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Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation (May 26, 2017)

A dispute over a power line on the reservation has drawn significant interest from Indian Country.

Lacrosse documentary 'Pride of a Nation' opens to strong reviews (May 26, 2017)

The new film explores the cultural origins of lacrosse.

Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)

Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.

Eastern Cherokee council ousts chief for only second time in history (May 26, 2017)

The Eastern Cherokee council voted 9 to 3 in favor of ousting Patrick Lambert as principal chief of the North Carolina-based tribe.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe enters election season with crowded field (May 26, 2017)

It's election season for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Ten candidates, including incumbent Dave Archambault II, are seeking the chairman's post.

Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana (May 26, 2017)

Native voters favored Democrat Rob Quist but that wasn't enough to offset Republican Greg Gianforte's overall win for the state's sole U.S. House seat.

Secretary Zinke headed to National Congress of American Indians in June (May 25, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior will speak at NCAI's mid-year conference in June.

Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service (May 25, 2017)

The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act address long-standing management, staffing and transparency issues at the agency.

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization (May 25, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke has promised potentially 'bold' changes at the Department of the Interior.

Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down (May 25, 2017)

Nearly $68 million in offers were sent to more than 3,500 owners on the reservation in Washington.

Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska (May 25, 2017)

Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge requires Congressional approval and remains controversial among Alaska Natives.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis consultant found not guilty (May 25, 2017)

Despite the setback, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, a Republican, defended his decision to assert jurisdiction over activities that occurred on the reservation.

Republican candidate to replace Ryan Zinke charged with assault (May 25, 2017)

Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter as the closely-watched campaign in Montana came to a close.

YES! Magazine: Native birthing center maintains tribal traditions (May 24, 2017)

A birthing center opening next year in New Mexico will provide a safe place for women and their traditions.

Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (May 24, 2017)

A top official at the Department of the Interior drew a rebuke for characterizing Indian Country as greedy.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender (May 24, 2017)

A non-Indian man awaits sentencing for an incident involving his wife, a tribal citizen.

Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (May 24, 2017)

Leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians say the new administration isn't listening to Indian Country.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe finds one bright spot in Trump's budget (May 24, 2017)

The Trump administration is canceling a drilling test on treaty territory in South Dakota.

Eastern Cherokee chief questions fairness of impeachment hearing (May 24, 2017)

Chief Patrick Lambert accused critics of going after him for purely political reasons.

President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request (May 23, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the many losers in the Trump world.

Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings (May 23, 2017)

The agency is one the few in federal government whose responsibilities solely affect Indian Country.

Two more spills of oil from Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota (May 23, 2017)

Both spills were relatively small but they occurred even before the controversial project has been put into full operation.

Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes (May 22, 2017)

'Sovereignty should mean something,' the new leader of the Department of the Interior has repeatedly said.

Eastern Cherokee leaders open impeachment hearing against chief (May 22, 2017)

Chief Patrick Lambert was unable to stop the proceedings and insists he cannot get a fair trial before the tribal council.

Human Rights Complaint in Montana: 'We are only letting the white people in' (May 22, 2017)

Four tribal citizens said they were denied entrance to a high school basketball game based on their race.

Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska receive Cobell buy-back offers (May 22, 2017)

Some $28.1 million went out to Winnebago Reservation and another $16.9 million was directed to he Omaha Reservation.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation school works hard to teach language (May 22, 2017)

Instilling Navajo values, culture and tradition within students can help combat the looming threat on Navajo land: the loss of the Navajo language.

Treaty tribes celebrate after court refuses to rehear salmon dispute (May 22, 2017)

The state of Washington has been ordered to remove more then 800 culverts that prevent salmon from returning to treaty fishing sites.

Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs (May 19, 2017)

With the president raising doubts about funding for Indian programs, tribal leaders are worried that his words will be used against them.

Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response (May 19, 2017)

A $15 million appropriation funds a program that is open to states, but not tribal governments.

Quapaw Tribe secures EPA grant for cleanup of contaminated lands (May 19, 2017)

Tribal territory in the northeastern part of Oklahoma bears the unfortunate distinction of being known as the worst Superfund site in the United States.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)

Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians (May 18, 2017)

The program has bipartisan support and has demonstrated success but it's due to expire before the end of the year unless Congress takes action.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe repays $54K to address federal audit (May 18, 2017)

An investigation uncovered $1.4 million in questionable costs but the tribe and the Bureau of Reclamation whittled down the number.

House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (May 18, 2017)

The tribes enjoy a long relationship with foreign nations but have yet to be acknowledged by the United States.

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Top Stories

1. Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
2. Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation
3. Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization
4. Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds
5. President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request


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