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'We've been here forever. We'll be here forever': Indian Country takes action to address coronavirus pandemic
'We've been here forever. We'll be here forever': Indian Country takes action to address coronavirus pandemic (March 23, 2020)

As coronavirus cases across America continue to surge, tribal leaders are taking dramatic steps to ensure the safety of their people and those they serve.


Urban Indian couple helps community amid coronavirus crisis
Urban Indian couple helps community amid coronavirus crisis (March 23, 2020)

With many people staying inside to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a Lakota man went from house to house, delivering much-needed supplies to people in need.


'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington
'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington (March 19, 2020)

With the number of coronavirus cases in Indian Country growing by the day, tribes are pressing the federal government to live up to its treaty and trust responsibilities and ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts.


Native authors win accolades for sharing family stories in books
Native authors win accolades for sharing family stories in books (January 30, 2020)

Two Native authors who are sharing stories about Native family life have been recognized with prestigious book awards.


Taking care of the tribal elders
Taking care of the tribal elders (January 29, 2020)

One of the great strengths of tribal tradition was taking care of our elders.


Former MSU president publishes dictionary to help preserve language of California tribe
Former MSU president publishes dictionary to help preserve language of California tribe (January 24, 2020)

A project launched nearly 50 years ago may help preserve the language of a California tribe that has all but disappeared.


Indigenous musicians come together in a sacred and safe space
Indigenous musicians come together in a sacred and safe space (January 22, 2020)

An impressive lineup of artists and performers are taking part in the International Indigenous Music Summit, now in its second year.


YES! Magazine: Recordings help bring Native songs to life
YES! Magazine: Recordings help bring Native songs to life (December 24, 2019)

Researchers at Indiana University have been digitally preserving recordings of Native American songs made on fragile wax cylinders more than 100 years ago.


Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society
Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society (November 21, 2019)

A Rosebud Sioux citizen wants to revive an old tradition of governance which is made up of a council of leaders, which would maintain the language, history and culture of the tribe.


'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.


Elderly telephone scammers -- a big menace
Elderly telephone scammers -- a big menace (November 4, 2019)

Recently, an elderly friend was victimized to the tune of $4,000 but avoided being taken for an additional $12,000.


YES! Magazine: Activists return to Alcatraz as key anniversary approaches
YES! Magazine: Activists return to Alcatraz as key anniversary approaches (October 28, 2019)

A new generation of Native activists took a canoe journey around Alcatraz to mark Indigenous Peoples Day and pay homage to occupation of the island 50 years ago.


Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide
Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide (October 23, 2019)

American Indians and Alaska Natives die of suicide at a rate higher than any other racial and ethnic group.


Addressing food insecurity in northeast Oklahoma
Addressing food insecurity in northeast Oklahoma (October 21, 2019)

Many people within Cherokee Nation rely on local food banks when times are tough.


Never count out the elderly ladies
Never count out the elderly ladies (October 15, 2019)

The closing of a thrift store in Sheridan, Wyoming, has turned out to be good news for the Northern Cheyenne people.


Victor Swallow: Thoughts on aging
Victor Swallow: Thoughts on aging (September 30, 2019)

We elderly have stories to tell. Stories about the hardships we endured.


Grandma gets the boot after a fire in her home
Grandma gets the boot after a fire in her home (September 25, 2019)

A Lakota grandmother has been evicted from her house after nearly four years of living there, due to a fire she had no responsibility for.


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.


Nashville Indigenous community honors Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle
Nashville Indigenous community honors Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle (August 28, 2019)

Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle was a well-respected member of the Indigenous community in Tennessee's capital city.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million (August 27, 2019)

Wells Fargo will pay $6.5 million to the Navajo Nation to settle the tribe’s 2017 suit that alleged a history of 'unfair, deceptive, fraudulent and illegal practices' aimed at elders and Dine language speakers.


Record number of presidential candidates lined up for historic Native issues forum
Record number of presidential candidates lined up for historic Native issues forum (August 19, 2019)

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is the first of the 2020 cycle to focus on Indian Country's issues.


Native Sun News Today: Community leaders step forward for Native youth
Native Sun News Today: Community leaders step forward for Native youth (August 16, 2019)

For generations, many children from the Cheyenne River Reservation have been lost to the system and never to be heard from again.


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.


Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by #MAGA teen at Indigenous Peoples March
Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by #MAGA teen at Indigenous Peoples March (July 29, 2019)

A Catholic school student plans to appeal after a $250 million libel lawsuit against The Washington Post was thrown out of court.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe expands home for elders
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe expands home for elders (July 25, 2019)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Nursing Home will open a new 12-bed memory wing in January 2020.


Clara Caufield: So just what do 'old' Indian ladies talk about?
Clara Caufield: So just what do 'old' Indian ladies talk about? (July 22, 2019)

For many Native Americans, growing old is not an option, but for those who do, it is a blessing.


Omaha elder and educator Winona 'Hawatay' Caramony passes on at age of 94
Omaha elder and educator Winona 'Hawatay' Caramony passes on at age of 94 (July 1, 2019)

Winona 'Hawatay' Mitchell Caramony was the oldest living Omaha tribal citizen and one of her tribe’s last fluent speakers.


Clara Caufield: Still a Grandma but just a little less stupid
Clara Caufield: Still a Grandma but just a little less stupid (June 13, 2019)

Well, the 'Grandma' theme will not let me alone.


Clara Caufield: Sometimes even Cheyenne grandmas don't know anything
Clara Caufield: Sometimes even Cheyenne grandmas don't know anything (June 3, 2019)

When a simple card game with a grandchild reveals more than you expected.


Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns passing of traditional chief Clem Sylestine
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns passing of traditional chief Clem Sylestine (May 21, 2019)

Clem Fain Sylestine, a traditional leader of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, has passed at the age of 91.


Clara Caufield: Grandmas are the backbone of Indian Country
Clara Caufield: Grandmas are the backbone of Indian Country (May 17, 2019)

America was built upon the backs of resourceful women, many wives, mothers and grandmothers.


Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne veteran celebrates 94th birthday
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne veteran celebrates 94th birthday (February 21, 2019)

Melvin Small is one of the first Northern Cheyenne allottees and one of the two surviving Northern Cheyenne World War II veterans.


The Conversation: Indigenous researchers plant seeds of hope for health and climate
The Conversation: Indigenous researchers plant seeds of hope for health and climate (February 19, 2019)

It’s the land that brings us together, the land that teaches relationship-based ways of knowing about the natural world and its food systems.


Native Sun News Today: Native elder seeks dialog with #MAGA youth
Native Sun News Today: Native elder seeks dialog with #MAGA youth (February 5, 2019)

Feeling mocked by Catholic students during the historic Indigenous Peoples March, a Native elder offered to defuse tense fallout by holding a dialog in their hometown.


Choctaw artist overcame hardship and reconnected with tribal culture
Choctaw artist overcame hardship and reconnected with tribal culture (February 5, 2019)

When he was 13, Bobby Von Martin lived in a hotel known by some as a drug den.


Mary Annette Pember: #MAGA youth and the Catholic Church's legacy in Iudian Country
Mary Annette Pember: #MAGA youth and the Catholic Church's legacy in Iudian Country (February 4, 2019)

It’s time the students who mocked and disrespected an elder of the Omaha Nation learn the whole truth of this history.


Albert Bender: What really happened at the Indigenous Peoples March
Albert Bender: What really happened at the Indigenous Peoples March (January 29, 2019)

The mocking harassment of a Native elder by Catholic high school students has sparked national and international outrage.


Jennifer Harvey: That #MAGA kid in the Nathan Phillips video is yours too
Jennifer Harvey: That #MAGA kid in the Nathan Phillips video is yours too (January 28, 2019)

Our White youth should expect us to demand better behavior from them.


Richie Richards: Mainstream media demeans our songs by calling it 'chanting'
Richie Richards: Mainstream media demeans our songs by calling it 'chanting' (January 28, 2019)

Dismissing sacred and traditional songs of tribal nations as simple 'chants' takes away from the value of those words and the meaning behind the drum.


Native Sun News Today: Pipeline victories celebrated on treaty anniversary
Native Sun News Today: Pipeline victories celebrated on treaty anniversary (January 25, 2019)

Water protectors from far and wide gathered to celebrate and foster the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects.


Clara Caufield: How my grandpa taught me to become friends with living creatures
Clara Caufield: How my grandpa taught me to become friends with living creatures (January 24, 2019)

As promised, I am going to start writing more positive stories about the Northern Cheyenne.


Kevin Abourezk: America still seems divided by race and politics
Kevin Abourezk: America still seems divided by race and politics (January 23, 2019)

So who is to blame for the clash of cultures on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?


