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Montana Free Press: Tribal lawsuit adds to Keystone XL hurdles as feds await Supreme Court consideration
Montana Free Press: Tribal lawsuit adds to Keystone XL hurdles as feds await Supreme Court consideration (July 1, 2020)

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes have filed the latest lawsuit against the federal government opposing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief
Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief (June 26, 2020)

It took over 80 days for the Trump administration to deliver the full COVID-19 relief promised to tribal governments.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Abusing power through ignorance
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Abusing power through ignorance (June 11, 2020)

Our South Dakota governor is just a Republican sycophant knows almost nothing about Sioux political and legal history, and consults with Donald Trump's White House at every opportunity.


Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty
Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty (June 8, 2020)

Indian Country is declaring victory after a federal judge blasted the Trump administration for threatening the sovereignty of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and breaking its promises to the People of the First Light.


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


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.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks (June 3, 2020)

The Trump administration's efforts to reopen national parks are being made without COVID-19 health safety measures, tribal leaders said.


Report: Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes
Report: Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes (May 26, 2020)

Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much – or too little – COVID-19 relief from the Trump administration.


Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump
Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump (May 21, 2020)

First Kristi Noem made a legal threat. Now she's asking Donald Trump for help in taking down coronavirus checkpoints on two reservations.


'You're gonna have a lot of trouble': Judge trashes Trump over changes in tribal homelands policy
'You're gonna have a lot of trouble': Judge trashes Trump over changes in tribal homelands policy (May 20, 2020)

A federal judge trashed the Trump administration for changing course on Indian Country homelands policy during the worst public health crisis in decades.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal lawsuits force government to turn over 60 percent of Covid-19 money
Native Sun News Today: Tribal lawsuits force government to turn over 60 percent of Covid-19 money (May 20, 2020)

After tribal governments sued the Treasury Department for withholding COVID-19 relief money promised by Congress, the Trump administration announced the release of 60 percent of the $8 billion fund.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The silent crisis in our communities
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The silent crisis in our communities (May 19, 2020)

We are experiencing an epidemic of violence in our tribal communities.


Chuck Hoskin: Essential relief dollars finally come to Indian Country
Chuck Hoskin: Essential relief dollars finally come to Indian Country (May 18, 2020)

After much debate, media scrutiny and a national lawsuit, the Treasury Department is finally distributing coronavirus relief funds to tribal governments, but it is far from payment in full, as promised.


Alexander Mallory: Tribes have full legal authority to use checkpoints to safeguard health
Alexander Mallory: Tribes have full legal authority to use checkpoints to safeguard health (May 13, 2020)

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem should commend the checkpoints implemented by tribes to protect their nations from a COVID-19 outbreak, not condemn them with threats of legal action.


Donovan White: Respect Native people, Native nations, and Indian sovereignty
Donovan White: Respect Native people, Native nations, and Indian sovereignty (May 7, 2020)

Indian nations and tribes are the original American sovereigns. Our Creator blessed us with life and liberty.


'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief
'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief (May 6, 2020)

Under fire in Indian Country, Congress and the courts, the Trump administration is finally releasing $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds promised to tribal governments over a month ago.


'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House
'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House (April 29, 2020)

Tribal leaders are once again questioning the Trump administration's commitment to their people, with the official who has been working on Indian Country issues being moved out of the White House in the middle of a pandemic.


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.


Donovan White: Alaska Native villages are Indian tribes. ANC Corporations are Not.
Donovan White: Alaska Native villages are Indian tribes. ANC Corporations are Not. (April 20, 2020)

The Seven Council Fires—Oceti Sakowin—of our Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota nations always stand up for our lands and treaties.


'Broken promises': Tribes decry leak of private data from $8 billion coronavirus relief fund
'Broken promises': Tribes decry leak of private data from $8 billion coronavirus relief fund (April 20, 2020)

An investigation by Indianz.Com shows the White House was one of the first recipients of sensitive information on nearly 700 tribes and Native entities.


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.


COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure
COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure (April 2, 2020)

The National Park Service abruptly closed Grand Canyon National Park, bowing to weeks of pressure after health officials expressed 'extreme concern' about the potential for spread of COVID-19 in the park.


'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.


Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread
Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread (April 1, 2020)

Lawmakers joined local and tribal officials in calling on the Trump administration to reverse its 'reckless' decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Glacier National Park closes over coronavirus concerns
Glacier National Park closes over coronavirus concerns (March 30, 2020)

Glacier National Park will temporarily close in coordination with the state of Montana, local counties and the Blackfeet Nation.


Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline
Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline (March 25, 2020)

In a big victory for tribal nations that have fought the Dakota Access Pipeline through two presidential administrations, a federal judge ordered a full environmental review of the controversial project.


Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close
Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close (March 23, 2020)

Officials want Yellowstone National Park closed in response to concern that tourists may contribute to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the neighboring counties in Montana.


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.


Trump administration changes course with withdrawal of pro-tribal homelands policy
Trump administration changes course with withdrawal of pro-tribal homelands policy (March 10, 2020)

Indian Country is once again falling victim to the Trump administration's disastrous tribal homelands agenda with the withdrawal of a pro-tribal legal opinion.


Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials
Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials (March 9, 2020)

The House Natural Resources Committee granted its Democratic leader the authority to subpoena officials from the Trump administration over the objections of Republicans.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up Indian energy and tribal wildlife bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up Indian energy and tribal wildlife bills (March 3, 2020)

Tribal energy development and tribal wildlife management are on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


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.'


Trail in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear takes big step forward
Trail in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear takes big step forward (February 26, 2020)

Efforts to memorialize the 550-mile path that the Ponca people were forced to walk in the late 1800s are getting a major boost.


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.


Trump budget proposes ‘insulting’ cuts to national parks already burdened with backlogs
Trump budget proposes ‘insulting’ cuts to national parks already burdened with backlogs (February 19, 2020)

In a proposed budget released by President Donald Trump, the National Park Service would lose nearly $600 million in funding.


'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands
'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands (February 12, 2020)

The Trump administration's point person on Indian policy took a brutal beating as tribal leaders warned about dire threats to their sovereignty.


Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (February 10, 2020)

The Trump administration plans to spend more money on the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans amid complaints that it isn't doing enough to address what is widely considered an epidemic.


Indian Country awaits latest budget proposal from Trump administration
Indian Country awaits latest budget proposal from Trump administration (February 10, 2020)

President Donald Trump is releasing his latest budget request, a document that signals his administration's commitment to fulfilling it trust and treaty obligations.


Aaron Payment seeks re-election as leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe
Aaron Payment seeks re-election as leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe (February 10, 2020)

Treaties, economic development and improving services for his people are among Aaron Payment's priorities as chair of the largest Indian nation east of the Mississippi.


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.


Witness list for House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples legislative hearing
Witness list for House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples legislative hearing (February 5, 2020)

Tribal and Native leaders, along with federal officials, are providing testimony on bills to address tribal homelands, a Native youth treatment center and tribal bison.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up legislation
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up legislation (February 3, 2020)

Bills to address tribal homelands, a Native youth treatment center and tribal bison are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


National Advisory Council on Indian Education hosts meeting in Washington DC
National Advisory Council on Indian Education hosts meeting in Washington DC (January 31, 2020)

The National Museum of the American Indian will host Indian educators on February 13-14.


House panel OKs bill to undo Trump changes to Endangered Species Act
House panel OKs bill to undo Trump changes to Endangered Species Act (January 30, 2020)

A House committee gave preliminary approval to a bill that would reverse Trump administration changes to the Endangered Species Act.


Presidential task force tackles 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Presidential task force tackles 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (January 29, 2020)

Despite committing no new federal funds for the initiative, the Trump administration is moving forward with efforts to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.


Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact
Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact (January 27, 2020)

Where do the key players stand on a bill to settle the water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes?


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Taking a stand against human trafficking
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Taking a stand against human trafficking (January 27, 2020)

Native women and girls are disproportionately likely to become victims of sex trafficking.


Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup
Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup (January 6, 2020)

They may have turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine.


The Revelator: Trump destablizes public lands with move of key federal agency
The Revelator: Trump destablizes public lands with move of key federal agency (December 10, 2019)

The Bureau of Land Management relocation to Colorado reflects a widespread pattern of destabilization under Donald Trump.


Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020
Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020 (December 4, 2019)

Get ready for round two. A federal appeals court will take up the Indian Child Welfare Act on January 22, 2020.


Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women
Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women (December 2, 2019)

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.


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.


Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case
Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case (November 11, 2019)

The nation's highest court continues to keep Indian Country in the dark when it comes to one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


'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.


Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development
Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development (October 31, 2019)

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.