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'On the far end of the Trail of Tears': Nation's highest court holds U.S. to promise in tribal treaty
'On the far end of the Trail of Tears': Nation's highest court holds U.S. to promise in tribal treaty (July 9, 2020)

The Trump administration suffered yet another rebuke of its Indian Country policy with a narrow but clear victory in a closely-watched tribal sovereignty case.


Albert Bender: Whose Independence Day is it?
Albert Bender: Whose Independence Day is it? (July 8, 2020)

In the Declaration of Independence, Indigenous people are referred to as 'merciless Indian savages.'


Native Youth to NFL: We are not your mascot
Native Youth to NFL: We are not your mascot (July 8, 2020)

As Native American youth, we are powerful. We are resilient, we are unbroken, and we will be silenced no more.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Where’s the beef?
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Where’s the beef? (July 7, 2020)

Stealing Indian land was often made legal with a mere presidential signature.


Jenni Monet: Making the case for treaties at Mount Rushmore
Jenni Monet: Making the case for treaties at Mount Rushmore (July 6, 2020)

If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must first take seriously what it owes Indigenous Peoples.


'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory
'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory (July 6, 2020)

Nearly 200 protestors clashed with law enforcement as they stood in defense of Sioux Nation homelands stolen by the U.S. government.


Doug George-Kanentiio: We need African American allies to replace offensive mascots and statues
Doug George-Kanentiio: We need African American allies to replace offensive mascots and statues (June 22, 2020)

The tragic fact is that of all ethnic groups this country's Indigenous people have the highest rate of death by cop.


Tim Giago: Reflections on Father’s Day
Tim Giago: Reflections on Father’s Day (June 17, 2020)

With a holiday called Father’s Day here I must reflect on the different path most Native Americans had to follow as fathers.


Indian Country Today: 10 people whose statues should replace Columbus
Indian Country Today: 10 people whose statues should replace Columbus (June 16, 2020)

Around the world statues are coming down. Civil War generals. Mass murderers. And Christopher Columbus.


Chuck Hoskin: Why we must have difficult conversations about race and justice
Chuck Hoskin: Why we must have difficult conversations about race and justice (June 16, 2020)

The United States, through local criminal justice systems, visited injustice and injury upon our ancestors in the 19th century prior to our forced removal.


United South and Eastern Tribes: Unrest exposes America's original sin against Indigenous peoples
United South and Eastern Tribes: Unrest exposes America's original sin against Indigenous peoples (June 2, 2020)

Injustice in America is not a new reality. In fact, it predates the founding of this 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?


Doug George-Kanentiio: On the American uprising of 2020
Doug George-Kanentiio: On the American uprising of 2020 (June 1, 2020)

In Canada and the U.S., Native people have been attacked and died at the hands of the police, at times in the most brutal of ways.


COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective
COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective (April 9, 2020)

The magnitude of this epidemic is yet to be fully realized but what it does is to further expose the naked reality of entrenched racism in the U.S. and this most rotten core of the national experience.


Indigenous people may be the Amazon's last hope
Indigenous people may be the Amazon's last hope (March 31, 2020)

Brazil’s divisive President Jair Bolsonaro has taken another step in his bold plans to develop indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest.


'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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: How the Mohawks responded to historical plagues
Doug George-Kanentiio: How the Mohawks responded to historical plagues (March 19, 2020)

When I was growing up on Akwesasne Mohawk Territory there were social habits which reflected an historical response to the devastating communicable diseases which came close to wiping out our ancestors.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Why Canada's reconciliation plans have failed
Doug George-Kanentiio: Why Canada's reconciliation plans have failed (March 3, 2020)

Go to the hell you tried to create for us on this earth.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people (February 24, 2020)

Ten years attending an on-reservation parochial residential school shaped the rest of my life.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later
Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later (February 24, 2020)

Ever since Europeans began venturing to and settling in the New World, the ultimate removal of the Indigenous peoples was to be the plan.


The dilemma of faith
The dilemma of faith (January 28, 2020)

A look at the Indian wars in America tells us that the assassinations of the Sioux military leadership have been accepted as a common way to stop wars.


The Revelator: Indigenous peoples threatened in their own homelands
The Revelator: Indigenous peoples threatened in their own homelands (January 27, 2020)

A vulnerable culture living in a severely degraded section of the Colombian Amazon is in desperate need of international respect and support.


