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Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington
Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington (October 22, 2019)

The diminished power of the Trump administration's face of Indian Affairs was on strong display as tribal leaders opened one of their biggest meetings of the year.


Chairman of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election in September
Chairman of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election in September (August 19, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been in turmoil following the Trump administration's refusal to stand up for the tribe's land rights.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court (June 25, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is battling the Trump administration in a lawsuit that will stay in the nation's capital.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up tribal homelands legislation
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up tribal homelands legislation (June 3, 2019)

Land bills for tribes in California, Minnesota and Washington, plus a bill affecting a disputed treaty in Oregon, are on the Capitol Hill agenda.


Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election
Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election (May 27, 2019)

A recall petition against Chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been certified.


Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet (May 16, 2019)

A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.


'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting
'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting (May 9, 2019)

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney was at the White House but won't say whether tribal legislation came up before President Trump tweeted about it.


'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills
'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills (May 8, 2019)

A tweet about Pocahontas spooked Republicans on Capitol Hill. Indian Country was the loser.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing
Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing (April 8, 2019)

It's taken nearly nine months, but Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney is finally ready to testify before Congress.


Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior (April 4, 2019)

The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky at the Department of the Interior.


AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing
AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing (April 3, 2019)

Legislation to correct a disastrous Supreme Court ruling affecting tribal homelands and to improve tribal consultation were aired on Capitol Hill.


Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and tribal consultation bills
Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and tribal consultation bills (April 2, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony from tribal leaders and Indian law and policy experts.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix (March 29, 2019)

Will Congress finally fix one of the most destructive U.S. Supreme Court decisions?


House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control
House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (March 22, 2019)

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era
United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era (March 4, 2019)

'This is Indian land,' tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?


Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations
Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations (February 11, 2019)

With key Trump officials in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week in Washington with a stinging rebuke of the president and his policies.


Mark Trahant: When the State of the Union was tragic for Indian Country
Mark Trahant: When the State of the Union was tragic for Indian Country (February 6, 2019)

President Trump proudly displays a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the architect of Indian removal, at the White House.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to rebuke chairman as financial situation worsens
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to rebuke chairman as financial situation worsens (January 25, 2019)

Things are not looking good for the People of the First Light, whose homelands are in danger of being taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands (November 28, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been dealt a major setback, nearly 400 years after helping the Pilgrims survive.


Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law
Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law (November 26, 2018)

Federal Indian law is a field of law designed by the United States to dominate Native Nations.


'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration
'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration (November 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government's trust relationship.


Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (November 14, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is fighting to protect its reservation in Massachusetts.


National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat
National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat (October 24, 2018)

Indian Country continues to stand behind the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose homelands are slated to be taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands
Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands (September 28, 2018)

The Supreme Court's Carcieri ruling has created an unfair, immoral obstacle to many tribes.


Harold Frazier: Where are the Indians in the National Congress of American Indians?
Harold Frazier: Where are the Indians in the National Congress of American Indians? (September 28, 2018)

Failure to protect one of us is a failure to protect all of us.


'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 12, 2018)

Indian Country is entering uncharted territory with the Trump administration's move to take a tribe's reservation out of trust.


NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty
NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty (September 11, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians disagrees strongly with the Department of the Interior’s decision affecting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.


Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era
Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era (September 10, 2018)

Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration (August 28, 2018)

The federal government hasn't taken an Indian nation's land out of trust since the termination era and one tribe hopes it stays that way.


'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era
'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era (July 25, 2018)

The Trump administration won't stand in the way of bipartisan legislation to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from litigation.


Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and economic development bills
Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and economic development bills (July 23, 2018)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on tribal homelands and economic development bills.


Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (July 18, 2018)

Due to litigation, the Trump administration might be forced to do something unprecedented -- take a tribe's trust land out of trust.


YES! Magazine: Native language schools are taking back education for their people
YES! Magazine: Native language schools are taking back education for their people (April 20, 2018)

The last fluent speakers of Wôpanâak passed away more than a century ago. A school is working to revive the language.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes
Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes (March 13, 2018)

With jokes about powwows and questions about DNA tests, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is still facing doubts about her Indian heritage.


Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen launches second bid in Massachusetts
Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen launches second bid in Massachusetts (March 12, 2018)

After losing his first campaign by just a few hundred votes, a citizen of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is launching his second bid for the Massachusetts Legislature.


Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes (December 12, 2017)

The Trump administration has quietly reinstated a waiting period for land-into-trust applications, reversing an Obama-era policy without consulting tribes about the change.


Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions
Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions (October 20, 2017)

Congress is moving forward with an overdue budget plan that fails to take some of Indian Country's key interests into account.


Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
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.


Pokanoket Nation signs agreement to preserve ancestral land in Rhode Island
Pokanoket Nation signs agreement to preserve ancestral land in Rhode Island (September 25, 2017)

The Pokanoket Nation is ending a month-long encampment on ancestral territory after reaching an agreement with Brown University in Rhode Island.


Pokanoket Nation establishes encampment on land owned by Brown University
Pokanoket Nation establishes encampment on land owned by Brown University (August 21, 2017)

The Pokanoket Nation set up an encampment in Rhode Island to assert ownership of a historically important village.


Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign
Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign (August 10, 2017)

It's hard to believe but a tribal citizen has never served in the Massachusetts Legislature. Jacob Ventura is hoping to change that.


Wampanoag tribes rebury remains of ancestral leader Massasoit
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.


Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case
Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case (April 3, 2017)

After waiting more than 160 years and surviving numerous challenges, the Cowlitz Tribe has a permanent homeland in Washington state.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe affirms election results after recount
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe affirms election results after recount (February 21, 2017)

Chairman Cedric Cromwell easily defeated his challenger while Vice Chairwoman Jessie Baird won re-election by four votes.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls to choose slate of leaders
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls to choose slate of leaders (February 2, 2017)

Five seats on the council, including the chair and vice chair position, are up for grabs.


Peter d'Errico: 'Mashpee Nine' documents Wampanoag struggle
Peter d'Errico: 'Mashpee Nine' documents Wampanoag struggle (December 12, 2016)

Mashpee Nine tells the story of a modern epidemic of anti-Native racism on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the survival—and triumph—of Native people practicing traditional ways in their own lands.


Tim Giago: Thanksgiving is America's holiday of the imagination
Tim Giago: Thanksgiving is America's holiday of the imagination (November 21, 2016)

There is a saying amongst the Lakota that when the Pilgrims first landed at Plymouth Rock they fell on their knees and prayed and then they fell on the Indians and preyed.


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe welcomes President Obama to homeland
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe welcomes President Obama to homeland (August 8, 2016)

Chairman Tobias Vanderhoop thanked the president for 'being supportive of my people' as the Obamas came to Wampanoag territory for a vacation.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe declares emergency over opioids
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe declares emergency over opioids (July 22, 2016)

At least 11 people -- all under of the age of 35 -- died after overdosing on opioids and two more deaths have been linked to drugs.


Charges filed over assault and battery of transgender Native man
Charges filed over assault and battery of transgender Native man (July 8, 2016)

Jameson Fernandez, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, was attacked on May 30.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gets ready for 95th annual powwow
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gets ready for 95th annual powwow (June 29, 2016)

The weekend's events include the Fireball, a traditional ceremony that offers healing for people who are ill, a clambake, dance and drum contests and a princess competition.


Film exposes police harassment of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Film exposes police harassment of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (June 28, 2016)

'Mashpee Nine: The Beat Goes On' is seeing its premiere in Massachusetts.


Paula Peters: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is best steward of land
Paula Peters: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is best steward of land (May 9, 2016)

The question of whether to return land to the tribe has awakened very deep-rooted feelings of animosity, creating a divisive atmosphere not felt here in 40 years.


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area (April 8, 2016)

Tribal members who live in a handful of counties on the mainland in Massachusetts will now be able to secure care without traveling long distances.


Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (March 16, 2016)

Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.


BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (January 7, 2016)

Kevin Washburn made the historic decision on his second to last day as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe works on new law enforcement deal
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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe works on new law enforcement deal (December 9, 2015)

The memorandum of understanding with the town of Mashpee would address policing issues on trust lands.


Ramona Peters: Sharing a Wampanoag story of Thanksgiving
Ramona Peters: Sharing a Wampanoag story of Thanksgiving (November 25, 2015)

We should all be proud that our country has a national holiday centered upon simply being thankful.