More: ira

Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process
National | Politics | Trust
Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process (October 17, 2017)
Tribal leaders are lashing out at the Trump administration again, this time over rule changes they said will make it all but impossible to restore their homelands.

Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands (October 12, 2017)
Where Congress has failed to take action on one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases, tribes are seeing successes elsewhere as they seek to restore their homelands.

James Giago Davies: Indian Reorganization Act stripped tribes of sovereignty
Opinion
James Giago Davies: Indian Reorganization Act stripped tribes of sovereignty (August 25, 2017)
Dark, disturbing truths can hide within the seemingly beneficial intent of the Indian Reorganization Act.

Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process
Opinion | Trust
Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process (July 24, 2017)
Changes to the land-into-trust process will never satisfy critics, attorney Bryan Newland writes on Turtle Talk.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
National | Politics | Trust
Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)
In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)
Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests (July 11, 2017)
If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's not going to happen this week.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
Law | National | Politics | Trust
House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)
A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.

Gabe Galanda: Tribal 'membership' rules strip away at sovereignty
Law | Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Tribal 'membership' rules strip away at sovereignty (June 14, 2017)
Thanks to the federal government and the Indian Reorganization Act, the dangerous concept of ‘membership’ has been codified by tribal governments, attorney Gabe Galanda writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe
Law | National | Trust
Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe (June 1, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs can't place land in trust for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians without the "written" consent of the Cherokee Nation, a federal judge has ruled.

Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)
Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.

Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands
National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (May 9, 2017)
A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Let's scrutinize the Indian Reorganization Act
Opinion | Politics
Ivan Star Comes Out: Let's scrutinize the Indian Reorganization Act (May 4, 2017)
Mark Twain, the humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, once wrote: 'Politicians and diapers must be changed often – and for the same reason.'

Secretary Zinke advocates 'off-ramp' for taking lands out of trust
National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke advocates 'off-ramp' for taking lands out of trust (May 3, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is making some puzzling comments about Indian lands.

Tim Giago: Tribal sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in the White House
Opinion
Tim Giago: Tribal sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in the White House (April 24, 2017)
Politics can at times amount to a funny business in Indian country.

Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in America
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in America (April 20, 2017)
Oglala District Representative, Stephanie Leasure, offered me an opportunity to provide prayer for the first day the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council’s April session.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian Country still waiting on that New Deal
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian Country still waiting on that New Deal (April 5, 2017)
The so-called 'New Indian Deal' emphasized tribal self-government, economic recovery, and revitalization of cultural identity.

William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska
Opinion | World
William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska (March 30, 2017)
In a way, there are two histories of how Alaska came to be American – and two perspectives.

Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute
Law | National | Trust
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute (November 10, 2016)
The New York tribe can follow the land-into-trust process, a federal appeals court ruled in a unanimous decision.

Oneida Nation battles longtime foe over activities on trust land
Law | Trust
Oneida Nation battles longtime foe over activities on trust land (October 5, 2016)
The tribe went to court after the village of Hobart threatened to interfere with a popular family festival.

Tim Giago: Indian Country can't forget the Indian Reorganization Act
Opinion
Tim Giago: Indian Country can't forget the Indian Reorganization Act (August 8, 2016)
Has Indian Country forgotten the significance of the Indian Reorganization Act?

Bryan Newland: Donald Trump's radical view of federal Indian law
Opinion | Politics
Bryan Newland: Donald Trump's radical view of federal Indian law (July 29, 2016)
Donald Trump’s most notable comments about Indian tribes reveal that he does not draw the distinction between the racial and political identities of Indian people.

Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands
Law | National | Politics
Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands (July 12, 2016)
For the second time, a federal appeals court has refused to undermine the status of the Alabama tribe's reservation.

Court sides with Bureau of Indian Affairs in disenrollment dispute
Law | National
Court sides with Bureau of Indian Affairs in disenrollment dispute (July 8, 2016)
Leaders of the Pala Band of Mission Indians in California have removed hundreds of people from the rolls and no one has the power to stop them.

Jenny Bell-Jones: Clearing up misconceptions about Alaska tribes
Law | Opinion
Jenny Bell-Jones: Clearing up misconceptions about Alaska tribes (July 5, 2016)
Tribes are here with us today and they have always been here.

