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Sharp: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’
Sharp: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’ (February 17, 2020)

Despite some 'encouraging developments,' threats to tribal sovereignty still come 'from every branch and every corner of federal and state governments.'


State of Indian Nations kicks off busy week for tribal leaders
State of Indian Nations kicks off busy week for tribal leaders (February 10, 2020)

Fawn Sharp is delivering her first major address as the new leader of the National Congress of American Indians.


Author blames Crow child's death on Indian Child Welfare Act
Author blames Crow child's death on Indian Child Welfare Act (January 29, 2020)

The mainstream media barely covered oral arguments in a critical Indian Child Welfare Act case last week but USA Today is here to make up for it with an opinion from a critic of the law.


'An Indian is an Indian is an Indian': Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act
'An Indian is an Indian is an Indian': Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act (January 23, 2020)

Indian Country turned out in full force to defend the sovereignty of tribal nations and their most valuable asset — their children.


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.


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.


'We're under attack': Tribes defend Indian Child Welfare Act in critical case
'We're under attack': Tribes defend Indian Child Welfare Act in critical case (November 12, 2019)

The battle over the Indian Child Welfare Act is far from over as tribes continue to defend the landmark law in the courts.


Chuck Hoskin: Working to protect Cherokee Nation families
Chuck Hoskin: Working to protect Cherokee Nation families (November 4, 2019)

As Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, I know that when we work together as a family and community, we are stronger.


Tribes see slower season at nation's highest court but big cases remain unresolved
Tribes see slower season at nation's highest court but big cases remain unresolved (October 29, 2019)

Tribal leaders are still paying close attention to the nation's highest court despite a slowdown in cases affecting Indian Country's interests.


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


Police captain discusses children lost to the system
Police captain discusses children lost to the system (September 9, 2019)

Like many indigenous nations in the United States, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has been losing children to the state for generations.


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.


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.


Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House
Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House (August 15, 2019)

I imagine how much Frank LaMere would enjoy participating in his own presidential forum next week in Iowa.


Harold Frazier: Victory for our children and the Indian Child Welfare Act
Harold Frazier: Victory for our children and the Indian Child Welfare Act (August 14, 2019)

It is imperative for the United States to honor the laws to protect our children and the begin to heal the damages done to our families.


Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain
Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain (August 12, 2019)

Tribal leaders and advocates celebrated after an appeals court rebuffed opponents of the Indian Child Welfare Act in one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Native family loses custody of boy to non-Natives
Native Sun News Today: Native family loses custody of boy to non-Natives (June 26, 2019)

A family court decision in Pine Ridge in October 2017 failed to keep a boy in the home that he was being raised in.


YES! Magazine: Truth and reconciliation for Indian child welfare
YES! Magazine: Truth and reconciliation for Indian child welfare (June 25, 2019)

For more than 100 years, Native children in Maine were removed from their homes by state authorities and placed with White families in an attempt to erase their indigenous identity.


Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case
Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case (June 11, 2019)

After a blockbuster season in which tribal treaties have been front and center, it looks like the Supreme Court is taking a little break from Indian Country.


Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket (May 28, 2019)

It looks like Indian Country can rest easy for now, with no new cases added to the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.


Native Sun News Today: Native mother walks to nation's capital for humanity
Native Sun News Today: Native mother walks to nation's capital for humanity (May 16, 2019)

Tarita Silk, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, will be leaving South Dakota for Washington, D.C., on June 7.


Trump administration abandons the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in court case
Trump administration abandons the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in court case (March 26, 2019)

A federal law that makes key improvements at the Indian Health Service is on the chopping block in the Trump era.


Fawn Sharp: The attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act cannot stand
Fawn Sharp: The attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act cannot stand (March 21, 2019)

Native children benefit from knowing their heritage. Why attack a system that helps them?


Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court
Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court (March 19, 2019)

For the first time, states have sued to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.


'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court
'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court (March 14, 2019)

Tribal leaders are expressing hope after judges on a federal appeals court questioned the attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


AUDIO: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments in Brackeen v. Zinke
AUDIO: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments in Brackeen v. Zinke (March 13, 2019)

Listen to a federal appeals court debate the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act.


#ProudToProtectICWA: Tribal leaders react to hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case
#ProudToProtectICWA: Tribal leaders react to hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case (March 13, 2019)

The fate of the Indian Child Welfare Act is in the hands of a federal appeals court.


Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case
Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case (March 13, 2019)

A closely watched court case will determine whether the Indian Child Welfare Act lives to see another day.


Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case (March 11, 2019)

Arguments are taking place in a case that tribes say goes to the very heart of their sovereignty and their relationship with the United States.


Bill John Baker: Stand strong and stand up for our Native children
Bill John Baker: Stand strong and stand up for our Native children (March 11, 2019)

Our children are our hope, our strength and our future. They are not for the taking.


Mark Trahant: The first nations should have the first say on the next president
Mark Trahant: The first nations should have the first say on the next president (February 25, 2019)

What if there was an Indian Country primary? Call it an experiment.


Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up
Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up (February 7, 2019)

The Indian Child Welfare Act is under attack and tribes are pushing back after conservative and Christian groups joined the battle.


Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case (January 22, 2019)

A battle to save the Indian Child Welfare Act is shaping up to be one of the most consequential court cases in recent history.


Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 17, 2018)

A federal judge who invalidated the Indian Child Welfare Act has issued a new ruling that could devastate tribal nations.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


Cronkite News: Tribes on 'pins and needles' in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Cronkite News: Tribes on 'pins and needles' in Indian Child Welfare Act case (December 13, 2018)

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 faces rising numbers of legal challenges and a critical courtroom loss.


Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 4, 2018)

Tribes will have to move quickly to save the Indian Child Welfare Act from being invalidated across the nation.


Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case
Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case (November 27, 2018)

The Trump administration's disjointed treatment of Indian Country was on full display as Native American Heritage Month came to a close.


March held in honor of Native children lost in foster care
March held in honor of Native children lost in foster care (November 22, 2018)

Activists continue to march in honor of Native children who died after being taken from their families.


Abaki Beck: Documentary explores removal of Indian children
Abaki Beck: Documentary explores removal of Indian children (November 8, 2018)

A new documentary shows how one state is confronting Native American child removal.


Mary Annette Pember: Native vote firsts in the land of the Ojibwe
Mary Annette Pember: Native vote firsts in the land of the Ojibwe (October 31, 2018)

Minnesota voters are considering three Native candidates from three different political parties in this election.


Sherry Treppa: Court decision threatens the Indian Child Welfare Act
Sherry Treppa: Court decision threatens the Indian Child Welfare Act (October 29, 2018)

Further erosion to the Indian Child Welfare Act is an affront to our culture, our families and our self-determination.


'Intentional and direct attack': Tribes vow fight for Indian Child Welfare Act
'Intentional and direct attack': Tribes vow fight for Indian Child Welfare Act (October 25, 2018)

One of the biggest threats facing tribal sovereignty are the coordinated attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


More tribal leaders criticize ruling in Indian Child Welfare Act case
More tribal leaders criticize ruling in Indian Child Welfare Act case (October 10, 2018)

A federal judge struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 as unconstitutional.


Indian Country outraged by decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Indian Country outraged by decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case (October 8, 2018)

A federal judge's decision to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act continues to draw strong reactions.


Judge strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act in contested ruling
Judge strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act in contested ruling (October 5, 2018)

Tribes are preparing for a big battle after a federal judge struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a case many believe is headed to the Supreme Court.


Tribes help bring down barriers to Indian Child Welfare Act
Tribes help bring down barriers to Indian Child Welfare Act (October 3, 2018)

The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attack across the nation but tribes in one state are working to ensure they have a voice.


Advocates weigh next move in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Advocates weigh next move in Indian Child Welfare Act case (September 26, 2018)

Despite a negative court ruling, attorneys are counting on South Dakota to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act.


Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (September 18, 2018)

A federal appeals court has delivered a major blow to tribes and parents who have been seeking to protect their children.


Appeals court won't rule on challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act
Appeals court won't rule on challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act (August 7, 2018)

A federal appeals court has turned away a closely-watched conservative challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act.


Tribes continue to rely on key lawmakers for help with funding
Tribes continue to rely on key lawmakers for help with funding (May 15, 2018)

With few people in their corner in the Trump administration, tribes are once again relying on Congress to fulfill the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities.


Miccosukee Tribe accused of 'kidnap' after baby taken at hospital
Miccosukee Tribe accused of 'kidnap' after baby taken at hospital (March 22, 2018)

The Miccosukee Tribe is under fire after taking a newborn from her parents due to allegations of abuse.


Conservative group claims victory in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Conservative group claims victory in Indian Child Welfare Act case (March 15, 2018)

The conservative Goldwater Institute is claiming victory in an Indian Child Welfare Act case in Ohio.


Graham Lee Brewer: Attacks on Indian Child Welfare Act are real
Graham Lee Brewer: Attacks on Indian Child Welfare Act are real (March 13, 2018)

The Indian Child Welfare Act is essential to strengthening future Native American generations


High Country News: Indian Child Welfare Act under conservative fire
High Country News: Indian Child Welfare Act under conservative fire (March 6, 2018)

The Indian Child Welfare Act has helped repair the damage of the boarding-school era – but not everyone wants it in place.


Supreme Court turns away another conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act
Supreme Court turns away another conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act (February 21, 2018)

The nation's highest court has turned away another conservative attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


Tribes battle state of South Dakota over removal of Indian children
Tribes battle state of South Dakota over removal of Indian children (February 19, 2018)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a long-running Indian Child Welfare Act case from South Dakota.


Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court
Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court (December 12, 2017)

The conservative Goldwater Institute is attacking the Indian Child Welfare Act again, this time in a dispute involving the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.


'Stand up, fight back!' -- Annual march to honor lost Native children continues
'Stand up, fight back!' -- Annual march to honor lost Native children continues (November 23, 2017)

Fifteen years ago, Native people in Sioux City sought the help of Iowa state leaders. Their anger turned into the Memorial March to Honor Our Lost Children.