February 24, 2020
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'We’ve got to pay attention': Omaha Tribe declares emergency amid health and safety crisis

The Omaha Tribe of declared a state of emergency following weeks of tragedy in the community.


Tim Giago: Learning life's lessons on a sugar beet farm

We saw other Lakota families working in the beet fields in the summer of 1949.


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation heirloom seeds bound for global seed vault

The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the U.S. to receive an invitation to deposit its traditional seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later

Ever since Europeans began venturing to and settling in the New World, the ultimate removal of the Indigenous peoples was to be the plan.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe reaffirms stance against pipeline donations

The Oglala Sioux Tribe doesn't accept donations from oil companies but that didn't stop one district from cashing a $50,000 Keystone XL Pipeline check.


Native Sun News Today: Making Montana Proud poster project

An Indian Education for All project in Montana features successful and inspirational Native role models.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: A moron unleashed

Native Americans have always been pushed aside and now the rest of America can get a taste of how that feels.


Cronkite News: Trump continues rush to build border wall

The Trump administration took another step toward expediting a border wall, waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states.


'This really signifies the need in the community': Native firm expands counseling services

A Native woman-owned counseling firm with offices in three tribal communities is expanding its reach.


Native Sun News Today: Solar energy brings jobs to Pine Ridge Reservation

"This project will bring nearly 200 badly needed jobs to Pine Ridge," landowner Lynn Rapp says.


Indian Country: Tricia Zunker back on the trail after historic primary victory

Ho-Chunk citizen Tricia Zunker has less than 90 days to convince voters that she is the right person to represent them in the U.S. Congress.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders call adequate and predictable federal funding

Tribal officials raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner.


Montana Free :ress: Transfer of bison refuge to tribe renews long-running debate

A proposal to convey the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes has generated a mixture of excitement, concern, and outright opposition


'I don’t think he can spell sovereignty': Oklahoma governor faces fire in high-profile gaming dispute

Tribal leaders ripped Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) to shreds in a blockbuster story that raises significant doubts about the Cherokee ancestry of the state's top executive.


Spokane Tribe celebrates long-overdue compensation legislation

It took nearly 80 years for the federal government to agree to pay the Spokane Tribe for the loss of homes, lands and sacred sites.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe addresses uranium in water supply

A statement barring forbidden levels of uranium in drinking water caused turmoil, but the supply has been capped by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


Cronkite News: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain

Voting barriers for Native Americans have always existed, but polling cutbacks, discriminatory voter ID laws and lack of funding for elections are making things worse.


YES! Magazine: Makaśa Looking Horse at center of activist movement

Young Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color at the center of environmental justice movements are often overlooked.


Rep. Tom Cole: Ready to combat coronavirus

The worsening spread and global impact of the coronavirus continues to be at the center of news coverage.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: 'Show me your budget, show me your values'

President Trump's budget proposal shows his commitment to fiscal responsibility by shrinking the federal government, stopping wasteful spending and providing a path to a balanced budget.


Clara Caufield: A matter of sweat, blood and tears

When enjoying a hamburger or good steak, we should all say: "God bless all the ranchers in this country who do such work."


Ho-Chunk Nation citizen Tricia Zunker wins Congressional primary in Wisconsin

Tricia Zunker is on her way to repeating history by becoming the third Native woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Bill establishes Oceti Sakowin schools in South Dakota

A bill to establish charter schools that focus on tribal language and culture is moving forward in South Dakota.


Montana Free Press; Trump budget proposes 'insulting' cuts to national parks

In a proposed budget released by President Donald Trump, the National Park Service would lose nearly $600 million in funding.


Pokagon Band shares another $860,000 in gaming revenues in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians continues a unique arrangement that began under former mayor Pete Buttigieg, a leading Democratic candidate for president.


NCAI stands with tribes in high-profile gaming dispute in Oklahoma

The National Congress of American Indians is throwing its weight behind tribes in Oklahoma as they deal with one of the greatest threats to their sovereignty.


Native Sun News Today: ND Native Vote aims at 2020 Census

Combating under-representation in the 2020 U.S. Census is the immediate priority for North Dakota Native Vote, a new advocacy group.


Indian Country Today: Voters could send another Native woman to Congress

"This is another overdue representation": Tricia Zunker is hoping to repeat history as a Native woman winning election to the U.S. Congress.


