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Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people (January 19, 2018)
Educating our youth can only provide them with their much needed sense of identity and thus the wherewithal to return to the old Oceti Sakowin system of government.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe contests uranium mining plan
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe contests uranium mining plan (January 19, 2018)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is giving the public until January 29 to comment on a decision to expand a uranium mine near the Pine Ridge Reservation.

TransCanada sticks with Keystone XL Pipeline amid tribal opposition
Canada | Environment | National | Politics
TransCanada sticks with Keystone XL Pipeline amid tribal opposition (January 18, 2018)
The Canadian firm behind the Keystone XL Pipeline remains committed to the controversial project amid opposition in Indian Country.

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.

Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket
Environment | Law | National
Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket (January 16, 2018)
The U.S. Supreme Court could soon be delivering another jolt to Indian Country, as another treaty rights case is looming on the horizon.

Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case
Education | Law | National
Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case (January 15, 2018)
The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a new year surprise to Indian Country by agreeing to resolve a treaty rights dispute.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe asks citizens about constitution
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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe asks citizens about constitution (January 11, 2018)
Were you to ask every enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe whether constitutional reform and revision is important, the response would be an overwhelming yes.

Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact (January 10, 2018)
From my perspective modern American society knows little to nothing of the indigenous world.

Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe raises funds for water
Environment | National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe raises funds for water (January 10, 2018)
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe launched a crowdfunding website to raise money for legal costs and to raise awareness about the tribe’s history, dispossession of treaty land and natural resources.

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

Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills (December 11, 2017)
Great Plains tribal leaders, at a meeting with U.S. Forest Service personnel on November 21, fired a barrage of constitutional arguments against proposed federal permitting of new gold exploration in the Black Hills.

James Giago Davies: First treaty signed with an Indian nation was quickly broken
National
James Giago Davies: First treaty signed with an Indian nation was quickly broken (December 5, 2017)
Pittsburgh was once called Fort Pitt, and at that fort, on September 17, 1778, the Delaware Nation signed their first treaty with the Confederacy of States.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes vow to continue fight against Keystone XL Pipeline
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Tribes vow to continue fight against Keystone XL Pipeline (December 5, 2017)
The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion renewed opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline after regulators in Nebraska approved a route for the controversial project.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Nation Chief Irv Powless passes on at age 88
National
Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Nation Chief Irv Powless passes on at age 88 (December 4, 2017)
Chief Irving Powless Jr., Daha‘tgatdohs, Beaver Clan Chief, established an enduring legacy for his exceptional kindness and command of traditional law.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must bring back its many disenfranchised citizens
Opinion
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must bring back its many disenfranchised citizens (November 29, 2017)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe has never relinquished ownership of the Black Hills. So why are tribal citizens who live there disenfranchised?

Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory
Law | National | Trust
Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory (November 27, 2017)
After delaying action for more than two months, the Supreme Court finally delivered victory to the Oneida Nation in a long-running land case. But there's some drama thanks to Justice Clarence Thomas.

Harold Frazier: Keystone XL Pipeline represents another treaty transgression against the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Environment | Opinion
Harold Frazier: Keystone XL Pipeline represents another treaty transgression against the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (November 23, 2017)
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will fight this treaty violation with any means necessary.

Indian Country vows battle after final Keystone XL Pipeline route is approved
Environment | National | Politics
Indian Country vows battle after final Keystone XL Pipeline route is approved (November 20, 2017)
Reaction from Indian Country was strong and swift as tribes and tribal citizens criticized the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska.

Wiconi Un Tipi Camp rises to fight back against another controversial pipeline
Environment | National
Wiconi Un Tipi Camp rises to fight back against another controversial pipeline (November 20, 2017)
More than a dozen water protectors are calling the Wiconi Un Tipi Camp on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation home.

Harold Frazier: Don't believe them when they tell you their pipelines won't spill
Opinion
Harold Frazier: Don't believe them when they tell you their pipelines won't spill (November 20, 2017)
I condemn this oil spill, the company that built this pipeline and anybody associated with it. The evidence speaks for itself.

Ivan Star Comes Out: We should be asking ourselves 'What's next?' at Whiteclay
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: We should be asking ourselves 'What's next?' at Whiteclay (November 16, 2017)
The Whiteclay name has always been associated with alcohol and is a reminder of the government’s systematic appropriation of original treaty lands.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact survives legal challenge
Law | National | Politics
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact survives legal challenge (November 9, 2017)
In a near unanimous decision, the Montana Supreme Court has upheld the legality of water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

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.

Native Sun News Today: Ponca Tribe struggled to survive in face of broken treaty
National
Native Sun News Today: Ponca Tribe struggled to survive in face of broken treaty (November 8, 2017)
Like many tribes who entered into negotiations with the United States, the Ponca made the fatal mistake of relinquishing their equal status as treaty partners.

Dakota Access sued for damage to farmland as tribes seek assurances for water
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Dakota Access sued for damage to farmland as tribes seek assurances for water (November 3, 2017)
The wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline are being sued by a family over damages to their farmland as tribes seek to protect their water from oil spills.

Gyasi Ross: Does Native American Heritage Month even matter in our nation?
Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Does Native American Heritage Month even matter in our nation? (November 3, 2017)
Gyasi Ross asks: 'How much is a genocide worth?'

White House blocks funding to improve housing for Columbia River treaty tribes
National | Politics
White House blocks funding to improve housing for Columbia River treaty tribes (October 31, 2017)
Lawmakers from Oregon and Washington are calling on the Trump administration to honor the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Native Sun News Today: Looking back at the tribes featured in 'Century of Dishonor' book
National
Native Sun News Today: Looking back at the tribes featured in 'Century of Dishonor' book (October 30, 2017)
Even back in 1881, and it is still true to this day, the best friend the tribes of North America ever had was a White person of impassioned conscience.

Native Sun News Today: Canadian company seeks gold mine in sacred Black Hills
Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Canadian company seeks gold mine in sacred Black Hills (October 26, 2017)
A Canadian company is proposing a gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near the Lakota spiritual center of Pe’ Sla.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal college leader calls for return of Black Hills territory
Education | Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Tribal college leader calls for return of Black Hills territory (October 23, 2017)
The naming of a Black Hills State University residence hall after distinguished Lakota higher education expert Lionel Bordeaux gave him a springboard to instigate cooperation for return of 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory to the Oceti Sakowin.

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
Environment | Trust
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
National
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
Law | National
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
Law | National
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
Opinion
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
Law | Opinion | Politics
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
Opinion
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
Law | National | Politics
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
Environment | Law | National
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
Environment | National
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
Environment
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
Opinion
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
Canada | Opinion
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
Opinion
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
Opinion
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
Environment | Opinion | Politics
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
Canada
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
Environment | Law | National | Politics
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
Opinion
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
Education | Law | National
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
Environment | Law | National | Politics
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.

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