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Gila River Indian Community sees movement on homelands legislation
A bill to help the Gila River Indian Community protect its homelands is slated for action on Capitol Hill.
'I knew I wasn't guilty': #NoDAPL activist acquitted in North Dakota
Micah Lott was accused of trespass and rioting at Standing Rock but the case was so weak that the judge cleared him.
Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas invents new genre
Haida traditions are an inspiration to contemporary artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, the inventor of a new graphic genre.
'You know, Andrew Jackson': Hearing scheduled into Trump reorganization
Key lawmakers are looking into the Trump administration's controversial reorganization amid ongoing complaints in Indian Country.
Native candidate for Congress draws attention of White House
One #NativeVote18 candidate in Kansas is facing the Trump machine while another has resurfaced in New Mexico.
Navajo Nation man still missing after more than two months
Billy Nez, Jr., was last seen by his sister on April 28. He turned 50 a week later.
Republicans seek to 'modernize' federal endangered species law
'Republicans are turning their back on the most vulnerable species in the country,' an environmentalist said.
'A war on the indigenous': Albert Bender on Trump's border policies
Donald Trump's inhuman campaign at the border amounts to a war against the Native people of this hemisphere.
Red Fawn Fallis sentenced to nearly five years for #NoDAPL incident
A non-fatal gun incident will keep Dakota Access Pipeline opponent Red Fawn Fallis in federal prison.
Top police official apologizes to Aboriginal peoples for 'pain and suffering'
Law enforcement helped remove indigenous children from their homes and have contributed to high rates of indigenous imprisonment.
'On the road to recovery': Sports betting raises concerns about addiction
An estimated 9 million Americans suffer from gambling addiction.
Another tribal recognition bill advances with Republican support
With little fanfare, another tribal recognition bill is advancing as a top Republican asserts authority over the politically-complex process.
Cherokee Nation acquires historic site by Trail of Tears landmark
The Cherokee Nation is protecting a historic site from development and rebuilding its land base in Oklahoma.
'The reservation is our homeland': Paskenta Band dedicates highway signs
Drivers in northern California will now know when they are in the homelands of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.
Gun Lake Tribe hosts third annual Sweet Grass Moon Pow Wow
Dancers, drummers and singers are gathering at Camp Jijak in Michigan for the Sweet Grass Moon Pow Wow.
'Transform our culture': Tribal community shifts to female leadership
A Wayuu community in Colombia used to be led by men until elders decided it was time for change.
Chevron told to pay $9.5 billion judgment to indigenous communities
Indigenous leaders in Ecuador are celebrating but they might never see the $9.5 billion judgment for pollution in their communities.
Seminole Tribe looks to offer sports betting at new Hard Rock facility
The Seminole Tribe might soon offer sports betting at its new Hard Rock casino in New Jersey.
Indian Lawmakers: Denounce bigotry, even when it comes from Donald Trump
When Indians—especially Indian women—are used as props for a political agenda, call it out.
Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois lacrosse team faces pressure on world stage
Lacrosse was created to end wars, not to provoke hostilities.
'Love is in there too': Reviving tribal traditions for newborns
With a new report highlighting the struggles facing Native mothers and their newborns, communities are turning to tribal traditions for support.
Dakota Access sued for failing to sell ranch at Standing Rock
Corporations aren't supposed to own ranches in North Dakota but Dakota Access got away with it in the name of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline.
White Mountain Apache man sentenced for death of 16-year-old girl
"She was destined to accomplish so much," the sister of young victim Katherine Irene Tortice said.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe hits milestone with $60 million casino expansion
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is adding a five-story, 148-room hotel to the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Michigan.
'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era
Key lawmakers have described the Bureau of Indian Affairs as lacking 'leadership' and even being 'in complete disarray.'
Bill John Baker: Tara Sweeney a 'strong voice' for Indian Country
The Cherokee Nation looks forward to working with Tara Sweeney on issues important to Indian Country.
Witness list for hearing on bill to return land to Leech Lake Band
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.
Editorial: Supreme Court nomination shows it's time for change
Everything we were taught that was good in America is on the line.
A conservative majority: Supreme Court shifts to the right
The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh gives the Supreme Court a solid conservative majority, worrying some advocates about abortion rights and other issues.
Grannies and Abuelas are heading to the border to support families
A caravan of concerned women will head to the Mexico border to deliver grandmotherly love to migrant families.
Pokagon Band announces poker room after favorable opinion from federal regulators
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will open a poker room at its casino in Indiana in time for the Labor Day holiday.
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation continues work on $200 million casino expansion
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is adding more than 400 hotel rooms to its casino in northern California.
