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David Ganje: Wetlands management remains a mess in the United StatesFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
David Ganje: Wetlands management remains a mess in the United States (02/28)
Wetlands play a role in the ecosystem and provide benefits for both people and wildlife.
Native Sun News Today: Appeals court takes up Keepseagle lawsuitFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Appeals court takes up Keepseagle lawsuit (02/08)
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 USDAFiled Under: Environment | National
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe launches new project with USDA (01/26)
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 EarsFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears (01/09)
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 baseFiled Under: National | Trust
USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land base (12/06)
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 membersFiled Under: National
Council on Native American Farming and Ranching gets new members (12/05)
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed six members and re-appointed five others to the panel.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administrationFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administration (12/01)
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 companyFiled Under: Business
Yakama Nation secures $30M loan to expand utility company (10/27)
The tribe is seeking to provide electric service throughout the entire reservation in Washington.
Lakota Country Times: 'Reel Jobs' school nurtures Lakota talentFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | National
Lakota Country Times: 'Reel Jobs' school nurtures Lakota talent (10/21)
Lakota Country has more than its fair share of talented artists.
Kristi Noem: Addressing the many challenges in Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Kristi Noem: Addressing the many challenges in Indian Country (10/10)
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 checksFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Appeal delays release of Keepseagle checks (07/22)
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 foodsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Sovereignty at issue in debates over genetically modified foods (07/18)
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 UtahFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah (07/15)
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 houseFiled Under: Health | National
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony raises awareness of health issues with hoop house (07/12)
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 RanchingFiled Under: National
Nominees sought for Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (07/06)
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 billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (06/22)
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 programsFiled Under: Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to discuss rural programs (06/20)
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 meetingFiled Under: Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (06/20)
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 caseFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Additional funds coming from Keepseagle case (06/14)
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 wildfiresFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hear testimony on wildfires (06/06)
S.3014, the Tribal Forestry Participation and Protection Act, authorizes tribes to
Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone programFiled Under: Business | National | Politics
Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone program (06/06)
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 grantsFiled Under: Law | National
Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grants (05/25)
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 grantsFiled Under: Law | National
Keepseagle attorneys announce $38 million in one-time grants (05/17)
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 businessFiled Under: Business
Ben Thiel: USDA loan helps young Indian rancher grow her business (05/09)
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 centerFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law
Member of Seminole Tribe seeks closure of primate research center (05/06)
Samuel Tommie is accusing the Primate Products facility of keeping monkeys in unhealthy and unsafe conditions.
Witness list for hearing on telecommunications in Indian CountryFiled Under: National | Politics | Technology
Witness list for hearing on telecommunications in Indian Country (04/25)
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 fundsFiled Under: Law | National
Judge approves agreement for $380M in leftover Keepseagle funds (04/21)
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 caseFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Supreme Court won't review Alaska tribe's victory in roads case (03/28)
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 reservationFiled Under: Environment
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe to remove invasive trees on reservation (03/16)
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 hearingFiled Under: Politics | Technology
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules telecom hearing (03/14)
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 fundsFiled Under: Law | National
Judge weighs compromise for $380M in leftover Keepseagle funds (02/05)
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 economyFiled Under: Opinion
Terry Brunner: Helping tribal communities build an economy (11/30)
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 facilitiesFiled Under: Environment
USDA policy eases return of traditional foods to tribal facilities (11/24)
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 foodFiled Under: Environment
Scott Elliott: Tribes working to restore sovereignty over food (11/19)
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 approvalFiled Under: Business | National
Lakota Country Times: Lakota Funds gains USDA loan approval (10/14)
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 communityFiled Under: Environment | National
Lakota Country Times: Wind power comes to Rosebud community (10/08)
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 energyFiled Under: Business | Environment | National
USDA grants help Native communities address costs of energy (09/17)
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 speciesFiled Under: Environment
Pokagon Band works to protect ash trees from invasive species (09/16)
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 Filed Under: Health | National
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe welcomes visitors to farmers market (08/19)
Vendors are bringing Native-grown and Native-made foods, arts and crafts to the community.
Tribal comment sought for final round of Promise Zone initiativeFiled Under: National
Tribal comment sought for final round of Promise Zone initiative (08/04)
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 unspentFiled Under: Law | National
Judge can't reopen Keepseagle case after $380M goes unspent (07/27)
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 billsFiled Under: Business | Environment | Politics
House subcommittee takes up Pueblo and Alaska Native bills (07/23)
Lawmakers weigh land-into-trust and subsistence issues at sparsely-attended hearing.
Leslie Wheelock: Native youth rise to climate change challengeFiled Under: Environment
Leslie Wheelock: Native youth rise to climate change challenge (07/14)
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 billFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
House adds sacred sites amendment to Interior appropriations bill (07/08)
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 continuesFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Marshall Matz: Fight for $380M in Keepseagle funds continues (07/01)
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 fundsFiled Under: Law | National
Indian farmers rally over $380M in unspent Keepseagle funds (06/29)
Indian farmers and ranchers are opposing a plan to distribute the money to non-profits.
Native Sun News: Project brings economic hope to Pine RidgeFiled Under: Business | National
Native Sun News: Project brings economic hope to Pine Ridge (06/26)
'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 MarylandFiled Under: Education | Health | National
Cabinet members hear from urban Indian community in Maryland (06/16)
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Native American Lifelines in Baltimore.
USDA sends $125K to Indian economic development corporationFiled Under: Business
USDA sends $125K to Indian economic development corporation (05/27)
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'Filed Under: National
Pine Ridge Reservation among latest named as 'Promise Zone' (04/28)
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 landsFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Blackfeet Nation opposes energy development on sacred lands (03/30)
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 Filed Under: Business | National
Native Sun News: Loan spurs business at Cheyenne River Sioux (02/06)
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 ColoradoFiled Under: Environment
USDA Blog: Tribes document historic wickiup sites in Colorado (01/09)
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 effortsFiled Under: National
Interview with Patrice Kunesh about USDA Indian Country efforts (12/10)
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 billFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Great Plains tribes call for removal of land swap from defense bill (12/08)
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 landsFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate expected to approve defense bill for mine on sacred lands (12/08)
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 tribesFiled Under: Opinion
Tom Vilsack: USDA is making progress in partnership with tribes (12/05)
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 fundsFiled Under: Law | National
Indian farmers protest foundation with $380M Keepseagle funds (12/04)
Lead plaintiff Marilyn Keepseagle spoke out in court against the proposal.
Leslie Wheelock: Touting nation-to-nation trading and tourismFiled Under: Business | Environment | National
Leslie Wheelock: Touting nation-to-nation trading and tourism (11/26)
The National Congress of American Indians and the American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association are promoting Native-made products.
USDA Blog: Youth from Angoon Tribe carry on their traditions Filed Under: Environment
USDA Blog: Youth from Angoon Tribe carry on their traditions (11/20)
Tribal members helped build a footbridge in the Tongass National Forest.

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