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Bryan Newland: Congress should make sure pandemic relief legislation works for Indian Country
Bryan Newland: Congress should make sure pandemic relief legislation works for Indian Country (July 30, 2020)

COVID-19 relief funds were a lifeline for many tribal communities, and have provided tribal governments with tools to keep their communities safe.


Zac Russell: Cherokee Nation won't surrender its sovereignty
Zac Russell: Cherokee Nation won't surrender its sovereignty (July 24, 2020)

Citizens of the Five 'Civilized' Tribes have been on a roller coaster ride this week.


Oklahoma governor stumbles into treaty rights debate
Oklahoma governor stumbles into treaty rights debate (July 21, 2020)

After being cut out of the loop by tribes and a rival Republican, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is stumbling his way into a treaty rights debate.


No 'surrender': Muscogee (Creek) Nation stands firm on sovereignty after historic Supreme Court win
No 'surrender': Muscogee (Creek) Nation stands firm on sovereignty after historic Supreme Court win (July 20, 2020)

'Now is the time to exercise our sovereignty, not voluntarily surrender it,' Chief David Hill of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation says in asserting the tribe's position of strength following a victory for treaty rights.


Rep. Tom Cole: America and the global pandemic response
Rep. Tom Cole: America and the global pandemic response (June 16, 2020)

While I agree that the United States hasn’t been the absolute best in the world in terms of coronavirus response, our nation has certainly fared better than most advanced countries.


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.


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.


Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region
Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region (April 15, 2020)

The coronavirus is taking a disproportionate toll on the first Americans, whose health care is promised by the federal government yet often falls far short of the need.


COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective
COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective (April 9, 2020)

The magnitude of this epidemic is yet to be fully realized but what it does is to further expose the naked reality of entrenched racism in the U.S. and this most rotten core of the national experience.


Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow
Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow (March 24, 2020)

With additional federal funds on the table, tribes continue to press the Trump administration to ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts as the coronavirus spreads among their people.


Kevin Abourezk: Indian Country can't be left behind in coronavirus crisis
Kevin Abourezk: Indian Country can't be left behind in coronavirus crisis (March 24, 2020)

It is morally wrong to continue to neglect the indigenous people of America who paid for their healthcare with the ceding of millions of acres of their land.


Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities
Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities (March 18, 2020)

The coronavirus continues to wreak social and economic havoc in Indian County, with tribes curtailing their operations as the first cases are confirmed in their communities.


Spokane Tribe celebrates long-overdue compensation legislation
Spokane Tribe celebrates long-overdue compensation legislation (February 19, 2020)

It took nearly 80 years for the federal government to agree to pay the Spokane Tribe for the loss of homes, lands and sacred sites.


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.


State of Indian Nations kicks off busy week for tribal leaders
State of Indian Nations kicks off busy week for tribal leaders (February 10, 2020)

Fawn Sharp is delivering her first major address as the new leader of the National Congress of American Indians.


State of disunion: Arizona lawmakers react to Trump speech at tense time
State of disunion: Arizona lawmakers react to Trump speech at tense time (February 5, 2020)

For more than an hour, President Donald Trump talked about the 'Great American Comeback' that has occurred under his administration, in a State of the Union address that Democrats said described instead 'a parallel universe.'


YES! Magazine: Welcome to the newest national park in New Mexico
YES! Magazine: Welcome to the newest national park in New Mexico (January 21, 2020)

Shifting sands make New Mexico's White Sands National Park a geological wonder, a prehistoric time capsule, and an economic driver for the region.


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.


A Whistleblower 'tweets' loud and clear
A Whistleblower 'tweets' loud and clear (October 2, 2019)

This is no longer a case of being a Democrat or a Republican: It is a case of being an American.


Cherokee Nation’s historic delegate to Congress
Cherokee Nation’s historic delegate to Congress (September 30, 2019)

The Cherokee people have spent generations surviving and persevering through a series of federal policies that conspire to destroy our government, break up our families and relegate our people to the pages of history.


'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee descendants want massacre medals revoked
'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee descendants want massacre medals revoked (June 24, 2019)

The U.S. called the December 29, 1890, attack on Wounded Knee a 'battle' but the Lakota people know it as a massacre of a peaceful encampment.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office
Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office (May 13, 2019)

A story that journalism should report often: Our election framework needs a serious fix.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country's needs continue to go unaddressed
Mark Trahant: Indian Country's needs continue to go unaddressed (May 1, 2019)

Indian Country's list of infrastructure needs tops $50 billion for roads, hospitals, schools, water systems. So where's the money?


Rep. Tom Cole: America can continue to rely on our many allies
Rep. Tom Cole: America can continue to rely on our many allies (April 29, 2019)

NATO remains a vital component to defending freedom and ultimately ensuring a safer and more peaceful world.


Mark Trahant: Native Republicans defend Donald Trump after release of report
Mark Trahant: Native Republicans defend Donald Trump after release of report (April 22, 2019)

The president repeatedly lied to the country. He lied to Congress.


Mark Trahant: American 'democracy' should include more Native voices
Mark Trahant: American 'democracy' should include more Native voices (March 25, 2019)

Proportional representation ought to come next -- one that counts Native voices.


Cronkite News: Indian Country's needs ignored in State of the Union
Cronkite News: Indian Country's needs ignored in State of the Union (February 6, 2019)

'There was just no depth in regard to assisting us in Indian Country,' the vice president of the Navajo Nation said of Donald Trump's address to Congress.


Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate
Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate (February 1, 2019)

A divided Congress and an unpredictable president spell trouble for tribes and their advocates.