Seminole Tribe won't get to argue taxation case at Supreme Court
Business | Law | National
Seminole Tribe won't get to argue taxation case at Supreme Court (June 13, 2016)
The development wasn't a major setback since the tribe won a significant ruling before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Peter d'Errico: Voting debate raises questions of self-governance
Opinion | Politics
Peter d'Errico: Voting debate raises questions of self-governance (June 9, 2016)
Indian Country has long debated whether to participate in the ritual of voting in U.S. elections.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Restoring some balance to Native nations
Opinion | Politics
Doug George-Kanentiio: Restoring some balance to Native nations (April 18, 2016)
The US and the Native nations must be returned to the status and condition at which time the treaties were signed and enacted, by each nation, into law.

Blackfeet Nation citizens still talking about constitutional reforms
Politics
Blackfeet Nation citizens still talking about constitutional reforms (February 10, 2016)
The Montana tribe first adopted the constitution in 1935, a year after the Indian Reorganization Act became law.

NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill
Law | National | Politics | Trust
NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill (January 14, 2016)
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes beyond a clean fix of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Patrick Sullivan: Court to rule on land-into-trust for Alaska tribes
Law | Trust
Patrick Sullivan: Court to rule on land-into-trust for Alaska tribes (January 5, 2016)
The question of whether Alaska Natives may place land in the same federal trust status as Indian tribes in the lower 48 states was widely thought to have been resolved.

Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix (November 24, 2015)
The Cherokee Nation citizen said lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hearing conflicting messages from tribes on a major legislative priority.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Politics threaten Oglala tribal police force
Law | Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Politics threaten Oglala tribal police force (November 20, 2015)
I don’t hear anyone talking about the Pine Ridge Police Force lately.

Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne activists hanging tough
National | Politics
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne activists hanging tough (November 3, 2015)
Many folks on the Northern Cheyenne reservation, and indeed Indian Country, are wondering about the status of the grassroots tribal members who have been faithfully camping in front of the tribal office going on two months.

BIA encourages tribes to assert more control over internal affairs
Law | National | Politics
BIA encourages tribes to assert more control over internal affairs (October 19, 2015)
A final rule governing Secretarial elections calls for tribes to remove the Bureau of Indian Affairs from the process.

Mike Myers: Restoring traditional forms of tribal government
Opinion
Mike Myers: Restoring traditional forms of tribal government (October 14, 2015)
I just finished a road trip through Indian Country and had the chance to meet with a number of folks from five different Indigenous nations/tribes and they all had the same issue – how to reform their constitutions and get better government.

Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act
Environment | National | Politics | Trust
Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act (October 6, 2015)
Democrats revolt after Republicans kill an amendment that would have addressed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, a long-standing tribal priority.

BIA treads new Carcieri ground in ruling for Massachusetts tribe
Law | National | Politics | Trust
BIA treads new Carcieri ground in ruling for Massachusetts tribe (September 23, 2015)
The Obama administration has been finding ways to address a U.S. Supreme Court decision that has been a thorn in Indian Country's side for the last six years.

Gabe Galanda: Republicans taking us back to the termination era
Opinion | Politics
Gabe Galanda: Republicans taking us back to the termination era (September 9, 2015)
If the Congress and White House align Republican in 2016, Indian Country will be hard pressed to stop any GOP enactment or re-enactment of draconian Indian policies.

Opinion: Alaska will lose appeal in BIA land-into-trust lawsuit
Law | Opinion | Trust
Opinion: Alaska will lose appeal in BIA land-into-trust lawsuit (September 2, 2015)
When Attorney General Richards loses the state’s appeal, and the assistant secretary of the Interior begins taking title to all of that land into trust, what are the remaining options to prevent that from happening?

Ivan Star: Oglala Sioux government fails majority of our people
Opinion
Ivan Star: Oglala Sioux government fails majority of our people (August 27, 2015)
I tried hard to see the good in our tribal government.

Ivan Star: Teach our youth about traditional tribal government
Opinion
Ivan Star: Teach our youth about traditional tribal government (August 20, 2015)
I have been hearing an occasional word or two among a small percentage of our young people regarding traditional government.

Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne activists seek overhaul
Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne activists seek overhaul (August 20, 2015)
For the past week, there has been more activity outside the Northern Cheyenne Tribal offices than inside.

Gordon Jackson: Land-into-trust brings hope for Alaska tribes
Opinion | Trust
Gordon Jackson: Land-into-trust brings hope for Alaska tribes (August 17, 2015)
The state’s indifference to Alaska Natives continues, especially in its abrogation of basic services to Alaska Native villages.

Sarah Deer: Ending the cold war over land-into-trust in Alaska
Law | Opinion | Trust
Sarah Deer: Ending the cold war over land-into-trust in Alaska (August 3, 2015)
Alaska Native tribal governments are heeding the call of their generation, mobilizing a first response to community crisis with the exercise of tribal laws sourced in the inherent traditions of respect and family health.

Sen. Barrasso introduces another version of land-into-trust fix
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Sen. Barrasso introduces another version of land-into-trust fix (July 29, 2015)
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, includes some incentives for tribes that work with local and state governments.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to take up land-into-trust fix
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to take up land-into-trust fix (July 27, 2015)
The 114th Congress is finally seeing some movementon a long-pressing issue in Indian Country.

Pinoleville Pomo Nation hires security team at marijuana farm
Business | Health | Law | National
Pinoleville Pomo Nation hires security team at marijuana farm (July 17, 2015)
The Ukiah Daily Journal continues its exclusive look at the marijuana operation on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation in California.

Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing (July 9, 2015)
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn defended the Office of the Special Trustee in his colleague's absence.

Mark Trahant: Critics take aim at BIA land-into-trust approvals
Opinion | Politics | Trust
Mark Trahant: Critics take aim at BIA land-into-trust approvals (June 1, 2015)
Congress clearly intended the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act to make it easier for tribes to reacquire land and place that land into trust.

Vincent Armenta: Setting the record straight on land-into-trust
Opinion | Trust
Vincent Armenta: Setting the record straight on land-into-trust (June 1, 2015)
The goal of the Indian Reorganization Act’s is to increase tribal lands, restoring a small fraction of land that was stolen through history.

Bryan Newland: Important context on land-into-trust process
Law | Opinion
Bryan Newland: Important context on land-into-trust process (May 20, 2015)
The lesson to be learned from Allotment and Reorganization (and Termination) is that Indians prosper when we have a homeland and that we suffer greatly when we don’t.

Turtle Talk: Analysis of subcommittee land-into-trust memo
Opinion | Trust
Turtle Talk: Analysis of subcommittee land-into-trust memo (May 14, 2015)
The Majority Staff Memo creates the perception that the BIA is an unfettered and unchecked bureaucracy that is gobbling up land for Indians at the expense of unsuspecting communities.

Witness list for House subcommittee land-into-trust hearing
Law | Politics | Trust
Witness list for House subcommittee land-into-trust hearing (May 13, 2015)
Congress authorized the land-into-trust process in Section 5 of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

BIA seeks comments about organization of California tribe
National | Federal Recognition
BIA seeks comments about organization of California tribe (May 11, 2015)
A group on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation wants to organize under the provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on land-into-trust
Politics | Trust
House subcommittee schedules hearing on land-into-trust (May 11, 2015)
The hearing will focus on the 'inadequate standards' of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up tribal labor measure
Law | National | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up tribal labor measure (April 16, 2015)
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act treats tribes and their enterprises in the same manner as states and local governments when it comes to federal labor law.

Funeral for late leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe on Thursday
National
Funeral for late leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe on Thursday (April 6, 2015)
Michael Jandreau was hailed as a promoter of economic development and stability on the reservation.

Judge tells Mackinac Tribe to submit federal recognition petition
Law | Federal Recognition
Judge tells Mackinac Tribe to submit federal recognition petition (April 1, 2015)
The Michigan-based tribe wants to follow the Indian Reorganization Act and form a government.

Bill introduced in Senate to fix Carcieri land-into-trust decision
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Bill introduced in Senate to fix Carcieri land-into-trust decision (March 16, 2015)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is the lead sponsor of S.732 to ensure all tribes can follow the land-into-trust process.

Stay Connected


News Archive

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000