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Native Sun News Today: Statue of Conquistador taken down
Native Sun News Today: Statue of Conquistador taken down (June 25, 2020)

A controversial statue of Juan de Oñate, a Spanish conquistador reviled for brutality against Pueblo people, has come down in New Mexico.


'Justice for Kozee!': Native women seek stronger charges for death of Kozee Decorah
'Justice for Kozee!': Native women seek stronger charges for death of Kozee Decorah (June 16, 2020)

Family and friends are demanding justice for Kozee Decorah, a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation who was killed on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska.


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.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Are women sacred? Is the Earth sacred?
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Are women sacred? Is the Earth sacred? (June 2, 2020)

If Indian women are so sacred, as it is alleged in many contemporary narratives, why isn’t her sacredness inviolable?


Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure (June 1, 2020)

It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were homeless men.


'Bring Kozee home': Vigil held for Native woman murdered on Winnebago Reservation
'Bring Kozee home': Vigil held for Native woman murdered on Winnebago Reservation (May 26, 2020)

Tribal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the death of Kozee Decorah, a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation.


'Callous and dangerous': Tribes see COVID-19 spitting incidents amid rise in cases
'Callous and dangerous': Tribes see COVID-19 spitting incidents amid rise in cases (May 25, 2020)

A coronavirus scare at a grocery store on the Omaha Reservation forced a tribally-owned corporation to conduct an expensive deep cleaning of the business.


Supreme Court takes up sovereignty case amid coronavirus crisis in Indian Country
Supreme Court takes up sovereignty case amid coronavirus crisis in Indian Country (May 11, 2020)

Despite recent improvements in government-to-government relations, Indian nations are still finding themselves at odds with states and even their own trustee amid the worst public health crisis to hit their communities in decades.


Will the Supreme Court return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Tribes?
Will the Supreme Court return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Tribes? (May 8, 2020)

The legal duty and moral obligation of the Supreme Court is crystal clear: Return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Civilized Tribes.


Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row
Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row (May 4, 2020)

An appeals court upheld the death sentence for the only Native American on federal death row even though some judges questioned the necessity of the punishment.


Supreme Court churns along with Indian Country case amid coronavirus crisis
Supreme Court churns along with Indian Country case amid coronavirus crisis (March 30, 2020)

Millions of acres of Indian land are at stake as the nation's highest court adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic.


Native Sun News Today: Seven Directions Program has roots in Lakota culture
Native Sun News Today: Seven Directions Program has roots in Lakota culture (March 10, 2020)

Traditional healers from the Pine Ridge Reservation are helping keep drug defendants out of prison in South Dakota.


Homeland Secrets: Shootings by Homeland Security agents get little scrutiny
Homeland Secrets: Shootings by Homeland Security agents get little scrutiny (March 4, 2020)

Federal law enforcement shootings have escaped heightened scrutiny even though most of the victims have been black, Hispanic or Native American, according to the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.


Native Sun News Today: Thunder Hawk blasts man-camps
Native Sun News Today: Thunder Hawk blasts man-camps (March 3, 2020)

The subjects of the 'Warrior Women' film are speaking out against the dangers of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: A clearer message about hate crime
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: A clearer message about hate crime (February 25, 2020)

Motives are often deliberately obscured by the non-Indian community that cannot bear to look at its own history concerning Indian-White hostility.


'We’ve got to pay attention': Omaha Tribe declares emergency amid health and safety crisis
'We’ve got to pay attention': Omaha Tribe declares emergency amid health and safety crisis (February 24, 2020)

The Omaha Tribe of declared a state of emergency following weeks of tragedy in the community.


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.


Tim Giago: The aftermath of the Wounded Knee story
Tim Giago: The aftermath of the Wounded Knee story (February 10, 2020)

I tell all writers then and now, if you come out to Indian Country to write about us, do your damned homework.


