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Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in AmericaFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in America (04/20)
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 DealFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian Country still waiting on that New Deal (04/05)
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 AlaskaFiled Under: Opinion | World
William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska (03/30)
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 disputeFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute (11/10)
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 landFiled Under: Law | Trust
Oneida Nation battles longtime foe over activities on trust land (10/05)
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 ActFiled Under: Opinion
Tim Giago: Indian Country can't forget the Indian Reorganization Act (08/08)
Has Indian Country forgotten the significance of the Indian Reorganization Act?
Bryan Newland: Donald Trump's radical view of federal Indian lawFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Bryan Newland: Donald Trump's radical view of federal Indian law (07/29)
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 landsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands (07/12)
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 disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Court sides with Bureau of Indian Affairs in disenrollment dispute (07/08)
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 tribesFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Jenny Bell-Jones: Clearing up misconceptions about Alaska tribes (07/05)
Tribes are here with us today and they have always been here.
Seminole Tribe won't get to argue taxation case at Supreme CourtFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Seminole Tribe won't get to argue taxation case at Supreme Court (06/13)
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-governanceFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Peter d'Errico: Voting debate raises questions of self-governance (06/09)
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 nationsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Doug George-Kanentiio: Restoring some balance to Native nations (04/18)
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 reformsFiled Under: Politics
Blackfeet Nation citizens still talking about constitutional reforms (02/10)
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 billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill (01/14)
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 tribesFiled Under: Law | Trust
Patrick Sullivan: Court to rule on land-into-trust for Alaska tribes (01/05)
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 fixFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix (11/24)
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 forceFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Politics threaten Oglala tribal police force (11/20)
I don’t hear anyone talking about the Pine Ridge Police Force lately.
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne activists hanging toughFiled Under: National | Politics
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne activists hanging tough (11/03)
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 affairsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
BIA encourages tribes to assert more control over internal affairs (10/19)
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 governmentFiled Under: Opinion
Mike Myers: Restoring traditional forms of tribal government (10/14)
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 ActFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Trust
Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act (10/06)
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 tribeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
BIA treads new Carcieri ground in ruling for Massachusetts tribe (09/23)
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 eraFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Gabe Galanda: Republicans taking us back to the termination era (09/09)
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 lawsuitFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Trust
Opinion: Alaska will lose appeal in BIA land-into-trust lawsuit (09/02)
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 peopleFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star: Oglala Sioux government fails majority of our people (08/27)
I tried hard to see the good in our tribal government.
Ivan Star: Teach our youth about traditional tribal governmentFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star: Teach our youth about traditional tribal government (08/20)
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 overhaulFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne activists seek overhaul (08/20)
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 tribesFiled Under: Opinion | Trust
Gordon Jackson: Land-into-trust brings hope for Alaska tribes (08/17)
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 AlaskaFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Trust
Sarah Deer: Ending the cold war over land-into-trust in Alaska (08/03)
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 fixFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Sen. Barrasso introduces another version of land-into-trust fix (07/29)
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 fixFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to take up land-into-trust fix (07/27)
The 114th Congress is finally seeing some movementon a long-pressing issue in Indian Country.
Pinoleville Pomo Nation hires security team at marijuana farmFiled Under: Business | Health | Law | National
Pinoleville Pomo Nation hires security team at marijuana farm (07/17)
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 hearingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing (07/09)
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 approvalsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics | Trust
Mark Trahant: Critics take aim at BIA land-into-trust approvals (06/01)
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-trustFiled Under: Opinion | Trust
Vincent Armenta: Setting the record straight on land-into-trust (06/01)
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 processFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Bryan Newland: Important context on land-into-trust process (05/20)
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 memoFiled Under: Opinion | Trust
Turtle Talk: Analysis of subcommittee land-into-trust memo (05/14)
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 hearingFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Witness list for House subcommittee land-into-trust hearing (05/13)
Congress authorized the land-into-trust process in Section 5 of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
BIA seeks comments about organization of California tribeFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
BIA seeks comments about organization of California tribe (05/11)
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-trustFiled Under: Politics | Trust
House subcommittee schedules hearing on land-into-trust (05/11)
The hearing will focus on the 'inadequate standards' of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up tribal labor measureFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up tribal labor measure (04/16)
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 ThursdayFiled Under: National
Funeral for late leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe on Thursday (04/06)
Michael Jandreau was hailed as a promoter of economic development and stability on the reservation.
