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'We do need additional dollars': Tribes won't let up in fight over COVID-19 relief
'We do need additional dollars': Tribes won't let up in fight over COVID-19 relief (July 8, 2020)

Alaska Native corporations will continue to wait for more than a half-billion dollars in COVID-19 relief as tribal nations press the U.S. to fulfill its trust and treaty responsibilities.


Native Sun News Today: Alaska Native corporations to garner tribal pandemic relief
Native Sun News Today: Alaska Native corporations to garner tribal pandemic relief (July 6, 2020)

A federal judge has cleared the way for Alaska Native corporations to receive shares of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund that was designated for tribal governments.


Republican lawmaker finds way to blame tribes for Trump's delay in COVID-19 relief
Republican lawmaker finds way to blame tribes for Trump's delay in COVID-19 relief (July 2, 2020)

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.


Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief
Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief (June 29, 2020)

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.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief
Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief (June 26, 2020)

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


'We got these monies late': Trump administration makes tribes wait more than 80 days for full COVID-19 relief
'We got these monies late': Trump administration makes tribes wait more than 80 days for full COVID-19 relief (June 17, 2020)

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.


'Patently unfair': Judge won't let Trump administration delay COVID-19 relief again
'Patently unfair': Judge won't let Trump administration delay COVID-19 relief again (June 12, 2020)

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.


Treasury in spotlight as tribes await COVID-19 relief promised months ago
Treasury in spotlight as tribes await COVID-19 relief promised months ago (June 10, 2020)

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.


Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty
Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty (June 8, 2020)

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.


Native women confront missing and murdered task force over Trump's role in crisis
Native women confront missing and murdered task force over Trump's role in crisis (June 3, 2020)

The Trump administration's efforts to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in Indian Country are being undermined by the president himself, Native women asserted as outrage over police violence continues to sweep the nation.


'Incompetence': Trump administration warns of delayed COVID-19 relief for tribes
'Incompetence': Trump administration warns of delayed COVID-19 relief for tribes (June 2, 2020)

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.


'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes
'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes (May 29, 2020)

It was a federal judge's mistake but it forced the Trump administration into disclosing the troubles tribes are facing as they seek 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 COVID-19 challenges
'Am I cutting out again?': Missing and murdered task force off to shaky start amid COVID-19 challenges (May 28, 2020)

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.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal lawsuits force government to turn over 60 percent of Covid-19 money
Native Sun News Today: Tribal lawsuits force government to turn over 60 percent of Covid-19 money (May 20, 2020)

After tribal governments sued the Treasury Department for withholding COVID-19 relief money promised by Congress, the Trump administration announced the release of 60 percent of the $8 billion fund.


'Arbitrary and capricious': Study casts doubt on Trump administration's COVID-19 payments to tribes
'Arbitrary and capricious': Study casts doubt on Trump administration's COVID-19 payments to tribes (May 18, 2020)

As tribes continue to fight for the $8 billion in coronavirus relief they were promised more than seven weeks ago, new research is casting doubt on the accuracy and fairness of the Trump administration's handling of the fund.


'We waited for weeks': Tribal governments in line for additional coronavirus relief
'We waited for weeks': Tribal governments in line for additional coronavirus relief (May 12, 2020)

As tribal nations continue to fight for the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to them more than a month ago, Democrats in Congress are making good on pledges to provide more resources to the first Americans.


Donovan White: Respect Native people, Native nations, and Indian sovereignty
Donovan White: Respect Native people, Native nations, and Indian sovereignty (May 7, 2020)

Indian nations and tribes are the original American sovereigns. Our Creator blessed us with life and liberty.


'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action
'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action (April 30, 2020)

With yet another deadline looming, concerns are growing in Indian Country and on Capitol Hill about the fate of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments.


'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House
'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House (April 29, 2020)

Tribal leaders are once again questioning the Trump administration's commitment to their people, with the official who has been working on Indian Country issues being moved out of the White House in the middle of a pandemic.


Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute
Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute (April 28, 2020)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are celebrating after securing an initial victory against the Trump administration over its handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to their governments.


The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season
The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season (April 23, 2020)

The risk of transmission of the coronavirus in the Bristol Bay fishery of Alaska is not just high -- it is certain.


Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief
Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief (April 23, 2020)

With the coronavirus continuing to exact a heavy toll on the first Americans, a historic showdown is taking place in federal court as Indian Country fights over the future of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund promised to tribal governments.


Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money
Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money (April 21, 2020)

With just days left before an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is supposed to go out to Indian Country, the Trump administration has yet to decide how to distribute the much-needed money.


Donovan White: Alaska Native villages are Indian tribes. ANC Corporations are Not.
Donovan White: Alaska Native villages are Indian tribes. ANC Corporations are Not. (April 20, 2020)

The Seven Council Fires—Oceti Sakowin—of our Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota nations always stand up for our lands and treaties.


8 billion questions
8 billion questions (April 20, 2020)

The $8 billion tribal relief fund could be gone soon. Based on the leaking of sensitive information, it’s clear the pool will be far short of what’s needed.


'Broken promises': Tribes decry leak of private data from $8 billion coronavirus relief fund
'Broken promises': Tribes decry leak of private data from $8 billion coronavirus relief fund (April 20, 2020)

An investigation by Indianz.Com shows the White House was one of the first recipients of sensitive information on nearly 700 tribes and Native entities.


Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief (April 17, 2020)

Alaska Native corporations were among the first in line for an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund, preliminary data obtained by Indianz.Com shows, confirming fears of tribes in the lower 48 about for-profit entities receiving a share of money promised to their governments.


'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund
'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund (April 16, 2020)

Furor is growing among Indian nations in the lower 48 as the Trump administration refuses to change course on what one prominent leader calls a 'robbery happening in broad daylight.'


Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes
Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes (April 14, 2020)

With a major assist from the Trump administration, Alaska Native corporations are poised to claim a large share of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund despite not being tribal governments.


Tribes rush to respond to new coronavirus emergency created by Trump administration
Tribes rush to respond to new coronavirus emergency created by Trump administration (April 13, 2020)

As tribes work day and night to protect their already vulnerable communities from the deadly coronavirus, a new crisis has emerged from the Trump administration.


'We are not asking for a hand-out': Native contracting program under scrutiny amid success
'We are not asking for a hand-out': Native contracting program under scrutiny amid success (February 11, 2020)

A federal program has provided economic opportunities for companies owned by tribes and Alaska Native corporations but it has attracted some negative attention.


Sealaska announces results for board of directors election
Sealaska announces results for board of directors election (June 24, 2019)

Shareholders of Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, elected four people to the board of directors at their annual meeting


Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood
Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood (May 16, 2019)

Should the federal government stop issuing Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood?


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


Alaska Natives on witness list for hearing on drilling in Arctic refuge
Alaska Natives on witness list for hearing on drilling in Arctic refuge (March 25, 2019)

Alaska Natives who are on opposite sides of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are testifying on Capitol Hill.


Alaska Natives on opposite sides of energy development in Arctic refuge
Alaska Natives on opposite sides of energy development in Arctic refuge (March 20, 2019)

A bill to block energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge exposes a long-running divide among Native peoples in Alaska.


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing
Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing (December 15, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is stepping down from the Trump administration following yet another report of pervasive misconduct at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Alaska Native corporation celebrated drilling victory at White House
Alaska Native corporation celebrated drilling victory at White House (December 3, 2018)

The Trump era hasn't been the greatest for tribes in the lower 48 but it's been a different story for one wealthy Alaska Native corporation.


Mark Trahant: Ballot initiatives impact tribal communities in big ways
Mark Trahant: Ballot initiatives impact tribal communities in big ways (October 30, 2018)

There are a lot of reasons for Native voters to get the polls in Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington.


New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history
New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history (October 16, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Trump administration, is back home in Alaska.


Former employees take aim at National Congress of American Indians in #MeToo scandal
Former employees take aim at National Congress of American Indians in #MeToo scandal (October 9, 2018)

Women who complained about the way they were treated at the National Congress of American Indians often found they weren't believed.


Alaska Native corporations hold government contracts for border work
Alaska Native corporations hold government contracts for border work (July 25, 2018)

Alaska Native corporations are big players in government contracting. Some of their work takes them to the U.S. border.


Trump administration moves quickly on drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Trump administration moves quickly on drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (July 24, 2018)

The Trump administration's Alaska agenda is moving forward as Indian Country awaits the arrival of Tara Sweeney in Washington, D.C.


Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era
Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era (June 29, 2018)

More than 18 months into the Trump administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally has a new leader and it's a historic choice.


Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.


Museum in Germany returns items stolen from Native graves in Alaska
Museum in Germany returns items stolen from Native graves in Alaska (May 17, 2018)

A museum in Germany is returning items that were stolen from Native graves in Alaska to their rightful place.


Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (May 9, 2018)

After a long wait, Tara Sweeney finally went to Capitol Hill to share her vision for Indian Country.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing (May 8, 2018)

Clear your calendar: Tara Sweeney's confirmation hearing takes place on Wednesday at 4pm Eastern, or noon if you're in Alaska.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing (May 1, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is finally getting her day on Capitol Hill.


Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing
Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing (April 23, 2018)

A bill that repeals a remnant of a more paternalistic era in federal Indian policy is getting its first airing on Capitol Hill.


Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide
Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide (April 9, 2018)

As the nomination of Tara Sweeney to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs sits in limbo, her husband has entered into a new deal.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee in limbo due to corporate connection
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee in limbo due to corporate connection (March 9, 2018)

The nomination of Tara Sweeney as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs is being held up due to her ties to a Native corporation.


Witness list for House hearing on Alaska and Arizona tribal bills
Witness list for House hearing on Alaska and Arizona tribal bills (February 5, 2018)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on land bills affecting tribes in Alaska and Arizona.


Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest
Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest (January 23, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court won't be hearing a climate change dispute that drew intense interest among Alaska Natives.


Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development
Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development (November 15, 2017)

Alaska Native corporations and their shareholders stand to gain from energy development of their own lands within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again
Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again (November 2, 2017)

Alaska Natives remain as divided as ever as Republicans revive one of the most controversial policy debates in history: drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Alaska Native leaders and executives testify on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska Native leaders and executives testify on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (November 1, 2017)

Alaska Natives will be front and center at a hearing on energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Alaska Native corporation gets business up and running after devastating hurricane
Alaska Native corporation gets business up and running after devastating hurricane (October 23, 2017)

A subsidiary of an Alaska Native corporation is back in business after its operations thousands of miles away in Puerto Rico were affected by Hurricane Maria.