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Native Sun News Today: New Rapid Creek Watershed Action to help tribes protect Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: New Rapid Creek Watershed Action to help tribes protect Black Hills (June 30, 2020)

Treaty law, which is the highest law of the land, according to the U.S. Constitution, provides that the Black Hills belong to the Sioux Nation.


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.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites (June 25, 2020)

As President Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a project that continues to destroy sacred sites.


Native Sun News Today: Comments due on trapping otters
Native Sun News Today: Comments due on trapping otters (June 15, 2020)

South Dakota is giving the public until June 19 to comment on the first-ever trapping season for the rare native river otter that was reintroduced by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.


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.


Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics
Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics (June 8, 2020)

Concerns about sacred sites, endangered species and lack of tribal consultation weren't enough to derail a hydropower study on the Little Colorado River


'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.


'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.


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.


Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in coronavirus relief (May 5, 2020)

President Donald Trump is preparing to take credit for releasing the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund that his own administration has held up for more than a month, helping a vulnerable Republican along the way.


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.


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.


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 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.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faulted for delay in Indian Country coronavirus funds
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faulted for delay in Indian Country coronavirus funds (March 31, 2020)

As tribes look to the federal government to uphold its trust and treaty responsibilities during the worst public health crisis in decades, one important agency is receiving failing grades for its response to the coronavirus pandemic.


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.


Terry Mitchell: Indigenous civil rights blockades should be met with a new diplomacy, not violence
Terry Mitchell: Indigenous civil rights blockades should be met with a new diplomacy, not violence (March 19, 2020)

The Wet’suwet’en conflict brings us to a deciding moment in Canada, one that will shape the future of the nation.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Tohono O'odham demand end to blasting of sacred sites for border wall
Native Sun News Today: Tohono O'odham demand end to blasting of sacred sites for border wall (March 11, 2020)

'Dynamiting these sacred sites and burial grounds is the same as bulldozing Arlington National Cemetery,' Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said of the Trump administration's construction of the border wall.


Tribes test Trump administration's commitment with coronavirus crisis
Tribes test Trump administration's commitment with coronavirus crisis (March 9, 2020)

Concerns about the coronavirus are growing in tribal communities as advocates warn that $40 million isn't nearly enough to prevent the spread of the disease among urban and reservation Indians.


How Wet'suwet'en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistance
How Wet'suwet'en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistance (March 3, 2020)

The world is beginning to better understand that the core of extractive industries are tied to deep political and economic conflicts related to the settler-colonial present and a shared colonial history.


Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes
Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes (March 2, 2020)

An emotional Tohono O’odham Nation chairman said blasting sacred sites to build a border wall has 'forever damaged our people.'


Witness list for hearing on Trump administration destroying sacred sites for border wall
Witness list for hearing on Trump administration destroying sacred sites for border wall (February 26, 2020)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will be discussing the Trump administration's destruction of sacred sites at a hearing in Washington, D.C.


'There's nothing to be afraid of': Arizonans gear up for the 2020 census
'There's nothing to be afraid of': Arizonans gear up for the 2020 census (February 24, 2020)

'We have met one-on-one with all of the tribal nations in the state of Arizona,' an official from the U.S. Census Bureau said.


DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall
DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall (February 21, 2020)

The Trump administration took another step toward expediting a border wall, waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states.


Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes
Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes (February 18, 2020)

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the 'controlled blasting' for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes.


'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.


YES! Magazine: Tribes seek role in managing ocean habitats in treaty territory
YES! Magazine: Tribes seek role in managing ocean habitats in treaty territory (February 3, 2020)

An inspiring collaboration on the Pacific Coast blew fishery conservation goals out of the water.


NEPA and the Sioux San
NEPA and the Sioux San (January 21, 2020)

Big changes are in the works at an urban Indian Health Service hospital in South Dakota. Did you know about it?


Native Sun News Today: Forest Service accepts comments on Black Hills gold prospecting
Native Sun News Today: Forest Service accepts comments on Black Hills gold prospecting (January 16, 2020)

Under pressure from Native and other community members throughout the past year, the Black Hills National Forest will be taking public comments about gold prospecting in sacred He Sapa.


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.


