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Native Sun News Today: New Mexico declares state of emergency

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.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Mount Rushmore fireworks and ignorant politicians

Donald Trump and Kristi Noem are using the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore to publicize their political ambitions.


Republican lawmaker finds way to blame tribes for Trump's delay in COVID-19 relief

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.


Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump over #Coronavirus checkpoints

The Trump administration is threatening to take away law enforcement from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.


'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about #COVID19 in Indian Country

The Trump administration's COVID-19 response efforts in Indian Country are back in the spotlight again on Capitol Hill.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota youth advocate set to join South Dakota Hall of Fame

Bruce Long Fox, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, will be joining the South Dakota Hall of Fame.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation will not ease #Coronavirus restrictions despite improving numbers

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.


Montana Free Press: Tribal lawsuit adds to Keystone XL hurdles for Trump administration

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes have filed the latest lawsuit against the federal government opposing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Harold Frazier: The 'American' faces carved onto our sacred land

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.


Native Sun News Today: New alliance aims to help tribes protect sacred Black Hills

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 Updates
Voices 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)

Rapid Antibody Testing may be used to identify whether people were previously infected by COVID-19, including those that may be asymptomatic or have recovered.


Montana Free Press: Blackfeet Nation closes popular park entrance due to #COVID19

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.


Cronkite News: Appeals court confirms Trump's border wall funding as 'unlawful'

Just days after President Trump praised border wall efforts, a federal court reaffirmed that the administration’s method of funding that construction was "unlawful."


Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief

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.


Tim Giago: Racism is a two-way street

If Native Americans are going to seriously discuss racism I think we should be taking a close look at ourselves.


Indian Lawmakers: We refuse to stand idle

As Native Americans, we understand discrimination and racism. We live with it.


Chuck Hoskin: Stay safe amid #COVID19 and vote in June 30 election

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.


Rusty Pickens and Geoffrey Roth: #Coronavirus shows why Oklahoma tribes need Medicaid now

Indian tribes have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and expansion of Medicaid will help pay for costs associated with care.


Native Sun News Today: #Coronavirus won't stop debut of film featuring Native leaders

"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.


Common Dreams: #DropOutHickenlooper say Indigenous activists

"This sort of red face racism has no place in our politics," says journalist Julian Brave Noisecat.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: The Year of Reconciliation and Native American Day

Wouldn’t it be great if all of the Native and Non-Native schools in South Dakota celebrate together?


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The legendary words of Chekpa

To know what happened to the indigenous past in America has become more vital than it has ever been.


'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus

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.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed #Coronavirus relief

It took over 80 days for the Trump administration to deliver the full COVID-19 relief promised to tribal governments.


Clara Caufield: Buffalo Calf Road Woman – Cheyenne Warrior Girl

They are few and far between, but Maheo’o often sends people of special ability, talent and heart when the people most need them.


Native Sun News Today: Statue of colonizer comes down in Pueblo country

A controversial statue of Juan de Oñate, a Spanish conquistador reviled for brutality against Pueblo people, has come down in New Mexico.


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills Powwow cancelled due to #Coronavirus

Planning is taking place for the next He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate in 2021.


Tribal leaders decry threats to sacred and historic places

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 sue Trump over EPA clean water rollback

Tribal nations are suing the Trump administration over a clean water rule that critics said would lead to pollution and degradation.


'The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set': Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions

A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent.


Supreme Court winds down unusual #Coronavirus term with tribal sovereignty case on docket

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.


Native Sun News Today: Santa Fe Indian Market goes online due to #COVID19

Santa Fe Indian Market, billed as the one of the best, largest and oldest market of its kind, will take place online this year.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Don’t defund the police, disarm them

How many Native Americans in Rapid City would be alive today if the police did not carry guns?


Indian Health Service cites strides in era of #COVID19 as challenges linger

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.


'I feel fine': Legendary activist Suzan Shown Harjo on living with COVID-19

Over the past two months, Suzan Shown Harjo has tested positive not just once, but twice, for the disease caused by the coronavirus.


Tim Giago: You have to be carefully taught

The national protests now taking place are clearly pointing out America’s duality in racial discrimination and justice.


Chuck Hoskin: Why I removed Confederate monuments from the Cherokee Capitol Grounds

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: We need African American allies to replace offensive mascots and statues

The tragic fact is that of all ethnic groups this country's Indigenous people have the highest rate of death by cop.


Native Sun News Today: Native employee fired after speaking out

Ashley Forney, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was terminated after telling superiors about racism and hostility in the workforce.


Cronkite News: Native Americans address mental and behavioral health as #COVID19 wears on

Tribal leaders and health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional toll of the coronavirus.


Moldy #COVID19 equipment reportedly used at tribal health center

An employee who raised concerns about moldy personal protective equipment was fired by the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.


Census 2020 returns to Navajo Nation in era of #Coronavirus

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.


Gila River Indian Community mourns loss of casino employee to #COVID19

The Gila River Indian Community has temporarily shut down its gaming operation following the death of an employee due to COVID-19.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The Indian world is uncomfortable

Our young people deserve the truth. We should tell them that history is not something to escape.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota historian and author Donovin Sprague

Donovin Sprague Hump is a Lakota man of many talents. He's got two lectures on his schedule for June 2020.