Tim Giago: Wounded Knee: 129 years later
Tim Giago: Wounded Knee: 129 years later (December 16, 2019)

On December 29, 1890, my grandmother Sophie was just a few miles away from the slaughter at Wounded Knee. She actually witnessed a troop of soldiers ride on to the school grounds where she worked and noticed that some of them still had blood on their uniforms.


Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate
Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate (December 10, 2019)

It took awhile in this era of divided government but the first stand-alone Indian bill of the 116th Congress is one step closer to becoming law.


Winston Churchill’s feelings toward people of India revealed
Winston Churchill’s feelings toward people of India revealed (December 3, 2019)

As a member of the country’s minority group, I can swear on the fact that racial intolerance is everywhere.


A National Day of Mourning for U.S. Indigenous
A National Day of Mourning for U.S. Indigenous (December 2, 2019)

The official proclamation of Thanksgiving, 16 years later, has its origins in slaughter, gore and carnage.


YES! Magazine: Bridging the gap between colonized and colonizer
YES! Magazine: Bridging the gap between colonized and colonizer (November 27, 2019)

The gap between colonized and colonizer can be bridged, although it will take a lot of work on the part of both.


Operation Lady Justice features artwork by D.G. Smalling of Choctaw Nation
Operation Lady Justice features artwork by D.G. Smalling of Choctaw Nation (November 26, 2019)

The work of a Choctaw Nation artist inspired the name of a government-wide initiative aimed at addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.


United American Indians of New England host 50th National Day of Mourning
United American Indians of New England host 50th National Day of Mourning (November 26, 2019)

This year's event focuses on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people.


Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty
Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty (November 25, 2019)

Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.


Tim Giago: The two faces of America
Tim Giago: The two faces of America (November 25, 2019)

Native Americans were slaughtered and starved on their own lands in an effort to subdue them and steal their lands.


Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation faces federal recognition deadline
Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation faces federal recognition deadline (November 18, 2019)

It's National Native American Heritage Month and one tribe is trying to prove that it qualifies for federal recognition.


What western states can learn from Native American wildfire management strategies
What western states can learn from Native American wildfire management strategies (November 12, 2019)

Tribes across the West are working with an increased sense of urgency to manage fire-adapted landscapes in the face of climate change.


Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida's Gulf Coast
Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida's Gulf Coast (November 11, 2019)

These places literally embody human lives, and are the only records we have of prehistoric indigenous peoples of the New World.


Aftermath of Dakota War 1862
Aftermath of Dakota War 1862 (October 31, 2019)

Tamara St. John, a state lawmaker and tribal historic preservation officer, has become an expert on the Dakota War of 1862.


Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day
Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day (October 15, 2019)

While Columbus Day affirms the story of a nation created by Europeans for Europeans, Indigenous Peoples Day emphasizes Native histories and Native people.


‘I could not afford to hang men for votes’:  Largest mass hanging in America
‘I could not afford to hang men for votes’: Largest mass hanging in America (October 9, 2019)

The public hanging of 38 Dakota men was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Two others were executed at later date.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Why Americans celebrate the 'Founders'
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Why Americans celebrate the 'Founders' (September 30, 2019)

Indian-White History of America isn’t unique but the truth is, our history is not behind us and it is not forgiven.


Siku Allooloo: Canada is built on racism, genocide, violence, and theft
Siku Allooloo: Canada is built on racism, genocide, violence, and theft (September 27, 2019)

Two generations saw our Inuit and Dine homelands in Northern Canada nearly destroyed. Now my way of life is one of cultural repair.


Ponca Chief Standing Bear completes one last journey of triumph
Ponca Chief Standing Bear completes one last journey of triumph (September 23, 2019)

Forced out of his people's homelands by the United States, Ponca Chief Standing Bear ended up becoming one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders.


Gov. Pete Ricketts: Standing tall for justice in the US Capitol
Gov. Pete Ricketts: Standing tall for justice in the US Capitol (September 20, 2019)

A statue of Ponca Chief Standing Bear will be on display for years to come, and I encourage Nebraskans to look for it when they next visit the U.S. Capitol.