Bill John Baker: Indian students will finally be counted thanks to new law
Bill John Baker: Indian students will finally be counted thanks to new law (January 18, 2019)

With the passage of the Johnson-O’Malley Modernization Act, we are poised to build a stronger future for the Cherokee Nation and for all of Indian Country.


Rep. Haaland and Rep. Davids land first committee assignments in 116th Congress
Rep. Haaland and Rep. Davids land first committee assignments in 116th Congress (January 17, 2019)

Committee assignments are slowly trickling in for new members of Congress and the first Native women have landed key spots.


Indian Country organizations unite by calling for an end to #TrumpShutdown
Indian Country organizations unite by calling for an end to #TrumpShutdown (January 10, 2019)

Eight inter-tribal organizations are calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to reopen the federal government.


Another Native woman -- a Republican -- launches bid for Congress
Another Native woman -- a Republican -- launches bid for Congress (January 9, 2019)

Two Native women are making history by serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Could a third be on the way?


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.


Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C.
Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C. (December 10, 2018)

Will the Washington NFL team and its racist mascot be returning to the nation's capital with the help of the Trump administration and Congress?


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (December 7, 2018)

The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their communities.


Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump
Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump (November 28, 2018)

The Republican-controlled Congress continues to play catch-up when it comes to Indian Country's agenda in the Trump era.


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.


Native Republican candidate refuses to concede race for Congress
Native Republican candidate refuses to concede race for Congress (November 12, 2018)

Two candidates. Two victory speeches. But only one of them will end up going to Congress.


Terri Hansen and Jacqueline Keeler: Yes, Native people are still here
Terri Hansen and Jacqueline Keeler: Yes, Native people are still here (November 12, 2018)

It’s an excellent time to refocus our attention on the Indigenous origins of democracy in this country.


Democracy Now: Deb Haaland promises action on missing and murdered sisters
Democracy Now: Deb Haaland promises action on missing and murdered sisters (November 9, 2018)

One of the first Native women elected to Congress is calling for a national probe into missing and murdered indigenous women.


Mary Annette Pember: Native vote firsts in the land of the Ojibwe
Mary Annette Pember: Native vote firsts in the land of the Ojibwe (October 31, 2018)

Minnesota voters are considering three Native candidates from three different political parties in this election.


Hearing addresses high rates of violence against Native women
Hearing addresses high rates of violence against Native women (October 4, 2018)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will be taking a closer look at violence against Native women.


'A family defends its honor': Siblings target Republican incumbent in Congress
'A family defends its honor': Siblings target Republican incumbent in Congress (October 3, 2018)

Paul Gosar is running for re-election in Arizona but six of his brothers and sisters are endorsing his rival.


Twenty congressional districts where #NativeVote18 could make all the difference
Twenty congressional districts where #NativeVote18 could make all the difference (October 2, 2018)

There are at least 20 congressional districts where the Native Vote tops one percent of potential voters.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands
Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands (September 28, 2018)

The Supreme Court's Carcieri ruling has created an unfair, immoral obstacle to many tribes.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


'We need action': Native women seek solutions on Capitol Hill
'We need action': Native women seek solutions on Capitol Hill (September 20, 2018)

Native advocates are keeping an eye on efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.


Deleana OtherBull: Native women deserve to be safe
Deleana OtherBull: Native women deserve to be safe (September 18, 2018)

Native women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than any other ethnicity, and Native women face domestic and sexual violence at disproportionately high levels.


'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 12, 2018)

Indian Country is entering uncharted territory with the Trump administration's move to take a tribe's reservation out of trust.


Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk
Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk (September 11, 2018)

President Donald Trump's reputation in Indian Country is often in the dumps even as Congress keeps giving him pro-tribal bills to sign.


Washoe Tribe again asks Congress for help with homelands
Washoe Tribe again asks Congress for help with homelands (September 5, 2018)

The Washoe Tribe is working to recover ancestral lands in northern Nevada.


'There's really no trust': Hopes for immigration reform fade away
'There's really no trust': Hopes for immigration reform fade away (August 7, 2018)

Just days after President Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, Congress went on recess.


'Shut down' the government: Trump doubles down on border wall threat
'Shut down' the government: Trump doubles down on border wall threat (July 31, 2018)

President Donald Trump repeated a threat to shut down the government if Congress does not approve the immigration reforms he wants, including funding for a border wall.


Chris Winters: The Supreme Court's disastrous term shows why elections matter
Chris Winters: The Supreme Court's disastrous term shows why elections matter (June 28, 2018)

With Republicans in control of the Supreme Court, only voter pushback can restore balance to Congress.


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.


Controversial Republican candidate loses primary after slamming tribal treaties
Controversial Republican candidate loses primary after slamming tribal treaties (June 6, 2018)

With his campaign flailing, a Republican candidate for Congress dropped a 'bombshell' about tribes and treaties. The gamble didn't pay off.


'A victory for Indian Country': Deb Haaland secures primary win in historic run for Congress
'A victory for Indian Country': Deb Haaland secures primary win in historic run for Congress (June 6, 2018)

Indian Country witnessed history as Deb Haaland secured a commanding victory in her bid to become the first Native woman in the U.S. House.


High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress
High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress (June 1, 2018)

Tribal nations are currently asserting water rights as a way to ensure economic vitality, affirm sovereignty and provide basic services that some communities lack.


Farmers and Ranchers: Long-delayed tribal water compact deserves our support
Farmers and Ranchers: Long-delayed tribal water compact deserves our support (May 25, 2018)

Without action on a compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the consequences for water users, farmers, and ranchers will be dire.