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation Film Office going strong after one year #MoreNatives

Storytelling is an integral part of our Cherokee culture.


Cronkite News: Trump's border wall blasts through tribal sacred sites

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the "controlled blasting" for the wall is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Reading can restore us to our senses

When I grew up on the reservation, I had a grandfather who loaded up the kids and drove us into the white man’s town. Those were the best of times!


Native Sun News Today: Lakota prophecy changes minds of city leaders

A Lakota warning helped pass a resolution opposing large-scale gold prospecting in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota.


Cronkite News: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from 'every corner' #SOIN2020

Threats to tribal sovereignty still come "from every branch and every corner of federal and state governments," the leader of the National Congress of American Indians said.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Why are the travel expenses of OST so outlandish?

Throughout the 85-year history of an expertly disguised extension of federal authority, we 'savages' were never ever truly 'free.'


New magazine promotes hemp and cannabis in Indian Country

"We should be able to grow on our own lands," Nez Perce matriarch Alice "Jeanie" Johnson says in the inaugural issue of a publication founded by her granddaughter.


Bryan Newland: A president who will empower tribal nations

I am proud to endorse Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president. Let me explain why.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota community makes a comeback

Upon arriving at the Town Center built by the Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation, one cannot help but be impressed with what this small community has accomplished in spite of megalithic setbacks.


Chuck Hoskin: Tribal-state collaboration makes us stronger

I look forward to another productive year of tribal-state collaboration to improve the place we all call home.


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: MMIW bill mysteriously pulled from agenda

A bill named for Ida Beard, a Native woman who went missing in 2015, would help solve missing and murdered cases.


Native Sun News Today: She's sticking to her guns in run for Congress

Liz Marty May, who represents part of the Pine Ridge Reservation in the South Dakota Legislature, is seeking higher office.


Clara Caufield: A tribute to a World War II hero

No matter the color of the skin, a true hero’s heart beats red.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes face rumors of casino following land purchase

A recent land purchase is stirring rumors of an off-reservation casino in Idaho.


'We want tribal consultation': Trump administration pushed to improve missing and murdered task force

The Trump administration is looking to incorporate more voices into its new missing and murdered task force following complaints from Indian Country.


'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands

The Trump administration's point person on Indian policy took a brutal beating as tribal leaders warned about dire threats to their sovereignty.


'We are not asking for a hand-out': Native contracting program under scrutiny amid success

A federal program has provided economic opportunities for companies owned by tribes and Alaska Natives. It's also attracted some negative attention.


Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country

A task force isn't enough to solve the crisis of missing and murdered loved ones, according to Native women leaders.


State of Indian Nations kicks off busy week for tribal leaders

Fawn Sharp is delivering her first major address as the president of the National Congress of American Indians.


Indian Country awaits latest budget proposal from Trump administration

President Trump is releasing his latest budget request, a document that signals his administration's commitment to fulfilling it trust and treaty obligations.


Aaron Payment seeks re-election as leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe

Treaties, economic development and improving services for his people are among Aaron Payment's priorities as chair of the largest Indian nation east of the Mississippi.


Tim Giago: The aftermath of the Wounded Knee story

I tell all writers then and now, if you come out to Indian Country to write about us, do your damned homework.


Native Sun News Today: Native lawmakers weigh pipeline shield bills

The looming construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline through unceded treaty territory drew plenty of attention during the first two weeks of the 2020 South Dakota Legislature.


Rep. Tom Cole: Congress plays important role in authorizing military force

President Trump should bring a clear and comprehensive strategy to protect American interests, deter reprehensible acts and eliminate forces that are operating and destabilizing our allies.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The state of our union is strong

I am proud to support our President and his agenda that will move our country forward.


Cronkite News: Rising drug prices stoke national debate and calls for action

Native Americans and Hispanic people, and people of lower economic status, are diagnosed with diabetes at a higher rate than the average, according to the Centers for Disease Control.


YES! Magazine: How to turn your yard into an ecological oasis

Replacing grass with even a few plants native to your region can save insects and the ecosystems that depend on them.


Gabe Galanda: The United States must help stop disenrollment

Indigenous America is once again facing off with disenrollment.


Native Sun News Today: Food sovereignty is focus of new event in South Dakota

An impressive lineup of presenters is slated for the first annual Lakota Food Summit.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The GOP has no sense of shame

Lakotas and Dakotas are reminded that the role of shame in our cultures is a time-honored way to show our humanness.


