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'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus
'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus (June 26, 2020)

Tribal citizens continue to feel disproportionate effects of the coronavirus in New Mexico, more than three months into a pandemic that continues to spread throughout Indian Country.


'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.


Native Sun News Today: Border town school cuts student’s hair
Native Sun News Today: Border town school cuts student’s hair (March 16, 2020)

A Lakota mother is angry: 'It's our traditional way to not cut our hair, unless for ceremonial purposes. STOP CUTTING THEIR HAIR!'


Oglala Sioux Tribe votes on legalizing marijuana and alcohol
Oglala Sioux Tribe votes on legalizing marijuana and alcohol (March 9, 2020)

Citizens of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are weighing two big issues this week.


Respect and understanding of Lakota culture are severely lacking
Respect and understanding of Lakota culture are severely lacking (January 16, 2020)

Indigenous people have been subjected to a disparaging existence on the Great Plains and in the He Sapa (Black Hills) for decades.


Tim Giago: Scenic and the Main Street bars of Rapid City
Tim Giago: Scenic and the Main Street bars of Rapid City (November 18, 2019)

A bar in a reservation border town once had a sign with 'No Indians Allowed' carved in wood.


A Veteran's Day Salute
A Veteran's Day Salute (November 8, 2019)

Our attention focuses upon Native Americans, a well-known fact that among all ethnic groups, our people have the highest rate of voluntary service.


'The spirits are talking': Leaders speak of hope and healing in reservation border town
'The spirits are talking': Leaders speak of hope and healing in reservation border town (October 30, 2019)

The wind speaks in this place. Sometimes it’s loud and abrasive and seeks to humble those who have failed to listen to the truths it has breathed upon them.


Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure (October 28, 2019)

I will keep writing every year until the deaths of Native American men and women are resolved.


Never count out the elderly ladies
Never count out the elderly ladies (October 15, 2019)

The closing of a thrift store in Sheridan, Wyoming, has turned out to be good news for the Northern Cheyenne people.


Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town
Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town (October 8, 2019)

It’s good to live off the Rez, but still be close enough to visit home.


Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town
Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town (October 1, 2019)

As border towns go, Sheridan, Wyoming, may be one of the best, though, in my opinion, it could improve on relationships with Natives.


Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town
Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town (September 25, 2019)

As border towns go, Sheridan, Wyoming, may be one of the best, though, in my opinion, it could improve on relationships with Natives.


Native activist receives honorary degree for work in border town
Native activist receives honorary degree for work in border town (May 13, 2019)

Frank LaMere was arrested for protesting the sale of liquor in a community near the Pine Ridge Reservation. Now his work is being celebrated.


'That’s first-degree murder': Lakota father seeks justice for son slain by police officer
'That’s first-degree murder': Lakota father seeks justice for son slain by police officer (May 1, 2019)

Clarence Leading Fighter, 32, was shot and killed inside a church in Nebraska. His family wants answers.


Healing center aims to offer hope in reservation border town
Healing center aims to offer hope in reservation border town (April 30, 2019)

Liquor sales have ended in Whiteclay, a town near the Pine Ridge Reservation. But the healing is only beginning.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is a far too common experience for Native people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is a far too common experience for Native people (January 7, 2019)

My life has been one big racial experience but this does not mean I encountered it every day and minute of my life.


Tim Giago: Apology owed for racist treatment of Native youth
Tim Giago: Apology owed for racist treatment of Native youth (November 26, 2018)

Native people stopped going to hockey games in Rapid City, South Dakota, after a racist incident.


Activists mark year since official halt to liquor sales in Whiteclay
Activists mark year since official halt to liquor sales in Whiteclay (October 8, 2018)

Millions of cans of beer are no longer being sold in a small reservation border town.


Activists seek action on unsolved deaths in Pine Ridge Reservation border town
Activists seek action on unsolved deaths in Pine Ridge Reservation border town (February 7, 2018)

Activists in Nebraska are continuing the fight for justice in Whiteclay, calling on law enforcement to investigate several unsolved deaths and murders in the reservation border town.


Shooter at school near reservation frequented pro-Trump White supremacist sites
Shooter at school near reservation frequented pro-Trump White supremacist sites (December 15, 2017)

The 21-year-old New Mexico man who killed two students at a school near the Navajo Nation frequented pro-Donald Trump White supremacist websites and praised school shooters, The Daily Beast reports.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We should be asking ourselves 'What's next?' at Whiteclay
Ivan Star Comes Out: We should be asking ourselves 'What's next?' at Whiteclay (November 16, 2017)

The Whiteclay name has always been associated with alcohol and is a reminder of the government’s systematic appropriation of original treaty lands.


Lakota man dreams of building tipis in Whiteclay to rebuild border town economy
Lakota man dreams of building tipis in Whiteclay to rebuild border town economy (November 7, 2017)

Leo Yankton sees an opportunity to bring economic development to Whiteclay, a long-vilified place where four beer stores sold the equivalent of nearly 4 million cans of beer a year until being shut down.


