White House but won't say whether tribal legislation came up before President Trump tweeted about it.


'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills
'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills (May 8, 2019)

A tweet about Pocahontas spooked Republicans on Capitol Hill. Indian Country was the loser.


'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.


'We were born for this': Native women overcome obstacles in the legal field
'We were born for this': Native women overcome obstacles in the legal field (May 3, 2019)

Opportunities for advancement within the legal profession are often rare for female Native attorneys but many are breaking new ground.


Cronkite News: Convicted of racial profiling, Trump ally vows to keep fighting
Cronkite News: Convicted of racial profiling, Trump ally vows to keep fighting (April 30, 2019)

'The battle continues, I am not surrendering,' disgraced sheriff Joe Arpaio said.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


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.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix (March 29, 2019)

Will Congress finally fix one of the most destructive U.S. Supreme Court decisions?