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Native Sun News Today: MHA sues USA: Nations at odds over Missouri riverbed rights
Native Sun News Today: MHA sues USA: Nations at odds over Missouri riverbed rights (July 29, 2020)

The Trump administration has rescinded yet another pro-tribal legal opinion, forcing the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation to go to court to protect its trust and treaty rights.


Bureau of Indian Affairs orders pipeline company to pay $187 million for trespassing
Bureau of Indian Affairs orders pipeline company to pay $187 million for trespassing (July 13, 2020)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has ordered an oil pipeline company to pay $187 million for trespassing on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.


Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation faces $147 million claim from business owner
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation faces $147 million claim from business owner (July 8, 2020)

A citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is pursuing a $147 million claim against her own tribe over a business deal gone bad, Buffalo's Fire reports.


Mary Annette Pember: Catholic Church took $30 million in trust funds from Indian students
Mary Annette Pember: Catholic Church took $30 million in trust funds from Indian students (July 7, 2020)

The impacts of the Indian boarding and day school era extend beyond the emotional, physical and sexual abuse suffered by students. The financial toll, it turns out, was heavy as well.


Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump (July 2, 2020)

The Trump administration is threatening to take away law enforcement from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.


Supreme Court winds down unusual term with tribal sovereignty case on docket
Supreme Court winds down unusual term with tribal sovereignty case on docket (June 23, 2020)

As Indian Country continues to wait for a decision in a closely-watched sovereignty case, the nation's highest court is turning away long-running challenges to tribal treaty and land rights.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Abusing power through ignorance
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Abusing power through ignorance (June 11, 2020)

Our South Dakota governor is just a Republican sycophant knows almost nothing about Sioux political and legal history, and consults with Donald Trump's White House at every opportunity.


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.


Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump
Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump (May 21, 2020)

First Kristi Noem made a legal threat. Now she's asking Donald Trump for help in taking down coronavirus checkpoints on two reservations.


'You're gonna have a lot of trouble': Judge trashes Trump over changes in tribal homelands policy
'You're gonna have a lot of trouble': Judge trashes Trump over changes in tribal homelands policy (May 20, 2020)

A federal judge trashed the Trump administration for changing course on Indian Country homelands policy during the worst public health crisis in decades.


'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.


Native Sun News Today: BIA steps on tribal sovereignty
Native Sun News Today: BIA steps on tribal sovereignty (May 7, 2020)

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier answered a Bureau of Indian Affairs challenge to COVID-19 checkpoints on the reservation with a challenge of his own.


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.


'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.


'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.


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.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: The time is now to #StandWithMashpee
Brian Lightfoot Brown: The time is now to #StandWithMashpee (April 20, 2020)

Over the past 11 years, Indian Country has made several attempts to gain a clean Carcieri fix. So it is at this point, I come to Indian Country yet again.


'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.


'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 need the money right now': Tribes await billions of dollars in coronavirus relief
'We need the money right now': Tribes await billions of dollars in coronavirus relief (April 1, 2020)

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Indian Country continuing to rise, the Trump administration is embarking on the most consequential tribal consultation in recent history.


'We were asking for a lot more': Lawmakers fought hard for Indian Country coronavirus relief funds
'We were asking for a lot more': Lawmakers fought hard for Indian Country coronavirus relief funds (March 26, 2020)

A coronavirus relief bill includes an $8 billion fund for tribal governments but it almost got cut out of the final package.


Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation
Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation (March 26, 2020)

With number of positive COVID-19 cases rising in tribal communities, Indian Country will finally see billions of dollars from a coronavirus package almost over the finish line on Capitol Hill.


USET SPF: Tribal sovereignty should not be held hostage by Washington politics
USET SPF: Tribal sovereignty should not be held hostage by Washington politics (March 13, 2020)

The right of a Tribal Nation to have a land base is a core aspect of Tribal sovereignty and cultural identity, and it represents the foundation of our Tribal economies.


Trump administration changes course with withdrawal of pro-tribal homelands policy
Trump administration changes course with withdrawal of pro-tribal homelands policy (March 10, 2020)

Indian Country is once again falling victim to the Trump administration's disastrous tribal homelands agenda with the withdrawal of a pro-tribal legal opinion.


Pamunkey Tribe confronts questions about race-based history
Pamunkey Tribe confronts questions about race-based history (March 9, 2020)

The recently-recognized Pamunkey Tribe is once again facing questions about its race-based past.


Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe'
Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe' (March 4, 2020)

A Cayuga Nation leader’s decision to tear down 12 properties with the assistance of newly-sworn in tribal police officers has sparked a series of protests and altercation in New York.