Charges filed for deaths of Lakota mother and her 14-year-old son
A driver is facing just a year in jail for a crash that took the lives of Lynell Morrison-Cash and her son, Waylon, 14.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees progress on federal recognition bill
A bill to recognize the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is taking an important step forward on Capitol Hill.
Lytton Band moves closer to success with tribal homelands legislation
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is getting closer to securing a permanent homeland for its people.
Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill
A bill to return nearly 12,000 acres to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is getting its first hearing this week.
Funding package with increases for Indian Country slated for action
A bill that protects Indian Country from funding cuts but fails to stop the Trump administration's controversial reorganization is moving forward.
Arne Vainio: Our ancestors put lessons for life in our language
On the first day of my new way of life, I didn’t live up to the lessons our old ones put into our language.
Graham Lee Brewer: Diving deeper into Indigenous issues at High Country News
The High Country News tribal affairs desk is going through a transformation.
'It's gut-wrenching': Migrant children still being held in shelters
Children as young as 5 are still being detained by the United States despite orders to reunite them with their families.
Peter Kalmus: Trump administration runs away from climate change
The Trump administration has put fossil fuel interests over the planet’s life support system.
'Good riddance': Scott Pruitt steps down at Environmental Protection Agency
Scott Pruitt aggressively rolled back agency regulations even as he was dogged by ethical questions at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Community on Navajo Nation terrorized by 'Red Skin Kingz' gang
The leaders of a violent gang on the Navajo Nation were finally brought to justice after years of brutal crimes.
Posting about 'merciless Indian savages' can get you censored
Mark Charles has been talking about it for years but did you know that 'merciless Indian Savages' can get you censored on Facebook?
Former Miss Indian New Mexico was told she'd be 'deported' by security guard
Shopping while indigenous appears to be a new crime in sunny southern California.
Winnebago artist Henry Payer taps into tribal history
Henry Payer's earliest memory involves a sketchbook his father once gave him. He's been filling pages ever since.
Appeals court rules against Winnebago tribal corporation in tobacco case
Businesses owned by the Winnebago Tribe must turn over tobacco records to federal authorities, according to a new court ruling.
Mark Charles: The 'Indian savages' at the heart of America's so-called independence
The United States of America is white supremacist, racist and sexist because of our foundations.
'We will win': Treaty tribes continue to stand up for salmon
We will never stop fighting to protect and restore salmon habitat because that is the key to recovery.
YES! Magazine: Protect salmon and protect tribal traditions
Salmon is at the center of ceremonies, art, and identity for tribes in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and California.
Tohono O'odham Nation acquires land next to casino but won't use it for gaming
The Tohono O'odham Nation is expanding the footprint around its once controversial casino in Arizona.
Kirk Francis: Disrespect and disregard towards Indian Country continues today
Indian Country has a long, complicated, and often conflicted relationship with the United States.
Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade
A school on the Navajo Nation went without fire protection systems for more than a decade and the problem still hasn't been completely fixed.
The Conversation: Native Americans are still fighting for their rights
In the thick of seismic social upheavals, Native Americans also reached for their rights as activists renewed their campaign for full sovereignty.
Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee
Tara Sweeney waited a long time to be confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Who is to blame?
Pokagon Band welcomes influx of $2.3 million in federal housing funds
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians celebrated National Homeownership Month with a big check.
Native students learn about science in 'Sovereign' summer camp
The Sovereign Native Youth STEM Leadership Academy introduces science careers to Native students,
Tim Giago: Native American Journalists Association still going strong
A new generation of Indian journalists is taking the Native American Journalists Association into the new world of electronics media.
Mary Annette Pember: A remaining bastion of white male hegemony in America
A parade of men, white and mostly over 35 years old, wept at the thought of losing their racist mascot.
'They're sacred': Volunteers take care of wild horses on Navajo Nation
With drought conditions the worst in 15 years, wild horses on the Navajo Nation are looking for food and water.
Tristan Ahtone: Share your stories and reclaim your Native truth
Ours is a story of resilience, strength and pride. It’s also a story that rarely appears in American narratives.
Mark Maxey: Indigenous children have long been separated from their families
Many Indigenous Nations and citizens believe that nothing has changed in over 400 years
Enterprise Rancheria eyes 'Hard Rock Sacramento' after tribal homelands victory
The iconic Hard Rock brand could soon be coming to California's capital city thanks to a partnership between tribal nations.
'Very intoxicated': Two educators arrested at Choctaw Nation casino
Two educators weren't setting a good example for their students when they allegedly got drunk and belligerent at a Choctaw Nation casino.
Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era
More than 18 months into the Trump administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally has a new leader and it's a historic choice.
Turtle Talk: Justice Kennedy was terrible for Indian Country
Of 55 Indian law cases decided by the Supreme Court between 1988 and 2018 Anthony Kennedy ruled against tribes a whopping 80 percent of the time.