Oliver Whaley: Slavery still exists in some parts of America

The fact is that our self-proclaimed "guardian" has repeatedly mismanaged Native American assets.


Cronkite News: #COVID19 cases shatter daily record set four days earlier

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona are on the rise, following the state's decision to life stay-at-home orders.


Clara Caufield: The old quorum problem at Northern Cheyenne

At the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, sooner or later, every president has run into the old quorum problem.


Teen students lead Nashville's largest ever protest against racist police violence

A huge group—led by students—congregated in Nashville to protest the horrific murder of George Floyd and racist police violence.


'We got these monies late': Trump administration makes tribes wait for #COVID19 relief

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.


Tim Giago: Reflections on Father's Day

With a holiday called Father's Day here I must reflect on the different path most Native Americans had to follow as fathers.


Native Sun News Today: Fire during #GeorgeFloyd unrest guts Native youth nonprofit

"We hope for change," says MIGIZI student Ambersky Stevens. "It shouldn’t have taken a man to die in order for people to understand."


'Justice for Kozee!': Native women seek stronger charges for death of Kozee Decorah

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.


Native Sun News Today: Native American candidates fare well in Montana 2020 primary

"If we’re not in control, someone else is," says Montana State Senator Jason Small, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.


Chuck Hoskin: Why we must have difficult conversations about race and justice

The United States, through local criminal justice systems, visited injustice and injury upon our ancestors in the 19th century prior to our forced removal.


Indian Country Today: 10 people whose statues should replace Columbus

Around the world statues are coming down. Civil War generals. Mass murderers. And Christopher Columbus.


Rep. Tom Cole: America and the global #COVID19 pandemic response

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.


YES! Magazine: Indigenous artists turn to technology to tell their stories

Indigenous artists across the Americas are engaging technology and other works to draw attention to their culture and the environmental challenges confronting their communities.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court confirms civil rights protections for LGBTQ workers

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.


New Mexico In Depth: Hospital separated newborns from Native mothers amid #Coronavirus

Native women were singled out for #COVID19 testing and separated from newborns after delivery, clinicians told ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth.


Native Sun News Today: Comments due on trapping otters, 'a sacred species for us as Lakota people'

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.


Cronkite News: Native American communities hit harder by #Coronavirus than some states

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.


'Patently unfair': Judge won't let Trump administration delay COVID-19 relief again

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.


#COVID19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service

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.


Native Sun News Today: #Coronavirus quarantined without food at Pine Ridge

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.


Montana Free Press: Reservation response rates lag as #COVID19 hinders 2020 Census

Response rates to the 2020 Census are lagging in Indian Country, raising alarms about an accurate count in tribal and rural communities.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Abusing power through ignorance in the age of #COVID19

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.


Treasury in spotlight as tribes await COVID-19 relief promised months ago

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.


Terry Rambler: 'His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.'

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.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit challenges mining in 'sacred water' basin

"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.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation eyes plans to spend #Coronavirus relief funds

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.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Positive law dominates today; natural law is the Lakota way

Exposure to Lakota language in the very first six years of my life allowed me to be an adequate speaker today.


Congress returns to Indian Country's agenda in age of COVID-19

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.


Native Sun News Today: A consolation prize amid the #COVID19 pandemic

Some residents of Indian Country are still waiting on coronavirus stimulus checks promised by the federal government.


StrongHearts Native Helpline: International Day Against Homophobia commemorated

Prior to European influence and during colonization, two-spirited people had been documented in more than 130 tribes in every region of North America.


Cronkite News: Trump plan to 'revive' uranium mining criticized by advocates

The Trump administration wants to "revive and strengthen" the uranium mining industry despite its toxic legacy in Indian Country.


Wim Laven: Why did the chicken cross the road?

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.


Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty

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.


Arne Vainio: Black Lives Matter

We’re better than this. We have to be. Four hundred years of oppression is too long.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Walking in the shoes of George Floyd:

The atrocious murder of George Floyd finally made many Americans say, "Enough is enough."


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Together, we will get through this

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: What was life like among the Mohawks in the year 1300?

According to the priests who taught at Akwesasne, our ancestors were uncivilized savages and pagans. Perhaps that was not a bad thing at all.


Chuck Hoskin: Working together for American Indian students

Nearly one in five students in Oklahoma Public Schools are Native American.


Native Sun News Today: #COVID19 protocols portend census undercount on tribal lands

The U.S. Census Bureau has missed 2020 operation targets on all but one of South Dakota’s nine reservations.


Indian Country Today: Three Native women seek office in North Dakota

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.


Kaiser Health News: Tribal nations preserve #COVID19 restrictions to preserve their cultures

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.


Rep. Tom Cole: Communist China's #Coronavirus cover-up

The United States recently surpassed more than 100,000 precious lives lost to COVID-19.


Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics

Concerns about sacred sites, endangered species and lack of tribal consultation weren't enough to derail a hydropower study on the Little Colorado River.


