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.
Donald Trump and Kristi Noem are using the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore to publicize their political ambitions.
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.
The Trump administration is threatening to take away law enforcement from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trump administration's COVID-19 response efforts in Indian Country are back in the spotlight again on Capitol Hill.
Bruce Long Fox, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, will be joining the South Dakota Hall of Fame.
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.
The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes have filed the latest lawsuit against the federal government opposing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
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.
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.
#COVID19 UpdatesVoices of Siihasin Benefit Concert
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel will co-host the ‘Voices of Siihasin’ Benefit Concert together with Dine artist, educator and organizer Lyla June on July 5, 2020.National Council of Urban Indian Health
Given broad support across the aisles, in both chambers, and by Indian Country, the National Council of Urban Indian Health will continue to advocate for swift passage of S.3650, the Coverage for Urban Indian Health Providers Act, in the next COVID-19 package.Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota)
‘Today, tribal communities are experiencing some of the highest rates of infection for COVID-19 in the country,’ said Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona)
U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-Arizona) advocated for a reduced cost-sharing burden for Arizona’s tribes hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus testing data, showing 20,278 COVID-19 cases as of June 30, 2020.Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 7,613 as of July 1, 2020. More than 5,400 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.Bureau of Indian Education (Department of the Interior)
The Bureau of Indian Education welcomes tribal leadership and stakeholders to attend an informational virtual meeting on July 8 to hear plans for distributing Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to schools to support the COVID-19 Pandemic recovery.Indianz.Com Live: Bryan Brewer of Oglala Sioux Tribe
Bryan Brewer, a former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, took part in an Indianz.Com live broadcast on June 30, 2020.Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 7,549 as of June 30, 2020. More than 5,200 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 testing data, showing 19,720 COVID-19 positive cases as of June 29, 2020.Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Arizona, New Mexico)
The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors extended the closure of all Navajo Nation Gaming properties through July 27, 2020.MAM Conversations: Virgil Ortiz (Montclair Art Museum)
Please join revolutionary multi-media artist Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo) for a virtual talk with the Montclair Art Museum.Democratic National Committee
The Trump administration and its failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic has left Native Americans behind.Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for another online town hall on June 30, 2020.Grayson Corporation (Illinois)
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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.
Just days after President Trump praised border wall efforts, a federal court reaffirmed that the administration’s method of funding that construction was "unlawful."
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.
If Native Americans are going to seriously discuss racism I think we should be taking a close look at ourselves.
As Native Americans, we understand discrimination and racism. We live with it.
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.
Indian tribes have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and expansion of Medicaid will help pay for costs associated with care.
"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.
"This sort of red face racism has no place in our politics," says journalist Julian Brave Noisecat.
Wouldn’t it be great if all of the Native and Non-Native schools in South Dakota celebrate together?
To know what happened to the indigenous past in America has become more vital than it has ever been.
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.
It took over 80 days for the Trump administration to deliver the full COVID-19 relief promised to tribal governments.
They are few and far between, but Maheo’o often sends people of special ability, talent and heart when the people most need them.
A controversial statue of Juan de Oñate, a Spanish conquistador reviled for brutality against Pueblo people, has come down in New Mexico.
Planning is taking place for the next He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate in 2021.
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 are suing the Trump administration over a clean water rule that critics said would lead to pollution and degradation.
A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent.
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.
Santa Fe Indian Market, billed as the one of the best, largest and oldest market of its kind, will take place online this year.
How many Native Americans in Rapid City would be alive today if the police did not carry guns?
The Indian Health Service has brought a troubled hospital back from the brink as the Trump administration challenges a ruling in a treaty rights case.
Over the past two months, Suzan Shown Harjo has tested positive not just once, but twice, for the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The national protests now taking place are clearly pointing out America’s duality in racial discrimination and justice.
For the first time in more than a century, the Cherokee Nation will take full control over the images and symbols depicted on our historic Capitol Square.
The tragic fact is that of all ethnic groups this country's Indigenous people have the highest rate of death by cop.
Ashley Forney, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was terminated after telling superiors about racism and hostility in the workforce.
Tribal leaders and health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional toll of the coronavirus.
An employee who raised concerns about moldy personal protective equipment was fired by the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.
Experts can cite any number of historical and logistical reasons why Native Americans have relatively low response rates to the Census, but there's a new challenge this year – COVID-19.
The Gila River Indian Community has temporarily shut down its gaming operation following the death of an employee due to COVID-19.
Our young people deserve the truth. We should tell them that history is not something to escape.
Donovin Sprague Hump is a Lakota man of many talents. He's got two lectures on his schedule for June 2020.
The fact is that our self-proclaimed "guardian" has repeatedly mismanaged Native American assets.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona are on the rise, following the state's decision to life stay-at-home orders.
