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Coeur d'Alene citizen Paulette Jordan makes historic run for governor
National | Politics
Coeur d'Alene citizen Paulette Jordan makes historic run for governor (January 22, 2018)
A Coeur d’Alene woman seeking to become the first Native state governor in the nation’s history cites the example set by her grandmother for her decision to run.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people (January 19, 2018)
Educating our youth can only provide them with their much needed sense of identity and thus the wherewithal to return to the old Oceti Sakowin system of government.

Indian lawmaker in Minnesota governor's race discloses 'private' relationship
Politics
Indian lawmaker in Minnesota governor's race discloses 'private' relationship (January 12, 2018)
Rep. Peggy Flanagan (D), a citizen of the White Earth Nation, is coming forward with news about her 'private' life.

Longtime chairman of Forest County Potawatomi Community steps down
Politics
Longtime chairman of Forest County Potawatomi Community steps down (January 11, 2018)
Harold 'Gus' Frank, the longtime chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, is retiring after 20 years of service.

Cronkite News: Convicted former sheriff announces Senate bid in Arizona
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Convicted former sheriff announces Senate bid in Arizona (January 10, 2018)
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of criminal contempt of court before being pardoned last year by President Donald Trump is back for a third act.

Sen. Tina Smith from Minnesota joins Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Politics
Sen. Tina Smith from Minnesota joins Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (January 10, 2018)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is welcoming its newest member, Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota).

Mark Trahant: Trump loyalist and Choctaw citizen joins race for Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Trump loyalist and Choctaw citizen joins race for Congress (January 10, 2018)
Gavin Clarkson is clear: He supports President Donald J. Trump.

Southern Ute Tribe elects woman as chair for only second time in recent history
National | Politics
Southern Ute Tribe elects woman as chair for only second time in recent history (December 18, 2017)
The Southern Ute Tribe inaugurated three new leaders, all newcomers to politics on the reservation.

Deb Haaland 'ready to fight' as first Native American woman in halls of Congress
Environment | National | Politics
Deb Haaland 'ready to fight' as first Native American woman in halls of Congress (December 15, 2017)
A Pueblo citizen who could become the first Native woman in Congress is ready to fight back against what she considers an unparalleled assault on liberal values, tribal people and public lands by President Donald Trump.

Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat
Politics
Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat (December 13, 2017)
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) passed over a historic opportunity to name a Native woman to a Senate seat being vacated by a disgraced lawmaker.

Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal
National | Politics
Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal (December 13, 2017)
Democrat Doug Jones claimed victory in a closely-watched race in Alabama but Republican Roy Moore has not conceded after being repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct.

Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress (December 11, 2017)
Since 1789 there have been 12,244 people serving in Congress. Never has there been a Native woman.

Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment
National | Politics
Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment (December 8, 2017)
Two lawmakers, one Democrat and one Republican and both with ties to Indian Country, announced their resignations due to sexual harassment allegations.

Mark Trahant: Paulette Jordan launches historic campaign for governor of Idaho
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Paulette Jordan launches historic campaign for governor of Idaho (December 8, 2017)
Paulette Jordan is running for governor of Idaho. This is a big deal in so many ways.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe selects Ronald Ekdahl for chief as council takes office
Politics
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe selects Ronald Ekdahl for chief as council takes office (December 6, 2017)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe has a new leader. Ronald Ekdahl was sworn in as chief on December 5, 2017.

Nooksack Tribe plans to revive disenrollment campaign despite many warnings
Law | National | Politics
Nooksack Tribe plans to revive disenrollment campaign despite many warnings (December 6, 2017)
The Nooksack Tribe finally held an election for four council seats but the results are being challenged by citizens who might be kicked out.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must bring back its many disenfranchised citizens
Opinion
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must bring back its many disenfranchised citizens (November 29, 2017)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe has never relinquished ownership of the Black Hills. So why are tribal citizens who live there disenfranchised?

Mark Trahant: More Native American candidates need to run for public office
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: More Native American candidates need to run for public office (November 13, 2017)
We know most Native American candidates are already outsiders. So we need a little luck. And good timing.

Cronkite News: Hopi Tribe elects new leaders amid an uncertain economic future
Business | Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Hopi Tribe elects new leaders amid an uncertain economic future (November 8, 2017)
The seemingly barren Hopi homeland carries a rich, centuries old history and, now, an uncertain economic future.

