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Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (03/22)
The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't always been kind to Indian Country but a federal judge from Colorado appears ready to ensure tribes will be treated fairly.
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (02/17)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian lawFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian law (02/01)
Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge, has sided with Indian interests in some major cases.
Jacqueline Keeler: New monument marks victory for tribal sitesFiled Under: Environment | National
Jacqueline Keeler: New monument marks victory for tribal sites (01/10)
By permanently protecting an area rich in indigenous cultural history, Obama has shown that some things are worth more than money.
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.
Mike Lee: Don't declare monument at sacred Bears Ears in UtahFiled Under: Environment | Opinion | Politics
Mike Lee: Don't declare monument at sacred Bears Ears in Utah (12/13)
The administration recently blocked the Dakota Access Pipeline due to strong opposition from local residents. I urge it to give the same respect to the residents of San Juan County, Utah.
Sacred land protection efforts face questions with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Sacred land protection efforts face questions with Donald Trump (11/18)
Drilling on sacred Blackfeet Nation land in Montana and protections for Bears Ears in Utah are at stake.
Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual electionFiled Under: National | Politics
Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election (10/20)
The Utah League of Native American Voters is hosting the first-ever Native issues forum as the election quickly approaches.
Navajo Nation opposes bill that reduces share of trust revenuesFiled Under: Environment | National | Trust
Navajo Nation opposes bill that reduces share of trust revenues (10/19)
Buried within the 215-page Utah Public Lands Initiative Act are three lines that modify the terms of a tribal trust fund without the tribe's consent.
Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' billFiled Under: National | Politics
Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill (10/19)
The Utah tribe is hoping to defeat Republican Congressman Rob Bishop at the polls next month.
Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energyFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy (10/03)
The Ute Tribe, a leader in energy development, is curiously absent from the witness list amid a dispute with a powerful Republican.
Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab'Filed Under: Environment | National | Politics
Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab' (09/28)
Chairman Shaun Chapoose attended the White House Tribal Nations Conference and met with the White House Council on Native American Affairs amid the controversy.
Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forwardFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward (09/22)
Tribes and Democrats have branded the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act as a 'modern day Indian land grab' but Republicans are pushing it through anyway.
Navajo Nation voters seek restoration of polling sites in UtahFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation voters seek restoration of polling sites in Utah (09/21)
Native Americans have represented a majority and near majority in San Juan County yet non-Indians control the political system.
Appeals court hears lawsuit over death in stolen artifact caseFiled Under: Environment | Law
Appeals court hears lawsuit over death in stolen artifact case (09/21)
A non-Indian man was never brought to justice for stealing tribal property but his family has kept the dispute alive for years.
House panel sets markup on Pechanga Band and Alaska Native billsFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
House panel sets markup on Pechanga Band and Alaska Native bills (09/19)
Allotments for Alaska Native veterans, water rights for the Pechanga Band and the controversial Utah Public Lands are on the agenda.
Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab'Filed Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab' (09/19)
H.R.5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, has already been scheduled for a markup, barely a week after an emotional hearing in Washington, D.C.
Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands billFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill (09/14)
Provisions in the 215-page bill affect the rights of the Navajo Nation and the Ute Tribe and were included without their consent.
Ute Tribe: Utah Republican pushes modern day Indian land grabFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Ute Tribe: Utah Republican pushes modern day Indian land grab (09/14)
In the next few weeks Congressman Rob Bishop will attempt to push through the U.S. House of Representatives the first Indian land grab in over 100 years.
House committee considers controversial Utah public lands billFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
House committee considers controversial Utah public lands bill (09/12)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition continues to seek stronger protections for sacred lands, burial grounds, ancestral sites and other important places in Utah.
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation waiting for cleanup of uranium sitesFiled Under: Environment | National
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation waiting for cleanup of uranium sites (09/05)
Federal officials took the first step this week toward a planned $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in and around the Navajo Nation.
Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protestFiled Under: Law
Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protest (08/30)
After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court.
Ute Tribe remains busy in court with appeal in contract disputeFiled Under: Business | Law
Ute Tribe remains busy in court with appeal in contract dispute (08/25)
A former employee claims he is owed $23 million for doing energy development work for the Utah tribe.
Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty caseFiled Under: Law | National
Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty case (08/24)
After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court and he's not happy about it.
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal courtFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal court (08/22)
The tribe is defending its court system from an 'attack' by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Member of Ute Tribe sentenced to prison for death on reservationFiled Under: Law
Member of Ute Tribe sentenced to prison for death on reservation (08/17)
Wilda Annie Manning admitted she had been distracted by her cell phone when she rear-ended another car and caused a young man's death.
Ute Tribe calls on state to end 'constant attacks' on its sovereigntyFiled Under: Law | National
Ute Tribe calls on state to end 'constant attacks' on its sovereignty (08/11)
Will a new court ruling put an end to 40 years of litigation? Tribal leaders hope so.
Ute Tribe prevails in reservation boundary dispute yet another timeFiled Under: Law | National
Ute Tribe prevails in reservation boundary dispute yet another time (08/10)
The tribe has won the case seven times in the last 40 years. But officials in Utah keep on fighting.
Editorial: Bears Ears in Utah deserves protection as new monumentFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Editorial: Bears Ears in Utah deserves protection as new monument (08/01)
Preserving Bears Ears is important not just to New Mexico or to the Four Corners area or to the state of Utah.
Tweedy Sombrero Navarrete: A Christian call to protect sacred landFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Tweedy Sombrero Navarrete: A Christian call to protect sacred land (07/29)
Native American traditional wisdom about stewardship of God’s creation is too often dismissed.
Richard Moe: Protect sacred and ancestral sites at Bears EarsFiled Under: Environment | Opinion | Politics
Richard Moe: Protect sacred and ancestral sites at Bears Ears (07/20)
Bears Ears represents the most important and intact array of unprotected cultural resources on federal land.
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.
Court won't disturb placement of Choctaw Nation girl in ICWA disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Court won't disturb placement of Choctaw Nation girl in ICWA dispute (07/11)
A foster family in California has begun claiming to incorporate 'Native American culture into their lives' as part of an attempt to keep the girl from living with her relatives.
Editorial: Bears Ears in Utah is worthy of monument designationFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Editorial: Bears Ears in Utah is worthy of monument designation (06/20)
President Barack Obama has nothing to lose politically, and everything to gain in terms of the environmental accomplishment.
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question lawFiled Under: Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law (06/10)
Despite losing in the courts, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., remains intent on undermining the 1978 law.
Mormon Church faces third abuse lawsuit in Navajo Nation courtFiled Under: Law | National
Mormon Church faces third abuse lawsuit in Navajo Nation court (06/08)
So far, four victims have come forward after suffering abuse in the Indian Student Placement Program.
Opponents rely on dirty tricks as tribes aim to protect sacred landFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Opponents rely on dirty tricks as tribes aim to protect sacred land (06/06)
More than 20 tribes are supporting the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah but opponents are trying to instill fear among Navajo Nation citizens.
Mormon Church disputes tribal jurisdiction in Navajo abuse caseFiled Under: Law | National
Mormon Church disputes tribal jurisdiction in Navajo abuse case (06/01)
The Mormon Church is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will settle the matter by ruling in a closely-watched jurisdiction case.
Native Sun News: Navajo Nation chapter sues tribe over water dealFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Navajo Nation chapter sues tribe over water deal (05/03)
A local chapter of the largest U.S. tribal government is suing the legislative branch in tribal court to cancel a vote favoring a water rights settlement with the state of Utah.
Editorial: Obama should declare a Bears Ears National MonumentFiled Under: Environment | Opinion | Politics
Editorial: Obama should declare a Bears Ears National Monument (04/25)
The borders on the white man's maps — counties, states, nations — matter little except to assign responsibilities.
Ute Tribe disputes legality of BLM fracking rule in Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | Law
Ute Tribe disputes legality of BLM fracking rule in Indian Country (04/21)
The tribe is part of a lawsuit that could result in the invalidation of the controversial hydraulic fracturing regulation.
Rebecca Benally: Navajos in Utah oppose Bears Ears  monumentFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Rebecca Benally: Navajos in Utah oppose Bears Ears monument (04/13)
As a Diné/Navajo woman, a resident of San Juan County and Commissioner, I speak in behalf of my constituents – the Grassroots Utah Navajos.