Rally shows support for tribal elder at center of #MAGA confrontation
Rally shows support for tribal elder at center of #MAGA confrontation (January 21, 2019)

Supporters of Nathan Phillips braved subzero temperatures to show solidarity with the tribal elder at the center of a widely-seen confrontation in the nation's capital.


VIDEO: Indigenous Peoples March spokesperson talks about #MAGA incident
VIDEO: Indigenous Peoples March spokesperson talks about #MAGA incident (January 20, 2019)

'I got very concerned and afraid that violence or some sort of physical confrontation was going to break out,' activist Chase Iron Eyes said of the widely-condemned incident.


VIDEO: Omaha elder taunted by #MAGA youth at Indigenous Peoples March
VIDEO: Omaha elder taunted by #MAGA youth at Indigenous Peoples March (January 19, 2019)

The Indigenous Peoples March in the nation's capital was marred by a confrontation between a Native elder and #MAGA youth.


Nevada board endorses Shoshone name 'Doso Doyabi' for mountain
Nevada board endorses Shoshone name 'Doso Doyabi' for mountain (January 10, 2019)

Tribal nations are supporting a Shoshone language name for Nevada's third-tallest peak.


Arne Vainio: I do not see spirits. Someday, I will
Arne Vainio: I do not see spirits. Someday, I will (December 11, 2018)

Someday we will all make that journey and what we give of ourselves will be what remains.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe expands nursing home
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe expands nursing home (November 9, 2018)

Construction is underway on a new wing at the Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home.


'You are beautiful. You are strong': Elders and youth wrap up conference
'You are beautiful. You are strong': Elders and youth wrap up conference (October 18, 2018)

Elders and youth focused on ways to ease divisions among men, women and two-spirit people as the First Alaskans Institute wrapped up its annual conference.


'We are breathing life into our culture': Native youth carry on traditions
'We are breathing life into our culture': Native youth carry on traditions (October 17, 2018)

From preserving their languages to learning about tattooing, Native youth are keeping their heritage alive.


Native elders and youth gather for annual conference in Alaska
Native elders and youth gather for annual conference in Alaska (October 16, 2018)

Thousands are attending the 35th annual Elders and Youth Conference, hosted by the First Alaskans Institute.


Bill John Baker: Honoring and respecting our elders
Bill John Baker: Honoring and respecting our elders (October 8, 2018)

As Cherokees, our elders remain the foundation of our families and communities.


More Alaska Natives oppose Brett Kavanaugh ahead of critical hearing
More Alaska Natives oppose Brett Kavanaugh ahead of critical hearing (September 26, 2018)

Republicans are intent on advancing Brett Kavanaugh even as more Alaska Natives oppose the controversial Supreme Court nominee.


'I'm elated': First Nations celebrate victory in pipeline case
'I'm elated': First Nations celebrate victory in pipeline case (August 31, 2018)

Indigenous leaders pulled together a grassroots movement to resist the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.


Elizabeth Hawksworth: My grandfather taught me about resilience
Elizabeth Hawksworth: My grandfather taught me about resilience (August 28, 2018)

Returning to culture is a duty my grandfather believed Native elders had to their communities.


Omaha language institute attracts students and teachers of all ages
Omaha language institute attracts students and teachers of all ages (July 23, 2018)

Nearly 100 people participated in the 2nd annual Umónhon-Pónka Summer Institute in Nebraska.


Elders of Warm Springs Tribes protest plan to close resort
Elders of Warm Springs Tribes protest plan to close resort (July 20, 2018)

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs are planning to close a resort on the reservation and elders aren't happy about it.


Narragansett matriarch Eleanor Spears Dove prepares for big birthday
Narragansett matriarch Eleanor Spears Dove prepares for big birthday (July 17, 2018)

One of the oldest living citizens of the Narragansett Tribe, Eleanor Spears Dove, turns 100 on August 1.


Arne Vainio: Our ancestors put lessons for life in our language
Arne Vainio: Our ancestors put lessons for life in our language (July 9, 2018)

On the first day of my new way of life, I didn’t live up to the lessons our old ones put into our language.


Winnebago Tribe works to revitalize Ho-Chunk language for future generations
Winnebago Tribe works to revitalize Ho-Chunk language for future generations (May 10, 2018)

Generations of federal assimilation initiatives have left the Winnebago people with few fluent Ho-Chunk speakers.