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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?


Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's attack puts the Indian health care system at risk
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's attack puts the Indian health care system at risk (March 27, 2019)

The White House has started an all out attack on the Affordable Care Act, including the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.


Yakama Nation makes major impact with decision in treaty rights case
Yakama Nation makes major impact with decision in treaty rights case (March 26, 2019)

For the fifth time, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed Yakama Nation rights under the 1855 treaty with the United States.


'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty
'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty (March 25, 2019)

Native women are changing the narrative as they continue to secure safety for their sisters.


Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants
Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants (March 20, 2019)

Undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime.


Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch
Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch (March 20, 2019)

President Donald Trump has elevated a new champion for Indian Country to the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court delivers slim victory in Yakama Nation treaty rights case
Supreme Court delivers slim victory in Yakama Nation treaty rights case (March 19, 2019)

The Yakama Nation is celebrating after the tribe's treaty rights were confirmed by the highest court in the land.


Doug Pibel: Even the conservatives on the Supreme Court can be swayed
Doug Pibel: Even the conservatives on the Supreme Court can be swayed (March 19, 2019)

The court’s gone conservative. But there’s pretty clear evidence that public pressure can make a difference.


Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court
Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court (March 19, 2019)

For the first time, states have sued to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.


'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court
'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court (March 14, 2019)

Tribal leaders are expressing hope after judges on a federal appeals court questioned the attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case (March 11, 2019)

Arguments are taking place in a case that tribes say goes to the very heart of their sovereignty and their relationship with the United States.


United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era
United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era (March 4, 2019)

'This is Indian land,' tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?


Cronkite News: Supreme Court to decide if 2020 Census can ask about citizenship
Cronkite News: Supreme Court to decide if 2020 Census can ask about citizenship (February 21, 2019)

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to fast-track a case challenging whether the Census Bureau can ask people their citizenship status.


Native women in Congress show solidarity with transgender troops
Native women in Congress show solidarity with transgender troops (January 23, 2019)

The first two Native women in Congress are defending the rights of transgender troops in light of the Trump administration's attempts to restrict their military service.


Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case (January 22, 2019)

A battle to save the Indian Child Welfare Act is shaping up to be one of the most consequential court cases in recent history.


St. Regis Mohawk Tribe appeals loss in patent case to Supreme Court
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe appeals loss in patent case to Supreme Court (January 16, 2019)

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is asking the nation's highest court to rule on a controversial sovereign immunity issue.


Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon
Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (January 8, 2019)

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.


Cronkite News: Tribes on 'pins and needles' in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Cronkite News: Tribes on 'pins and needles' in Indian Child Welfare Act case (December 13, 2018)

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 faces rising numbers of legal challenges and a critical courtroom loss.


Peter d'Errico: United States admits to genocide in Supreme Court case
Peter d'Errico: United States admits to genocide in Supreme Court case (December 3, 2018)

Will the nation's highest court accept and approve of genocidal efforts against Native nations?


Supreme Court schedules hearing in third Indian law case
Supreme Court schedules hearing in third Indian law case (December 3, 2018)

Oral arguments in a closely-watched treaty rights case take place on January 8, 2019.


Hopi Tribe loses challenge to use of wastewater at sacred site
Hopi Tribe loses challenge to use of wastewater at sacred site (November 29, 2018)

A ski resort on public land uses reclaimed sewage to make snow on sacred land.


Rebecca Nagle: Supreme Court can put a stop to loss of tribal lands
Rebecca Nagle: Supreme Court can put a stop to loss of tribal lands (November 28, 2018)

A Supreme Court case about land rights and jurisdiction in Oklahoma has huge implications for tribes.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands (November 28, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been dealt a major setback, nearly 400 years after helping the Pilgrims survive.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court rules in endangered frog case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court rules in endangered frog case (November 28, 2018)

The Supreme Court made it harder to designate critical habitat for endangered species, in a ruling that business and property rights groups said corrects federal government overreach.


Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case
Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case (November 27, 2018)

The Trump administration's disjointed treatment of Indian Country was on full display as Native American Heritage Month came to a close.


Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law
Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law (November 26, 2018)

Federal Indian law is a field of law designed by the United States to dominate Native Nations.


Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application
Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application (November 20, 2018)

It took more than eight years but the Samish Nation has finally secured approval of a land-into-trust application in Washington state.


Only one state makes history with election of first Native governor
Only one state makes history with election of first Native governor (November 7, 2018)

Republican Kevin Stitt came through in Oklahoma while Democrat Paulette Jordan fell short in Idaho.


Spirit Lake Nation challenges restrictive voter law on eve of election
Spirit Lake Nation challenges restrictive voter law on eve of election (October 31, 2018)

Native voters are continuing to fight the state of North Dakota's restrictive voter identification law.


Leader of Yakama Nation denied entry into Supreme Court hearing
Leader of Yakama Nation denied entry into Supreme Court hearing (October 30, 2018)

Chairman JoDe Goudy of the Yakama Nation was barred from the Supreme Court because he was wearing a headdress.


Standing up to the Doctrine of Christian Discovery
Standing up to the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (October 30, 2018)

Federal Indian law traces back to a religious doctrine that treats indigenous peoples as inferior, as 'heathens' and 'infidels.'


Yakama Nation treaty rights case lands at Supreme Court
Yakama Nation treaty rights case lands at Supreme Court (October 29, 2018)

Leaders of the Yakama Nation are asking for Indian Country's support as the Supreme Court hears its first tribal case..


Jacqueline Keeler: Tribes are mobilizing to protect and get out the Native vote
Jacqueline Keeler: Tribes are mobilizing to protect and get out the Native vote (October 29, 2018)

Native voters in North and South Dakota embrace the value of their vote since Standing Rock.


'Intentional and direct attack': Tribes vow fight for Indian Child Welfare Act
'Intentional and direct attack': Tribes vow fight for Indian Child Welfare Act (October 25, 2018)

One of the biggest threats facing tribal sovereignty are the coordinated attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat
National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat (October 24, 2018)

Indian Country continues to stand behind the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose homelands are slated to be taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


Justice Brett Kavanaugh's impact on Indian Country
Justice Brett Kavanaugh's impact on Indian Country (October 15, 2018)

The recently confirmed Supreme Court justice was heavily opposed by Indigenous leaders.


Citizen Potawatomi Nation hits end of the line at Supreme Court
Citizen Potawatomi Nation hits end of the line at Supreme Court (October 15, 2018)

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the state of Oklahoma have been at odds over sales taxes at tribally-owned businesses.


Tribes alarmed after Supreme Court refuses to help Native voters
Tribes alarmed after Supreme Court refuses to help Native voters (October 11, 2018)

Thousands of Native voters in North Dakota will be disenfranchised ahead of a critical election unless they take action to protect their rights.


Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case
Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case (October 11, 2018)

Oral arguments in a closely-watched reservation boundary case take place on November 27.


Trump ally still trying to clear his name in racial profiling case
Trump ally still trying to clear his name in racial profiling case (October 11, 2018)

A controversial county sheriff who was convicted of racial profiling plans to take his case to the Supreme Court.


Indian Country outraged by decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Indian Country outraged by decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case (October 8, 2018)

A federal judge's decision to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act continues to draw strong reactions.


Judge strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act in contested ruling
Judge strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act in contested ruling (October 5, 2018)

Tribes are preparing for a big battle after a federal judge struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a case many believe is headed to the Supreme Court.


Indian law professors join campaign against Brett Kavanaugh
Indian law professors join campaign against Brett Kavanaugh (October 4, 2018)

Republicans in the Senate are moving forward with a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh after receiving the results of an FBI investigation.


Native voters ask Supreme Court to intervene ahead of key election
Native voters ask Supreme Court to intervene ahead of key election (October 3, 2018)

Native voters have filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court after losing a case affecting their rights in North Dakota.


'The best news we've heard': Uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon stands
'The best news we've heard': Uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon stands (October 2, 2018)

The Supreme Court has let stand an Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mines on about 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon.


Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket (October 1, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session as Indian Country awaits the fate of controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


Chris Winters: We are supposed to be held to account for our actions
Chris Winters: We are supposed to be held to account for our actions (October 1, 2018)

Survivors of sexual assault like Christine Blasey Ford deserve our support, not our opposition.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands
Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands (September 28, 2018)

The Supreme Court's Carcieri ruling has created an unfair, immoral obstacle to many tribes.