Trump administration won't pursue charges in fatal shooting of Navajo citizen
Trump administration won't pursue charges in fatal shooting of Navajo citizen (October 31, 2017)

The Navajo Nation is weighing legal options after the Trump administration declined to file charges against a police officer who shot and killed a tribal citizen.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal leaders absent at border town liquor summit
Native Sun News Today: Tribal leaders absent at border town liquor summit (October 13, 2017)

The Whiteclay Summit consisted mostly of white people -- nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, healthcare officials, Christian outreach groups -- but very few Native Americans.


Native Sun News Today: Liquor stores in reservation border town remain closed
Native Sun News Today: Liquor stores in reservation border town remain closed (October 4, 2017)

The beer stores in Whiteclay will remain closed – likely for good after the Nebraska Supreme Court issued a decision in the closely-watched case.


Another fatal accident in Nebraska linked to alcohol sales near reservation border
Another fatal accident in Nebraska linked to alcohol sales near reservation border (September 14, 2017)

Another fatal accident in Nebraska is being linked to the sale of alcohol near the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Native Sun News Today: The fight for Whiteclay moves into the court system
Native Sun News Today: The fight for Whiteclay moves into the court system (September 8, 2017)

The fight for Whiteclay has moved to the state capital as the fate of the four beer stores lies in the hands of the Nebraska Supreme Court.


Liquor stores in Pine Ridge Reservation border town ask court for ruling to reopen
Liquor stores in Pine Ridge Reservation border town ask court for ruling to reopen (August 29, 2017)

The Nebraska Supreme Court heard arguments in a landmark case affecting the sale of liquor in a town near the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Native Sun News Today: Artist captures life in Rosebud Reservation border town
Native Sun News Today: Artist captures life in Rosebud Reservation border town (August 25, 2017)

Growing up on the periphery of the Rosebud Reservation, artist Jane Seaton enjoyed a childhood unlike many others.


Whiteclay liquor store owners head to highest court in Nebraska
Whiteclay liquor store owners head to highest court in Nebraska (May 10, 2017)

Beer is no longer flowing in a small town near the Pine Ridge Reservation as a lawsuit plays out in the state courts.


Native Sun News Today: Whiteclay liquor sales come to an abrupt halt
Native Sun News Today: Whiteclay liquor sales come to an abrupt halt (May 9, 2017)

Liquor licenses for Jumping Eagle Inn, State Line Liquor, Arrowhead Inn and D&S Pioneer were set to expire April 30, and under advisement of their attorneys, the four stores shuttered their doors.


Whiteclay goes quiet as liquor stores near reservation shut down
Whiteclay goes quiet as liquor stores near reservation shut down (May 1, 2017)

Liquor is no longer flowing in a small town near the Pine Ridge Reservation for the first time in more than a century.


Whiteclay liquor stores must close temporarily amid court battle
Whiteclay liquor stores must close temporarily amid court battle (April 28, 2017)

The stores near the Pine Ridge Reservation are being advised to stop selling liquor when their licenses expire over the weekend.


Whiteclay liquor stores win surprise court ruling on liquor licenses
Whiteclay liquor stores win surprise court ruling on liquor licenses (April 27, 2017)

A judge in Nebraska gave the owners a big victory, allowing them to continue selling beer near the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Native Sun News Today: Battle over Whiteclay liquor just beginning
Native Sun News Today: Battle over Whiteclay liquor just beginning (April 27, 2017)

Frank LaMere, who crusaded against alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Nebraska, for more than two decades, broke down into tears.


Whiteclay liquor stores aim to stay open pending fight for licenses
Whiteclay liquor stores aim to stay open pending fight for licenses (April 26, 2017)

The stores in the tiny Nebraska town are supposed to shut down when their licenses expire over the weekend.


Whiteclay liquor stores ordered to shut down after losing licenses
Whiteclay liquor stores ordered to shut down after losing licenses (April 20, 2017)

A day many Native people thought would never come finally arrived in Nebraska.


Nebraska commission holds long hearing on Whiteclay liquor stores
Nebraska commission holds long hearing on Whiteclay liquor stores (April 7, 2017)

Tribal officials, activists and allies said the stores should lose their licenses because they create numerous problems.


Native Sun News Today: Whiteclay liquor sales up for review again
Native Sun News Today: Whiteclay liquor sales up for review again (March 21, 2017)

Nebraska’s state liquor commission will decide the fate of the tiny but notorious town of Whiteclay, whose livelihood depends on selling beer to vulnerable Lakota.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Shutting down Whiteclay liquor stores won't address our addictions
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Shutting down Whiteclay liquor stores won't address our addictions (February 24, 2017)

Lakota Hope has started a fund raising campaign to raise $6.3 million dollars to buy out the four stores selling alcohol in Whiteclay. Say what?