Doug George-Kanentiio: How did the 'Indian reservation' system begin?
Doug George-Kanentiio: How did the 'Indian reservation' system begin? (September 20, 2019)

In effect, reservation life begins with the Laws of Burgos, issued by the Kingdom of Spain more than 500 years ago.


An apple is what grows on a tree
An apple is what grows on a tree (September 12, 2019)

There are no true traditionalists left in Indian Country to put it bluntly.


Tim Giago: Is there a correlation between historic trauma and PTSD?
Tim Giago: Is there a correlation between historic trauma and PTSD? (September 9, 2019)

Too many people, especially non-Natives say, 'Get over it.' If only it was that simple. One does not take centuries of trauma and get rid of it overnight.


A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition
A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition (September 9, 2019)

How can one branch of the federal government have a more than 100-year relationship and sign a 30-year agreement with an Indian tribe, while another denies its very existence?


What does 'We are all treaty people' mean, and who speaks for Indigenous students on campus?
What does 'We are all treaty people' mean, and who speaks for Indigenous students on campus? (September 3, 2019)

While there has been a recent growing awareness of Indigenous cultures at Canadian universities, racism, violence and dismissal still dominate conversations on campus.


Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum
Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum (August 21, 2019)

From freeing Indian activist Leonard Peltier to improving Indian health care, the 2020 candidates for president didn't run from the difficult issues at the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system (August 20, 2019)

The educational system on the Indian reservations across America have always operated at the whims of the federal government.


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

The historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is underway in Sioux City, Iowa, in the homelands of several tribes.


Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands
Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands (August 8, 2019)

The Cupeño people survived near genocide and forced removal. They may not be able to overcome disenrollment and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Indian lawmaker withdraws repatriation bill after being linked to 'genocide'
Indian lawmaker withdraws repatriation bill after being linked to 'genocide' (August 7, 2019)

A bill aimed at improving repatriation policies in California has been shelved amid outcry from Native activists and some tribes.


Indian lawmaker plans to change repatriation bill to include all tribes
Indian lawmaker plans to change repatriation bill to include all tribes (August 5, 2019)

After being accused of enforcing 'state sponsored genocide' against his fellow people, an Indian lawmaker plans to change a repatriation bill in order to include all tribes in California.


Bethany Berger: Trump wasn't the first president to confront the Supreme Court – and back down
Bethany Berger: Trump wasn't the first president to confront the Supreme Court – and back down (July 24, 2019)

As Donald Trump agrees reluctantly to respect the Supreme Court, he follows a long-ago legal victory of the Cherokee Nation.


Rep. Deb Haaland: President Trump is not indigenous to this land
Rep. Deb Haaland: President Trump is not indigenous to this land (July 23, 2019)

Indian policy throughout history was meant to exterminate us, but we are still here.


Tim Giago: Invite Lakota warriors to the buffalo roundup in South Dakota
Tim Giago: Invite Lakota warriors to the buffalo roundup in South Dakota (July 22, 2019)

The Lakota people referred to the buffalo as their relative, either by brother or sister.


Sen. Mike Rounds: Showing RESPECT to Native Americans
Sen. Mike Rounds: Showing RESPECT to Native Americans (July 17, 2019)

Throughout history, Native Americans have been subjected to federal laws that are offensive, immoral and outright racist.


Chip Colwell: Acknowledge the Indigenous caretakers of the land
Chip Colwell: Acknowledge the Indigenous caretakers of the land (July 17, 2019)

Land acknowledgment is a recognition of a truth, a kind of verbal memorial that we erect in honor of indigenous peoples.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Wounded Knee was a crime of genocide against the Lakota people
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Wounded Knee was a crime of genocide against the Lakota people (July 16, 2019)

The 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre was a deliberate and planned military action on sovereign tribal land.


Jimmy Lee Beason: Native people still denied religious freedom on their own lands
Jimmy Lee Beason: Native people still denied religious freedom on their own lands (July 4, 2019)

It is rather apparent that Native people were not afforded the right to practice their spirituality in their own lands as 'promised' by the U.S. Constitution.


Tara Pretends Eagle Weber: History is repeating itself when it comes to genocide
Tara Pretends Eagle Weber: History is repeating itself when it comes to genocide (July 4, 2019)

I am a survivor of genocide, a direct descendent of Pretends Eagle, a documented survivor of The Battle at Little Bighorn.