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'The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set': Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions
'The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set': Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions (June 24, 2020)

A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent.


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.


'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.


Native Sun News Today: Johnson-O'Malley program finally in line for an update
Native Sun News Today: Johnson-O'Malley program finally in line for an update (August 23, 2019)

Modernizing the Johnson-O’Malley Program for Indian students is going to take a lot of work.


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?


Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas apologizes for 'disrespectful and insensitive comments'
Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas apologizes for 'disrespectful and insensitive comments' (May 1, 2019)

Community members are calling for the ouster of the interim chief executive officer and the clinical director of the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas.


'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.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism and colonialism continue to affect our people today
Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism and colonialism continue to affect our people today (January 25, 2019)

The federal government's purpose is to subjugate and control us Natives on our own treaty lands.


Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law
Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law (January 7, 2019)

A new federal law is a remedy for a huge injustice that has led to a devastating loss of land for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills (November 26, 2018)

Three symbolic resolutions and three substantive bills are advancing as the clock winds down on the 115th Congress.


Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era
Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era (November 19, 2018)

Two years of Republican control in the nation's capital have resulted in few concrete gains for Indian Country.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (November 13, 2018)

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (November 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the historic mid-term election.


Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe confronts new blood challenge
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe confronts new blood challenge (October 30, 2018)

It has been extremely challenging to get information from the leaderless Northern Cheyenne Tribe.


Two Native American geneticists interpret Elizabeth Warren's DNA test
Two Native American geneticists interpret Elizabeth Warren's DNA test (October 23, 2018)

Elizabeth Warren's decision to release the results of a DNA analysis was a political ploy.


'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action
'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action (September 13, 2018)

Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.


Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.


Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee
Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee (June 12, 2018)

Bills to address blood quantum in Oklahoma, tribal recognition and the Indian Health Service are taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.


House committee set to advance Republican-sponsored Indian bills
House committee set to advance Republican-sponsored Indian bills (May 22, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is due to advance three Indian bills at a markup session on Capitol Hill.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Blood quantum has been used to divide our people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Blood quantum has been used to divide our people (April 4, 2018)

We are at the complete mercy of the federal and tribal governments as they control every aspect of our lives on the reservation.


Bureau of Indian Affairs strips blood quantum from proposed Johnson O'Malley rule
Bureau of Indian Affairs strips blood quantum from proposed Johnson O'Malley rule (March 23, 2018)

Depending how you look at it, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is either catching up with old business or making things more complicated for the popular Johnson O'Malley education program.


Federal judge who questioned 'Indian blood' and tribal courts resigns due to sexual harassment
Federal judge who questioned 'Indian blood' and tribal courts resigns due to sexual harassment (December 18, 2017)

A prominent federal judge who has questioned whether certain criminal laws should be based on 'Indian blood' and whether tribal courts are fair is resigning after being repeatedly accused of sexual harassment.


House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma
House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma (October 3, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on three tribal bills, including one of significant interest in Oklahoma.


Alaina Roberts: Freedmen dispute was really about blood quantum and race
Alaina Roberts: Freedmen dispute was really about blood quantum and race (September 7, 2017)

As the Cherokee Freedmen celebrate a long-overdue court victory, Alaina Roberts reflects on the struggle over blood and belonging in tribal communities.


New York Times turns to Native Americans for Conversation on Race project
New York Times turns to Native Americans for Conversation on Race project (August 16, 2017)

As part of its Conversation on Race project, The New York Times features a short film that focuses on Native American views on race, blood quantum and other issues.


Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)

Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.


Appeals court won't rehear Santa Ynez Band enrollment dispute
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Appeals court won't rehear Santa Ynez Band enrollment dispute (April 6, 2017)

Rosanna Miranda and her relatives haven't decided whether to take the case to the nation's highest court.


Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act (October 24, 2016)

Turning Oklahoma into an isolated island in Indian Country serves no purpose for anyone.