Mescalero Apache Tribe elects former USDA official Arthur Blazer as president
Politics
Mescalero Apache Tribe elects former USDA official Arthur Blazer as president (November 8, 2017)
Voters of the Mescalero Apache Tribe elected Arthur 'Butch' Blazer as president.

Mark Trahant: Election night brings good news for Native American candidates
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Election night brings good news for Native American candidates (November 8, 2017)
Voters from Maine to Washington and all points in between rejected Trumpism and it was a good night for Native candidates too.

Native Sun News Today: Rosebud Sioux Tribe lands another seat on utility board
National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Rosebud Sioux Tribe lands another seat on utility board (November 2, 2017)
Thanks to the efforts of a grassroots group, citizens of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe now hold 50 percent of the seats on a utility board on the reservation.

Northern Cheyenne Tribe schedules new election to replace ousted president
Politics
Northern Cheyenne Tribe schedules new election to replace ousted president (November 1, 2017)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe plans to elect a new president after the council ousted Jace Killsback from his post.

Native Sun News Today: Candidate promotes ties to tribes in South Dakota
National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Candidate promotes ties to tribes in South Dakota (October 27, 2017)
Billie Sutton, the Democratic candidate for governor in South Dakota, and his family have has been a part of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe community for generations.

Cronkite News: Arizona's junior senator ends campaign in protest of political climate
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Arizona's junior senator ends campaign in protest of political climate (October 25, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) walked away from a 2018 re-election bid, saying he 'will not be complicit or silent' about America's political climate.

Michigan appeals court classifies Sault Tribe government as 'local' in new decision
Law | Politics
Michigan appeals court classifies Sault Tribe government as 'local' in new decision (October 24, 2017)
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is considered a 'local' government under the Michigan constitution, the state's appeals court ruled.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns
National | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns (October 23, 2017)
We have the first round of campaign finance reports out and there are seven Native American candidates for Congress, three Republicans and four Democrats.

Decision day for National Congress of American Indians with leadership changes
National | Politics
Decision day for National Congress of American Indians with leadership changes (October 19, 2017)
It's decision day for the National Congress of American Indians as attendees elect a slate of new leaders.

Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin
Law | National | Politics
Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin (October 12, 2017)
The Native American Voting Rights Coalition is identifying and documenting obstacles faced by Native voters.

Eastern Cherokee council complete after second round of voting for one seat
Law | Politics
Eastern Cherokee council complete after second round of voting for one seat (October 12, 2017)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a complete council after a second round of voting took place for one disputed seat.

Mark Trahant: Native lawmaker Peggy Flanagan joins ticket for top office in Minnesota
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native lawmaker Peggy Flanagan joins ticket for top office in Minnesota (October 9, 2017)
This country has never elected a Native American woman to lead a state, or even as a lieutenant governor.

Teton Times: Standing Rock citizens secure injunction in constitutional dispute
Law | National | Politics
Teton Times: Standing Rock citizens secure injunction in constitutional dispute (October 9, 2017)
Citing tribal traditions and customs, a judge granted an injunction to stop a proposed constitution revision because Standing Rock Sioux leaders failed to inform the people.

Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux chairman seeks NCAI presidency
National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux chairman seeks NCAI presidency (October 6, 2017)
Tribal leaders in the Great Plains are endorsing Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier as president of the National Congress of American Indians.

Chukchansi Tribe announces open enrollment period after years of mass purges
National
Chukchansi Tribe announces open enrollment period after years of mass purges (October 3, 2017)
The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is holding an open enrollment period after removing hundreds of people from its rolls.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ousts Dave Archambault as chairman in election
National | Politics
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ousts Dave Archambault as chairman in election (September 28, 2017)
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has a new leader after voters ousted Dave Archambault II at the polls.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe goes to polls without constitutional changes on ballot
Politics
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe goes to polls without constitutional changes on ballot (September 26, 2017)
Efforts to change the constitution of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are on hold as citizens go to the polls to elect their leaders.

Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress (September 25, 2017)
There are now seven #NativeVote18 candidates for U.S. Congress -- three Republicans and four Democrats.

President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent
Law | Politics | Trust
President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent (September 22, 2017)
President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians choose Leonard Forsman as new president
Politics
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians choose Leonard Forsman as new president (September 21, 2017)
Leonard Forsman, the chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, is the new president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

Mark Trahant: Three fights ahead for the Native vote in United States and Canada
Canada | Environment | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Three fights ahead for the Native vote in United States and Canada (September 18, 2017)
A climate tax, a Senate seat, and the revival of a Canadian political party are three fights ahead for the #NativeVote in 2018.

Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis
Law | National | Politics
Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis (September 7, 2017)
The Nooksack Tribe has reached an agreement with the Trump administration that could resolve a long-running governance crisis on the reservation.

Native Sun News Today: Does 'Death with Dignity' go against Lakota tradition?
Health | National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Does 'Death with Dignity' go against Lakota tradition? (September 5, 2017)
Physician-assisted death may be on the ballot in 2018 if Death with Dignity South Dakota can get enough signatures on a petition.

Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship
Law | National | Politics
Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship (August 30, 2017)
The descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation are entitled to tribal citizenship, a federal judge has ruled.

Native business leader J.D. Colbert announces campaign for Congress in Texas
National | Politics
Native business leader J.D. Colbert announces campaign for Congress in Texas (August 21, 2017)
It looks like 2018 is shaping up to big another big year for Native candidates for Congress with J.D. Colbert, who is Chickasaw and Creek, announcing his campaign.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates face uphill battles in the era of Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates face uphill battles in the era of Donald Trump (August 21, 2017)
Imagine being a Native American politician in the Trump era. It would be an uphill climb to represent constituents as well as being a public advocate for Native people and community.

Crow Tribe votes on potential changes to constitution despite court decision
Law | National | Politics
Crow Tribe votes on potential changes to constitution despite court decision (August 16, 2017)
A power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of the Crow Tribe is playing out in the judicial system on the reservation.

Mark Trahant: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over (August 16, 2017)
The question now is how fast will the Trump administration crumble? When will people resign in good conscience?

Harold Monteau: Democrats need to get their act together in new election season
Opinion | Politics
Harold Monteau: Democrats need to get their act together in new election season (August 14, 2017)
Writing on Indian Country Media Network, Harold Monteau offers a few ideas for the Democrats to consider to help them become Democrats again.

Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign
Politics
Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign (August 10, 2017)
It's hard to believe but a tribal citizen has never served in the Massachusetts Legislature. Jacob Ventura is hoping to change that.

Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on
Health | National
Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on (August 9, 2017)
A clinic operated by the Nooksack Tribe is losing $2.5 million in federal health care funds amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.

Chitimacha Tribe replaces embattled ex-chairman with first female leader
Law | Politics
Chitimacha Tribe replaces embattled ex-chairman with first female leader (August 1, 2017)
Melissa Darden will serve a two-year term as the newly-elected leader of the Chitimacha Tribe.

Cronkite News: Unpopular Republican lawmaker rebukes party in new book
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Unpopular Republican lawmaker rebukes party in new book (July 31, 2017)
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to 'traditional conservatism' in a book that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign.

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe returns Jeromy Sullivan to chairman's post
Politics
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe returns Jeromy Sullivan to chairman's post (July 13, 2017)
Voters of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe re-elected Jeromy Sullivan to a fifth term as chairman.

Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
National | Politics
Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.

National Organization for Women elects Native citizen as vice president
National
National Organization for Women elects Native citizen as vice president (July 5, 2017)
Gilda Yazzie will serve as vice president of the National Organization for Women along with Toni Van Pelt, the new president.

Blackfeet Nation voters reject changes to decades-old constitution
National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation voters reject changes to decades-old constitution (June 28, 2017)
The Blackfeet Nation's governing structure will be staying the same after voters rejected an overhaul of the tribe's constitution.

Colville Tribes remove council member a week before citizens go to polls
Politics
Colville Tribes remove council member a week before citizens go to polls (June 23, 2017)
The vote to remove Ricky Gabriel from the council of the Colville Tribes was 9-4 and his own brother was forced into casting a vote.

Lumbee Tribe ordered to release voter list to opponents of chairman
Law | Politics
Lumbee Tribe ordered to release voter list to opponents of chairman (June 23, 2017)
A recall effort against Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. of the Lumbee Tribe is moving forward with the help of a court decision.

Montana tribes get new member of Congress who pleaded guilty to assault
Politics
Montana tribes get new member of Congress who pleaded guilty to assault (June 22, 2017)
The state of Montana has a new representative in the halls of Congress though he didn't garner much support in Indian Country.

Incoming member of Congress negotiating plea deal for assault
Law | Politics
Incoming member of Congress negotiating plea deal for assault (June 8, 2017)
Republican Greg Gianforte lost the Native vote but was successful overall in his bid to represent Montana in the U.S. House.

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