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Ponca Tribe prepares for brighter future with plans for $26 million health center
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Ponca Tribe prepares for brighter future with plans for $26 million health center (December 6, 2017)
The Ponca Tribe's Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center is poised for a big move in Omaha, Nebraska.

'Stand up, fight back!' -- Annual march to honor lost Native children continues
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'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.

House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement
Law | National | Politics
House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement (October 31, 2017)
Another termination-era law, this one affecting the Meskwaki Nation, is on the chopping block.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
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House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)
Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills
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Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills (June 6, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is holding its first legislative hearing of the year but the witness list isn't quite there yet.

House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent
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House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent (May 31, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking up three pro-tribal bills at a hearing on June 7.

Meskwaki Tribe diversifies economy with barbecue sauces and more
Business
Meskwaki Tribe diversifies economy with barbecue sauces and more (April 21, 2017)
Over the years, the tribe has expanded into real estate, information technology, tobacco, coffee, construction and food.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal group advocates for Indian health
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Native Sun News Today: Tribal group advocates for Indian health (March 30, 2017)
The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board serves tribes and tribal citizens in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)
The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills
Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)
Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.

Dakota Access submits another status update entirely under seal
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Dakota Access submits another status update entirely under seal (March 22, 2017)
The wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline appear closer than ever to completing their controversial project but there's no way for the public to know for sure.

Award-winning group raises funds for Water Protector legal fund
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Award-winning group raises funds for Water Protector legal fund (March 6, 2017)
The Water Protector Legal Collective has been providing =services for people who have been arrested in connection with the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (September 12, 2016)
Land-into-trust, state jurisdiction in Indian Country, Columbia River treaty rights and a water settlement are on the agenda.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to schedule
Law | Politics | Trust
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to schedule (September 6, 2016)
The committee will be taking up four bills at the September 14 hearing.

Dakota Access Pipeline lacks key approval to build at Lake Oahe site near reservation
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Dakota Access Pipeline lacks key approval to build at Lake Oahe site near reservation (August 26, 2016)
Work on the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline remains on hold in North Dakota amid legal and regulatory hurdles.

Park employees 'get away' with breaking laws at sacred monument
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Park employees 'get away' with breaking laws at sacred monument (August 18, 2016)
One superintendent stole tribal remains from Effigy Mounds National Monument and another oversaw construction that harmed tribal burial mounds.

Court decision highlights sentencing disparities in Indian Country
Law | National
Court decision highlights sentencing disparities in Indian Country (August 15, 2016)
A member of the Meskwaki Tribe who was convicted of murdering his parents will likely stay behind bars for the rest of his life.

Meskwaki Tribe cancels 102nd annual powwow after death in community
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Meskwaki Tribe cancels 102nd annual powwow after death in community (August 12, 2016)
The event had already gotten off to a shaky start as storms swept through the community on the first night of Meskwaki Powwow.

Tribes and Native youth join forces in campaign to stop oil pipeline
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Tribes and Native youth join forces in campaign to stop oil pipeline (August 11, 2016)
Youth from two tribes ran 2,000 miles across the country as their leaders mounted a legal challenge to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people
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Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people (July 19, 2016)
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) questioned whether non-Whites have contributed to advances in society.

Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bags
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Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bags (July 12, 2016)
Wounds remain open for 20 tribes whose ancestors were illegally removed from the Effigy Mounds National Monument and kept in garbage bags in a top official's garage.

Official who stole remains claims 'devotion' to Native Americans
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Official who stole remains claims 'devotion' to Native Americans (July 5, 2016)
The former superintendent of the Effigy Mounds National Monument is painting himself as a victim even though he stole tribal ancestors and kept them in boxes in his home for 12 years.

Dakota Access Pipeline to go underneath tribal burial site in Iowa
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Dakota Access Pipeline to go underneath tribal burial site in Iowa (June 22, 2016)
The controversial energy project is moving forward despite objections from tribes and indigenous activists.

Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles oil pipeline
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Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles oil pipeline (June 8, 2016)
Officials shut down construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline immediately after objectors at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation raised a 'human shield of prayer' on May 24.