Cronkite News: Advocates blast changes to food stamp program

The Trump administration's proposed changes to the nationwide food stamp program are coming under fire.


Native Sun News Today: Reservation community exposed fraudulent dealings

A tribal community was the victim of a scam that took advantage of the abject poverty that grips much of the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Northwest tribes conclude winter meeting with call to protect environment

Tribes want the federal government to respect opposition to controversial environmental decisions that impact their traditional lands.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: The question of alcohol on the reservation

Oglala Sioux Tribe members will vote on whether marijuana should be legalized and whether alcohol should be served in its casinos.


MSU News: Native studies chair promotes collaborations with tribes

Loren BirdRattler will speak about an initiative that is building mutually beneficial research collaborations between Montana State University and tribal communities.


Sinema, McSally fall in line with parties as Senate acquits Trump

Most lawmakers fell in line with their respective parties as the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment.


Tribes continue to take hit from electronic pull tabs in North Dakota

Tribes are continuing to lose revenues due to the proliferation of non-Indian electronic pull tabs across North Dakota.


Eight plead guilty to stealing more than $5 million from Miccosukee Tribe

Eight people admitted they stole $5.3 million in cash from Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Florida.


AUDIO: Littlefield v. Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments in a closely-watched tribal homelands case.


Indian inmate files opening brief in Supreme Court sovereignty case

Jimcy McGirt was sentenced to 500 years in prison, as well as life without parole, by the state of Oklahoma. His fate will be decided by the nation's highest court.


Witness list for House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples legislative hearing

Tribal and Native leaders, along with federal officials, are providing testimony on bills to address tribal homelands, a Native youth treatment center and tribal bison.


VIDEO: A conversation with trailblazers John Herrington and Ariel Tweto

Astronaut John Herrington (Chickasaw) and pilot Ariel Tweto (Inupiaq) go "Into America's Wild" in their new project.


Arizona Two Spirit Powwow returns for a second year

The PFLAG Phoenix Native American Chapter, known as Native PFLAG, will host the 2nd Annual Arizona Two Spirit Powwow at South Mountain Community College’s Performing Arts Center Amphitheater.


Native Sun News Today: The legend of Wahanpi, the protest dog

Ahani (a long time ago), before there were horses, Sunka (dog) was sacred to the Oceti Sakonwin.


Indian Country Today: Women lead the way for caucus in Meskwaki community

The group of Meskwaki women who ran the caucus on their settlement are passionate about politics.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Academic achievement remains on the 'back burner'

Let’s stop fighting each other simply because it has not benefited anyone, especially our Native students.


Clara Caufield: A tribute to a protector on the rez

This column is driven by the spirit of Billy Bahr, a Northern Cheyenne veteran who fought in Vietnam.


ProPublica: Law enforcement in Native villages under scrutiny

An investigation by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica found that dozens of police officers had been hired in rural Native villages despite criminal convictions.


Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle wins prize for work on Indian law case

The American Mosiac Journalism Prize comes with a cash award of $100,000.


Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians acquires ancestral property in Tennessee

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is pursuing economic development opportunities at a site near a busy interstate.


Cronkite News: 'Great American Comeback' or a 'parallel universe'?

For more than an hour, President Trump talked about the "Great American Comeback" in his administration, in a State of the Union that Democrats said described instead "a parallel universe."


Alabama governor wants 'facts' on gaming compact with Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) still won't commit to negotiating a Class III gaming compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.


'All hands on deck': Indian Country diabetes program faces loss of funding again

A successful program that helps tribes address high rates of diabetes in their communities is once again in danger of expiring despite widespread and bipartisan support.


Native veterans legislation gaining steam on Capitol Hill

American Indians and Alaska Natives enlist in the U.S. military at the highest rates, per capita, of any racial or ethnic group.


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Oklahoma’s tribal jurisdiction problem
Another Oklahoma criminal case has potential jurisdiction implications for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and other tribes in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed the hear the case involving a Muscogee man who asserts he should have been tried in federal court rather than state district court because the crime happened within historical Creek boundaries. A decision potentially has far-reaching implications, not least of which are the hundreds of past convictions of Native citizens. It’s the second challenge of a criminal conviction on similar grounds. Last summer, the High Court delayed a decision and ordered new oral arguments in the case of a different Muscogee man arguing his death sentence is invalid because he was prosecuted in state court.
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