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Judge deals tribes major setback with decision in Dakota Access Pipeline case
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Judge deals tribes major setback with decision in Dakota Access Pipeline case (October 11, 2017)
Oil will continue to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline despite 'deficiencies' in the Trump administration's handling of the controversial project.

Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
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Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.

Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 145-acre island at Lake Superior
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Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 145-acre island at Lake Superior (September 21, 2017)
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is celebrating a historic achievement by reclaiming its ancestral lands in Minnesota.

Chitimacha Tribe signed treaty with France at New Orleans nearly 300 years ago
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Chitimacha Tribe signed treaty with France at New Orleans nearly 300 years ago (September 19, 2017)
The Chitimacha Tribe is approaching a key milestone in its dealings with foreign nations.

Native Sun News Today: Proclamation calls for action on Black Hills land claim
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Native Sun News Today: Proclamation calls for action on Black Hills land claim (September 19, 2017)
The signing of an elders’ proclamation for indigenous rights culminated the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative in South Dakota.

Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service
Health | Politics
Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service (September 13, 2017)
Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his version of health care reform, a plan he calls 'Medicare for all.'

Jenni Monet: Decision in Cherokee Freedmen case offers opportunity for healing
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Jenni Monet: Decision in Cherokee Freedmen case offers opportunity for healing (September 7, 2017)
A landmark decision offers opportunity for healing between descendants of slaveholders and slaves, Jenni Monet writes on YES! Magazine.

Alaina Roberts: Freedmen dispute was really about blood quantum and race
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Alaina Roberts: Freedmen dispute was really about blood quantum and race (September 7, 2017)
As the Cherokee Freedmen celebrate a long-overdue court victory, Alaina Roberts reflects on the struggle over blood and belonging in tribal communities.

Cherokee Nation accepts court ruling and welcomes Freedmen for citizenship
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Cherokee Nation accepts court ruling and welcomes Freedmen for citizenship (September 5, 2017)
Chief Bill John Baker welcomed the descendants of former slaves within the Cherokee Nation, noting their ancestors were also forced to walk the Trail of Tears.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Oceti Sakowin lacking in knowledge of our own treaties
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Ivan Star Comes Out: Oceti Sakowin lacking in knowledge of our own treaties (September 5, 2017)
A sad and undeserved reality for the descendants of the original Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) is that basic knowledge of our treaties with the United States is unknown.

Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship
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Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship (August 30, 2017)
The descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation are entitled to tribal citizenship, a federal judge has ruled.

Treaty tribes upset with appeal in major case amid salmon disaster in Washington
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Treaty tribes upset with appeal in major case amid salmon disaster in Washington (August 29, 2017)
The release of countless farmed salmon into treaty fishing grounds isn't the only crisis facing tribes in Washington -- the state is pursuing an appeal in a critical case.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range
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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range (August 28, 2017)
Thanks to Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are back to square one when it comes to the National Bison Range in Montana.

Lummi Nation declares emergency after farmed salmon spill into treaty waters
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Lummi Nation declares emergency after farmed salmon spill into treaty waters (August 25, 2017)
The Lummi Nation declared a state of emergency after thousands of farmed salmon spilled into tribal treaty waters in Washington, threatening native species of fish.

Wealthy backers of Dakota Access claim opponents caused 'billions' in losses
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Wealthy backers of Dakota Access claim opponents caused 'billions' in losses (August 23, 2017)
The wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline are taking aim at some of the biggest opponents of the controversial project in a lawsuit that claims their efforts caused 'billions of dollars' in damages.

Tulalip Tribes preserve huckleberry grounds on ancestral territory in Washington
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Tulalip Tribes preserve huckleberry grounds on ancestral territory in Washington (August 22, 2017)
The Tulalip Tribes are preserving huckleberry fields in Washington for future generations thanks to an agreement recognizing its treaty rights.

Puyallup elder Nancy Shippentower pens tribute to the late warrior Dick Gregory
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Puyallup elder Nancy Shippentower pens tribute to the late warrior Dick Gregory (August 22, 2017)
Dick Gregory was a warrior who sacrificed powerfully for Native people, Nancy Shippentower of the Puyallup Tribe writes in a letter shared on Indian Country Media Network.

Crow Tribe pushes Trump administration to revive contested coal export project
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Crow Tribe pushes Trump administration to revive contested coal export project (August 21, 2017)
The Crow Tribe is hoping the Trump administration lives up to promises to revive the slumping coal industry.

