August 5, 2020
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Cronkite News: Food insecurity amid #COVID19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots

From a traditional hogan in a remote area on the Utah-Arizona line, Cynthia Wilson spent much of her spring sourcing drought-resistant seeds, packing them in small manila envelopes and labeling them to ship to families across the Four Corners.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 32,955 COVID-19 cases as of August 2, 2020.

National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host a virtual event November 11, 2020, to mark the completion of the National Native American Veterans Memorial.

Red Lake Nation (Minnesota)

The Red Lake Nation has established a COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Relief Program to help citizens during the pandemic.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer presented a comprehensive proposal to use portions of the Navajo Nation’s CARES Act funds for student relief and to assist schools.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

‘I strongly believe that the health and well-being of all of our Navajo people is always the top priority,’ says President Jonathan Nez.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,139 as of August 3, 2020. More than 6,700 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Diné College (Navajo Nation)

Rapidly transitioning from an in-person program to one entirely online was a challenge, but public health students with Diné College’s Summer Research Enhancement Program completed their work, focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 in their community.

'We have been vindicated': Oneida Nation celebrates victory in long-running sovereignty case

The U.S. Supreme Court's historic #HonorTheTreaties ruling is having immediate impacts in Indian Country, with the Oneida Nation benefiting from the changing legal landscape.


Tim Giago: Common sense instead of politics needed to stop #Coronavirus

How has #COVID19 changed our lives in Indian Country?


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation provides new opportunities in a difficult time

At Cherokee Nation, we are putting the federal CARES Act dollars to work for our citizens and our communities.


Native Sun News Today: Foes to sue feds for undermining environmental protections

President Donald Trump is rolling back a landmark environmental law that tribes and tribal citizens have used to protect their homelands from unwanted development.


Cronkite News: Navajo 'Water Warrior' drives miles during #COVID19 to deliver to those in need

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on the Navajo Nation, Zoel Zohnnie saw families and elders sheltering in place – and no one helping them to haul water they desperately needed.


Montana Free Press: CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate

A bill to settle the water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and restore land to their control is inching forward in the 116th Congress.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Indian affairs going backward and forward

It is only with just laws, and the memory of tribal good sense in times of danger that we can look to a future with hope.


Ana Cecilia Pérez: As non-Black POC, we need to address anti-Blackness

While Indigenous and other people of color traditionally lack the power to enact racism toward other marginalized groups, we can and do exercise clear racial prejudice against Black people.


Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Principal Chief David Hill of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation issued a statement regarding an August 3, 2020, press conference by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter (R)

Attorney General Mike Hunter plans to file a brief with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals that seeking guidance on cases affected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt ruling.

Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming)

The Northern Arapaho Business Council regrets to announce the passing of another one of our tribal Members due to COVID-19.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)

Helping tribes stay informed and make the most of opportunities.

Webinar: Main Street Lending Program – Applicability for Tribal Businesses

On August 4, 2020, at 2:00 PM EDT, the Federal Reserve will provide an overview of the Main Street Lending Program’s applicability for Tribal Businesses.

Native America Calling

Stay up to date this week with Native America Calling!

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 32,525 COVID-19 cases as of August 1, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,103 as of August 2, 2020. More than 6,700 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 32,406 COVID-19 cases as of July 31, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,068 as of August 1, 2020. Nearly 6,700 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 32,126 COVID-19 cases as of July 30, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,055 as of July 31, 2020. More than 6,600 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York)

‘It is unacceptable that the coronavirus relief package put forward by Senate Republicans sidelines the needs of Tribal governments and Native communities,’ two leading Democrats said.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 31,782 COVID-19 cases as of July 29, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,019 of July 30, 2020. More than 6,600 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan)

A Bay Mills Resort & Casino hotel employee tested positive for COVID-19.

David Hill: We can't stand with Mvskoke people if we are sitting down

For all of us, this victory was hard fought. It was not just the result of our own resilience, but the day also belonged to those who came before us.


Bryan Newland: Congress should make sure #Coronavirus legislation works for Indian Country

COVID-19 relief funds were a lifeline for many tribal communities, and have provided tribal governments with tools to keep their communities safe.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists cheer court victory to protect from pollution

"The court's ruling is a victory for people who are bearing the brunt of federal and tribal oil and gas development," says Lisa DeVille of Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights.


