More: 2020

Native Sun News Today: 'Return the Black Hills' chant greets Trump
Native Sun News Today: 'Return the Black Hills' chant greets Trump (July 7, 2020)

Donald Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore provoked a rally of some 400 Native Americans and allies, who seized the opportunity to remind him he was trespassing on sacred Sioux Nation treaty land stolen in violation of the U.S. Constitution.


'A historic day': Tribes celebrate victory over Dakota Access as pipeline operator strikes back
'A historic day': Tribes celebrate victory over Dakota Access as pipeline operator strikes back (July 7, 2020)

Tribes fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline won a major victory as a judge ordered oil to stop flowing through treaty territory. But the battle is far from over.


Common Dreams: #DropOutHickenlooper say Indigenous activists
Common Dreams: #DropOutHickenlooper say Indigenous activists (June 29, 2020)

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


Chuck Hoskin: Stay safe and vote in June 30 election
Chuck Hoskin: Stay safe and vote in June 30 election (June 29, 2020)

With government leaders at all levels making life-and-death decisions about how to respond to COVID-19, and with State Question 802 potentially bringing home billions in federal tax dollars to care for Oklahomans, this election will be one of the most important we have seen.


Rusty Pickens and Geoffrey Roth: Rural Oklahoma needs Medicaid now
Rusty Pickens and Geoffrey Roth: Rural Oklahoma needs Medicaid now (June 29, 2020)

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


Cronkite News: Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them
Cronkite News: Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them (June 19, 2020)

Experts can cite any number of historical and logistical reasons why Native Americans have relatively low response rates to the Census, but Arbin Mitchell points to a very new, and very specific challenge this year – COVID-19.


Native Sun News Today: Native American candidates fare well in Montana 2020 primary
Native Sun News Today: Native American candidates fare well in Montana 2020 primary (June 16, 2020)

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


Montana Free Press: Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat
Montana Free Press: Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat (June 11, 2020)

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


Congress returns to Indian Country's agenda in age of COVID-19
Congress returns to Indian Country's agenda in age of COVID-19 (June 9, 2020)

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.


Wim Laven: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Wim Laven: Why did the chicken cross the road? (June 9, 2020)

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.


Indian Country Today: 'We tripled ... Native American women running' for North Dakota Legislature
Indian Country Today: 'We tripled ... Native American women running' for North Dakota Legislature (June 8, 2020)

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.


Native Sun News Today: Pandemic protocols portend census undercount on tribal lands
Native Sun News Today: Pandemic protocols portend census undercount on tribal lands (June 8, 2020)

The U.S. Census Bureau has missed 2020 operation targets on all but one of South Dakota’s nine reservations, illustrating the nationwide threat of an alarming Native American population undercount amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Indian Country Today: 4 Native candidates for Congress advance to November
Indian Country Today: 4 Native candidates for Congress advance to November (June 4, 2020)

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


Native Sun News Today Editorial: It is time to start preparing for the upcoming elections
Native Sun News Today Editorial: It is time to start preparing for the upcoming elections (June 1, 2020)

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.


Chuck Hoskin: Why I support State Question 802 Medicaid expansion
Chuck Hoskin: Why I support State Question 802 Medicaid expansion (June 1, 2020)

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


COVID-19 hinders accurate Census count in Indian Country
COVID-19 hinders accurate Census count in Indian Country (May 27, 2020)

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.


Shane Morigeau: My roots run deep in Montana
Shane Morigeau: My roots run deep in Montana (May 26, 2020)

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.


'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief
'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief (May 6, 2020)

Under fire in Indian Country, Congress and the courts, the Trump administration is finally releasing $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds promised to tribal governments over a month ago.


Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in coronavirus relief (May 5, 2020)

President Donald Trump is preparing to take credit for releasing the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund that his own administration has held up for more than a month, helping a vulnerable Republican along the way.


'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid COVID-19 pandemic
'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid COVID-19 pandemic (May 4, 2020)

With just a month left before voters go to the polls, Karen Bedonie is looking for ways to boost her struggling Congressional campaign during the worst public health crisis in decades.


Mark Charles: Trump and Biden are peddling nostalgia and that's a problem
Mark Charles: Trump and Biden are peddling nostalgia and that's a problem (April 15, 2020)

In a nation built on racism, sexism and white supremacy, the past is only nostalgic for white, land-owning men.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Publishing during a time of a pandemic
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Publishing during a time of a pandemic (April 14, 2020)

We apologize to our readers for not publishing for 2 weeks, but we have several employees with diabetes and other illnesses that make them very vulnerable to the coronavirus.