Iowa board approves energy pipeline work amid tribal objections
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Iowa board approves energy pipeline work amid tribal objections (June 7, 2016)
The Upper Sioux Community, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes have raised concerns about a burial site in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

More burial mounds still being discovered at national monument in Iowa
Environment
More burial mounds still being discovered at national monument in Iowa (May 19, 2016)
The Ho-Chunk Nation plans to visit the Effigy Mounds National Monument to help confirm the latest find.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks halt to construction of pipeline
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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks halt to construction of pipeline (May 12, 2016)
Work on the Iowa portion of the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline is due to start next week.

Omaha Tribe welcomes long overdue assistance for 2011 disaster
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Omaha Tribe welcomes long overdue assistance for 2011 disaster (April 20, 2016)
Flooding along the Missouri River caused extensive damage on the Nebraska and Iowa sides of the reservation.

Native Sun News: Tribes organize against Dakota Access Pipeline
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Native Sun News: Tribes organize against Dakota Access Pipeline (April 13, 2016)
Some 60 riders mounted horseback on April 1 to ride 25 miles north from the capital of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to the community of Cannon Ball, where they inaugurated a spirit camp in defiance of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribes
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Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribes (March 24, 2016)
The Iowa Tribe and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation entered into the agreements and negotiations continue with two more tribes.

Iowa Tribe joins fight against oil pipeline on aboriginal territory
Environment
Iowa Tribe joins fight against oil pipeline on aboriginal territory (March 24, 2016)
The Iowa Utilities Board granted a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline without consulting the tribe, according to a new letter.

New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains
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New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains (March 23, 2016)
Mary Smith, who was named acting director of the agency earlier this month, wants to hear from 'all of the tribes' in a region that has been under intense scrutiny in Indian Country and in Congress.

Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles pipeline plan
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Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles pipeline plan (March 14, 2016)
As the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe mobilizes to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Iowa Utilities Board is holding a webcast public hearing March 9-10 of its latest deliberations about the hazardous liquid project application.

Bernie Sanders won Democratic precinct on Meskwaki Reservation
National | Politics
Bernie Sanders won Democratic precinct on Meskwaki Reservation (February 3, 2016)
The state of Iowa as a whole narrowly went for Hillary Clinton but members of the Meskwaki Tribe overwhelmingly favored Bernie Sanders.

Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign (February 3, 2016)
My ideal? Presidential campaigns would focus on policy, not the politicians, and the first votes would be cast in states like Arizona, New Mexico, or even Montana, where issues that impact First Americans would get a full airing by all the campaigns.

Ted Cruz wins GOP caucus as Hillary Clinton claims victory in Iowa
National | Politics
Ted Cruz wins GOP caucus as Hillary Clinton claims victory in Iowa (February 2, 2016)
The Republican Senator from Texas cruised past front-runner Donald Trump as the former Secretary of State claimed victory over Bernie Sanders.

Charles Schneider: Restore criminal jurisdiction to Meskwaki Tribe
Law | Opinion
Charles Schneider: Restore criminal jurisdiction to Meskwaki Tribe (January 25, 2016)
Senate File 2022 rescinds state jurisdiction, leaving the Meskwaki with jurisdiction over offenses committed by tribe members against tribe members on settlement territory.

Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdiction
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Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdiction (January 21, 2016)
The state of Iowa could relinquish authority over crimes committed by tribal members on the Meskwaki Settlement.

Meskwaki Tribe secures $1.6M ANA grant to benefit produce farm
Health
Meskwaki Tribe secures $1.6M ANA grant to benefit produce farm (January 6, 2016)
The money will be used to plant more crops at the 40-acre Red Earth Gardens and provide more opportunities for tribal youth.

Ex-monument official to apologize for theft of ancestral remains
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Ex-monument official to apologize for theft of ancestral remains (January 4, 2016)
Thomas A. Munson will serve one year of probation and will be required to apologize to the 12 tribes associated with the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa.

Mary Annette Pember: Ex-official admits to theft of ancestors
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Mary Annette Pember: Ex-official admits to theft of ancestors (December 22, 2015)
Tribal leaders expressed anger and outrage over Thomas Munson’s actions as well as what some see as leniency by federal prosecutors.

Former monument official charged for stealing Indian remains
Environment | Law
Former monument official charged for stealing Indian remains (December 17, 2015)
The ancestral remains were taken from the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa shortly before the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act became law in 1990.

Winnebago Tribe corporation announces $107M in developments
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Winnebago Tribe corporation announces $107M in developments (December 4, 2015)
Ho-Chunk Inc. is investing in the Siouxland region, an area near the reservation that's home to many tribal members.