Sandra LaFleur: Let's return to our traditions by restoring power to Native women
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Sandra LaFleur: Let's return to our traditions by restoring power to Native women (August 14, 2017)
For First Nations, the end of the Indian Act is an opportunity to return to tradition and empower indigenous female leaders, Sandra LaFleur writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Tim Giago: Broken treaties remain among America's deepest and darkest secrets
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Tim Giago: Broken treaties remain among America's deepest and darkest secrets (August 11, 2017)
While America is spending billions attacking other sovereign nations, there is still a dark secret it is hiding in its own backyard.

Anticipation builds as Indian Country calls for shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline
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Anticipation builds as Indian Country calls for shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline (August 9, 2017)
A year after the #NoDAPL movement burst onto the scene, Indian County remains united in calling for the shutdown of the controversial crude oil pipeline.

Opinion: International treaty can help protect indigenous women from violence
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Opinion: International treaty can help protect indigenous women from violence (August 4, 2017)
Tribes and cities can adopt an ordinance that reflects the principles contained in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Karen Melissa Hannel and Eric Hannel write in Indian Country Media Network.

Indian Lawmakers: Enbridge pipeline threatens Ojibwe way of life in Minnesota
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Indian Lawmakers: Enbridge pipeline threatens Ojibwe way of life in Minnesota (August 2, 2017)
Enbridge's Line 3 proposal shows willful ignorance of Ojibwe history and rights, four Indian lawmakers in Minnesota write on Indian Country Media Network.

Trump administration seeks to privatize power system tied to treaty tribes
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Trump administration seeks to privatize power system tied to treaty tribes (July 28, 2017)
The Trump administration is seeking to privatize the Columbia River power system but treaty tribes and key members of Congress are pushing back.

Canada continues to distribute $5 -- yes $5 -- in annual treaty payments
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Canada continues to distribute $5 -- yes $5 -- in annual treaty payments (July 24, 2017)
The Canadian government continues to distribute $5 every year to citizens of First Nations whose ancestor signed treaties requiring annuity payments.

Trump administration officially rescinds pro-treaty rights legal opinion
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Trump administration officially rescinds pro-treaty rights legal opinion (July 18, 2017)
The Trump administration has quietly killed a legal opinion that tribes were using to fight the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

President Trump doesn't seem to know where Dakota Access Pipeline goes
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President Trump doesn't seem to know where Dakota Access Pipeline goes (July 14, 2017)
President Donald Trump thinks the Dakota Access Pipeline has something to do with Russia. And Hillary Clinton.

Alex Jacobs: How the United States might have turned out differently
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Alex Jacobs: How the United States might have turned out differently (July 5, 2017)
What if the Americans sought partnership in tribal territories rather than cling to European ideas of superiority and Christian domination, Alex Jacobs asks on Indian Country Media Network.

Appeals court ruling opens door for tribal jurisdiction over public schools
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Appeals court ruling opens door for tribal jurisdiction over public schools (June 28, 2017)
Two public school districts in Arizona have lost their challenge to the Navajo Nation's sovereignty.

Tribes in for long haul as oil continues to flow through Dakota Access Pipeline
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Tribes in for long haul as oil continues to flow through Dakota Access Pipeline (June 23, 2017)
Tribal leaders remain confident they will be able to stop oil from flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline even though a decision isn't expected until the fall.

Washington asks high court to overturn Yakama Nation treaty victory
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Washington asks high court to overturn Yakama Nation treaty victory (June 23, 2017)
The state of Washington is asking the nation's highest court to hear a treaty rights case affecting a business on the Yakama Nation.

Secretary Zinke removes protections for grizzlies over tribal objections
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Secretary Zinke removes protections for grizzlies over tribal objections (June 22, 2017)
Just hours after promising to consult tribes before making any decisions that affect their interests, the new leader of the Department of the Interior heralded the removal of protections for grizzly bears.

Bryan Newland: President Trump's budget threatens tribal treaties
Opinion | Politics
Bryan Newland: President Trump's budget threatens tribal treaties (June 21, 2017)
Tribal treaty rights protect more than cultural and spiritual values, they protect the ability of tribal members to earn a living, attorney Bryan Newland writes on the influential Turtle Talk blog.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe welcomes 'victory' in Dakota Access Pipeline case
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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe welcomes 'victory' in Dakota Access Pipeline case (June 16, 2017)
While oil continues to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline, tribes remain confident they will prevail on their treaty, trust and environmental claims.

Mark Trahant: Dakota Access decision offers a chance to return to respect
Law | Opinion
Mark Trahant: Dakota Access decision offers a chance to return to respect (June 16, 2017)
The federal court decision could start a new chapter in the DAPL saga, beginning with dropping prosecution of water protectors.