Down for the count: Tribes' Census response lags far behind state, U.S.
Down for the count: Tribes' Census response lags far behind state, U.S. (April 6, 2020)

Tribal response to the 2020 Census badly trails state and national rates, with the already-challenging task complicated by the arrival of COVID-19.


Shane Morigeau: We should do more to protect Montanans
Shane Morigeau: We should do more to protect Montanans (March 27, 2020)

Over the last few weeks we have seen numerous efforts brought forth to protect Montanans during these trying times.


Maricopa County ranks No. 2 for potential census undercount, report says
Maricopa County ranks No. 2 for potential census undercount, report says (March 26, 2020)

The U.S. Census Bureau has delayed field operations until at least April 1, so door-to-door visits are on hold as a result of the coronavirus.


After clear victory in Arizona, Biden looks to be in control
After clear victory in Arizona, Biden looks to be in control (March 23, 2020)

Coming out of the Arizona primary, former Vice President Joe Biden has emerged as the clear Democratic frontrunner ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders.


At filing deadline, Bullock announces challenge to Daines for U.S. Senate seat
At filing deadline, Bullock announces challenge to Daines for U.S. Senate seat (March 16, 2020)

Democrat Steve Bullock is challenging Steve Daines for his seat in the U.S. Senate, giving the incumbent Republican a daunting opponent in 2020.


Indian Country leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census
Indian Country leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census (March 16, 2020)

Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Election 2020 will be a bumpy and a dirty ride
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Election 2020 will be a bumpy and a dirty ride (March 13, 2020)

Washington D. C. is a community where up is down and down is up.


'The fight is here and now':  Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges
'The fight is here and now': Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges (March 12, 2020)

Republicans tried to derail a sacred sites hearing by using the coronavirus as an excuse. It didn't work.


Tribes head to Capitol Hill for 'historic' hearing on taxation issues
Tribes head to Capitol Hill for 'historic' hearing on taxation issues (March 4, 2020)

A Congressional hearing on tax issues in Indian Country is 'historic' in more ways than one.


Who’s positioned to gain from adult-use marijuana legalization
Who’s positioned to gain from adult-use marijuana legalization (March 3, 2020)

According to an analysis by multistate marijuana provider Verilife, the place with the largest number of dispensaries in the country per 50,000 residents is in Montana.


Albert Bender: Boom for whom? The 'zombie idea' of a booming Trump economy
Albert Bender: Boom for whom? The 'zombie idea' of a booming Trump economy (March 3, 2020)

This economy is terrible, for millions, as usual. The U.S. public must not be hoodwinked by fraudulent numbers.


Rep. Tom Cole: Socialism is not the American way
Rep. Tom Cole: Socialism is not the American way (March 2, 2020)

The Democratic Party’s tightening embrace of socialist proposals and politicians is real cause for alarm, especially in a country whose very foundation is liberty.


Democratic presidential race sees shakeup amid questions about one candidate's 'Native' ancestry
Democratic presidential race sees shakeup amid questions about one candidate's 'Native' ancestry (March 2, 2020)

The Democratic presidential race got a major jolt over the weekend as one candidate continues to face questions about Indian ancestry claims.


Opinion: Progress for Democrats and Indian Country
Opinion: Progress for Democrats and Indian Country (February 25, 2020)

Legendary Native activist Frank LaMere had a journal with three words on the cover: 'Make things happen.'


'There's nothing to be afraid of': Arizonans gear up for the 2020 census
'There's nothing to be afraid of': Arizonans gear up for the 2020 census (February 24, 2020)

'We have met one-on-one with all of the tribal nations in the state of Arizona,' an official from the U.S. Census Bureau said.


Tricia Zunker says it's back to work after Wisconsin primary victory
Tricia Zunker says it's back to work after Wisconsin primary victory (February 20, 2020)

Tricia Zunker has less than 90 days to convince voters that she is the right person to represent them in the U.S. Congress.


‘What’s old is new again’: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain
‘What’s old is new again’: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain (February 19, 2020)

Voting barriers for Native Americans have always existed, but polling cutbacks, discriminatory voter ID laws and lack of funding for elections are making things worse.