Native Sun News Today: Reservation community responds
Native Sun News Today: Reservation community responds (February 6, 2020)

A tribal community was the victim of a scam that took advantage of the abject poverty that grips much of the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Indian inmate files opening brief in Supreme Court sovereignty case
Indian inmate files opening brief in Supreme Court sovereignty case (February 5, 2020)

Jimcy McGirt was sentenced to 500 years in prison, as well as life without parole, by the state of Oklahoma. His fate will be decided by the nation's highest court.


Author blames Crow child's death on Indian Child Welfare Act
Author blames Crow child's death on Indian Child Welfare Act (January 29, 2020)

The mainstream media barely covered oral arguments in a critical Indian Child Welfare Act case last week but USA Today is here to make up for it with an opinion from a critic of the law.


Supreme Court set to resolve Indian Country case on second try
Supreme Court set to resolve Indian Country case on second try (January 28, 2020)

Get ready for round two. The nation's highest court continues to prepare for another reservation boundary case after failing to reach a decision in the last one.


Hunter Biden's name used to legitimize sale of fraudulent tribal bonds
Hunter Biden's name used to legitimize sale of fraudulent tribal bonds (January 27, 2020)

A tribal bond scheme that defrauded unwitting investors of more than $60 million attracted attention because of a high profile name connected to it.


Geneva Lone Hill: Economic development in Indian Country
Geneva Lone Hill: Economic development in Indian Country (January 15, 2020)

It is hard enough to do economic development on rural isolated Indian reservations without having falsehoods on top of the fraud.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent bond sale scheme
Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent bond sale scheme (January 15, 2020)

An economic development corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation is back in the news in connection with some allegedly fraudulent dealings.


Arizona inched up among states on rates of women murdered by men
Arizona inched up among states on rates of women murdered by men (January 15, 2020)

Native American women are more likely to be murdered by men than white women, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.


'When they do turn for help, nobody believes them': Native women hold vigil in honor of Ashlea Aldrich
'When they do turn for help, nobody believes them': Native women hold vigil in honor of Ashlea Aldrich (January 14, 2020)

As authorities investigate the death of Ashlea Aldrich, Native women gathered to discuss the violence that plagues their communities.


'This is one of the most heartbreaking issues': Young Native woman's death tied to domestic violence
'This is one of the most heartbreaking issues': Young Native woman's death tied to domestic violence (January 10, 2020)

The aunt of a Native woman whose body was found in a field on her reservation this week said Ashlea Aldrich’s gruesome death demonstrates the need for swift and aggressive action by tribal leaders to combat domestic violence.


Death of woman on Omaha Reservation under investigation
Death of woman on Omaha Reservation under investigation (January 8, 2020)

Ashlea Aldrich, a young mother, was killed in what her mother said was a crime of domestic violence.


Supreme Court sneaks in another Indian Country case to the docket
Supreme Court sneaks in another Indian Country case to the docket (December 17, 2019)

Anyone wondering why the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be taking its time with one of the most closely-watched controversies in Indian Country history finally got a glimpse with the addition of a new case to the docket.


With execution on hold, Navajo inmate presses court on jury bias claim
With execution on hold, Navajo inmate presses court on jury bias claim (December 16, 2019)

A federal appeals court panel grappled with how – or why – convicted Navajo double-murderer Lezmond Mitchell could question jurors from his trial 16 years ago about possible racial bias in their deliberations.


Trump's nominee for Indian Health Service promises positive changes
Trump's nominee for Indian Health Service promises positive changes (December 12, 2019)

What a difference a strong nominee makes when it comes to Indian Country's health and wellness.


Death row sentence overturned after lawyers ‘dropped the ball’ in case
Death row sentence overturned after lawyers ‘dropped the ball’ in case (December 3, 2019)

A federal appeals court overturned an death row inmate’s conviction, saying attorneys in his case 'dropped the ball' by failing to challenge the state’s evidence.


'I don't feel safe around cops'
'I don't feel safe around cops' (December 2, 2019)

The slap heard round the world, or at least Indian Country, has caused quite the commotion.