'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty
'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty (November 7, 2019)

Fawn Sharp grew up steeped in the tribal activist culture of the Pacific Northwest.


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.


Respect Alaska tribes’ rights on the Tongass question
Respect Alaska tribes’ rights on the Tongass question (October 21, 2019)

The Tongass is the traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, a lineage that stretches so deep in time, we call it immemorial.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands (September 25, 2019)

The federal government has treaty and trust responsibilities to tribal governments, including the protection of tribal cultural resources.


There’s more to the Black Hills Settlement than meets the eye
There’s more to the Black Hills Settlement than meets the eye (September 16, 2019)

We need to face some dark truths about ourselves. One, we wanted the money, not the land.


Navajo council votes to oppose possible HUD limits on home-loan program
Navajo council votes to oppose possible HUD limits on home-loan program (September 6, 2019)

The Trump administration is proposing to impose income limits for the first time on applicants to the Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program.


EPA Ignores tribal consultation
EPA Ignores tribal consultation (September 5, 2019)

After tribal citizens roundly rejected draft permits to provide Black Hills water to a foreign uranium mine project, the Environmental Protection Agency revised the wording for a new comment period.


Workshop fosters communication between tribal, state, and federal agencies
Workshop fosters communication between tribal, state, and federal agencies (September 5, 2019)

It’s a common theme often stated, but rarely executed: The need to work together and build agency-tribe relationships before there is an emergency.


Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines
Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines (September 4, 2019)

The Indigenous battles against Keystone XL and Dakota Access have finally emerged as a critical component of the 2020 presidential campaign.


James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way
James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way (September 2, 2019)

How did the government get this power over tribes? They took it.


Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills
Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills (August 29, 2019)

'The tribe is fighting back,' an attorney for the Oglala Sioux said of plans for a large scale uranium mine in South Dakota.


YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii
YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii (August 15, 2019)

Native Hawaiians and other Indigenous peoples need more authority in the federal and state project processes that affect them.


Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction'
Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction' (August 14, 2019)

The Ute Tribal Business Committee appreciates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to establish a new policy promoting the direct collection of eagle feathers found on tribal lands.


The Conversation: Indigenous activists reject train through Maya homelands
The Conversation: Indigenous activists reject train through Maya homelands (August 14, 2019)

The president of Mexico wants to run a $6 billion tourist train through Maya homelands. He says Mother Earth already approved it.


White Earth Nation chooses new leader after passing of chairman
White Earth Nation chooses new leader after passing of chairman (August 5, 2019)

Voters of the White Earth Nation are going to the polls to elect a new chairman.


Cronkite News: Trump administration seeks to restrict access to food stamps
Cronkite News: Trump administration seeks to restrict access to food stamps (July 24, 2019)

'They are telling everyone in this country that it’s ok for people to go hungry,' Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) said after the Trump administration announced tighter food stamp guidelines.


Winona LaDuke: The new smallpox blanket being offered to Indigenous peoples
Winona LaDuke: The new smallpox blanket being offered to Indigenous peoples (July 22, 2019)

You can’t make this stuff up. At the end of the fossil fuel era, the plan is to transfer the liability to Native people.


Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country
Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country (July 15, 2019)

A petition that could lead to major changes in the way eagle feathers are eagle parts are handled by the federal government has generated significant controversy.


Trump administration weighs new headquarters for Bureau of Land Management
Trump administration weighs new headquarters for Bureau of Land Management (June 11, 2019)

Is newly-confirmed Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt about to present a nice gift to his home state of Colorado?


Montana Free Press: Crow Tribe seeks protections for ancestral and sacred lands
Montana Free Press: Crow Tribe seeks protections for ancestral and sacred lands (June 5, 2019)

The Crow Nation of Montana wants a say in the future of the Crazy Mountains, a range that shaped the history of the tribe and the West at large.


Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update
Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update (May 21, 2019)

A long-overdue update to the popular Johnson O'Malley Indian education program is finally on the horizon.


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?


'An afterthought': Tribal consultation in doubt as Trump's reorganization rolls on
'An afterthought': Tribal consultation in doubt as Trump's reorganization rolls on (May 8, 2019)

The Trump administration claims its controversial reorganization won't apply to Indian Country. But tribes are still being affected by it.