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: New business carries on tribal bison tradition

The Black Prairie Bison Company will provide premium, fresh bison cuts and jerky products nationwide, drawing on the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes' deep cultural connection to bison.


National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development has developed a comprehensive guide and accompanying website for tribes and tribal entities that need to purchase personal protective equipment during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Keith Harper: McGirt is a chance for greater tribal-state cooperation

Keith Harper, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and former U.S. Ambassador, offer his take on efforts to address the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 31,431 COVID-19 cases as of July 28, 2020.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for a COVID-19 virtual town hall on July 30, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,968 as of July 29, 2020. More than 6,600 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Native Sun News Today: Two nations at odds over Missouri riverbed rights

The Trump administration has rescinded yet another pro-tribal legal opinion, forcing the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation to go to court to protect its trust and treaty rights.


Clara Caufield: Bead working is such a blessing

Beadwork requires concentration, great attention to detail, and some occasional ripping and tearing to fix mistakes.


Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill announced an Executive Order establishing the Mvskoke Reservation Protection Commission.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will press Trump administration witnesses on the Bureau of Indian Education response to the COVID-19 pandemic in tribal schools.

Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton

Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation said ‘there is no reason to rush’ legislation to address the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 30,987 COVID-19 cases as of July 27, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,927 as of July 28, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Republican governor suffers another setback in dealings with tribes in Oklahoma

From contracting COVID-19 to being cut out of talks with tribes, Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) has endured a rough month in Oklahoma.


Native Sun News Today: #COVID19 bares impact of federal broken promises on Indian Country

"The indigenous experience with COVID-19 affirms that colonization continues to function according to its design," says William Smith of the National Indian Health Board.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: It is time for the elected Tribal Councils to get off of the dime

A plan needs to be formulated so that the Sioux Nation can act in unison to discuss the future of the Black Hills settlement.


Cronkite News: Confederate monuments removed in Arizona amid nationwide movement

The United Daughters of the Confederacy removed two monuments from state property in Arizona amid growing opposition to offensive memorials and statues.


Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is presenting a $652 million CARES Act funding proposal to the 24th Navajo Nation Council.

Menominee Indian Tribe (Wisconsin)

Citing the continued rise in tribal and local community COVID-19 cases, the Menominee Indian Tribe is temporarily closing its tribal government offices and facilities for a 2 week period, starting Tuesday, July 28 until Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing (116th Congress)

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 2:30 PM EDT, immediately following a business meeting, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing titled “Preparing to Head Back to Class: Addressing How to Safely Reopen Bureau of Indian Education Schools.”

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting (116th Congress)

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 2:30pm Eastern, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a business meeting to consider a dozen bills.

House Committee on Natural Resources Markup (116th Congress)

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10am Eastern, the House Committee on Natural Resources is scheduled to hold a markup on more than a dozen bills.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 30,419 COVID-19 cases as of July 26, 2020.

Navajo Nation Council (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Rules and procedures that allow local Navajo Nation chapter government officials to hold remote chapter meetings and to conduct official business during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic were extended by the 24th Navajo Nation Council.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for a COVID-19 virtual town hall on July 28, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,912 as of July 27, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Navajo Nation Council (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

A continuing budget resolution was approved by the 24th Navajo Nation Council at its 2020 Summer Session that authorizes operational funding for the Navajo Nation government through March 30, 2021.

'That was the last time I heard from her': Death of young Omaha woman under investigation following #COVID19 diagnosis
Family and friends are demanding justice for Lenice Blackbird, who went missing and died after being placed in COVID-19 isolation by the Omaha Tribe.
• VIDEO: #JusticeForLenice Vigil

Tim Giago: Would there be a Native American Journalists Association without Bill Dulaney?

Bill Dulaney's role in forming the Native American Journalists Association is here for all to read.


Chuck Hoskin: New grants available for Cherokee students and families during pandemic

Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has put strains on Cherokee families, the economy in northeast Oklahoma and our local public schools.


StrongHearts Native Helpline: Domestic and dating violence

StrongHearts Native Helpline unravels some of the myths surrounding domestic violence and sheds light into the darkness of intimate partner violence.


Native Sun News Today: Tunkasila Sakpe -- Mt. Rushmore

Tuŋkášila Šákpe is the Lakota name for The Six Grandfathers. It's known as Mount Rushmore to the people who stole it from the Sioux Nation.