Indian Country celebrates as judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access Pipeline
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Indian Country celebrates as judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access Pipeline (June 15, 2017)
The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline is entering a new phase after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to conduct an environmental review of the controversial project.

Dakota Access Pipeline begins shipping oil months behind schedule
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Dakota Access Pipeline begins shipping oil months behind schedule (June 1, 2017)
Thanks to President Donald Trump, the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline is now operational.

Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs
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Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (May 24, 2017)
Leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians say the new administration isn't listening to Indian Country.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe finds one bright spot in Trump's budget
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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe finds one bright spot in Trump's budget (May 24, 2017)
The Trump administration is canceling a drilling test on treaty territory in South Dakota.

President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request
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President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request (May 23, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the many losers in the Trump world.

Treaty tribes celebrate after court refuses to rehear salmon dispute
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Treaty tribes celebrate after court refuses to rehear salmon dispute (May 22, 2017)
The state of Washington has been ordered to remove more then 800 culverts that prevent salmon from returning to treaty fishing sites.

Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs
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Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs (May 19, 2017)
With the president raising doubts about funding for Indian programs, tribal leaders are worried that his words will be used against them.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
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Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)
Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Yakama Nation spars with county official over road resurfacing
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Yakama Nation spars with county official over road resurfacing (May 17, 2017)
The tribe is firing back after a local official questioned why a road on the reservation in Washington is being resurfaced.

Wampanoag tribes rebury remains of ancestral leader Massasoit
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Wampanoag tribes rebury remains of ancestral leader Massasoit (May 16, 2017)
Ousameequin, who was known as the great sachem of the Wampanoag people, signed a peace treaty in 1621.

Supreme Court won't disturb victory in Oneida Nation land case
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Supreme Court won't disturb victory in Oneida Nation land case (May 15, 2017)
Yet a long-running dispute over 13,000 acres is not yet over for the New York-based tribe and the Trump administration.

Yakama Nation upset by break in storage tunnel at nuclear waste facility
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Yakama Nation upset by break in storage tunnel at nuclear waste facility (May 12, 2017)
Chairman JoDe Goudy called the Hanford nuclear site a legacy of the 'domination and dehumanization' of Native peoples.

Crow Tribe welcomes Vice President Pence to coal mine on homelands
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Crow Tribe welcomes Vice President Pence to coal mine on homelands (May 12, 2017)
The trip highlights the importance of coal to the Crow people in Montana.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Days of uncertainty for indigenous peoples
Opinion
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Days of uncertainty for indigenous peoples (May 1, 2017)
These days of uncertainty, we ask about the historical perspective of trying to make sense of how to live good lives as Native people, even as others burn away our hopes and dreams.

Foreign billionaire behind mine opposed by tribes rents mansion to Trump couple
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Foreign billionaire behind mine opposed by tribes rents mansion to Trump couple (April 18, 2017)
Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, work for President Donald Trump and are in position to influence the administration's position on a mine project in Minnesota.

Oneida Nation donated $10M to Museum of the American Revolution
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Oneida Nation donated $10M to Museum of the American Revolution (April 17, 2017)
The tribe was the first nation to join America as an ally during the Revolutionary War.

Native Sun News Today: Groups line up to fight Keystone XL permit
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Native Sun News Today: Groups line up to fight Keystone XL permit (April 7, 2017)
'President Trump is breaking established environmental laws and treaties in his efforts to force through the Keystone XL Pipeline,' Indigenous Environmental Network activist Tom Goldtooth said.

Native Sun News Today: Indian Country battles Keystone XL again
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Native Sun News Today: Indian Country battles Keystone XL again (March 31, 2017)
Donald Trump's presidential pipeline permit causes an avalanche of scorn in Indian Country.

William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska
Opinion | World
William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska (March 30, 2017)
In a way, there are two histories of how Alaska came to be American – and two perspectives.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)
The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)
Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe questions loss of federal funds
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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe questions loss of federal funds (March 27, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs general assistance fund is due to run out of money on March 30.

Indian Country mounts another fight after Donald Trump approves another pipeline
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Indian Country mounts another fight after Donald Trump approves another pipeline (March 24, 2017)
'Here we are again,' said Chairman Larry Wright of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

Native Sun News Today: Navajo elders continue long fight on disputed land
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Navajo elders continue long fight on disputed land (March 24, 2017)
The Dineh resistance began in 1977, with intense direct actions organized by only a couple of local Dineh coordinators and interpreters.

Steve Russell: 'Domestic' status of Indian nations invented in 1831
Law | Opinion
Steve Russell: 'Domestic' status of Indian nations invented in 1831 (March 21, 2017)
The status of domestic, dependent nations was incoherent then and still is.

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