Judge tells Mackinac Tribe to submit federal recognition petitionFiled Under: Law | Federal Recognition
Judge tells Mackinac Tribe to submit federal recognition petition (04/01)
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 decisionFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Bill introduced in Senate to fix Carcieri land-into-trust decision (03/16)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is the lead sponsor of S.732 to ensure all tribes can follow the land-into-trust process.
Benjamin Agimuk: Regional tribal government can work in AlaskaFiled Under: Opinion
Benjamin Agimuk: Regional tribal government can work in Alaska (01/20)
Alaska's tribes are the weakest in the nation. We were never treated as sovereign until well after statehood.
Ivan Star: Successes and failures in Indian education systemFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Ivan Star: Successes and failures in Indian education system (01/15)
I have been admonished for trying to bring our history into the classroom here on the Pine Ridge.
Ivan Star Comes Out: Empower our youth to forge better livesFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Empower our youth to forge better lives (11/17)
Our educational curriculum is embarrassingly inefficient as the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and all its particulars have been omitted.
Ivan Star Comes Out: The Indian Reorganization Act at 80 yearsFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: The Indian Reorganization Act at 80 years (10/14)
Here on the Pine Ridge we encounter daily a controversy regarding the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
Paul Moorehead: Let's get back to promoting self-governmentFiled Under: Opinion
Paul Moorehead: Let's get back to promoting self-government (07/30)
Attorney Paul Moorehead urges Congress to fulfill the original promise of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
Ivan Star Comes Out: Teach youth about forms of governmentFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Teach youth about forms of government (07/17)
Realistically, we have something between a democracy and a dictatorship.
Rep. Young offers explanation for inaction on land-into-trust fixFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Rep. Young offers explanation for inaction on land-into-trust fix (07/15)
The top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee is calling the shots.
Ivan Starr: Oglala Sioux lose traditional ways of governanceFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Starr: Oglala Sioux lose traditional ways of governance (06/13)
Today, I see a definite amount of confusion, apathy, cynicism, segregation, and vindictiveness among the residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation.
History: Indian Citizenship Act becomes law on June 2 in 1924Filed Under: National
History: Indian Citizenship Act becomes law on June 2 in 1924 (06/03)
Despite the law, Indian people were often denied the rights afforded to other U.S. citizens.
Mackinac Tribe files suit against DOI to gain federal recognitionFiled Under: Law | Federal Recognition
Mackinac Tribe files suit against DOI to gain federal recognition (04/07)
The Mackinac Tribe of Michigan is suing the Obama administration in hopes of gaining federal recognition.
Senate measure introduced to fix Carcieri land-into-trust rulingFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Senate measure introduced to fix Carcieri land-into-trust ruling (04/01)
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Senate introduced a bill to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.
Law Article: DOI takes diligent approach with land-into-trustFiled Under: Law | Trust
Law Article: DOI takes diligent approach with land-into-trust (03/19)
Attorneys discuss new legal opinion from the Interior Department that addresses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar:
DOI addresses Carcieri land-into-trust decision in legal opinionFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
DOI addresses Carcieri land-into-trust decision in legal opinion (03/13)
The Interior Department released a long-awaited legal opinion on Wednesday that addresses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar
Gabe Galanda: Federal government to blame for disenrollmentFiled Under: Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Federal government to blame for disenrollment (03/07)
Attorney Gabe Galanda blames the federal government for disenrollment disputes in Indian Country.
Law Article: Court deals another blow to land-into-trust processFiled Under: Law | Trust
Law Article: Court deals another blow to land-into-trust process (02/21)
Attorney discusses impact of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California on the land-into-trust process.

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