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Eastern Cherokees cheer high school football team at state championship game (December 8, 2017)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is turning out in force to support the Cherokee Braves at North Carolina's state football tournament.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe joins heated debate over drug patents (December 8, 2017)

Far across in the country, in upper New York State, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (Akwasasne) needed help, specifically to protect tribal sovereign immunity from being limited by an unfavorable court ruling.

Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment (December 8, 2017)

Two lawmakers, one Democrat and one Republican and both with ties to Indian Country, announced their resignations due to sexual harassment allegations.

Federal jury returns guilty verdict for brutal murder of woman on Crow Reservation (December 8, 2017)

A federal jury returned a guilty verdict for the brutal murder of RoyLynn Rides Horse on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

Secretary Zinke defends use of government helicopters for trips near Washington (December 8, 2017)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on two trips on government helicopters over the summer.

Omaha Tribe fires back after being accused of mismanaging federal disaster funds (December 8, 2017)

The Omaha Tribe is firing back after being accused of failing to properly spend Federal Emergency Management Agency funds following disastrous flooding along the Missouri River in 2011.

Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements (December 7, 2017)

The Trump administration is expressing major concerns about the first new tribal water rights settlements being considered in Congress.

Blackfeet Nation seeks co-management of area under consideration as monument (December 7, 2017)

President Donald Trump is being urged to consider a national monument on ancestral Blackfeet Nation land in Montana.

Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences after three students die in school shooting (December 7, 2017)

A shooting has been reported at a public school near the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Nation.

Tribal employment measure officially presented to President Trump for his signature (December 7, 2017)

Tribes are watching the White House as President Donald Trump is presented with his first stand-alone Indian bill.

Senate committee approves bill to fund victim services programs in Indian Country (December 7, 2017)

A bill to provide victim services funding directly to tribes for the first time is making its way through Congress.

Native punk rock band Sihasin 'excited' after being featured in new car commercial (December 7, 2017)

A holiday song performed by Sihasin, a brother and sister duo from the Navajo Nation, has landed in a national advertising campaign.

Omaha Tribe 'mismanaged' nearly $14 million in funds after disastrous flooding (December 6, 2017)

The Omaha Tribe has been cut off by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after an audit found major problems with its handling of disaster funds.

Nooksack Tribe plans to revive disenrollment campaign despite many warnings (December 6, 2017)

The Nooksack Tribe finally held an election for four council seats but the results are being challenged by citizens who might be kicked out.

Native Sun News Today: A new Lakota basketball journey begins at Cheyenne River (December 6, 2017)

Seventeen years ago the big boarding school at Eagle Butte was broken up, and two localized schools were opened on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, Takini and Tiospaye Topa.

Grand jury seeks another charge against officer accused in Native man's death (December 6, 2017)

A grand jury convened has decided the state of Nebraska should prosecute two former police officers accused of assaulting a Lakota man who later died.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court grapples with case of cake and same-sex couple (December 6, 2017)

Supreme Court justices wrestled with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights.

Jacqueline Keeler: President Trump again uses Navajo elders as props for political purposes (December 6, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke brought a Navajo grandmother onstage and held her by the shoulders and President Donald Trump turned to engage her awkwardly from time to time.

Ponca Tribe prepares for brighter future with plans for $26 million health center (December 6, 2017)

The Ponca Tribe's Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center is poised for a big move in Omaha, Nebraska.

Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears (December 5, 2017)

Tribes are fighting back after President Donald Trump announced a dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Death of George B. Willie marks another loss in ranks of the Navajo Code Talkers (December 5, 2017)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are mourning the loss of George B. Willie, Sr., who served as a Code Talker during World War II.

Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration (December 5, 2017)

Thanks to bipartisan support from lawmakers, bills to improve public safety in Indian Country are advancing in Congress despite limited commitments from the Trump administration.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up two tribal water rights settlements (December 5, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up the first new tribal water rights settlements of the Trump era this week.

James Giago Davies: First treaty signed with an Indian nation was quickly broken (December 5, 2017)

Pittsburgh was once called Fort Pitt, and at that fort, on September 17, 1778, the Delaware Nation signed their first treaty with the Confederacy of States.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes vow to continue fight against Keystone XL Pipeline (December 5, 2017)

The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion renewed opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline after regulators in Nebraska approved a route for the controversial project.

Navajo student hosts first-ever Two-Spirit powwow at Haskell University in Kansas (December 4, 2017)

Bry Cordell Smiley, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, will be hosting the first-ever Two-Spirit powwow at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Nation Chief Irv Powless passes on at age 88 (December 4, 2017)

Chief Irving Powless Jr., Daha‘tgatdohs, Beaver Clan Chief, established an enduring legacy for his exceptional kindness and command of traditional law.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota father and son make history with art exhibition (December 4, 2017)

The Dahl Arts Center near downtown Rapid City, South Dakota, is featuring the first ever Lakota father/son art exhibit.

Native Sun News Today: Indian Country hit hardest by FCC's 'Lifeline' changes (December 1, 2017)

In the midst of Native American Heritage month, the Federal Communications Commission approved changes to the Lifeline program that will hit people who live on Indian reservations the hardest.

Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill (November 30, 2017)

President Donald Trump is getting a much-needed opportunity to move past his 'Pocahontas' controversy and sign his first stand-alone Indian bill into law.

YES! Magazine: 'Redneck Revolt' aims to dismantle systems of White supremacy (November 30, 2017)

Addressing our systems of White supremacy cannot be dismissed as 'identity politics.'

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe decries 'consultation' on Black Hills mining plan (November 30, 2017)

Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are objecting to plans to mine for gold near a Lakota spiritual site in South Dakota.

Pechanga Band celebrates execution of first water settlement in the Trump era (November 29, 2017)

The first tribal water rights settlement of the Trump era, for the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, has been executed by the Department of the Interior.

Tribes plan lawsuit as President Trump schedules visit to reduce size of Bears Ears in Utah (November 29, 2017)

Over the objections of Indian Country, President Donald Trump will be reducing the size of the Bears Ears National Monument during a visit to Utah.

Native Sun News Today: Center offers 'HOPE' for Native community in Rapid City (November 29, 2017)

Native Americans are overrepresented in the homeless population and make up 70% to 80% of the people who utilize the HOPE Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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