At the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, sooner or later, every president has run into the old quorum problem.
A huge group—led by students—congregated in Nashville to protest the horrific murder of George Floyd and racist police violence.
It's taken over 80 days, numerous lawsuits and public pressure for the Trump administration to pay tribal nations the COVID-19 relief they were promised by the federal government.
With a holiday called Father's Day here I must reflect on the different path most Native Americans had to follow as fathers.
"We hope for change," says MIGIZI student Ambersky Stevens. "It shouldn’t have taken a man to die in order for people to understand."
Family and friends are demanding justice for Kozee Decorah, a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation who was killed on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska.
"If we’re not in control, someone else is," says Montana State Senator Jason Small, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
The United States, through local criminal justice systems, visited injustice and injury upon our ancestors in the 19th century prior to our forced removal.
Around the world statues are coming down. Civil War generals. Mass murderers. And Christopher Columbus.
While I agree that the United States hasn’t been the absolute best in the world in terms of coronavirus response, our nation has certainly fared better than most advanced countries.
Indigenous artists across the Americas are engaging technology and other works to draw attention to their culture and the environmental challenges confronting their communities.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act protections against 'sex discrimination' also protect gay or transgender employees from discrimination, even if they are not specifically mentioned in the 1964 law.
Native women were singled out for #COVID19 testing and separated from newborns after delivery, clinicians told ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth.
South Dakota is giving the public until June 19 to comment on the first-ever trapping season for the rare native river otter that was reintroduced by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
The disproportionate impact #COVID19 has had on minorities underscores the longstanding failure of federal officials to respond to the needs of Native Americans, a key lawmaker said.
Tribes will finally see the rest of their payments from the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund after the Trump administration tried to delay the money by playing divide and conquer.
With coronavirus cases continuing to rise at disproportionate rates, advocates are calling on Congress to live up to its trust and treaty obligations by providing adequate health care for tribal and urban communities.
With over 40 COVID-19 cases, the Pine Ridge Reservation has one of the highest numbers of infections for reservations in the state of South Dakota.
Response rates to the 2020 Census are lagging in Indian Country, raising alarms about an accurate count in tribal and rural communities.
Our South Dakota governor is just a Republican sycophant knows almost nothing about Sioux political and legal history, and consults with Donald Trump's White House at every opportunity.
With tribes still waiting on COVID-19 payments by the federal government, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin is appearing before Congress to discuss the Trump administration's response to the crisis.
Even as George Floyd is being laid to rest, all America must heed his call from heaven. His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.
"Mining for gold poses a serious threat to our sacred water from Rapid Creek," says A. Gay Kingman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association.
Federal funding has reached the Navajo Nation, and President Jonathan Nez is urging tribal leaders to move quickly to approve the distribution of $50 million in funds from the CARES Act.
Exposure to Lakota language in the very first six years of my life allowed me to be an adequate speaker today.
Congress is slowly but surely getting back to work after COVID-19 derailed Indian Country's legislative agenda ahead of one of the most critical elections in America's history.
Some residents of Indian Country are still waiting on coronavirus stimulus checks promised by the federal government.
Prior to European influence and during colonization, two-spirited people had been documented in more than 130 tribes in every region of North America.
The Trump administration wants to "revive and strengthen" the uranium mining industry despite its toxic legacy in Indian Country.
Doctors Without Borders was deployed to help the Navajo Nation in the US, the richest country in the world, yet somehow unwilling to help indigenous people, Native citizens. Shameful.
Indian Country is declaring victory after a federal judge blasted the Trump administration for threatening the sovereignty of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and breaking its promises to the People of the First Light.
We’re better than this. We have to be. Four hundred years of oppression is too long.
The atrocious murder of George Floyd finally made many Americans say, "Enough is enough."
We find ourselves in a perfect storm. People have been pent up for months and this tragedy has exposed issues we still struggle with as a country.
According to the priests who taught at Akwesasne, our ancestors were uncivilized savages and pagans. Perhaps that was not a bad thing at all.
Nearly one in five students in Oklahoma Public Schools are Native American.
The U.S. Census Bureau has missed 2020 operation targets on all but one of South Dakota’s nine reservations.
At least three Native candidates are running for the North Dakota Legislature in the first statewide election since tribes reached a landmark voting rights agreement.
As Montana plows forward with its reopening, including throwing open the doors to tourism on June 1, the outlook is starkly different for Indian Country.
The United States recently surpassed more than 100,000 precious lives lost to COVID-19.
Concerns about sacred sites, endangered species and lack of tribal consultation weren't enough to derail a hydropower study on the Little Colorado River.
"George was the biggest gentle giant ever," Selwyn Jones said of his nephew, George Floyd, who was killed by police officers.
Public spaces around Arizona may have been closed overnight by a statewide curfew this week – but tribal casinos have stayed open.