House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona
House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona (November 22, 2019)

A House committee gave approval to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back decades.


'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.


Some are just cons…others dangerous to democracy
Some are just cons…others dangerous to democracy (November 5, 2019)

We should know that Russian operatives and anti-American voices are on the internet daily.


KXL Pipeline fighters call for backup at water permit hearings
KXL Pipeline fighters call for backup at water permit hearings (October 30, 2019)

A Canadian company needs a large amount of water for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tribes and water protectors are fighting back.


'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.


A made for TV-style crime probe into the looting of ancestral remains
A made for TV-style crime probe into the looting of ancestral remains (October 28, 2019)

This is the story of the first Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act prosecution in Ohio.


IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable
IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable (October 28, 2019)

It took more than 25 years before the hammer of justice came down on pedophile pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber. His crimes were over a century in the making at the Indian Health Service.


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.


Former school employee charged with felonies after sexually abusing Native girl
Former school employee charged with felonies after sexually abusing Native girl (October 14, 2019)

A former employee of a treatment facility for juveniles is awaiting extradition to California after authorities confirmed he fathered a child with a Native girl.


Native man shot by police officer mounts appeal after lengthy sentence
Native man shot by police officer mounts appeal after lengthy sentence (October 11, 2019)

A bullet is lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer. He's the one going to prison.


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias
Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias (October 9, 2019)

A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled execution of Navajo citizen Lezmond Mitchell, who is the only Native American on federal death row.


Former leader of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians indicted for fraud
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Former leader of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians indicted for fraud (October 8, 2019)

Kevin Edwards, a former vice chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and his wife have been indicted on federal fraud charges.


IHS doctor found guilty
IHS doctor found guilty (October 7, 2019)

A federal jury convicted former Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber of all 11 criminal counts for sexually abusing four boys on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women
YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women (October 7, 2019)

'When something happens to an Indigenous person, to a Native person, why isn’t that being heard? We’re just another number.'


Grandmother receives nine and a half years for her role in murder
Grandmother receives nine and a half years for her role in murder (October 1, 2019)

The courtroom was filled with emotions and tension as the long-awaited sentencing hearing for the death of Kylen Shangreaux, age 2, began.


Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved
Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved (September 30, 2019)

A year ago, a grim discovery was made in California. A young Native woman was found shot in the head.


Arizona lawmaker brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington
Arizona lawmaker brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington (September 27, 2019)

A panel of lawmakers, advocates and medical professionals shared sobering stories about gun violence in the hopes of spurring the U.S. Congress into action.


Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded
Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded (September 27, 2019)

Our elders have been telling us to find our original teachings and to live by them.


Native man shot in neck by police officer hit with maximum sentence
Native man shot in neck by police officer hit with maximum sentence (September 10, 2019)

A bullet remains lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer in Nebraska.


Data shows most American terrorists are angry White men
Data shows most American terrorists are angry White men (September 4, 2019)

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric


'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case
'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case (August 15, 2019)

Members of a once powerful family of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians admitted to stealing nearly $5 million from their tribe.


Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery
Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery (August 15, 2019)

George Tiger is being accused of soliciting and accepting bribes while working for the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town.


Native Sun News Today: Sentencing delayed again for Lakota boy's death
Native Sun News Today: Sentencing delayed again for Lakota boy's death (August 15, 2019)

Kylen Shangreaux was only two years old when he was murdered on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.


Trump 'superfan' who claimed false ties to Seminole Tribe sentenced for domestic terrorism
Trump 'superfan' who claimed false ties to Seminole Tribe sentenced for domestic terrorism (August 5, 2019)

A Donald Trump 'superfan' who falsely claimed he was connected to the Seminole Tribe was sentenced to 20 years for mailing pipe bombs to critics of the president.


Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium
Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium (July 31, 2019)

Ashlynne Mike was only 11 years old when she was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation.