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Court decision supports release of $380M in Keepseagle settlement funds
Law | National
Court decision supports release of $380M in Keepseagle settlement funds (May 16, 2017)
Another big chunk of funds should be headed to Indian Country as part of a historic settlement over discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers.

David Ganje: Wetlands management remains a mess in the United States
Environment | Opinion
David Ganje: Wetlands management remains a mess in the United States (February 28, 2017)
Wetlands play a role in the ecosystem and provide benefits for both people and wildlife.

Native Sun News Today: Appeals court takes up Keepseagle lawsuit
Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Appeals court takes up Keepseagle lawsuit (February 8, 2017)
Two tribal citizens are disputing how the remaining $380 million in settlement funds will be used.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe launches new project with USDA
Environment | National
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe launches new project with USDA (January 26, 2017)
The new partnership will establish a demonstration farm on Tribal lands in Oklahoma to showcase the effectiveness of soil health practices.

Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears
Environment | National | Politics
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears (January 9, 2017)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition successfully lobbied President Barack Obama to protect 1.35 million acres of sacred sites and ancestral lands in Utah.

USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land base
National | Trust
USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land base (December 6, 2016)
The Native American Community Development Corporation Financial Services will act as an intermediary to help individual Indians purchase fractional land interests.

Council on Native American Farming and Ranching gets new members
National
Council on Native American Farming and Ranching gets new members (December 5, 2016)
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed six members and re-appointed five others to the panel.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administration
Environment | National | Politics
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administration (December 1, 2016)
Controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline has caused the lawmaker to veer from her role as an outspoken advocate for Indian issues.

Yakama Nation secures $30M loan to expand utility company
Business
Yakama Nation secures $30M loan to expand utility company (October 27, 2016)
The tribe is seeking to provide electric service throughout the entire reservation in Washington.

Lakota Country Times: 'Reel Jobs' school nurtures Lakota talent
Arts & Entertainment | National
Lakota Country Times: 'Reel Jobs' school nurtures Lakota talent (October 21, 2016)
Lakota Country has more than its fair share of talented artists.

Kristi Noem: Addressing the many challenges in Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
Kristi Noem: Addressing the many challenges in Indian Country (October 10, 2016)
The challenges ahead are undeniable, but I’m confident even the most daunting hurdles will be overcome.

Native Sun News: Appeal delays release of Keepseagle checks
Law | National
Native Sun News: Appeal delays release of Keepseagle checks (July 22, 2016)
Keepseagle claimants who were hoping to receive a supplemental payment of $21,275 sometime this summer will have to wait for the outcome of an appeal filed by the ex-husband of one of the lead plaintiffs.

Sovereignty at issue in debates over genetically modified foods
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Sovereignty at issue in debates over genetically modified foods (July 18, 2016)
Food sovereignty in Indian Country is at play as the debate over genetically modified foods continues on legal and political fronts.

Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah
Environment | National | Politics
Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah (July 15, 2016)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is battling Republican politicians over a proposed national monument.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony raises awareness of health issues with hoop house
Health | National
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony raises awareness of health issues with hoop house (July 12, 2016)
The Nevada tribe is hoping to educate its youth about the importance of cultivating their own food.

Nominees sought for Council for Native American Farming and Ranching
National
Nominees sought for Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (July 6, 2016)
The group works on ways to eliminate barriers to Native American participation in Department of Agriculture programs.

Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
Law | National | Politics
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (June 22, 2016)
Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish them by cutting off their federal funds.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to discuss rural programs
Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to discuss rural programs (June 20, 2016)
Tribes and tribal colleges have benefited from grants, loans and other programs at the Department of Agriculture's Rural Development.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting
Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (June 20, 2016)
Bills to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians, improve law and order in Indian Country and boost tribal participation on federal forest lands are on the agenda.

Native Sun News: Additional funds coming from Keepseagle case
Law | National
Native Sun News: Additional funds coming from Keepseagle case (June 14, 2016)
Parties in the Keepseagle settlement reached an agreement which will provide original claimants a supplemental payment of $18,500 directly and $2,775 paid to the IRS on their behalf, for a total supplemental award of $21,275.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hear testimony on wildfires
Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hear testimony on wildfires (June 6, 2016)
S.3014, the Tribal Forestry Participation and Protection Act, authorizes tribes to

Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone program
Business | National | Politics
Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone program (June 6, 2016)
The Spokane Tribe and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will work closely with federal agencies to address economic development, employment and other needs.

Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grants
Law | National
Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grants (May 25, 2016)
Grants will be awarded to non-profits, tribal programs and educational institutions that provide services to Native farmers and ranchers.

Keepseagle attorneys announce $38 million in one-time grants
Law | National
Keepseagle attorneys announce $38 million in one-time grants (May 17, 2016)
The Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund will award the funds by the end of the year.

Ben Thiel: USDA loan helps young Indian rancher grow her business
Business
Ben Thiel: USDA loan helps young Indian rancher grow her business (May 9, 2016)
We’re committed to helping producers build strong farming and ranching communities, while helping them to manage their risks as they grow their business.

Member of Seminole Tribe seeks closure of primate research center
Business | Environment | Law
Member of Seminole Tribe seeks closure of primate research center (May 6, 2016)
Samuel Tommie is accusing the Primate Products facility of keeping monkeys in unhealthy and unsafe conditions.

Witness list for hearing on telecommunications in Indian Country
National | Politics | Technology
Witness list for hearing on telecommunications in Indian Country (April 25, 2016)
The hearing will focus on a Government Accountability Office report that outlined numerous challenges faced by tribes in securing high-speed Internet service.

Judge approves agreement for $380M in leftover Keepseagle funds
Law | National
Judge approves agreement for $380M in leftover Keepseagle funds (April 21, 2016)
Indian ranchers and farmers who experienced discrimination will receive another payment and $265 million will go to a new trust aimed at helping ranchers and farmers.

Supreme Court won't review Alaska tribe's victory in roads case
Environment | Law | National
Supreme Court won't review Alaska tribe's victory in roads case (March 28, 2016)
The Organized Village of Kake won a decision that protects the Tongass National Forest from roads, logging and other development.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe to remove invasive trees on reservation
Environment
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe to remove invasive trees on reservation (March 16, 2016)
The red cedar trees are interfering with grazing areas so they will be removed over the next four years with support from the Department of Agriculture StrikeForce program.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules telecom hearing
Politics | Technology
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules telecom hearing (March 14, 2016)
The hearing will focus on a Government Accountability Office report that outlined numerous challenges faced by tribes in securing high-speed Internet service.

Judge weighs compromise for $380M in leftover Keepseagle funds
Law | National
Judge weighs compromise for $380M in leftover Keepseagle funds (February 5, 2016)
The Obama administration reached a settlement to address discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers but most of the funds remain unspent.

Terry Brunner: Helping tribal communities build an economy
Opinion
Terry Brunner: Helping tribal communities build an economy (November 30, 2015)
During the last seven years, we’ve heard from a veritable plethora of experts as to how best help New Mexico recover from the recession.

USDA policy eases return of traditional foods to tribal facilities
Environment
USDA policy eases return of traditional foods to tribal facilities (November 24, 2015)
Musk ox stew is being served at a long-term senior care facility in Kotzebue, Alaska, operated by the Maniilaq Association. Photo by Sedelta Oosahwee / USDA / Flickr Traditional foods...

Scott Elliott: Tribes working to restore sovereignty over food
Environment
Scott Elliott: Tribes working to restore sovereignty over food (November 19, 2015)
Scott Elliott of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture explains how the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are producing food for their communities:

Lakota Country Times: Lakota Funds gains USDA loan approval
Business | National
Lakota Country Times: Lakota Funds gains USDA loan approval (October 14, 2015)
Lakota Funds will now be able to provide up to $300,000 in capital for eligible Indian-owned agricultural businesses located on the Pine Ridge Reservation or within 50 miles of reservation boundaries.

Lakota Country Times: Wind power comes to Rosebud community
Environment | National
Lakota Country Times: Wind power comes to Rosebud community (October 8, 2015)
Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded nine grants to help reduce energy costs for residents in remote rural areas where the cost of producing electricity is extremely high.

USDA grants help Native communities address costs of energy
Business | Environment | National
USDA grants help Native communities address costs of energy (September 17, 2015)
Native communities in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii and South Dakota will benefit from $5.6 million in grants.

Pokagon Band works to protect ash trees from invasive species
Environment
Pokagon Band works to protect ash trees from invasive species (September 16, 2015)
The trees have played an important role in tribal culture but they are being devastated by the Asian emerald ash borer.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe welcomes visitors to farmers market
Health | National
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe welcomes visitors to farmers market (August 19, 2015)
Vendors are bringing Native-grown and Native-made foods, arts and crafts to the community.

Tribal comment sought for final round of Promise Zone initiative
National
Tribal comment sought for final round of Promise Zone initiative (August 4, 2015)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Agriculture plan to select one more tribal community for the program.

Judge can't reopen Keepseagle case after $380M goes unspent
Law | National
Judge can't reopen Keepseagle case after $380M goes unspent (July 27, 2015)
The lead plaintiffs wanted another round of payments while the Obama administration and other attorneys wanted to create a new trust fund with the leftover money.