Montana Free Press: Tribal sovereignty foe faces opposition from Democrats

An attorney who pushed for oil and gas drilling on sacred Blackfeet Nation territory has been overseeing America's public lands for the Trump administration.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Democracies don't last long

The 'norms' sustaining our political system have never favored American Indians because they have been based to a large degree on racial exclusion.


Rep. Tom Cole: Get counted

Beyond determining representation, accurate population data helps ensure federal funding is properly allocated and disbursed to states to support public services like infrastructure, law enforcement, education, health care and numerous other federal programs.


Cheyenne River Youth Project (South Dakota)

The Cheyenne River Youth Project is back up and running after all staff members tested negative for COVID-19.

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY)
Native American youth from urban and rural communities across the nation gathered for United National Indian Tribal Youth’s (UNITY) first-ever virtual national conference.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)
Supporting our partners and community while (still) social distancing.

Pueblo of Laguna (New Mexico)
As of July 26, 2020, the Pueblo of Laguna has confirmed a total of 29 positive COVID-19 cases within the Pueblo boundaries.

Native America Calling
Stay up to date this week with Native America Calling, Your Electronic Talking Circle.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 29,855 COVID-19 cases as of July 25, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,891 as of July 26, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Zac Russell: Cherokee Nation won't surrender its sovereignty

Citizens of the Five "Civilized" Tribes have been on a roller coaster ride this week.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 29,697 COVID-19 positive cases as of July 24, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,837 as of July 25, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,768 as of July 24, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 29,420 COVID-19 positive cases as of July 23, 2020.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 28,987 COVID-19 cases as of July 22, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,734 as of July 23, 2020. Nearly 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

National Congress of American Indians stands strong against efforts to erode tribal sovereignty

The nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization is vowing to oppose legislation aimed at undermining a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory.


VIDEO: First Lady Melania Trump on Protecting Native American Children

First Lady Melania Trump provides opening remarks at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System.


AUDIO: Task Force Briefing on Protecting Native American Children

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump hears from the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System.


Native Sun News Today: Building trust though diversity in a border town

Realizing the full potential of Rapid City's trade area requires involvement of Native Americans and the maximization of their purchasing power.


Clara Caufield: A 'shout out' to the Crow Agency Indian Health Service hospital

There are many Indian Health Service horror stories and a great deal of frustration with this chronically under-funded agency.


Crow Indian Health Service Unit (Montana)

The Indian Health Service has suspended most COVID-19 testing on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will distribute payments to those affected by the COVID-10 pandemic.

Kewa Pueblo (New Mexico)

Kewa Pueblo is seeing progress in the fight against COVID-19, according to data shared by the New Mexico tribe’s health corporation.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine

The Indian Health Service and The University of New Mexico School of Medicine have partnered to create a family medicine residency program at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Yurok Tribe (California)

The Yurok Tribal Council recently approved a $2.1 million project that will significantly boost Yurok Connect’s data transmission speeds and expand its coverage to many family homes that have never had access to the internet.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 28,638 COVID-19 cases as of July 21, 2020.

Diné College (Navajo Nation)

Diné College, the first tribally-controlled institution of higher learning in the U.S., recently enacted a 50 percent tuition discount for students — new, returning, continuing, and transferring — who enroll for the Fall 2020 semester.

Healing Indigenous Lives Native Youth Town Halls Series (UNITY)

The Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative is hosting four virtual sessions to support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to public safety issues, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country.

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY)

Since late last month, United National Indian Youth, Inc. (UNITY) has connected with Native American and Alaska Native youth in a way no one imagined.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,684 as of July 22, 2020. More than 6,400 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

'An icon in Indian Country': Noted radio host and journalist Harlan McKosato passes on

Harlan McKosato, once known as the Voice of Indian Country, interviewed everyone from Wilma Mankiller to Bill Clinton.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Legislative Hearing

Lawmakers are taking testimony on bills affecting tribal jurisdiction, Native veterans, urban Indians and Native health care.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation weighs phased reopening as #COVID19 cases ease up

Tribal leaders continuedto urge residents of the Navajo Nation to take precautions to keep the number of COVID-19 cases trending downward.


Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Based on the recommendations of health care experts and data showing increases in COVID-19 cases in states and nearby cities, the Navajo Nation’s state of emergency and closure of government offices and entities has been extended.

Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming)

The Wind River Inter-Tribal Council has decided to keep its existing stay-at-home order temporarily in place due to coronavirus concerns and rising case counts in Wyoming.

National Council of Urban Indian Health

Robyn Sunday-Allen, National Council of Urban Indian Health Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, will testify before the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 27,907 COVID-19 cases as of July 20, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,639 as of July 21, 2020. More than 6,400 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Oklahoma governor stumbles into #McGirt treaty rights debate

After being cut out of the loop by tribes and a rival Republican, Governor Kevin Stitt is trying to find relevance in Oklahoma.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes freeze Alaska Native corporation #COVID-19 funds again

Tribal nations succeeded in barring the release of COVID-19 relief money to Alaska Native Corporations for a second time while they pursue an appeal in the case.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Wrestling among the Mohawks and George Floyd

Choke holds are extremely dangerous as they cut off blood-and thereby air-to the brain which can result in cardiac arrest, strokes and seizures.


StrongHearts Native Helpline: Stacking up the numbers

Answering the call to action, StrongHearts Native Helpline has become a trusted resource for Native Americans impacted by domestic violence.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Trump's niece paints a horrible picture of Uncle Donald

Things were bad enough after three years of Donald Trump and many of us thought it couldn’t get worse.


National Tribal Broadband Summit (Bureau of Indian Affairs)

The National Tribal Broadband Summit is going virtual this year due to COVID-19.

National American Indian Court Judges Association

The National American Indian Court Judges Association is taking its annual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference to a virtual platform on October 20-23, 2020.

Winnebago Tribe (Nebraska)

The Winnebago Tribe reported another COVID-19 positive case after going two weeks without new cases.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 27,233 COVID-19 cases as of July 19, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,617 as of July 20, 2020. Nearly 6,400 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

No 'surrender': Muscogee (Creek) Nation stands firm on sovereignty after historic Supreme Court win

"Now is the time to exercise our sovereignty, not voluntarily surrender it," Chief David Hill of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation says of the treaty rights victory.


Tim Giago: Native American Culture lesson 101

Take a close look at an advertisement that ran in a Minnesota newspaper. Bounties were offered for "red-skins" in the amount of $200.


Cronkite News: Congress urged to reauthorize Indian Country diabetes program

"The Special Diabetes Program for Indians is critical in our fight against diabetes and viruses such as COVID-19," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.


Native Sun News Today: Landmark Supreme Court ruling confirms Muscogee treaty rights

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of tribal treaty rights in one of the most consequential Indian law decisions in recent history.


COVID-19 in Indian Country: The Impact of Federal Broken Promises on Native Americans

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hearing from experts on how the #COVID19 pandemic has impacted Native American communities.


Oversight of the Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury Pandemic Programs

The Trump administration is testifying about #COVID19 initiatives, including the Paycheck Protection Program.


Coronavirus Relief Fund Reporting and Record Retention Requirements (Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General)

Tribal recipients of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund must submit an interim report to the Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General no later than July 17, 2020.

Department of the Treasury

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued a statement on the expansion of the Main Street Lending Program to provide greater access to credit for nonprofit organizations.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus testing data, showing 26,027 COVID-19 cases as of July 15, 2020.

National Council of Urban Indian Health

On Friday, July 17, National Council of Urban Indian Health Executive Director Francys Crevier will testify before of the United States Commission on Civil Rights regarding COVID-19 and its impact on American Indians/Alaska Natives.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,486 as of July 16, 2020. More than 6,200 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Native Sun News Today: Oil pipeline owner appeals Dakota Access shutdown order

The wealthy owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline aren't shutting down quietly following a landmark tribal victory.


Cronkite News: Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water

More than 30 percent of homes on the Navajo Nation lack adequate access to running water.


Christina Leza: What is the U.S.-Mexico border to Indigenous Peoples who have lived there?

For Indigenous peoples of the Americas, the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly a symbol and tool of genocide.


Native Youth Perspectives on Mental Health and Healing

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hosts a remote oversight hearing titled 'Native Youth Perspectives on Mental Health and Healing.'


