Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets under new leadership (February 10, 2021)Indian Country will be seeing major change on Capitol Hill as the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for the first time.
Cronkite News: Biden signs tribal consultation and nation-to-nation order (February 10, 2021)In one of his first actions in office, President Joe Biden has ordered federal agencies to strengthen their tribal consultation and nation-to-nation policies.
‘I’m not afraid’: Indicted former Mashpee leader seeks dismissal of charges (February 9, 2021)The former chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is speaking out about his criminal corruption case as he seeks to dismiss all of the charges against him.
U.S. Supreme Court sets oral argument in ‘bad men’ treaty rights case (February 4, 2021)Tribal nations were concerned about “bad men” when they negotiated treaties. Will the U.S. Supreme Court uphold those promises?
NAFOA: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week (February 1, 2021)Shake off the Zoom fatigue and tune in to important updates!
Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation works to protect sovereignty (February 1, 2021)To keep collaboration strong and safeguard our sovereignty, the Cherokee Nation pays close attention what’s happening in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Chuck Hoskin: Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior (January 26, 2021)Deb Haaland is someone who knows what it is like to struggle and who always looks out for ways to help people, no matter their tribal affiliation, party, politics, or beliefs.
Oklahoma Supreme Court: Treat v. Stitt (January 26, 2021)The Oklahoma Supreme Court has issued a decision in Treat v. Stitt, a dispute over Class III gaming compacts in Oklahoma.
President Biden issues tribal consultation and nation-to-nation directive (January 26, 2021)“The United States has made solemn promises to Tribal Nations for more than two centuries,” says President Joe Biden.
Impeachment won’t stop Donald Trump from leaving impact on Indian Country (January 14, 2021)The loss of the presidential election and a second impeachment aren’t stopping the Trump administration from dropping new proposals on Indian Country.
Indian Country Today: Shoshone-Bannock Tribes prevail in sovereignty dispute (January 13, 2021)“This decision helps all of Indian Country in efforts to protect tribal lands and natural resources as well as the betterment of all people of southeast Idaho,” Chairman Devon Boyer of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes said.
Doug George-Kanentiio: Why the Mohawk people never had ‘chiefs’ (January 4, 2021)We must have the women take charge in Mohawk society.
Taos Pueblo celebrates return of ancestral land (December 9, 2020)Taos Pueblo wholeheartedly appreciates the support, leadership, the prayers, contributions, and sacrifices that brought Blue Lake back to our people.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules oversight hearing (December 7, 2020)The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will focus on tribal self-governance and cultural sovereignty as the 116th Congress winds down.
Supreme Court accepts first Indian law case in new conservative era (November 23, 2020)For the second time in as many years, the U.S. Supreme Court will be taking up a case that impacts the treaty rights of the Crow Tribe.
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Ancestors have given us the courage to remember (November 16, 2020)The history of the Northern Plains Indians has always been subsumed by isolationism, rejection and outright racism.
Chuck Hoskin: Protecting tribal sovereignty in Oklahoma (November 16, 2020)The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma are not at odds. We have the same goals of safety and justice for all Cherokees and all Oklahomans.
Kaiser Health News: Tribes confront rise in COVID-19 cases (November 12, 2020)Despite lacking jurisdiction over non-Indians, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are hoping the public will abide by coronavirus protection measures.
‘They want to see change’: Voters of Oglala Sioux Tribe elect new leaders (November 11, 2020)Kevin Killer, a former state lawmaker, and Alicia Mousseau, an expert in health and wellness issues, will be leading the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
State of Alaska backs Native corporations in COVID-19 dispute (November 5, 2020)The state of Alaska is siding with Native corporations over tribal governments in a closely-watched COVID-19 case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
COVID-19 funding dispute heads to Trump’s Supreme Court (November 3, 2020)With the nation’s highest court stacked with even more conservative justices, tribes are once again paying close attention to a COVID-19 funding dispute they thought was over.
Tim Giago: Republican governor fiddles while South Dakota burns (November 2, 2020)Kristi Noem has allowed COVID-19 to make South Dakota number one in the nation by not practicing the simple guidelines that tribes are following.
Former director of Bureau of Indian Affairs endorses Joe Biden (October 26, 2020)Joe Biden is the only choice for Indian Country this November, asserts a former official who served under numerous presidents.
Senate candidate touts tribal agenda in closely watched race (October 13, 2020)Steve Bullock promised to respect tribal sovereignty and support much-needed federal programs that benefit tribal citizens if elected to the U.S. Senate.
Joe Biden #IndigenousPeoplesDay (October 12, 2020)“As president, I’ll make tribal sovereignty and upholding our federal trust and treaty responsibilities to tribal nations the cornerstone of federal Indian policy,” Democratic candidate Joe Biden said on Indigenous Peoples Day.
Democratic National Committee recognizes Indigenous People’s Day (October 12, 2020)Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and DNC Native Caucus Chair Rion Ramirez released an Indigenous People’s Day statement.
Ivan Star Comes Out: We still don’t know how to govern ourselves (October 9, 2020)We have living conditions that hinder our desire to be treated with dignity and to be governed equitably or even to be truly self-governing.
Cronkite News: Tribes denied access to public health data (October 8, 2020)The Tribal Health Data Improvement Act aims to remove barriers that Native Americans face in accessing public health data – something even more critical in the COVID-19 era.
Peter d’Errico: Racist Indian law doctrine springs into action (October 8, 2020)How much longer America will tolerate a racist religious doctrine as part of its legal system?
Supreme Court opens new session amid COVID-19 and controversy (October 6, 2020)Amid growing uncertainty due to COVID-19, the U.S. Supreme Court opened its latest term as Republicans remain intent on confirming a conservative judge with virtually no experience in Indian law to the nation’s highest judicial body.
Gabe Galanda: The forgotten plight of the disenrolled in Indian Country (October 6, 2020)Despite all of the rhetoric on Capitol Hill about enhancing tribal law and order, deterring violence against our women, and bringing our missing and murdered relatives home, nobody expresses concern about the dehumanization associated with disenrollment.
Harold Frazier: Joe Biden for president of the United States (October 5, 2020)I am proud to support Joe Biden in the hopes that the agreements made between our nations in the name of peace will honored by United States of America.
Tribal Courts and Tribal Sovereignty symposium goes virtual (September 30, 2020)The Native American Law and Policy Institute at the Southern University Law Center will host its third annual Tribal Courts and Tribal Sovereignty symposium on October 16, 2020.
Trump administration deals with fallout from tribal victory at Supreme Court (September 30, 2020)The Trump administration tried to undermine tribal treaty rights at the nation’s highest court. Federal prosecutors are now paying the price.
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