'We care for these kids': Protesters hit Melania Trump on visit to migrant shelter
First Lady Melania Trump visited a migrant shelter that houses more than 100 children who have been separated from their families.
Wild ride continues as Supreme Court agrees to hear another treaty case
Indian Country is preparing for another busy season at the Supreme Court amid a political firestorm.
Mark Trahant: Bears Ears gains a voice with #NativeVote18 results
A race in Utah was a referendum of sorts on the Trump administration’s actions to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument.
'I am totally down to nothing': Navajo Nation affected by nuclear era
Tribal citizens who were affected by uranium mining and nuclear tests during the Cold War are seeking compensation.
PASS THE BILL, President Trump tweeted. Republicans said no thanks
A last-ditch effort at immigration reform was soundly defeated in the House, with almost half of the Republicans joining all Democrats to kill the bill.
Chris Winters: The Supreme Court's disastrous term shows why elections matter
With Republicans in control of the Supreme Court, only voter pushback can restore balance to Congress.
Tribes defer to federal authorities after Oklahoma voters approve marijuana
Voters in Oklahoma eagerly embraced marijuana for medical purposes this week but don't expect to partake in Indian Country.
Seminole Tribe debuts Hard Rock casino in space once owned by Donald Trump
The Seminole Tribe continues to grow its Hard Rock empire with a new facility in New Jersey.
'Justice has finally prevailed': Shingle Springs Band vindicated in gaming case
It took a decade but the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians is welcoming the end of a long-running lawsuit.
Osage Nation almost done with $160 million casino expansion project
The Osage Nation is hiring more than 200 people as it completes a $160 million casino expansion project.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation makes first entry into online gaming
Gamblers around the world can place bets on a roulette wheel at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
Winnebago Tribe set to assume control of troubled hospital on reservation
An Indian Health Service facility is getting a new name on July 1 -- the Winnebago 12 Clans Unity Hospital.
Supreme Court goes out with a bang as key justice departs
The Supreme Court will be undergoing another shakeup in the Trump era with the departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Navajo Nation raises treaty in opposition to Trump reorganization
The Navajo Nation has come up a pointed argument against the Trump administration's reorganization of the Department of the Interior.
U.S. Attorney: Substance abuse on the rise in Indian Country
Tribal communities have been hit particularly hard by drugs, including opioids and methamphetamine.
Graham Lee Brewer: Hit show 'Westworld' falls back on Native stereotypes
The hit HBO series Westworld both relies on and pushes against stereotypes of the mythological West.
'Drunk Indians and government handouts casino': School board member insults tribe
A public school board member resigned after making a derogatory comment about the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe and its forthcoming casino.
Blackfeet Nation sends warning to drug dealers with banishment decision
The Blackfeet Nation is accusing federal prosecutors of failing to take action against drug dealers.
Trump's proposal to cut public health professionals impacts Indian Country
The Indian Health Service could see a dramatic reduction in personnel if the Trump administration goes ahead with a major reorganization.
'I only want my daughter': Migrant mother separated from 12-year-old girl
A Guatemalan woman who was separated from her daughter after they crossed the border is suing the federal government to get her child back.
'Bigotry hook, line, and sinker': Supreme Court backs Trump's travel ban
President Trump’s executive order barring travelers coming from six countries with Muslim majorities, is now a permanent part of U.S. immigration policy.
Trailblazing tribal hospital lands on 'Most Endangered Historic Places' list
As the first Native physician, Susan LaFlesche Picotte was a trailblazer for the Omaha people. Efforts to preserve her legacy just got a big boost.
Design selected for memorial to Native veterans in nation's capital
Harvey Pratt, a veteran of the Vietnam War, has been chosen to create the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Tribes eligible for victim services funding for the first time
Thanks to bipartisan action on Capitol Hill, tribes are receiving a set-aside of the national Crime Victims Fund for the first time.
Tribes see another year of growth as gaming revenues hit $32.4 billion
Thirty years after the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, tribes continue to make gains.
Secretary Zinke censors photo of his 'Make America Great Again' socks
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke likes to focus on his feet.
Crow Tribe can't account for nearly $14.5 million in federal funds
The Crow Tribe has been designated as 'high risk' by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to account for federal funds.
Prosecutors drop charges in fatal stabbing on Northern Cheyenne Reservation
Federal prosecutors have dropped charges in connection with a fatal stabbing on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.
Who was the first Native professional hockey player? An investigation of sorts
The New York Times reaches far back into history to document the first Native hockey players.
Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close
The nation's highest court won't be letting Indian Country rest over the summer.
Tribal leaders step up to hold corporations accountable for climate change
A new political action committee called the First American Project is pushing hard for I-1631, a ballot measure in Washington state.
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