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Ben Fate Velaise: Alaska Native Tribes must act fast to close digital divide
Ben Fate Velaise: Alaska Native Tribes must act fast to close digital divide (July 8, 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the inequity of the digital divide between rural Indigenous communities and the rest of America.


Native Sun News Today: Bruce Long Fox to join South Dakota Hall of Fame
Native Sun News Today: Bruce Long Fox to join South Dakota Hall of Fame (July 1, 2020)

Bruce Long Fox, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, will be joining the South Dakota Hall of Fame.


'They're killing us': Urban Indian community caught at center of police brutality firestorm
'They're killing us': Urban Indian community caught at center of police brutality firestorm (May 29, 2020)

The killing of George Floyd by police officers has set off a firestorm in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, home to a large urban Indian community.


'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.


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.


Sean McCabe: How should Native Nations spend COVID-19 funds?
Sean McCabe: How should Native Nations spend COVID-19 funds? (May 13, 2020)

Tribal nations need to look out for the health and protection of their residents, especially the elderly, and implement measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.


The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season
The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season (April 23, 2020)

The risk of transmission of the coronavirus in the Bristol Bay fishery of Alaska is not just high -- it is certain.


'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.


'Overwhelming' demand on first day of $349 billion small-business aid program
'Overwhelming' demand on first day of $349 billion small-business aid program (April 6, 2020)

Banks and small businesses reported an overwhelming volume of calls and some confusion as the Small Business Administration launched the first phase of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package in the face of COVID-19.


Tribal leaders face great need and don't have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic
Tribal leaders face great need and don't have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic (March 26, 2020)

The coronavirus is hitting American Indians and Alaska Natives hard.


'We're going to practice our sovereign rights': Oglala Sioux Tribe enters new era with cannabis vote
'We're going to practice our sovereign rights': Oglala Sioux Tribe enters new era with cannabis vote (March 11, 2020)

The Oyate have spoken. Regulations for medicinal and recreational marijuana are moving forward on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Unofficial results from Oglala Sioux Tribe referendum on alcohol and marijuana
Unofficial results from Oglala Sioux Tribe referendum on alcohol and marijuana (March 11, 2020)

Voters of the Oglala Sioux Tribe want to legalize marijuana, but not alcohol, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, according to the unofficial results.


Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe'
Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe' (March 4, 2020)

A Cayuga Nation leader’s decision to tear down 12 properties with the assistance of newly-sworn in tribal police officers has sparked a series of protests and altercation in New York.


Tribes head to Capitol Hill for 'historic' hearing on taxation issues
Tribes head to Capitol Hill for 'historic' hearing on taxation issues (March 4, 2020)

A Congressional hearing on tax issues in Indian Country is 'historic' in more ways than one.


House Committee on Ways and Means schedules first ever hearing on tribal taxation
House Committee on Ways and Means schedules first ever hearing on tribal taxation (March 2, 2020)

The Democratic-led House Committee on Ways and Means will be taking up tribal taxation issues for the first time at a hearing in the nation's capital.


Democratic presidential race sees shakeup amid questions about one candidate's 'Native' ancestry
Democratic presidential race sees shakeup amid questions about one candidate's 'Native' ancestry (March 2, 2020)

The Democratic presidential race got a major jolt over the weekend as one candidate continues to face questions about Indian ancestry claims.


'He was punished for sexual harassment': Allegations at National Congress of American Indians resurface in court
'He was punished for sexual harassment': Allegations at National Congress of American Indians resurface in court (February 27, 2020)

The National Congress of American Indians drove another nail into the coffin of its senior-most attorney following his ouster from the organization.


Native Sun News Today: Bringing jobs to Pine Ridge by way of solar energy
Native Sun News Today: Bringing jobs to Pine Ridge by way of solar energy (February 20, 2020)

'This project will bring nearly 200 badly needed jobs to Pine Ridge,' landowner Lynn Rapp says.


Cherokee Nation Film Office: One year and going strong
Cherokee Nation Film Office: One year and going strong (February 18, 2020)

Storytelling is an integral part of our Cherokee culture.


Native Sun News Today: Making a comeback
Native Sun News Today: Making a comeback (February 14, 2020)

Upon arriving at the Town Center built by the Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation, one cannot help but be impressed with what this small community has accomplished in spite of megalithic setbacks.


Chuck Hoskin: Tribal-state collaboration makes us stronger
Chuck Hoskin: Tribal-state collaboration makes us stronger (February 13, 2020)

I look forward to another productive year of tribal-state collaboration to improve the place we all call home.


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.


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.


Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians acquires ancestral property in Tennessee
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians acquires ancestral property in Tennessee (February 5, 2020)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is pursuing economic development opportunities at a site near a busy interstate.


Native Sun News Today: ‘The brotherhood of the buffalo’
Native Sun News Today: ‘The brotherhood of the buffalo’ (February 4, 2020)

A new partnership aims to promote food sovereignty by helping tribal farmers and ranchers.


Chuck Hoskin: Assessing the future of hemp and cannabis
Chuck Hoskin: Assessing the future of hemp and cannabis (February 3, 2020)

The way that our society views hemp and cannabis is evolving, with many questions yet to be answered in the public’s mind.


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.


Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business
Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business (January 27, 2020)

Terry Hunt, the president of the Lumbee Tribe's economic development arm, died while on official business in Kenya.


Tule River Tribe getting ready to join cannabis business
Tule River Tribe getting ready to join cannabis business (January 27, 2020)

The Eh-Lo Dispensary will be opening on the Tule River Reservation in the spring of 2020.


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.


'It's a pretty monumental step': Tribal farm reclaims land on Winnebago Reservation
'It's a pretty monumental step': Tribal farm reclaims land on Winnebago Reservation (January 17, 2020)

Once the Ho-Chunk people had vast lands upon which they planted corn, beans and squash and hunted deer and buffalo. Life changed after forced removal.


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.


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.


Oneida Nation visionary Rick Hill honored at Lakota National Invitational
Oneida Nation visionary Rick Hill honored at Lakota National Invitational (December 23, 2019)

As Native students bounced basketballs and veterans carrying flags lined up for grand entry, a documentary film crew took to the court to honor the late Rick Hill, a leader from the Oneida Nation.


Entrepreneur program empowers Native women to forge a brighter future
Entrepreneur program empowers Native women to forge a brighter future (December 11, 2019)

Diplomas in hand, 16 Navajo women became the latest graduating class of Project DreamCatcher, a free business training program that aims to create economic opportunities for female Native entrepreneurs.


Economic Development sometimes a pitfall
Economic Development sometimes a pitfall (November 19, 2019)

It’s all about money….and land? .... And power. We are capitalists, after all.


Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine
Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine (November 18, 2019)

Calling the purchase of coal mines 'disrespectful' to the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez is pulling the tribe's financial backing.


Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases
Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases (November 14, 2019)

'It’s going to take a long time for the harmony between us as people and Mother Earth to be completely restored, but this is a beginning.'


Navajo Nation rips support of coal company
Navajo Nation rips support of coal company (November 13, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation say they weren't informed about the purchase of three coal mines far from tribal territory.


SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away
SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away (November 11, 2019)

An aging power plant that has provided jobs and revenues to the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation is finally shutting down for good.


'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.


YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty
YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty (October 31, 2019)

Thanks to a union of land cooperatives, people in Puebla have food sovereignty and education in Nahuatl instead of mega-projects and a Walmart.


Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain
Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain (October 28, 2019)

A company owned by the Navajo Nation is now the third largest coal producer in the United States


Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington
Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington (October 22, 2019)

The diminished power of the Trump administration's face of Indian Affairs was on strong display as tribal leaders opened one of their biggest meetings of the year.


The Arctic's future is Indigenous
The Arctic's future is Indigenous (October 11, 2019)

There are competing visions for the Arctic, including energy development and commerce. What about Indigenous voices?


'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world
'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world (September 30, 2019)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is telling is own story at a new cultural center and museum on the reservation.


Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada
Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada (August 28, 2019)

Project Reconciliation is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call for Indigenous communities 'gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.'


RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 19, 2019)

From Amy Klobuchar's 'I care' moment to Steve Bullock's defense of the Indian Child Welfare Act, here's a recap of what you might have missed.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever (August 13, 2019)

Nothing has been more important to me than serving the Cherokee people.


Tribally-owned housing company continues to expand operations
Tribally-owned housing company continues to expand operations (July 23, 2019)

Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe, is the majority owner of a modular home building company.


Winnebago Tribe among the first to enter industrial hemp industry
Winnebago Tribe among the first to enter industrial hemp industry (July 22, 2019)

The Winnebago Tribe will soon become the first Indian nation in Nebraska to start planting hemp.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation steps up for the 2020 Census
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation steps up for the 2020 Census (July 19, 2019)

Vital funding happens when our citizens are counted. I challenge all Cherokees to participate in the 2020 Census and make a positive difference.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native people still treated as invisible
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native people still treated as invisible (July 10, 2019)

Native Americans are not chopped liver.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota visionary honors traditions with new technology
Native Sun News Today: Lakota visionary honors traditions with new technology (July 8, 2019)

On every reservation there is a visionary, a person who tries to create something new and promising, to protect something old and important.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill (June 27, 2019)

Tribal leaders are seeking support for bills that would guarantee water to their people in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.


Native Sun News Today: Native institution helps fulfill financial dreams
Native Sun News Today: Native institution helps fulfill financial dreams (June 17, 2019)

Discussing money and finances in homes has been a taboo for many generations.


Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency
Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency (June 13, 2019)

Northeastern Oklahoma is an area with some of the best outcomes for American Indian children in the country.


Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law
Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law (May 21, 2019)

Federal agencies spent about $6 billion on energy for their facilities in 2017 yet tribes are being passed over for contracts.