Institute of American Indian Arts (New Mexico)

Two-term U.S. Poet Laureate and IAIA Alumna Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) ’68 has been selected to give the Institute of American Indian Arts’ 2020 commencement address at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)

Effective July 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve granted a waiver for tribal government businesses from the dividend prohibition of the Main Street Lending Program.

Pueblo of Laguna (New Mexico)

To date, the Pueblo of Laguna Emergency Operations Center has confirmed a total of 27 positive COVID-19 cases within the Pueblo boundaries.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus testing data, showing 25,591 COVID-19 cases as of July 14, 2020.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for another COVID-19 virtual town hall.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,370 as of July 15, 2020. More than 6,100 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Native American Journalists Association

Indigenous communities continue to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic due to pre-existing health vulnerabilities, historical disenfranchisement, and insufficient government support for programs despite treaty obligations.

Take Back What Was Stolen: Return Jim Thorpe's Olympic Wins
For generations, Native American stories and representation have been stolen. This changes now.
• Sign It: Jim Thorpe Petition

'We were all in the dark': Oglala Sioux Tribe president suspended for 30 days

Julian Bear Runner, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has been suspended for 30 days and put on a 14-day quarantine for actions taken during the COVID-19 crisis.


Supreme Court's earthshaking decision: Eastern Oklahoma is still Indian Country

Of 371 treaties made by Indigenous nations with the U.S., all have been broken by the American government.


50 years since Richard Nixon’s 'break with the past'

'To the Congress of the United States: The first Americans - the Indians - are the most deprived and most isolated minority group in our nation,' read President Nixon's July 1970 message.


'He made people smile in awe': Celebrated hoop dance champion Nakotah LaRance passes on

Tributes are pouring in from Indian Country following the passing of Nakotah LaRance, a champion hoop dancer whose performances and bright attitude brought joy to audiences throughout the world.


Judge rejects lawsuit from former attorney at National Congress of American Indians

A non-Indian attorney has lost his case against Indianz.Com and other news organizations.


Cronkite News: Indian Country applauds end of offensive football mascot

Washington’s NFL team on Monday officially dropped its name, a derogatory term for Native Americans that the team has held since 1933.


Ben Nighthorse Campbell & Ernie Stevens: The racist history of the Washington mascot

Is the Washington professional football team name racist? Yes. It’s racist!


Tim Giago: Black Hills bill died because of a lack of tribal unity

Most Lakota with any common sense know that there will never be a deal struck to return all of the Black Hills to the Indian people.


Chuck Hoskin: Inter-Tribal Council utilizing technology for meeting and business

With technology, we are able to meet our friends and colleagues, conduct essential business and take a collective stand on issues impacting our governments.


Native Sun News Today: Dakota Access Pipeline shutdown order

Tribal leaders and constituents across Lakota Territory and elsewhere welcomed a hard-won court order to shut off the oil flow in the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Cronkite News: Native community reacts to Washington mascot controversy

"A lot of Native American people do not want to be looked at as a sidekick, a caricature or a stereotype," says Apache artist and activist Douglas Miles.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Art is politics

The truth is, America is no longer a new country, as it has often said to be. It is an old country inhabited by people who have wanted to create a new history.


Bureau of Indian Affairs orders pipeline company to pay $187 million for trespassing

An energy company has been transporting oil across the Fort Berthold Reservation without consent of landowners for more than seven years.


Cronkite News: Tribes say delayed release of #COVID19 funds hurt #Coronavirus efforts

Tribal communities continue to struggle with the most basic needs. The pandemic is only exposing the inequities.


SCOTUSblog: Justices toe hard line in affirming reservation status for eastern Oklahoma

As Indian law cases go, the dispute in this one is easy to understand: whether the land once granted to the Creek Nation as a reservation retains that status.


'On the far end of the Trail of Tears': Nation's highest court holds U.S. to promise in tribal treaty

The Trump administration suffered yet another rebuke of its Indian Country policy with a narrow but clear victory in a closely-watched tribal sovereignty case.


'We do need additional dollars': Tribes won't let up in fight over COVID-19 relief

Alaska Native corporations will continue to wait for more than a half-billion dollars in COVID-19 relief as tribal nations press the U.S. to fulfill its trust and treaty responsibilities.


N. Bird Runningwater: Enduring Indigenous values in the age of #COVID19

The #Coronavirus pandemic has swept across the planet and has left none of us untouched.


