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SCOTUSBlog: Supreme Court takes action in COVID-19 vaccine cases
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations reaching a new record high, the U.S. Supreme Court put the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers on hold, while litigation continues over its legality.
Trial opens into long-unsolved case of Alaska Native woman
A trial has opened into the long-unsolved case of Sophie Sergie, an Alaska Native woman who was killed at the age of 20 nearly three decades ago.
Blanket from Lumbee Tribe gifted during Capitol Hill hearing
A supporter of federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe made a special presentation during a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Montana Free Press: Supreme Court takes up COVID-19 vaccine mandates
The U.S. Supreme Court heard nearly four hours of oral arguments over the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
Ben Barnes: Shawnee Tribe stands up for its sovereignty
Groups claiming to be tribal sovereigns has reached a new level of concern for the Shawnee Tribe.
Native America Calling: The Native political issues to watch
Native political watchers are giving their insights into the major issues likely to make waves in the coming year.
Gaylord News: Indian boarding school investigation continues
Indian boarding schools were established in the 19th and 20th centuries with the primary objective of assimilating Native youth by denying the use of their languages, dress and other cultural aspects.
Native America Calling: Getting beyond your criminal past
Join Native America Calling to learn more out the barriers for people with a criminal past and ways to overcome them.
Native America Calling: Yurok’s MMIW emergency
In response to ongoing tragedies and increased reports of human trafficking attempts, the Yurok Tribe declared a missing and murdered Indigenous women emergency.
Native America Calling: Fixing Passamaquoddy’s drinking water problem
Some residents of the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation have either hauled water or used bottled water for years, even decades.
Gaylord News: Indian Child Welfare Act in limbo amid high-stakes challenge
Tribes and their advocates are studying ways to strengthen state laws as the Indian Child Welfare Act remains in limbo in the courts.
Native America Calling: The complicated path to sovereignty in Oklahoma
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the McGirt case is forcing significant changes in Oklahoma.
Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation asserts its sovereignty
The Cherokee Nation has outlasted many who tried to take away our sovereignty and destroy our identity as a people.
Tribal consultations announced for infrastructure programs
The Department of the Interior will hold tribal consultations to discuss the infrastructure bill that was recently signed into law by President Joe Biden.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe thanks Biden administration for honoring victory in treaty rights case
“We thank President Biden for standing behind his policy to honor our Nation-to-Nation Relations,” said President Scott Herman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Biden administration won’t appeal victory in treaty rights case
The Biden administration won’t be appealing a treaty rights victory secured by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, attorneys involved in the closely-watched case said.
Great Plains Tribes: Indian health care is a treaty right
With all due respect, we call upon the Biden administration to honor the U.S. Court of Appeals decision in Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. United States.
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes new probate rule
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has finalized changes to federal probate regulations that are aimed at streamlining the process.
Tribal leaders hail historic nomination of Native woman to federal bench
Tribal leaders are welcoming the historic nomination of Sunshine Suzanne Sykes, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, to the federal bench.
‘No one else needs to die’: Biden administration faces another test of commitment to Indian Country
A deadline is fast approaching for the Biden administration to live up to its promise to improve the federal government’s relationship with tribes and their citizens.
President Biden nominates another Native woman to federal bench
President Joe Biden continues to make history with his judicial nominations, announcing another Native woman to serve on the federal bench.
Top Department of Justice official addresses Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention
Vanita Gupta, the Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice, addresses the Alaska Federation of Natives on December 14, 2021.
Montana Free Press: Another federal judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate
The court order temporarily bars a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for federal workers in Montana and nationwide.
Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities through VAWA Title IX Special Jurisdiction
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds an oversight hearing titled “Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities through VAWA Title IX Special Jurisdiction” on December 8, 2021.
Draft version of ‘Safety for Indian Women’ released by Senate committee leaders
A draft discussion of legislation to help tribes protect Native women has been released by the leaders of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Indian Country continues push to strengthen Violence Against Women Act
Indian Country is making another push to restore tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit violence in their communities.
Montana Free Press: Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate blocked in court
Republican state officials have succeeded in blocking a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers.
Indian Country Legislation in U.S. House of Representatives
The U.S. House of Representatives meets on December 1, 2021, to consider Indian Country legislation.
Cronkite News: Supreme Court takes up contentious abortion rights case
Protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court as the justices considered a strict Mississippi law that could lead to the reversal of longstanding abortion rights precedents.
H.R.4352 – Legislative Fix to U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Carcieri v. Salazar
The U.S. House of Representatives considers H.R.4352, a legislative fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, on December 1, 2021.
H.R.2930 – Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act)
The U.S. House of Representatives considers H.R.2930, the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act, on December 1, 2021.
Freedom Socialist: Conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act continues
Determined right-wing forces have piled onto a critical court case in order to overturn the hard-won Indian Child Welfare Act.
Cronkite News: ‘QAnon Shaman’ changes attorney after guilty plea for attack on U.S. Capitol
The so-called “QAnon Shaman” who based his persona on a twisted view of Native beliefs is preparing for a possible appeal for his role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Tribal homelands bill back on agenda in ‘new era’ of Indian Country relations
Lawmakers are set to approve another round of Indian Country bills, including a long-anticipated yet controversial measure that will help tribes restore their homelands.
Tim Giago: Saying farewell to an old friend
It is with deep sadness that I write this small tribute to my friend of 80 years, Pat Lee.
‘We have a lot of work to do’: Native community continues annual walk for lost children
Native children continue to be overrepresented in state foster care systems, taken from their homes at high rates.
Fraudulent Native artist charged with violating Indian Arts and Crafts Act
A Washington man who claims to be a Native artist has been charged with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act and for illegally possessing eagle feathers and other bird parts.
President Biden signs pro-tribal bill into law as Native American Heritage Month winds down
A bipartisan bill to enable the Seminole Tribe to exercise greater control over its lands has finally become law.
Cronkite News: ‘QAnon Shaman’ sentenced for role in attack on U.S. Capitol
The self-described ‘QAnon Shaman’ who became the face of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in the assault.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on S.1364, H.R.1975, H.R.2088 & H.R.4881
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for a legislative hearing on November 17, 2021.
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