Jenni Giovannetti: #NoDAPL inspires a mixed-blood keyboard warrior
Jenni Giovannetti: #NoDAPL inspires a mixed-blood keyboard warrior (September 30, 2016)

I named my column Iyeska for a reason. Iyeska means mixed blood.


Blackfeet Nation membership criteria still a matter of huge debate
Blackfeet Nation membership criteria still a matter of huge debate (August 19, 2016)

The proposed constitution does not address enrollment at all but critics are worried about potential changes down the line.


St. Croix Chippewa Tribe ordered to reinstate five ousted members
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe ordered to reinstate five ousted members (August 17, 2016)

The disenrollment effort violated 'basic tenets of justice and fairness,' a tribal court judge ruled.


St. Croix Chippewa Tribe defends effort to remove five from rolls
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe defends effort to remove five from rolls (August 5, 2016)

A judge heard arguments from both sides of the dispute on July 25 and a decision is expected shortly.


Appeals court reverses conviction due to tribal certificate dispute
Appeals court reverses conviction due to tribal certificate dispute (August 3, 2016)

Even though Edgar Alvirez won a reversal, the case took so long to resolve that he completed the terms of his sentence for an assault on an Indian woman.


Disenrollees of Pala Band ask federal appeals court for rehearing
Disenrollees of Pala Band ask federal appeals court for rehearing (July 14, 2016)

More than 150 people who were disenrolled say the Bureau of Indian Affairs has a duty to protect their rights.


Peter d'Errico: New book unpacks myths about Native Americans
Peter d'Errico: New book unpacks myths about Native Americans (July 5, 2016)

'All the Real Indians Died Off' will hit the market in time for this year's debates about celebrating or mourning the arrival of Columbus and his boat people from their ocean-crossing journey to this continent.


St. Croix Chippewa Tribe removes 10 people from rolls amid debate
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St. Croix Chippewa Tribe removes 10 people from rolls amid debate (June 28, 2016)

The move comes as the Wisconsin tribe asks members about its one-half blood quantum standard, one of just a few in Indian Country.


White Mountain Apache Tribe to vote on lowering blood quantum
White Mountain Apache Tribe to vote on lowering blood quantum (June 7, 2016)

Membership is currently open to people with at least one-half Indian blood, provided that one-fourth comes from White Mountain blood.


John McCoy: Disenrollment efforts and blood quantum policies are not our way
John McCoy: Disenrollment efforts and blood quantum policies are not our way (May 25, 2016)

Disenrollment is fueled by greed—pure and simple.


Isleta Pueblo set to change blood quantum standard after vote
Isleta Pueblo set to change blood quantum standard after vote (May 17, 2016)

Tribal members voted to lower the standard from 1/2 to 1/4 Isleta blood but some challenges have been filed.


Supreme Court won't hear Indian blood quantum and race case
Supreme Court won't hear Indian blood quantum and race case (April 25, 2016)

Damien Zepeda, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, will continue to serve a lengthy prison sentence for a crime he committed in 2008.


Winnebago Tribe plans election to adjust blood quantum standard
Winnebago Tribe plans election to adjust blood quantum standard (April 15, 2016)

Prospective members would be required to be at least one-eighth Winnebago and at least one-fourth Indian.


Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe should allow voting for all members
Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe should allow voting for all members (April 13, 2016)

Today is one of those days when we scratch our heads and say, 'Where does time go?'


Final brief sent to Supreme Court in Indian blood and race case
Final brief sent to Supreme Court in Indian blood and race case (April 12, 2016)

A member of the Gila River Indian Community who is serving a lengthy prison sentence is hoping the nation's highest court won't see him as an 'Indian.'


Supreme Court petition presents blood quantum and race issues
Supreme Court petition presents blood quantum and race issues (March 28, 2016)

A member of the Gila River Indian Community who is serving a lengthy prison sentence is hoping the nation's highest court won't see him as an 'Indian.'