StrongHearts Native Helpline: A new way to connect

StrongHearts Native Helpline, the domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, has launched a new chat advocacy feature.


Native Youth to National Football League: We are not your mascot

As Native American youth, we are powerful. We are resilient, we are unbroken, and we will be silenced no more.


Ben Fate Velaise: Alaska Native Tribes must act fast to close digital divide amid #Coronavirus

The #COVID19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the inequity of the digital divide between rural Indigenous communities and the rest of America.


Indian Country Today: The very risky Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline must be shut down and emptied by August 5, 2020, following a federal judge's landmark decision.


Native Sun News Today: Blackfeet Federation seeks permanent protection for Badger Two Medicine

The Blackfeet Nation is seeking co-management authority for the sacred Badger-Two Medicine Area in Montana.


Albert Bender: Whose Independence Day is it?

In the Declaration of Independence, Indigenous people are referred to as 'merciless Indian savages.'


Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation faces $147 million claim from business owner

A citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is pursuing a $147 million claim against her own tribe over a business deal gone bad, Buffalo's Fire reports.


'A historic day': Tribes celebrate victory over Dakota Access as pipeline operator strikes back

Tribes fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline won a major victory as a judge ordered oil to stop flowing through treaty territory. But the battle is far from over.


Native Sun News Today: 'Return the Black Hills' chant greets Trump

Donald Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore provoked a rally of some 400 Native Americans and allies, who seized the opportunity to remind him he was trespassing on treaty territory.


Clara Caufield: #COVID19 update from Crow and Cheyenne Country

This is somewhat of an update on what’s going on in Cheyenne and Crow country regarding the dreaded coronavirus.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Where's the beef?

Stealing Indian land was often made legal with a mere presidential signature.


Mary Annette Pember: Catholic Church took $30 million in trust funds from Indian students

The impacts of the Indian boarding and day school era extend beyond the emotional, physical and sexual abuse suffered by students. The financial toll, it turns out, was heavy as well.


'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory

Nearly 200 protestors clashed with law enforcement as they stood in defense of Sioux Nation homelands stolen by the U.S. government.


Indian Health Service takes down 'racist' poster but disavows link to #Coronavirus

A visitor to an Indian Health Service hospital found something upsetting on the wall: a poster with a racist term used by Donald Trump.


Big #NoDAPL News: Federal judge orders shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

A federal judge has finally invalidated permits for Dakota Access Pipeline following four years of complaints from Indian Country.


Harold Frazier: It is time to put people before profit

It has been six years since the Dakota Access Pipeline began slithering a path through our treaty territory.


Tim Giago: 'The Black Hills are not for sale'

Republicans Kristi Noem and Donald Trump were treading on the sacred ground of the Lakota; plain and simple.


Chuck Hoskin: New grants assist Cherokee community organizations in age of #COVID19

COVID-19 remains a threat, and local community organizations are on the front lines.


Arne Vainio: My grandmother's sewing machine

This is my grandmother's sewing machine. I thought it was lost forever.


Jenni Monet: Making the case for treaties at Mount Rushmore

If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must first take seriously what it owes Indigenous Peoples.


Rep. Tom Cole: Police reform must be bipartisan

Even in divided government, Americans deserve and expect their elected officials to work together to produce police reform legislation that upholds the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of every individual.


Native Sun News Today: Alaska Native corporations to garner tribal pandemic relief

A federal judge has cleared the way for Alaska Native corporations to receive shares of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund that was designated for tribal governments.


Cronkite News: Dine citizen forms mutual aid group for those in need during #COVID19

"We developed our collective in hopes of providing a system of support for one another," says Harrenson Gorman, a co-founder of the Desert Indigenous Collective.


Norma Dunning: As other leagues rethink racist team names, it's time to rename the Edmonton Eskimos

We stand as Inuit who are outraged, who are hurt by the use of the word 'Eskimos.' And we too hope for a better tomorrow.


Native Sun News Today: New Mexico declares state of emergency

Diego De Vargas is revered as a leader among the Spanish settlers in New Mexico but reviled by others who accuse him of brutal treatment after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Mount Rushmore fireworks and ignorant politicians

Donald Trump and Kristi Noem are using the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore to publicize their political ambitions.