Mike Myers: Settlers are still trying to take over indigenous landsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Mike Myers: Settlers are still trying to take over indigenous lands (04/06)
The one thing we can absolutely count on is that this battle is not over. It will continue to be waged far into the foreseeable future.
California court won't upset placement of Choctaw Nation childFiled Under: Law | National
California court won't upset placement of Choctaw Nation child (03/31)
An attorney who has repeatedly challenged the Indian Child Welfare Act vowed to take the dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Tribes and states work together to monitor water after mine spillFiled Under: Environment
Tribes and states work together to monitor water after mine spill (03/25)
The Southern Ute Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Navajo Nation are preparing for the spring and summer runoff, which could release contaminants from the Gold King mine disaster.
Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw NationFiled Under: Law | National
Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw Nation (03/24)
The campaign against the Indian Child Welfare Act extends to conservative organizations and conservative media.
Hillary Clinton meets tribes in Washington as campaign continuesFiled Under: National | Politics
Hillary Clinton meets tribes in Washington as campaign continues (03/23)
The Democratic presidential candidate was given a name in the Lushootseed language that means 'strong woman.'
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in CaliforniaFiled Under: Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in California (03/23)
A Choctaw Nation girl is now living with relatives -- including a sibling -- in Utah but that isn't stopping a California couple from trying to claim custody.
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another dispute (03/22)
Despite losing in the court system, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., has succeed in drawing negative attention to the law and to the Choctaw Nation in a case from California.
Supreme Court won't hear case challenging Ute Tribe's sovereigntyFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court won't hear case challenging Ute Tribe's sovereignty (03/21)
The state of Utah and three counties have been trying to diminish the boundaries of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation despite losing a string of cases dating back decades.
Non-Indian official decries effort to protect sacred lands in UtahFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Non-Indian official decries effort to protect sacred lands in Utah (03/15)
The non-Indian power structure in San Juan County, Utah, is one of the driving forces against the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.
Tribes oppose effort to stop Bears Ears National Monument in UtahFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes oppose effort to stop Bears Ears National Monument in Utah (03/10)
A Utah Republican is trying to pre-empt a potential decision by President Barack Obama.
Paiute Tribe upset by performance of 'Redmen' high school groupFiled Under: Education | National
Paiute Tribe upset by performance of 'Redmen' high school group (03/04)
The drill team at Cedar High School in Utah had been warned not to proceed with a culturally insensitive dance
Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk: Protect Bears Ears for new generationsFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk: Protect Bears Ears for new generations (03/04)
Bears Ears is home to the dwellings of our ancestors, the final resting places of our people, and sacred areas where our people still collect traditional herbs and medicines today.
Navajo citizens sue county in Utah for making it difficult to voteFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Navajo citizens sue county in Utah for making it difficult to vote (03/02)
The county closed all polling locations in 2014 and has only designated one spot for voting this year and it's at least a four-hour round trip from the reservation.
Navajo Nation wins decision over voting districts in Utah countyFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation wins decision over voting districts in Utah county (02/26)
A federal judge has ordered San Juan County to redraw its commission district map to better represent the Native American population.
Stephen Trimble: Tribes work to protect Bears Ears homelandFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Stephen Trimble: Tribes work to protect Bears Ears homeland (02/18)
For the first time in conservation history, the primary advocates for a new national monument are the tribes themselves.
Obama weighs tribal request for Bears Ears National MonumentFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Obama weighs tribal request for Bears Ears National Monument (02/12)
A coalition of tribes in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are seeking to protect ancestral lands in Utah.
Kevin Washburn: Republicans punish tribe with public lands initiativeFiled Under: Environment | Opinion | Politics
Kevin Washburn: Republicans punish tribe with public lands initiative (02/08)
If partisan members of Congress are more interested in being vindictive than developing real negotiations, then the White House may have no choice but to lead the effort to develop a sensible plan
Tribes reiterate bid for national monument at Bears Ears in UtahFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes reiterate bid for national monument at Bears Ears in Utah (01/22)
Republicans finally unveiled a draft bill that addresses federal land issues in Utah but tribes say their concerns are being ignored.

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