Lawmakers look at Trump's Indian Country budget request
Lawmakers look at Trump's Indian Country budget request (March 4, 2020)

President Trump is proposing cuts to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala tribal staff caps water well with uranium in it
Native Sun News Today: Oglala tribal staff caps water well with uranium in it (February 19, 2020)

An official statement barring forbidden levels of uranium in drinking water caused turmoil, but the supply has been capped by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


'We want tribal consultation': Trump administration pushed to improve missing and murdered task force
'We want tribal consultation': Trump administration pushed to improve missing and murdered task force (February 12, 2020)

The Trump administration is looking to incorporate more voices into its new missing and murdered task force following complaints from Indian Country.


'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands
'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands (February 12, 2020)

The Trump administration's point person on Indian policy took a brutal beating as tribal leaders warned about dire threats to their sovereignty.


Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (February 10, 2020)

The Trump administration plans to spend more money on the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans amid complaints that it isn't doing enough to address what is widely considered an epidemic.


Indian Country awaits latest budget proposal from Trump administration
Indian Country awaits latest budget proposal from Trump administration (February 10, 2020)

President Donald Trump is releasing his latest budget request, a document that signals his administration's commitment to fulfilling it trust and treaty obligations.


Aaron Payment seeks re-election as leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe
Aaron Payment seeks re-election as leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe (February 10, 2020)

Treaties, economic development and improving services for his people are among Aaron Payment's priorities as chair of the largest Indian nation east of the Mississippi.


Gabe Galanda: The United States must help stop disenrollment
Gabe Galanda: The United States must help stop disenrollment (February 7, 2020)

Indigenous America is once again facing off with disenrollment.


National Advisory Council on Indian Education hosts meeting in Washington DC
National Advisory Council on Indian Education hosts meeting in Washington DC (January 31, 2020)

The National Museum of the American Indian will host Indian educators on February 13-14.


Presidential task force tackles 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Presidential task force tackles 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (January 29, 2020)

Despite committing no new federal funds for the initiative, the Trump administration is moving forward with efforts to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.


'It makes it hard to like your people': #StopDisenrolllment campaign returns amid rise in tribal removals
'It makes it hard to like your people': #StopDisenrolllment campaign returns amid rise in tribal removals (January 27, 2020)

Disenrollment is once again on the rise, according to tribal advocates and victims of a practice seen as unfair and dehumanizing.


'An Indian is an Indian is an Indian': Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act
'An Indian is an Indian is an Indian': Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act (January 23, 2020)

Indian Country turned out in full force to defend the sovereignty of tribal nations and their most valuable asset — their children.


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.


'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition
'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition (December 18, 2019)

After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition.


After 15 years, UKB signs deed to land in trust
After 15 years, UKB signs deed to land in trust (December 11, 2019)

After waiting more than 15 years, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians finally has land in trust.


Dr. Jim Wilson: A man of his time
Dr. Jim Wilson: A man of his time (December 11, 2019)

The story behind the story of tribal self-determination and the politics of Indian Country's remarkable journey towards self-rule cannot be told without Dr. Jim Wilson as a central figure.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing (December 11, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.


Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women
Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women (December 2, 2019)

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.


Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony (November 27, 2019)

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?


President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country
President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country (November 26, 2019)

He didn't offend anyone. He didn't brag about himself. He didn't lash out at his opponents. He was just the president, among a group of tribal leaders.


YES! Magazine: Alcatraz activist documents decades of 'Native Resistance'
YES! Magazine: Alcatraz activist documents decades of 'Native Resistance' (November 22, 2019)

A new book traces the path of pan-Native activism.


‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes
‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes (November 21, 2019)

Tribal leaders went before Congress to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time.


'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item
'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item (November 18, 2019)

The Acoma Shield is finally coming home after years in legal and political limbo.


Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation faces federal recognition deadline
Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation faces federal recognition deadline (November 18, 2019)

It's National Native American Heritage Month and one tribe is trying to prove that it qualifies for federal recognition.


Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing
Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing (November 13, 2019)

A bipartisan bill to address child abuse and neglect in tribal communities has the support of Indian Country organizations.


Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era
Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era (November 6, 2019)

Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.


Indian student count finally being updated for the modern era
Indian student count finally being updated for the modern era (November 4, 2019)

Funding for the popular Johnson O'Malley Program might actually increase thanks to a new count of Indian students.


Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children
Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children (October 31, 2019)

A disproportionate number of sexual predators have preyed on Indian Country and Native women.