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Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill (October 13, 2017)

A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important places.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal leaders absent at border town liquor summit (October 13, 2017)

The Whiteclay Summit consisted mostly of white people -- nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, healthcare officials, Christian outreach groups -- but very few Native Americans.

Bureau of Indian Affairs supports change for name of 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah (October 13, 2017)

The United States Board on Geographic Names has adopted a new name for 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah.

Lawsuit seeks damages for death of girl at Bureau of Indian Education school (October 13, 2017)

The grandfather of a 14-year-old girl who died at a Bureau of Indian Education boarding school in South Dakota has filed a lawsuit against the federal government.

YES! Magazine: Tribal hospital in Alaska brings traditional foods to patients (October 13, 2017)

A unique program in the Arctic tundra finds a way around federal regulation to put traditional foods on the hospital menu.

Secretary Zinke requires special flag to be flown when he's in Interior building (October 13, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is facing new criticism over a seemingly odd routine that takes place when he's at the Department of the Interior.

Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands (October 12, 2017)

Where Congress has failed to take action on one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases, tribes are seeing successes elsewhere as they seek to restore their homelands.

Yurok Tribe welcomes introduction of bill to add important lands to reservation (October 12, 2017)

Support is growing for a bipartisan bill that would restore important lands in California to the Yurok Tribe.

Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin (October 12, 2017)

The Native American Voting Rights Coalition is identifying and documenting obstacles faced by Native voters.

Osage Nation prepared to fight state over water rights on historic reservation (October 12, 2017)

The Osage Nation and the state of Oklahoma are clashing over the tribe's water rights.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe refutes rumors of Black Hills 'sale' (October 12, 2017)

Facebook was rife with rumors that the Oglala Sioux Tribe passed a resolution to sell the Black Hills, which flabbergasted tribal leaders because that was the first they had heard about their supposed action.

YES! Magazine: Native family uses energy proceeds to benefit Indian Country (October 12, 2017)

A new fund will support deeply researched investigative journalism that reports on critical issues in Indian Country.

Cronkite News: Republicans quickly move bill to limit new national monuments (October 12, 2017)

A House committee gave approval to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.

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.

County in Oregon holds public hearing on name of 'Dead Indian Memorial Road' (October 11, 2017)

A county in Oregon has been getting constant complaints about a highway named 'Dead Indian Memorial Road" so it might do something about it.

Native Sun News Today: Rapid City turns out for Native American Day parade (October 11, 2017)

Few people recognize that a remarkable thing happened when South Dakota proclaimed 1990 as the 'Year of Reconciliation" between the first Americans and more recent arrivals.

Non-Indian parents file lawsuit to halt transfer of child custody cases to tribes (October 11, 2017)

Two non-Indian parents filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the state of Minnesota from transferring Indian child custody cases to tribes.

YES! Magazine: Winnemem Wintu Tribe struggles to bring salmon back home (October 11, 2017)

The Winnemem Wintu learned that descendants of their salmon are thriving in a New Zealand river. The tribe has been fighting to return them home.

Agua Caliente Band showcases culture with major development in Palm Springs (October 10, 2017)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced plans for a cultural complex in downtown Palm Springs, California.

Jacqueline Keeler: 'Black Snake' film explores fight over pipeline in Minnesota (October 10, 2017)

Last year’s water protectors garnered worldwide attention, but several pipeline fights—such as the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline victory—got little public notice.

Trump ignores Native people on Columbus Day while campaign touts '1492' sale (October 10, 2017)

President Donald Trump ignored Native Americans on Columbus Day but his campaign arm was happy to keep the holiday alive.

Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker David Patterson Sr. at age of 94 (October 10, 2017)

David Earl Patterson Sr., a citizen of the Navajo Nation who served as a Code Talker during World War II, died on Sunday. He was 94.

Congress approves yet another short-term extension for Indian diabetes program (October 9, 2017)

Congress has renewed the Special Diabetes Program for Indians but only for three months, the shortest extension on record.

President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service (October 9, 2017)

It's taken longer than expected but President Donald Trump is finally addressing the leadership void at the beleaguered Indian Health Service.

Teton Times: Standing Rock citizens secure injunction in constitutional dispute (October 9, 2017)

Citing tribal traditions and customs, a judge granted an injunction to stop a proposed constitution revision because Standing Rock Sioux leaders failed to inform the people.

Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation acquires site of 1863 massacre (October 6, 2017)

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation has reacquired 640 acres of ancestral territory, including the site of the 1863 Bear River Massacre.

Crow Tribe declares emergency after vandalism at water treatment facility (October 6, 2017)

The Crow Tribe is dealing with another crisis after vandals caused significant damage to a key water system on the reservation in Montana.

YES! Magazine: Massacre in Las Vegas reveals deadly truths about violence (October 6, 2017)

While young and non-White people are perceived as more dangerous, middle-aged White people have the highest rates of gun ownership and commit the most violence.

Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux chairman seeks NCAI presidency (October 6, 2017)

Tribal leaders in the Great Plains are endorsing Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier as president of the National Congress of American Indians.

Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.

Sen. McCaskill unveils unprecedented bill to abrogate tribal sovereign immunity (October 5, 2017)

A member of Congress who generated controversy by going after tribal businesses is wading into hot-button territory with a new bill aimed at abrogating tribal sovereign immunity.

House committee approves Native American Energy Act in near party-line split (October 5, 2017)

A controversial Indian energy bill is once again sparking partisan tensions on Capitol Hill.

Secretary Zinke derides questions about travel as 'bull' while GOP provides cover (October 5, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior continues to defend his use of private and government planes as Republicans attempt to deflect criticism of the Trump administration.

Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service pulls funds without telling tribe (October 5, 2017)

This past spring, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe learned that $4.1 million was pulled from an Indian Health Service center on the reservation.

Cronkite News: How racism may contribute to higher rates of infant mortality (October 5, 2017)

Across the United States, African-American women are more likely than any other race to give birth to premature babies, which is the leading cause of infant death for that population

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