Law

Spotted Elk
The descendants of Chief Spotted Elk, a Lakota leader who was murdered at Wounded Knee in 1890, are speaking out.

Stop Colonizers: Protect ICWA
A case before the United States Supreme Court could resume the genocide of tribal nations.

Native America Calling NAC
Law enforcement in New Mexico have developed a list of roughly 200 names to help track and raise awareness of Indigenous people who go missing.

Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Kim Teehee
The Cherokee Nation is getting closer to fulfilling a promise made by treaty nearly two centuries ago.

Lisa Murkowski and Brian Schatz
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after a lengthy absence.

Ever yChild Matters at U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Haaland v. Brackeen, a closely-watched Indian Child Welfare Act case, on November 9, 2022.

Chuck Hoskin Jr., Charles Martin, Fawn Sharp and Tehassi Hill
Tribal leaders speak at a #StopColonizers rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on November 9, 2022.

Stop Colonizers - Protect ICWA
The decision in Haaland v. Brackeen will be a major force in the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act and the scope of tribal sovereignty.

U.S. Supreme Court
The Indian Child Welfare Act set out to fix generations of harm to Native kids. The U.S. Supreme Court could soon toss it aside.

Bighorn Sheep
Many Native hunters have mastered big game hunting, providing for themselves and their families.

House of Tears Carvers
Indian Country will be out in force as the nation’s highest court weighs the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Ballot drop box in Arizona
A federal judge set new limits on groups watching ballot drop boxes, ordering them to stop confronting and filming voters, to stop carrying weapons near the boxes and to correct voting misinformation on their social media.

Welcome to Oklahoma - Native America
So what’s going on in Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory?

Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve
The Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation has protected Thaidene Nëné under their own law since time immemorial.

Ballot drop box in Arizona
Some places are trying to make it easier to vote. But intimidation tactics are sprouting up.

Yurok Tribe
Citizenship is one of the keystones of sovereignty for every tribe.

Jim Thorpe on the Sovereignty Run
The nation’s highest court is about to hear one of the biggest cases in Indian Country’s history and already some troubling signs are emerging.

Harold Frazier
The Supreme Court is an anachronistic body of elderly politicians, who can never be expected to do justice by Native Sovereign Nations.

Zapotec Dancers
Indigenous people in Mexico are much more likely to face poverty, human rights abuses, and discrimination than the rest of the country’s population.

Navajo Nation
Tribal courts are asserting their ability to mete out justice and work toward healing.

Nick Myers
Republican Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Nick Myers claims financial assistance to tribal nations is “foreign aid.” PolitiFact checks the facts.

West of the Pecos Museum
It was long common practice for archaeologists — both professional and amateur — to plunder Native burial sites.

Dante Desiderio
A lawsuit against the National Congress of American Indians is finally getting its first hearing, some six months after it was filed.

Indians Allowed
A business in South Dakota that banned Native patrons from the premises is being sued by the United States government for racial discrimination.

NAFOA
Need to reach the community? Share with us for a spot in a future newsletter.

Chinook Indian Nation
A number of tribes remain on the waiting list for federal recognition.

Peyote
Native American Church practitioners are working to secure environmental protections for the plant that is losing habitat to development, land use policies, and climate change.

Bryan Newland and Fawn Sharp
Tribal leaders urged lawmakers to pass a package of bills that would protect cultural and sacred sites on public lands.

Yellowstone County Courthouse in Montana
Tribal nations and Native voters are part of a coalition that went to court to block three election laws.

Washington State Penitentiary
Native prisoners at the Washington State Penitentiary hosted their first powwow in three years, a 50-year tradition temporarily halted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Pretendians
A new documentary tackles a topic that continues to generate controversy. Why are so many people claiming to be Indian?

Markwayne Mullin
Markwayne Mullin is poised to make history as the first tribal citizen in the U.S. Senate in nearly two decades but not all Native voters are happy.

National Congress of American Indians
A lawsuit filed by the former chief executive officer of the National Congress of American Indians will proceed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

House Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States - Examining Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta: The Implications of the Supreme Court's Ruling on Tribal Sovereignty
The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States holds an oversight hearing entitled “Examining Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta: The Implications of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Tribal Sovereignty.”

U.S. Supreme Court
A decision from the nation’s highest court opens tribal lands to state jurisdiction — even though tribes have not consented to the imposition.

House Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States - Examining Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta: The Implications of the Supreme Court's Ruling on Tribal Sovereignty
The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States holds a hearing to examine the impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court on tribal sovereignty.

Chuck Hoskin
Cherokee Nation has the power and the responsibility to protect all Cherokees and ensure justice is served on our reservation.

Ray Halbritter
The Oneida Nation is the latest in Indian Country to join the cannabis industry.

Rob Rosette
Tribal leaders and friends are paying tributes to Rob Rosette, a noted Indian law practitioner.

Regan Loggans
Just as courts are working through jurisdictional boundaries for the other tribes, the Osage Nation is facing an erosion of its sovereignty.