House subcommittee takes up Pueblo and Alaska Native bills
Business | Environment | Politics
House subcommittee takes up Pueblo and Alaska Native bills (July 23, 2015)
Lawmakers weigh land-into-trust and subsistence issues at sparsely-attended hearing.

Leslie Wheelock: Native youth rise to climate change challenge
Environment
Leslie Wheelock: Native youth rise to climate change challenge (July 14, 2015)
Recently, ninety Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian high school students came together for a week of intensive education and peer-to-peer training about the impact of climate change on tribal communities.

House adds sacred sites amendment to Interior appropriations bill
Environment | Law | National | Politics
House adds sacred sites amendment to Interior appropriations bill (July 8, 2015)
No one spoke in opposition to a provision that seeks to strengthen an executive order issued by then-president Bill Clinton in 1996.

Marshall Matz: Fight for $380M in Keepseagle funds continues
Law | Opinion
Marshall Matz: Fight for $380M in Keepseagle funds continues (July 1, 2015)
Do you remember the class action litigation Keepseagle v. USDA claiming discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers?

Indian farmers rally over $380M in unspent Keepseagle funds
Law | National
Indian farmers rally over $380M in unspent Keepseagle funds (June 29, 2015)
Indian farmers and ranchers are opposing a plan to distribute the money to non-profits.

Native Sun News: Project brings economic hope to Pine Ridge
Business | National
Native Sun News: Project brings economic hope to Pine Ridge (June 26, 2015)
'Poverty ends today on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation' was the proclamation made by Thunder Valley’s program Director Nick Tilson.

Cabinet members hear from urban Indian community in Maryland
Education | Health | National
Cabinet members hear from urban Indian community in Maryland (June 16, 2015)
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Native American Lifelines in Baltimore.

USDA sends $125K to Indian economic development corporation
Business
USDA sends $125K to Indian economic development corporation (May 27, 2015)
The Native American Community Development Corporation, based on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, will use the money to spur small business in Indian Country.

Pine Ridge Reservation among latest named as 'Promise Zone'
National
Pine Ridge Reservation among latest named as 'Promise Zone' (April 28, 2015)
The Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation will serve as the lead agency to help address poverty, unemployment and economic conditions.

Blackfeet Nation opposes energy development on sacred lands
Environment | Politics
Blackfeet Nation opposes energy development on sacred lands (March 30, 2015)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is backing the tribe's efforts to cancel oil and gas leases in the sacred Badger-Two Medicine Area.

Native Sun News: Loan spurs business at Cheyenne River Sioux
Business | National
Native Sun News: Loan spurs business at Cheyenne River Sioux (February 6, 2015)
The Four Bands Community Fund is on a mission to create economic opportunity by helping people build strong and sustainable small businesses and increase their financial capability to create assets and wealth.

USDA Blog: Tribes document historic wickiup sites in Colorado
Environment
USDA Blog: Tribes document historic wickiup sites in Colorado (January 9, 2015)
Since 2003, the Forest Service has participated in the Colorado Wickiup Project to document historic aboriginal wooden structures in the state.

Interview with Patrice Kunesh about USDA Indian Country efforts
National
Interview with Patrice Kunesh about USDA Indian Country efforts (December 10, 2014)
The Reno Gazette-Journal interviews Patrice Kunesh about the Department of Agriculture's tribal outreach efforts.

Great Plains tribes call for removal of land swap from defense bill
Environment | National | Politics
Great Plains tribes call for removal of land swap from defense bill (December 8, 2014)
The 16 tribes of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska add their voices in opposition to the Resolution Copper mine deal.

Senate expected to approve defense bill for mine on sacred lands
Environment | National | Politics
Senate expected to approve defense bill for mine on sacred lands (December 8, 2014)
The 1,648-page package contains numerous provisions that have nothing to do with defense or the military.

Tom Vilsack: USDA is making progress in partnership with tribes
Opinion
Tom Vilsack: USDA is making progress in partnership with tribes (December 5, 2014)
This administration has worked each day to provide Native Americans with improved housing, better educational opportunities, clean water and sanitation, and the opportunity to create good jobs.

Indian farmers protest foundation with $380M Keepseagle funds
Law | National
Indian farmers protest foundation with $380M Keepseagle funds (December 4, 2014)
Lead plaintiff Marilyn Keepseagle spoke out in court against the proposal.

Leslie Wheelock: Touting nation-to-nation trading and tourism
Business | Environment | National
Leslie Wheelock: Touting nation-to-nation trading and tourism (November 26, 2014)
The National Congress of American Indians and the American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association are promoting Native-made products.

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