Anna Pulley: Tribes disenroll their own as more claim to be Indian
Anna Pulley: Tribes disenroll their own as more claim to be Indian (March 14, 2016)

The #StopDisenrollment campaign attempts to bring awareness to the sad irony of Natives imposing the government’s racial categories, which were created to oppress them, and using those same systems to disenfranchise their own people.


Harold Monteau: BIA can't terminate responsibility to disenrolled
Harold Monteau: BIA can't terminate responsibility to disenrolled (March 14, 2016)

The United States has figured out a very disingenuous (sly, if you will) way to bring about the disappearance of Indian Tribes by shirking its fiduciary duties under the guise of promoting 'Tribal Sovereignty.'


Damien Lee: Let First Nations determine their citizenship laws
Damien Lee: Let First Nations determine their citizenship laws (February 19, 2016)

Adoption stories provide us with an opportunity to see inherent indigenous citizenship laws in action.


Native basketball tournament bars player who lacks Indian blood
Native basketball tournament bars player who lacks Indian blood (February 11, 2016)

Josiah Wilson is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation and is considered an "Indian" under Canadian law but his lack of Indian blood is keeping him off the court.


White Mountain Apache Tribe considers change to blood quantum
White Mountain Apache Tribe considers change to blood quantum (February 10, 2016)

Membership is currently open to people with at least one-half Indian blood, provided that one-fourth comes from White Mountain blood.


Terese Marie Mailhot: How I ended up marrying a non-Indian man
Terese Marie Mailhot: How I ended up marrying a non-Indian man (January 6, 2016)

I looked for a Native man, and it was tough. Every Native man within 50 miles of me was related to me.


Michael Santiago: Learning from the stories of Black Natives
Michael Santiago: Learning from the stories of Black Natives (November 12, 2015)

'Afro Native Narratives' aims to bring the discussion of Black Native identity to the forefront and bring forward the faces of Black Natives who continue to embrace the traditions of their ancestors.


 Harlan McKosato: Let's get creative with tribal blood quantum
Harlan McKosato: Let's get creative with tribal blood quantum (October 19, 2015)

Let’s throw out the old system and become innovative and create one that is more inclusive.


Timothy Davis: Indian Child Welfare Act protects sovereignty
Timothy Davis: Indian Child Welfare Act protects sovereignty (September 14, 2015)

We have cultural, historical, and political binding aspects directing our need to participate and be a part of our society.


Opinion: Indian Child Welfare Act doesn't help Indian children
Opinion: Indian Child Welfare Act doesn't help Indian children (September 3, 2015)

The nation still is stained by the sordid business of assigning group identities and rights.


Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Blood quantum used to judge Indian people
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Blood quantum used to judge Indian people (August 31, 2015)

Blood quantum is perhaps the biggest determinant of Indian authenticity, but even those who are full blood can be deemed not real based on some stereotypes or legal definitions of what real Indians are.


James Giago Davies: Standing up for my mixed Indian heritage
James Giago Davies: Standing up for my mixed Indian heritage (August 12, 2015)

I have heard many Lakota refer to mixed blood Lakota as Iyeska, and they are not talking about interpreter, which was the historic definition of the word.


Micah Armstrong: A war over blood quantum in Indian Country
Micah Armstrong: A war over blood quantum in Indian Country (August 12, 2015)

So think for a moment, if blood-quantum requirements stay in control, what happens to our lands?


Charles Trimble: Being mixed-race Indian and being proud of it
Charles Trimble: Being mixed-race Indian and being proud of it (July 29, 2015)

As many who have read my columns over the years know, I am a so-called Iyeska – a mixed-blood product of a Lakota mother and white father.


James Giago Davies: Mixed-race Indians shamed over blood
James Giago Davies: Mixed-race Indians shamed over blood (July 24, 2015)

I am not less Indian than an Indian because I have Wasicu blood, and I am not less Wasicu than a Wasicu because I have Indian blood.