Native Sun News Today: A peaceful protest in Rapid City

"George was the biggest gentle giant ever," Selwyn Jones said of his nephew, George Floyd, who was killed by police officers.


Cronkite News: Curfew curtailing casinos? Don't bet on it, tribes say

Public spaces around Arizona may have been closed overnight by a statewide curfew this week – but tribal casinos have stayed open.


'An utter disaster': Trump administration threatens to deny COVID-19 funds to tribes

Some tribes will lose out on millions of dollars in additional COVID-19 relief because the Trump administration is cutting them off.


Underscore.news: Tribal communities torn apart by the #Coronavirus

COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of events everywhere. But in Indian Country, not congregating comes with added cost—and risk.


Native Sun News Today: Kristi Noem calls on Trump to end #Coronavirus checkpoints

The Republican governor of South Dakota admits her opposition to tribal checkpoints is linked to the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation cancels July 4 celebrations due to #COVID19 pandemic

Navajo Nation leaders have canceled this year’s Fourth of July celebrations as the tribe continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Indian Country Today: Native candidates for Congress advance to November 2020 election

At least four Native candidates for Congress will advance to the general election after winning primaries in Idaho and New Mexico.


Clara Caufield: Are gadgets now important than people?

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.


Native women confront #MMIW task force over Trump's role in crisis

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.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota Nation Invitational on hold due to #Coronavirus

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.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders question reopening at Grand Canyon amid #COVID19 pandemic

The Trump administration's efforts to reopen national parks are being made without COVID-19 health safety measures, tribal leaders said.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism originated with a mortal, not a God

Sadly, far too many Natives have forgotten their languages and cultural teachings. Actually, the newcomer destroyed them.


'Incompetence': Trump administration warns of delayed #COVID19 relief for tribes

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.


United South and Eastern Tribes: Unrest exposes America's original sin against Indigenous peoples

Injustice in America is not a new reality. In fact, it predates the founding of this nation.


Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne cancels pow wows, rodeos due to #Coronavirus

Leaders of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe have canceled a slew of events this summer, all due to the coronavirus.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation sees spike in #COVID19 cases on reservation

Despite promising trends last week, the Navajo Nation reported a spike in COVID-19 cases, with new cases and additional deaths.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Are women sacred? Is the Earth sacred?

If Indian women are so sacred, as it is alleged in many contemporary narratives, why isn’t her sacredness inviolable?


Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: On the American uprising of 2020

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.


Chuck Hoskin: Why I support State Question 802 Medicaid expansion

Expanding Medicaid coverage for Cherokee citizens will dramatically strengthen the finances of our tribal health system.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation #COVID19 curve flattens as leaders fear post-holiday spike in cases

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.


Native Sun News Today: Navajo would use #CARESAct money to create water system

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.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: It is time to start preparing for the upcoming elections

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.


Clara Caufield: Johnny Joe Woodenlegs, Cheyenne Warrior

Good travels my old friend. Sta-vah-sah-whooms. (I will see you again).


'They're killing us': Urban Indian community caught at center of police brutality firestorm

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.


'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on #COVID19 relief promised to tribes

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.


'Am I cutting out again?': Missing and murdered task force off to shaky start amid #COVID19 challenges

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.


#MMIW: Red symbolizes a call for attention

Today, the role of red is being used to call attention to the invisible — the missing and murdered in Indian Country.


COVID-19 hinders accurate Census count 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.


'We are thrilled': Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe hails victory for sovereignty

The state of South Dakota's anti-tribal sovereignty efforts have been dealt a serious blow from the highest court in the land.


'Bring Kozee home': Vigil held for Native woman murdered on Winnebago Reservation

Tribal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the death of Kozee Decorah, a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation.


'We must remain diligent and prepared': Coronavirus continues to take heavy toll on tribes

Coronavirus data from New Mexico continues to show a disproportionate impact on the first Americans.


Shane Morigeau: My roots run deep in Montana

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.


Native Sun News Today: A consolation prize amid the #COVID19 pandemic

Kim Daniels' long wait for a coronavirus stimulus check has been frustrating for the 59-year-old Lakota grandmother.


Cronkite News: Treasury formula for #COVID19 funding shortchanges some tribes

Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much – or too little – COVID-19 relief from the Trump administration.


'Callous and dangerous': Tribes see #COVID19 spitting incidents amid rise in cases

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.


Tim Giago: 'Only God can make a tree'

"I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree," Joyce Kilmer wrote in 1914.


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation makes strategic plan to reopen amid #COVID19

In light of the worst public health crisis in generations, we have used medical science, facts and compassion as our guide.


Native Sun News Today: Prairie Edge adapts during #COVID19 pandemic

Businesses have been changing ways of operation and avenues of income from day to day during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Clara Caufield: Going to the clouds to learn the Cheyenne language

I am so happy to get on the 'cloud' and hear the wonderful sound of the Cheyenne language.


Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache Tribe aims to improve dental health with a smile

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.


YES! Magazine: Gardening advice from Indigenous food growers

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.


Native Sun News Today: #COVID19 checkpoints on reservations to remain

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.


ProPublica: Former Trump aide provided faulty masks to Indian Health Service

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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Border wall construction ignores tribal concerns
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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