Native Sun News Today: Tribal citizens share bordertown stories
Native Sun News Today: Tribal citizens share bordertown stories (September 20, 2016)

The Montana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission heard a number of heart-wrenching personal experiences from Native people.


Harlan McKosato: Let's work to ensure Native lives really matter
Harlan McKosato: Let's work to ensure Native lives really matter (August 18, 2016)

The national media never mentions that more Natives are killed by police, per capita, than any other racial or ethnic group.


Civil Rights Commission sets briefing on border town discrimination
Civil Rights Commission sets briefing on border town discrimination (August 1, 2016)

The Montana Advisory Committee will hear from tribal leaders and other officials about discrimination faced by Native Americans in Montana's largest city.


Justice Department to investigate fatal shooting of Navajo woman by police officer
Justice Department to investigate fatal shooting of Navajo woman by police officer (August 1, 2016)

Loreal Tsingine, a 27-year-old mother, was shot and killed in Winslow, Arizona, a community near the reservation border.


Lakota Country Times: Blaze destroys Native-owned grocery store
Lakota Country Times: Blaze destroys Native-owned grocery store (August 1, 2016)

A store owned by a local Lakota family burned to the ground in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska.


Pamela Peters: Leaving the Navajo Nation helped me find purpose
Pamela Peters: Leaving the Navajo Nation helped me find purpose (August 1, 2016)

As a very young child, it didn’t occur to me to question my family’s bi-cultural way of my life.


Police officer cleared for fatal shooting of Navajo Nation woman
Police officer cleared for fatal shooting of Navajo Nation woman (July 25, 2016)

Loreal Juana Barnell Tsingine was killed on March 27 in Winslow, Arizona, a community near the reservation.


Johnny Rustywire: Navajo mother worked hard at motel for family
Johnny Rustywire: Navajo mother worked hard at motel for family (July 25, 2016)

The Pony Soldier Motel on Route 66 was just around the bend to East Flag—as in Flagstaff, Arizona, called Kinlani in Navajo.


Activists seek closure of liquor stores in reservation border town
Activists seek closure of liquor stores in reservation border town (June 8, 2016)

Four stores in a town of 10 people are responsible for selling an estimated 3.5 million cans of beer a year.


Albert Bender: Navajo woman gunned down by police officer in border town
Albert Bender: Navajo woman gunned down by police officer in border town (May 12, 2016)

Who should be considered credible? Border town police who have a reputation for wantonly abusing and killing Native people?


Border town promises change after fatal shooting of Navajo woman
Border town promises change after fatal shooting of Navajo woman (May 10, 2016)

Loreal Tsingine, 27, was shot and killed by a police officer in Winslow, Arizona, on March 27.


Brothers awarded $450K for anti-Indian beating at New Mexico bar
Brothers awarded $450K for anti-Indian beating at New Mexico bar (May 5, 2016)

A bouncer testified that a bar manager yelled anti-Indian slurs at the two brothers and that Indian patrons were often denied entry at the Top Deck in Farmington.


Native Sun News: Group aims to bring positive change to Rapid City
Native Sun News: Group aims to bring positive change to Rapid City (May 5, 2016)

In February 2015, several powerful leaders of the Lakota community came together to discuss the escalating racial conflict in Rapid City, South Dakota, particularly involving police.


Navajo Nation leaders press DOJ to investigate fatal police shooting
Navajo Nation leaders press DOJ to investigate fatal police shooting (April 8, 2016)

Tribal leaders and members see the death of Loreal Tsingine as a sign of the discrimination hey encounter in a border town near the reservation.


Navajo Nation woman shot and killed by police officer in Arizona
Navajo Nation woman shot and killed by police officer in Arizona (March 30, 2016)

The shooting took place in Winslow, a city south of the border of the reservation.


Brandon Ecoffey: Columnist fired for praising Native-owned paper
Brandon Ecoffey: Columnist fired for praising Native-owned paper (March 28, 2016)

Just a couple weeks ago, Jim Kent, a widely publicized columnist was informed by the Rapid City Journal that he would no longer be employed by the paper.


Supreme Court ruling emboldens tribes in another boundary case
Supreme Court ruling emboldens tribes in another boundary case (March 25, 2016)

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are defending their reservation borders in a long-running dispute with the state of Wyoming.


Lakota Country Times: Activists continue battle to close Whiteclay
Lakota Country Times: Activists continue battle to close Whiteclay (March 4, 2016)

A mixed group of Native and non-Native residents of Nebraska are again calling for the closure of the town of White Clay.


Activists rally in support of Indigenous Peoples' Day in Flagstaff
Activists rally in support of Indigenous Peoples' Day in Flagstaff (February 16, 2016)

A resolution being considered by the city council would bring about concrete change with public hearings, a report and an action plan to improve the lives of Native Americans who live, work and attend school in the city.