Republican lawmaker finds way to blame tribes for Trump's delay in #COVID19 relief

A bitter dispute over $8 billion in COVID-19 relief for Indian Country continues to simmer on Capitol Hill, with some lawmakers blaming tribes for the Trump administration's mismanagement of the much-needed funds.


Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump over #Coronavirus checkpoints

The Trump administration is threatening to take away law enforcement from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.


'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about #COVID19 in Indian Country

The Trump administration's COVID-19 response efforts in Indian Country are back in the spotlight again on Capitol Hill.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota youth advocate set to join South Dakota Hall of Fame

Bruce Long Fox, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, will be joining the South Dakota Hall of Fame.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation will not ease #Coronavirus restrictions despite improving numbers

The number of new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation is on a downward trend, but tribal leaders said that does not mean they are ready to ease up on health restrictions.


Montana Free Press: Tribal lawsuit adds to Keystone XL hurdles for Trump administration

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes have filed the latest lawsuit against the federal government opposing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Harold Frazier: The 'American' faces carved onto our sacred land

Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty than the faces carved into our sacred land.


Native Sun News Today: New alliance aims to help tribes protect sacred Black Hills

Treaty law, which is the highest law of the land, according to the U.S. Constitution, provides that the Black Hills belong to the Sioux Nation.


Montana Free Press: Blackfeet Nation closes popular park entrance due to #COVID19

Blackfeet Nation leaders, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, have decided to keep the eastern entrances to Glacier National Park closed for the rest of the tourism season.


Cronkite News: Appeals court confirms Trump's border wall funding as 'unlawful'

Just days after President Trump praised border wall efforts, a federal court reaffirmed that the administration’s method of funding that construction was "unlawful."


Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief

A federal judge has handed the Trump administration a much-needed victory for its coronavirus response efforts, ruling that Alaska Native corporations are entitled to shares of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund.


Tim Giago: Racism is a two-way street

If Native Americans are going to seriously discuss racism I think we should be taking a close look at ourselves.


Indian Lawmakers: We refuse to stand idle

As Native Americans, we understand discrimination and racism. We live with it.


Chuck Hoskin: Stay safe amid #COVID19 and vote in June 30 election

With government leaders at all levels making life-and-death decisions about how to respond to COVID-19, this election will be one of the most important we have seen.


Rusty Pickens and Geoffrey Roth: #Coronavirus shows why Oklahoma tribes need Medicaid now

Indian tribes have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and expansion of Medicaid will help pay for costs associated with care.


Native Sun News Today: #Coronavirus won't stop debut of film featuring Native leaders

"The climate crisis is not paused while we battle #Covid-19; we must support and learn from those at the front line of the struggle for climate justice," Esperanza Project founder says ahead of online premiere.


Common Dreams: #DropOutHickenlooper say Indigenous activists

"This sort of red face racism has no place in our politics," says journalist Julian Brave Noisecat.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: The Year of Reconciliation and Native American Day

Wouldn’t it be great if all of the Native and Non-Native schools in South Dakota celebrate together?


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The legendary words of Chekpa

To know what happened to the indigenous past in America has become more vital than it has ever been.


'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus

Tribal citizens continue to feel disproportionate effects of the coronavirus in New Mexico, more than three months into a pandemic that continues to spread throughout Indian Country.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed #Coronavirus relief

It took over 80 days for the Trump administration to deliver the full COVID-19 relief promised to tribal governments.


Clara Caufield: Buffalo Calf Road Woman, a Cheyenne warrior girl

They are few and far between, but Maheo’o often sends people of special ability, talent and heart when the people most need them.


Native Sun News Today: Statue of colonizer comes down in Pueblo country

A controversial statue of Juan de Oñate, a Spanish conquistador reviled for brutality against Pueblo people, has come down in New Mexico.


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills Powwow cancelled due to #Coronavirus

Planning is taking place for the next He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate in 2021.


Tribal leaders decry threats to sacred and historic places

As President Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a project that continues to destroy sacred sites.


Tribal nations sue Trump over EPA clean water rollback

Tribal nations are suing the Trump administration over a clean water rule that critics said would lead to pollution and degradation.


'The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set': Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions

A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent.


Supreme Court winds down unusual #Coronavirus term with tribal sovereignty case on docket

As Indian Country continues to wait for a decision in a closely-watched sovereignty case, the nation's highest court is turning away long-running challenges to tribal treaty and land rights.


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