Ho-Chunk Nation citizen Tricia Zunker wins Congressional primary in Wisconsin
Ho-Chunk Nation citizen Tricia Zunker wins Congressional primary in Wisconsin (February 19, 2020)

Tricia Zunker is on her way to repeating history by becoming the third Native woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.


History again? Voters could send another Native woman to Congress
History again? Voters could send another Native woman to Congress (February 18, 2020)

'This is another overdue representation': Tricia Zunker is hoping to repeat history as another Native woman winning election to the U.S. Congress.


Native Sun News Today: ND Native Vote aims at 2020 Census
Native Sun News Today: ND Native Vote aims at 2020 Census (February 18, 2020)

Combating under-representation in the 2020 U.S. Census is the immediate priority for North Dakota Native Vote, a new advocacy group.


Bryan Newland: A president who will empower tribal nations
Bryan Newland: A president who will empower tribal nations (February 14, 2020)

I am proud to endorse Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president. Let me explain why.


Native Sun News Today: Liz May announces run for Congress
Native Sun News Today: Liz May announces run for Congress (February 13, 2020)

Liz Marty May, who represents part of the Pine Ridge Reservation in the South Dakota Legislature, is seeking higher office.


Meskwaki women lead the way for tribal community's Iowa caucus
Meskwaki women lead the way for tribal community's Iowa caucus (February 5, 2020)

The group of Meskwaki women who ran the caucus on their settlement in Iowa are passionate about politics.


'All hands on deck': Indian Country diabetes program faces loss of funding again
'All hands on deck': Indian Country diabetes program faces loss of funding again (February 4, 2020)

A successful program that helps tribes address high rates of diabetes in their communities is once again in danger of expiring despite widespread and bipartisan support.


Iowa caucus, Native style
Iowa caucus, Native style (February 3, 2020)

There are 1,678 caucus rooms in the state of Iowa. Only one is located in Indian Country.


Native Sun News Today: A 'Fast for the Future'
Native Sun News Today: A 'Fast for the Future' (January 28, 2020)

Lyla June Johnston, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, went on a hunger strike for her campaign in New Mexico.


Arizonans join thousands – and, in a first, a president – at March for Life
Arizonans join thousands – and, in a first, a president – at March for Life (January 27, 2020)

The thousands who turned out for the 47th March for Life had the same goal – reversing the Supreme Court ruling that recognized a woman’s right to an abortion.


Census studied citizenship question even after losing in Supreme Court
Census studied citizenship question even after losing in Supreme Court (January 14, 2020)

Even as it was losing the fight to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the Trump administration was running tests about it.


Tim Giago: What does the Bible say about ‘lying?’
Tim Giago: What does the Bible say about ‘lying?’ (January 13, 2020)

One lies and the others swear to it. That is the definite MO of the Trump Administration.


Schedule for Native American Presidential Forum in Nevada
Schedule for Native American Presidential Forum in Nevada (January 9, 2020)

At least four candidates will be attending the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.


Mark Charles: America's history rooted in colonialism, enslavement and terror
Mark Charles: America's history rooted in colonialism, enslavement and terror (January 6, 2020)

The United States of America needs an honest national dialogue regarding our own history.


Arizona lawmakers split, as House takes historic vote to impeach Trump
Arizona lawmakers split, as House takes historic vote to impeach Trump (December 19, 2019)

Lawmakers split along party lines on a historic vote to impeach Donald Trump, making him just the third president to be impeached and the first while facing re-election.


More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama
More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama (December 16, 2019)

With Democrats prepared to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers continue to advance legislation to benefit Indian Country's interests.


Chris Winters: Getting the money out of the U.S. political system
Chris Winters: Getting the money out of the U.S. political system (December 5, 2019)

Lost amid the daily news cycle now focused on the impeachment of the president is the fact that money continues to roll in.


'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles
'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles (December 3, 2019)

Legislation to revoke the Medals of Honor awarded to those who participated in the massacre of the Lakota people is gaining steam.


Steve Bullock’s issue was tribal sovereignty … now he’s gone
Steve Bullock’s issue was tribal sovereignty … now he’s gone (December 3, 2019)

The presidential candidate who paid the most attention to Indian Country is calling it quits.


House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona
House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona (November 22, 2019)

A House committee gave approval to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back decades.


'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty
'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty (November 7, 2019)

Fawn Sharp grew up steeped in the tribal activist culture of the Pacific Northwest.