Omaha Tribe to continue with studies of marijuana and hemp
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Omaha Tribe to continue with studies of marijuana and hemp (November 10, 2015)
Chairman Vernon Miller wasn't worried about a setback for a tribe in neighboring South Dakota.

Omaha Tribe considers next steps for marijuana operation
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Omaha Tribe considers next steps for marijuana operation (November 5, 2015)
The tribe plans to work with federal and state officials in Nebraska and Iowa going forward.

Winnebago Tribe couldn't afford $1.3M in per capita payments
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Winnebago Tribe couldn't afford $1.3M in per capita payments (August 10, 2015)
Members are upset about the loss of the $250 payment but youth benefited from a $300 clothing allowance.

NPS suppresses probe into destruction at burial mound in Iowa
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NPS suppresses probe into destruction at burial mound in Iowa (August 4, 2015)
The former superintendent of the Effigy Mounds National Monument took ancestral remains from the site and kept them in a box in his garage.

Winnebago Tribe seeks more time to remove old bank building
Business
Winnebago Tribe seeks more time to remove old bank building (July 30, 2015)
Ho-Chunk Inc., the tribe's economic development corporation, was planning to move the building to the reservation.

Lakota Country Times: Rosebud residents walk to honor victim
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Lakota Country Times: Rosebud residents walk to honor victim (July 16, 2015)
Local residents joined family members to walk with the red Silent Witness silhouettes to remember a Rosebud Sioux woman who was brutally murdered by her domestic partner.

Native Sun News: Tribes fight another pipeline through Great Plains
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Native Sun News: Tribes fight another pipeline through Great Plains (July 7, 2015)
Anticipated destruction of natural resources, sacred sites, and family farm economy is triggering tribal governments, their enrollees, Native American non-profits, their allies, and rural people to defy the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

Harlan McKosato: Indian people survive despite mistreatment
Opinion
Harlan McKosato: Indian people survive despite mistreatment (July 1, 2015)
Do you ever get tired of hearing about how pitiful it is to be Native American from our own Native writers, the mainstream American press, and international media outlets?

Iowa lawmakers back repeal of jurisdiction over Meskwaki Tribe
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Iowa lawmakers back repeal of jurisdiction over Meskwaki Tribe (June 12, 2015)
Supporters said it's time for the state to stop prosecuting crimes involving tribal members on the reservation.

Young Meskwaki Tribe man sentenced to 25 years for murder
Law
Young Meskwaki Tribe man sentenced to 25 years for murder (May 15, 2015)
Jonathan Youngbear, 21, admitted he stabbed and killed his 17-year-old cousin on the reservation.

Woman donates 200-acre Iowa farm to Rosebud Sioux Tribe
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Woman donates 200-acre Iowa farm to Rosebud Sioux Tribe (May 11, 2015)
Ella Jean Ray, who passed away in December at the age of 88, deeded the site to the tribe in her will.

Meskwaki Nation puts up $25K reward in case of missing woman
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Meskwaki Nation puts up $25K reward in case of missing woman (April 29, 2015)
Rita Janelle Papakee, a 41-year-old mother of four, was last seen by family on January 16.

Meskwaki Tribe opposes oil pipeline through aboriginal territory
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Meskwaki Tribe opposes oil pipeline through aboriginal territory (March 17, 2015)
The pipeline would cross 18 counties in Iowa, effectively cutting the state in half.

Young member of Meskwaki Tribe pleads guilty in murder case
Law
Young member of Meskwaki Tribe pleads guilty in murder case (January 28, 2015)
Jonathan Youngbear admitted that he stabbed and killed his 17-year-old cousin at a home on the reservation in February 2014.

Opinion: Blood Run landmark a place of reverence for area tribes
Environment | Opinion
Opinion: Blood Run landmark a place of reverence for area tribes (January 22, 2015)
One of the most significant places of beauty and history in our state is located along the Big Sioux River in the northwest corner of Iowa.

Meskwaki man's murder trial delayed due to jury makeup issues
Law
Meskwaki man's murder trial delayed due to jury makeup issues (December 4, 2014)
Only two out of 86 potential jurors identified as Native American.

Meskwaki Tribe fires assistant police chief over harassment
Law
Meskwaki Tribe fires assistant police chief over harassment (November 12, 2014)
The officer, Jason Dunagan, was denied unemployment benefits for violating the tribe's anti-discriminatory harassment and sexual harassment policies.

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