Some tribes will lose out on millions of dollars in additional COVID-19 relief because the Trump administration is cutting them off.
COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of events everywhere. But in Indian Country, not congregating comes with added cost—and risk.
The Republican governor of South Dakota admits her opposition to tribal checkpoints is linked to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Navajo Nation leaders have canceled this year’s Fourth of July celebrations as the tribe continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
At least four Native candidates for Congress will advance to the general election after winning primaries in Idaho and New Mexico.
Thank goodness, spring has sprung and here in Montana and Wyoming, people are gradually getting sprung from the confines of quarantine and self-imposed social distancing and isolation.
Efforts to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in Indian Country are being undermined by Donald Trump, Native women asserted as outrage over police violence continues to sweep the nation.
Events that normally take place annually in Rapid City and the Black Hills have joined the evolving conversation of whether or not to host patrons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trump administration's efforts to reopen national parks are being made without COVID-19 health safety measures, tribal leaders said.
Sadly, far too many Natives have forgotten their languages and cultural teachings. Actually, the newcomer destroyed them.
From missed deadlines to a massive data breach, the Trump administration's handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribes has been one big mess.
Injustice in America is not a new reality. In fact, it predates the founding of this nation.
Leaders of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe have canceled a slew of events this summer, all due to the coronavirus.
Despite promising trends last week, the Navajo Nation reported a spike in COVID-19 cases, with new cases and additional deaths.
If Indian women are so sacred, as it is alleged in many contemporary narratives, why isn’t her sacredness inviolable?
It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were homeless men.
In Canada and the U.S., Native people have been attacked and died at the hands of the police, at times in the most brutal of ways.
Expanding Medicaid coverage for Cherokee citizens will dramatically strengthen the finances of our tribal health system.
After weeks of grim news as the pandemic tore through the Navajo Nation, the curve of positive COVID-19 cases has begun to flatten, President Jonathan Nez said.
The Navajo Nation has received $600 million from the CARES Act and tribal lawmakers are collecting public comments to determine the best ways to spend the money.
While there a pandemic decimating America and much of the world, Donald Trump is looking for any reason he can come up with to place the blame for his total incompetence on someone else.
Good travels my old friend. Sta-vah-sah-whooms. (I will see you again).
The killing of George Floyd by police officers has set off a firestorm in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, home to a large urban Indian community.
Did a federal judge troll the Trump administration? A court filing disclosed the troubles tribes faced in seeking the COVID-19 funds they were promised two months ago.
The Trump administration's missing and murdered task force got off to a rocky start in the age of COVID-19, leaving a number of Native women silenced amid technical and logistical challenges.
Today, the role of red is being used to call attention to the invisible — the missing and murdered in Indian Country.
Tribal communities that have closed their borders to protect themselves from COVID-19 are facing a new threat: being undercounted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The state of South Dakota's anti-tribal sovereignty efforts have been dealt a serious blow from the highest court in the land.
Tribal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the death of Kozee Decorah, a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation.
Coronavirus data from New Mexico continues to show a disproportionate impact on the first Americans.
Just as my forefathers spoke with their actions, I want to use public office to ensure people have access to the quality of life they deserve.
Kim Daniels' long wait for a coronavirus stimulus check has been frustrating for the 59-year-old Lakota grandmother.
Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much – or too little – COVID-19 relief from the Trump administration.
A coronavirus scare at a grocery store on one reservation led to an expensive deep cleaning. Tribal officials on another reservation warned of a similar incident.
"I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree," Joyce Kilmer wrote in 1914.
In light of the worst public health crisis in generations, we have used medical science, facts and compassion as our guide.
Businesses have been changing ways of operation and avenues of income from day to day during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am so happy to get on the 'cloud' and hear the wonderful sound of the Cheyenne language.
As she looked at the Disney characters decorating the walls of the San Carlos Apache Healthcare Dental Clinic and at the smiling, laughing children watching dental health demonstrations, Suzanne Haney thought back to what a trip to the dentist used to be.
Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and items available yesterday but nowhere to be found today. As you seek ways to replace them, you can look to Native gardens for ideas and inspiration.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are refusing to remove coronavirus checkpoints on their reservations amid threats from a Republican governor.
A former White House aide won a $3 million contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals. Some may not work.
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The chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation says the current wall construction on the U.S. – Mexico border is no different than “building a 30-foot wall along Arlington Cemetery.” Ned Norris Jr. made the comments during a recent congressional hearing, saying blasting and bulldozing in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona is destroying many sacred places that remain important for ceremonial practices. The tribe continues to push for government-to-government consultation which is mandated by federal law. But the U.S. Government is invoking a waiver that bypasses the requirement for barriers along the border. We’ll get an update and more details from the voices of those on the ground.
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